Monday, February 27, 2012

Back on the blog.

Sometimes I have wondered whether or not this blog is the best way to help myself find a job. Sometimes I have thought that I may be stepping on figurative toes through the use of sarcasm, humor, and unrelated topics. Does putting my thoughts about whom and what I see at the library really help portray exactly what I want my future employer to see? Is writing about my frustration created from this job search the best way to gain attraction or show value to possible employers? Do I really need to put a video of myself skateboarding?

I have not been posting the past little bit because I have been pondering these questions. After a substantial amount of thought, I have realized that these things are what I want my future employer to know about me: I am human; I am a real person; I do experience real emotions. If a company hires people strictly based on experience listed on a resume, then this blog is likely a little too "out there" for me to be hired . However, if a company hires people based upon who they are as a person, the skills they have, their ability to learn and their ability to work with others, then this blog is the perfect portrayal of who I am and what I have been doing to find a professional career.

I do get frustrated and I do get upset with failure, but I also feel like I have a lot to offer. Want to know what I have been thinking for the past few months? Start reading from the beginning. Anyone who reads a post here and a post there will in no way fully understand the point of this blog, but a thorough reading will give you insight to who I am and what I want to do. This blog has been working, and I am much farther along today than I was when I started out on this search. I have a resume I am very proud of, I have several cover letters that are far superior to what I was writing before, and most importantly I have made an unbelievable amount of contacts that have given me incredible advice about what I should be doing or who I should talk to. Without this blog, my progress would not be nearly as great. 

I am not a resume, a cover letter, or a college degree. There will always be someone out there who is better than you or me at any and everything we can possibly do. Because of this I decided to create this blog; I knew that it would take me forever to sit on a phone and call a thousand people and tell them I was looking for a job in the finance industry and to see if they had any contacts. So I started a website to reach a thousand people faster, and through this I figured out that I was better and more passionate about something. I created a story that attracts an audience, and people are attracted to stories. I realized very early on that if I could create and maintain an audience through the use of sarcasm, humor, and unrelated topics I would be able to reach more people and in turn make more contacts in marketing. Call me crazy, but isn't this just marketing?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Walking My Blog

After weeks of unpaid (albeit self-imposed) slavery, headaches, frustration, and (more optimistically) self-discovery, I have finally scored an interview. I am obviously pumped about it, but I feel far different about this interview than I have about any interview in the past.

60 second shutter speed of a kaleidescope
laser on my ceiling. Neato.
How do you possibly sell yourself on a job if you don’t want it? I look back to my old interviews and wonder what I was thinking; I truly believe I said and did all the right things and looked the part, but I can look back upon those interviews now and say that I was probably scrambling for answers because they were for jobs I really did not want. Tomorrow I will not be scrambling. How can I? I have written about what I want and why for going on seven weeks now, all the while gaining delightful little insights on the marketing industry and job hunting skills as I have meandered along this path. I feel infinitely more confident about an interview, and I also know what I want out of this situation.

Optimistic? Yes. Realistic? As usual. I realize that this interview can go a number of directions, but having someone call me virtually out of the blue saying they would like to interview me will be just fine with me. Even if I don’t get the job, I hope I can gain something from the interview. Is this the beginning of the end of the blog??? I hope so...I gotta get paid.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Very Serious Post

From all I can tell, nothing ever stays the same. As soon as you think you have something figured out, you almost immediately find out that you in fact have no idea. This has been happening to me lately with unreal consistency with the continuance of this search.

Much of my motivation for this renewed job search followed a trip to New York; I hung out with friends and my sister and I was blown away with the lifestyle they live. The people I was around acted like adults and weren't solely concerned with hearing 'Wagon Wheel' played by the band in the bar that night--a lovely change in environment I had not experienced recently. For a multitude of reasons, I really wanted to get there. Somewhere along the way I realized that what I want is a job in marketing, not a city.

To say I am looking for a job in one city across the country would be extremely limiting, especially for someone with the experience (or lack thereof) I have. After speaking with many people and reflecting upon what is most important to me at this stage in my life, I realized that I can only focus on one thing at a time, and right now the most important thing is finding a job. I would love to move to New York and get an internship with an ultra successful ad agency to gain a ton of valuable experience, but unfortunately that is not financially possible (unless this lotto ticket in my pocket tells me otherwise.) So, I move forward with my continually evolving job hunt to better my chances of landing not just a job, but valuable experience in the career I desire.

