Hello WE babes,
Apologies for falling off the face of the Earth the past couple of weeks; I have been running around like a blonde maniac trying to get my PDX life situated.
All in all, the frenzy has paid off: I am happy to announce that I am officially employed. I want to share a few things I learned through the process to piggy-back off of SPV's previous interview post.
Rule number 1: Things that truly are good, never come easy.
I have been in Portland for a month now. The grind has been real, and the unemployment status, even more real. I came to Portland with a purpose; I love this city, the beautiful people that reside in it [especially those who I hold close to my heart], and have had a vision of what my post-grad life would look like here. I was not going to let the mere fright of temporary unemployment alter that. So, when I was offered employment that did not completely align with such aspirations, I boldly followed my intuition, trusting that the right opportunity would quickly follow the almost-right-opportunities (though accepting certainly was tempting!). And once I caught a glimpse of a possible future, a taste of what could be (aka working at an amazing creative advertising agency), I knew right then and there:
“This is it. Now, prove yourself. Don’t hesitate, and come in beaming.”
The power of networking is unbelievable. I reached out to people I knew were working places I sought to work. With a few email exchanges, an amazing gal sent my resume with a reference over to the hiring manager. I went in for a basic informational interview per the manager’s suggestion, which turned out to be a job interview in itself (oddly enough, this was the exact same situation SPV found herself in just six months earlier!). I showed up passionate and prepared as ever.
I left feeling great; I knew immediately this was the right job. Thus, I put a lot of care and plenty of thought into tackling the next steps of the process: sending thank you emails and cards, and (immediately) completing a project prior to my next interview.
Rule number 2: Waiting is the hardest part...because it is not in your hands. So be PATIENT and if it is right, it will turn out.
I waited. I had let them know I wanted this job; I proved through my actions I was qualified. After days of silence, I got an email-- a second interview was lined up. (Hoooooooolyyyy freakout).
The ‘getting to know you’ phase was over and it was time to show my experience, skills, and knowledge of the industry. And simply give this company the opportunity to make sure that I fit. Don’t forget, it is a two way street. The second interview ran even more smoothly than the first. I jived so well with the team. I felt their chemistry and desired to be part of the unique culture the agency had cultivated. But most of all, I loved their love for their jobs. I wanted that. I needed it. I absorbed their energy like a sponge and reflected it through my responses with my own personal twist.
Rule number 3: Leave your mark before the final waiting begins.
I knew this parting was critical. Immediately after my interview, I wrote three emails thanking the team for meeting with me. I continued my expression of gratitude to the two would-be supervisors of the position through hand-written thank you cards, complete with some calligraphy (aka my personal touch), hand-delivered to the agency. Time is precious, and every detail counts. Proving how unique I truly am through personal touches showed the agency how badly I wanted this job.
I think I waited a week before hearing back. But, the hard work, determination, and patience paid off.
Time to dive into my position as a Community Manager on the Social Team at the kick-ass agency, Swift. Needless to say, I’m pretty damn happy and thankful. This new chapter has officially begun.