I’m writing today with great news! Not only did I find a job, but it is a position right in my wheelhouse. I have accepted a job offer from GrowthWeaver as a Digital Marketing Consultant. I will be a client liaison, managing what ever digital marketing needs they may have, but primarily focusing on Facebook. It’s a relatively young company in every sense of the word. My coworkers are young, I’d say in their mid to late twenties, and the company is a year and a half.
I’m thrilled to be joining this team and making an immediate impact. It is a very exciting time in my life, and I’m looking forward to all the new challenges it presents.
As for the direction of this blog… Right now I really don’t know what I’ll do. I plan on continuing to write because I’ve found it to be a great creative outlet; however, I’m not sure what content I’ll be talking about. Who knows, maybe it will be a simple forum for me to vent, spill my guts, or just put pen to paper [do people do that anymore?].
I appreciate all of you readers and I look forward to entertaining you in the future.
Today, I’m taking stock of all my recent interviews. I’ve had a bunch lately, whether they be on the phone or in person, and I feel I’m getting much better at them. Yes, I’m talking about practice. When I first started seriously job hunting, I felt anxious before every interview. I would get a little sweaty, my hands would go cold, and I’d get the shakes a bit. I felt this was pretty standard for going into something as important as an interview. I’m sure my symptoms were clearly evident and it could have been a factor in why was passed over in the beginning; however, now I don’t have those traits. I’m much more composed and put together. On top of not exhibiting nerves, I feel excited to go in and talk with people [this could be from the alone time I have now, but I think it’s because I’m genuinely excited about the company I could be potentially working for].
Practice is a key aspect to getting a job. It sucks, to put it bluntly, but it is a part of the process in earning gainful employment. Now, earning employment is different than having it handed to you on a silver platter. I understand networking is crucial in the process and that is fine, but what I’m talking about is the son or daughter of a senior level exec who is gifted a position because of their parents position. That is frustrating, but on the other hand it is invigorating! I know I have amazing ideas to bring to the table, and if I have to work a little harder than someone else… bring it on.
I feel all my interviews have gone well as of late. I have three more coming up the end of this week and the beginning of the next and I’m pumped. I can’t wait to really demonstrate what a solid, enthusiastic addition I’d be to a team.
Per some great advice from great friends last night, I’m going to dig a little deeper today. When I was a writing consultant, I always enforced the idea of showing rather than telling in a persons writing. The advice I got last night called this saying to my attention, and I need to take the advice I have been giving for the past three years.
With that said, I bring yesterday’s post up for questioning.
I spoke a lot about how I felt my situation compares to Tim Tebow’s, I don’t tell how it compares. Tebow has an unfathomable amount of detractors, whether they be sports talk pundits or everyday fans, people don’t like the guy. The way I feel, nearly every company I’ve interviewed with, that has passed me over, falls into the same category. Just like Tebow, the projects I’ve accomplished demonstrate my success. Thus, why should they pass me over? I did a SWOT analysis on Google. The team I worked with dissected the company and went into depth on why Google is what it is. We spent a lot of late nights in the library learning about everything from the googleplex, to understanding their financials, to their ranking system called pigeon-rank. Our group outperformed everyone in the capstone course, and we floored the professor. Yet, despite this achievement, no one really puts much stake in it because of the environment it was accomplished in.
I feel potential employers are missing out when they don’t hire me, especially when you couple my academic achievements with my extracurriculars [I’m a five time intramural champ], and you’ve got a guy who has proven he can work.
Just like Tim Tebow has a sparkling resume, I do too. I want to work, I need to work. Basically, I need that shot, just an opportunity to bring my winning attitude and prior successes to an organization.
If you haven’t read my about me yet, I am a Coloradan through and through. As such, I am a large proponent of the Denver Broncos. I am by no means a band wagoner. I was old enough to remember the two superbowls, the terrible years, and now Tebowmania. How do we tie Tim Tebow to the job hunt…well that’s easy.
