Archive for February 12th, 2008

networking = not so bad

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Despite taking the wrong bus and having to walk a suburban block in a blizzard, my actual meeting with the agency went very well. As suspected, he needed to meet with me first and then “present” me and my skills to the employer. I was relaxed and confident I think because the job description just fits me so well. He called me a “media superstar,” which I love and I’m putting on my business cards. I asked him how many other people he was taking to the company and he said there were three or four others, but I was at the top of the list in terms of my skills and experience. I was encouraged by his enthusiasm! He’ll get back to me with feedback from the company in the next few days. These situations are good, because even if I’m not right for the job, I get to find out how to improve. I also asked him to keep me in mind for other positions that might come up in my field. He doesn’t get many in media or communications, but it’s a good connection just in case.

After I got back to my apartment, I was so exhausted from the hike and commute that I did some freelance work and then I took a nap. I was going to meet my friend to try her homemade wine at her place, but she called and was also very tired and thought the weather was too awful. So, I woke up about 9 pm and worked on my resume over the phone with my cousin. It’s coming together slowly… It’s almost as much work as my thesis! Okay, not quite maybe… I just finished another application for a Communications Coordinator at a University that’s due tomorrow and it’s in my drafts to send out first thing. (What’s your opinion on applying online late at night? I think it’s better to send emails during office hours, the earlier the better, like 9 am, shows you wake up early and are on top of things!… You think?) It’s a good one! The more I apply, the better my applications get, if I do say so myself.

Yesterday, I had a meeting with one of my past supervisors who is a professor in HR and we had a great chat and she gave me the name of another prof in RTA to talk to about networking with people in the field. I called him up cold, explained who I was, and he set up a meeting to talk to me on Thursday. It was so easy! I’m always taken aback with how open people are to helping or even just chatting. So who knows what will happen with that, but it will be very nice to meet someone new who knows a lot about things I’m interested in. Networking is actually fun. When I was much younger and never had to put myself out there, I thought it would be tough and a chore, but turns out it’s just talking to nice, fun people about things I like.