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Meet Christine Keelan: The Fast Interview

Christine Keelan, Senior Human Resources Coordinator at Fast

Christine Keelan

Role: Senior Human Resources Coordinator at Fast

Team: People Operations

Why did you join Fast?

I was looking for a change and wanted to dive into the tech industry, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. As soon as I interviewed with Linda (Davis, Human Resources Manager at Fast), I knew we would make a great team and I had to join.

What were you doing before?

I was working in HR at Benefit Cosmetics! I started off without having any experience in HR, so I really had to lean on my colleagues for extra support and guidance. There was definitely a learning curve when we pivoted from an in-person to virtual environment (especially being in HR and not being able to onboard new hires in-person). With help from my team, we were able to spruce up the onboarding portion to make new hires feel welcome even though we weren’t able to meet them in person. As I’m sure we can all relate, COVID was and still is terrifying, but I was able to learn some new skills that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up just south of San Francisco in Redwood City, California. As a kid, I was active and started playing sports at a young age.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My time at Benefit! It was my first full-time, corporate job out of college. So in addition to an hour-long commute both ways, I had to quickly adapt to the 9-5, corporate world that was very different from my much more laid back college schedule.

What's your productivity hack?

Writing everything down in a planner. I feel so much more accomplished when I can cross things off. If I really need to focus, I’ll delete social media from my phone.

When did someone's kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

When I was looking for a job a few years back, a close family friend made a call and got me an interview. I’ll never forget how she went out on a limb just to recommend me for a position. Hopefully I can return the favor in the future.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

Paul McCartney. I love The Beatles, so I’d love to learn more about the inspiration behind their songs.

Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?

I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but someone once told me that my voice sounds just like Rachel McAdams.

What is your top travel destination?

The Jersey Shore! So many people automatically think of the MTV show, but it’s so much more than that. My family and I have been visiting the shore for over 20 years. There are so many special towns scattered throughout the coast, the beaches are beautiful, and I have so many happy memories associated with it.

Where do you see yourself a year from now?

Still at Fast and contributing to the growth of the Human Resources team!

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