Tebow was a proven champion in college. He excelled in everything he did on and off the field. His resume was sparkling, and Tebow clearly demonstrated he could lead when the times required someone step up. Despite his many accolades, he was not seen as fit for the NFL. He was someone to be converted from his desired position because he didn’t fit the mold of the prototypical quarterback.
Now, as a recent grad, I feel like I am in the same situation. Not only did I contribute immensely to my school, but I have a solid track record or success. Granted I am no golden boy akin to Tebow, but I feel I have a stellar resume and enthusiasm to contribute to a potential employer. I don’t have the exposure a top tier athlete has, but I feel I have the same things working against me as Tim Tebow.
Those issues are 1) experience 2) I may not have done exactly what a potential employer is looking for 3) others have both of the prior two issues covered. Sure, I may lack experience and a specific fit, but what I feel employers are missing is my drive and dedication to success.
Tebow is 6-1 and excelling. All I need is someone to take a chance to demonstrate all I have to offer.
Today, as I type, I sit In my living room in front of a raging fire. My roommate [@Luke_Johnson9] and I demolished some pallets and have turned it into a considerable heat source in our normally frigid apartment. Although the heat is welcome and the mesmerizing flames can be distracting, it is a welcome addition.
Interviews have a similar effect on me. They are a warming, optimistic glimpse into what could be. However, the reality of my situation is I ultimately have to throw another log on the fire in order to maintain enthusiasm. This is not hard to do, considering I get excited after every interview because I feel confident in my abilities and how I can help a company succeed, yet I still need to have new jobs to apply to and continue my hunt. Thus, I can understand how people get so despondent when looking for jobs, if there aren’t any jobs available.
There are jobs available! I frequent a few sites which continually feed me with new jobs to apply for on a daily basis. My favorites are Andrew Hudson’s, Craigslist, and the Denver Egotist.
Something that bothers me is when people complain there aren’t any jobs out there. There a plenty. The biggest thing is to stay motivated, be persistent, and, in line with one of my girlfriend’s mottos, “keep calm, and carry on.”
I read an article this morning about the importance of branding [via @AndrewMackayBP]. The Tentblogger brought up some interesting points which I love about marketing.
I won’t go into the nitty gritty of the article, but my favorite part was about evangelizing for a brand. I feel like this is the ultimate goal for marketing. A marketer starts with a product. Then they have to find a way to demonstrate why the consumer should by theirs as opposed to another. From there, marketing forks into a billion different avenues to accomplish their communication. Companies themselves have a lot less to lose when it comes to branding. So what if their company doesn’t make it and they have to find new products and establish new strategies, failing at a personal brand has much steeper implications.
Maybe Prince took the idea of personal branding a bit too seriously
A personal brand showcases everything about a person. If I suck initially, I have to work 10 times harder to reinvent myself into something positive. However, if I hit it right on the nose, develop a solid network, and turn that network into fanatics…well then now we’re talking. Just as it is beneficial for a company to have raving fans continually talking about your products, it is great to have people willing to go to bat for you and speak well on your behalf. Throughout my job hunt I’ve been told, “it’s all about who you know, not what you know,” branding is a key and essential part of developing a network to aide the arduous search.
I’m not sure if I want to come up with a logo for myself just yet, but I feel this blog is a small method to distinguish myself from competition, and at the very least, provide a forum to communicate with people who are interested in the same things as me.
I’ve returned from my feast-filled hiatus with high hopes and wishful thinking. I’m already beginning to compose my list for Santa [bet you can’t guess what I’m asking the big man for!]. Regardless, the time spent with those I care deeply about was a fantastic way to recharge the batteries and get back on the hunt.
Throughout the weekend, my family was very good about avoiding deep, involved conversation about my future. I appreciated this. It weighs enough on my mind to where if they would have harped on me, it probably would have made for a very grumpy Joe. Instead, there was a lot of talk of things I find very intriguing.
We spoke of writing, music, sports, photography, technology, and alcohol.
Now, I enjoy conversing about all of these, but I found a couple to be areas I’m professionally passionate about, specifically writing, music, and photography. They are all different aspects I’d love to incorporate in my everyday grind [as a means to remove the ‘grind’ aspect]. All three have one thing in common: creating. I’m in control–deciding what goes where, how something sounds, or what something looks like. Regardless, I know I can find ways to tether them to my job hunt, and eventually gainful employment.