The next step is focusing on getting that experience. Over the weekend I will be doing research on web design and thinking of ideas to promote a local business through social media. The sooner I can get something tangible (i.e. numbers/data) on my resume, the better chance I will have at landing an internship, part-time job, or full-time job. I will clearly continue to buy lotto tickets as well.

I'll leave the week on this note: the frustrations spawned by a job search are nearly overwhelming at times, but finding friends that are in the same situation currently or recently is a very comforting feeling. I'm not the only one out there doing this. I see my friend Emily Steimel (also on an epic quest for a career job) on occasion in social settings or when I am playing a gig, and we aren't super close friends by any means, but we've connected through speaking about these very frustrations we have in common. Luckily, at the end of the day, we've found that we are just people getting by, living one day at a time, and holding onto the thought that we will look back on this brief period of our lives fondly. One friend said it best in an inspirational message about the harrowing experience of the job search: "It's hard to figure out where we went wrong, but maybe we didn't at all. Maybe this is just how it's supposed to play out."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I've Never Even Eaten Chipotle

Isn't this video pretty neato? One of my friends (Marc Fisher and here is his pretty dope website) posted this video on his tumblr site. Are we nearing the end of days when it is all about corporations and the bottom line? Excuse me for getting all super deep on you, but aren't humans smarter than the way we've been acting? If history has taught us anything, it is that there is always a better way. This Chipotle ad seems like a microcosm for what is happening right now.

Steve Jobs stated, "As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups.Ideas like this take a while to really settle in, but I think it is happening. Now apply this to marketing.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Aren't people just the craziest? I never knew so many people were New York Giants or New England Patriots fans. Funny how no one says one word about those teams all year then magically become fans just in time to suddenly scream at the success or failure of their 'team's' plays during the Super Bowl.

It got me thinking about why people are so responsive to and passionate about things...

You think about why people follow things; people just love stories. They like to follow the journey and story created by almost anything: Snooki, a redneck kid from South Carolina looking for a job in marketing, or Eli Manning. In the end, is marketing any more than just writing a story or movie script?

I hope that a few things work out and I will get to do some social media marketing for a local company. My people still have to talk to their people, but it would provide a pretty blank canvas in which I could garner some interest, not to mention I could put it on the resume!

I hope to be able to do that, because I've already come up with some fairly interesting ideas for it. I don't think marketing is always just about the products, but it is more about getting people to recognize and remember what happened in the marketing so they can become familiar with a company easier throughout a campaign. (NERD ALERT) I really look forward to working on facebook.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Marvin's Post

This week has been an incredibly frustrating and tumultuous week, but in some aspects hitting those low points almost gives you greater perspective for seeing your end goals. Along with job searching, I have had a couple one-man 'Come to Jesus' meetings to think about what I really want out of all of this. To help figure out where I am (I get confused a lot), I contacted an old professor to get his take on everything.

This is a professor I very much respect; he and his class got me out of my one track accounting mind way of thinking and into a more big picture way of thinking. He has a doctorate in management, and after asking how and why he got into that profession he responded that he was just so intrigued by how businesses ran that he had to know more. He said that the one thing he regretted (and this may not be the most appropriate word) was that his career will be too short for what he wants to have accomplished. Because of this very statement, I want to do whatever I can do to get into marketing. I need to get rid of ANY limits I have set for myself and figure out how to get into the industry now; it is just plain and simply what I want to do.

Why do I listen to this professor if he isn't even a marketing professor? Because he enjoys what he does and he is passionate about it. I can't take advice from someone who makes a bunch of money and is 'successful;' I have to listen to the people who love what they do. I have never imagined myself as a person who will clock out at 5pm and just shut down my working brain; that has never been how my head works. I will absolutely be in a job in which I am constantly figuring out and thinking about ways to get better at what I do. I am UNBELIEVABLY intrigued by what people like and why they like it, so I will be working my way into the marketing field just like my professor worked his way into the management field.

You may have noticed I haven't been posting everyday this week. Surprise: I have a life in which I must provide shelter and nutrition (questionable...) for myself as well. One thing I have noticed with this search is that it is constantly changing little by little. At one point, I was looking for finance jobs, the next I'm pimping the blog. Several days this week I ran out of time before work and could not post. I will be focusing a touch less on the consistency of this blog in favor of more quality posts several times a week. Posting everyday does attract people, but I'd rather get a job. Job > Blog.