I guess I’m different than a lot of people [generalizing I know] but I’m not about to settle just for a paycheck. Even though this may put me at a disadvantage at first, from a bird’s eye view I’m sitting as pretty as a frozen dew drop on a pine needle.
As I continue my job hunt into some of my favorite times of the year, I’ve found available opportunities are less frequent than early October. This isn’t a time to pack it in and hibernate until Jan 1, 2012. Rather, this is a chance to work on some other things that will help you in the hunt. Obviously, if there are less postings, you spend less time filling out applications and tailoring your resume. So, since you have more time…do more!
For example, go through your spreadsheet you’ve kept of all the countless jobs you’ve applied for [and if you haven’t done that go through your emails]. Do some followups. Who knows, maybe some of the candidates they hired over you the first go around didn’t quite work out. Reaching out after you may have been out of mind demonstrates you have your stuff together–making you more appealing as a new hire. Having the where withal to stick with a company after they shut you out the first time shows your perseverance.
On top of doing some reaching out, maybe it’s time to take another look at your resume. If you’ve been on the search for a little while, your resume could need some revamping. Now, I’m not saying take everything you were doing and throw it out the window, but think back to some of your interviews and dissect some of the interviewer’s comments. Are you not presenting something clearly, is it lacking uniqueness, does your resume not fit you and your personality? Little tweaks could be the last piece between you and the job of your dreams.
Lastly, take that extra time and do something good. Go volunteer. The holiday’s offer plenty of opportunities to help. Go check out a food bank, shelter, or even ask your neighbors if they need any help getting ready for company. At the very least, this last suggestion will get you out and about, interacting with others. Talking to people is a good thing, you know, that whole networking thing.
No one likes to be rejected. Not only is it disappointing, but it completely crushes any hope you had of obliterating the funk you’re in. I always get amped up after I interview–maybe this is a fault of mine [being optimistic]–but I know when I do well, so why not get excited?!
Now, after getting turned down, all is not lost. It may feel terrible and be disheartening, but there are positives to being shut down. First, you’ve gotten solid practice in dealing with the interview process. Second, it got you out of the house. Third, you have avoided an imperfect fit. If you aren’t picked for a job, there is something that didn’t quit work, whether it be the team wanted something different, you wouldn’t have gelled with others, or maybe someone was better than you [it’s not the end of the world]. Regardless, you’ve been saved some stress and misery.
If you’ve made a good impression, you then have 3-4 people who will go to bat for you the next time you apply to that company. Talk about a way to network! Even though there is a lack of instant gratification [something all too common now] the search for a job that fits requires patience and understanding. If you lack these, get another job, one to pay the bills, and then learn patience, learn to be better. Baby steps.
In the words of Jack Sparrow, “Take what ya can, give nothin back.”
I have many fond memories of tag from my youth. Running around, trying to avoid the “it” person, and often getting yelled at for getting too violent [rocks were thrown and people were tackled]. Honestly, the premise of the game is a bit twisted…you run around trying to avoid a person like the plague–such a great thing to inculcate kids with. Regardless, I loved it back then.
Nowadays, I play a different kind of tag. It involves phone calls, texts, emails, tweets, and Facebook chats. There are so many different avenues to contact people today, it can be difficult to truly get someone’s full attention. This could be just a beef with society’s ever-connected approach, but the fact of the matter is technology is here to stay–get used to it. As a result, I’ve found myself driven to nerdom in order to keep up, and remain relevant at the very least. This isn’t terribly difficult for me considering I’ve grown up with social media; however, it is a totally different game in the job hunt arena.
The biggest thing, with regard to all of these different forms of communication, is to be savvy of all of them. Knowing how to use Facebook and twitter is great, but knowing how they can be used as tools to aide a business and help it be successful is better. Not to mention, having a professional presence on each of the platforms is crucial as well. As Ron Burgundy says, “stay classy” and things will work out much better for you, rather than posting your latest drunk adventures.