What a crazy week this has been! As most of you know, I am graduating in 15 days (woohoo!) and have been on the hunt for a job. Like most graduates these days, my options were pretty limited. Probably about a month or so ago, when I began to look heavily for post-graduation jobs, I got an email about a job opportunity in Provo as a PR/Marketing Assistant at a software company. The job description looked pretty good so I went to the info session on campus and met with the company's representatives. Of course they made the place sound great (they're paid to do that, right?). I submitted my application and a few days later I was invited to a company meet-and-greet with about 45 other applicants wanting various positions within the Marketing department. The meeting again reinforced to me what a great opportunity this could be and I left feeling very excited about the company.
About a week went by and I hadn't heard anything and was starting to get a bit disheartened. I decided to take matters into my own hands and I sent an email (this had been our primary form of communication, so I figured I would keep it consistent) to the HR Director as well as CC the President of the organization. I figured he gave me his business card, so it was fair game, right? Apparently they enjoyed my persistent attitude because the next day I received a call inviting me to come into their office for an interview.
I went into the interview fully prepared to impress them. I had done all the research I could on their company and even prepared a folder of relevant writing samples which showcased my skills of technology writing. During the course of the interview, I could tell it was going fairly well -- I was able to answer their questions intelligently and it really was more of a conversation than a simple question and answer session. They informed me that they had filled the PR/Marketing Assistant position but they were very interested in pursuing me as a Marketing Specialist candidate whose primary responsibility included blogging, SEO, and creating a ton of other web content. While this wasn't what I had in mind for my future down the road, I knew that this would be a great entry-level job so I said I was interested in being a contender for the position.
After a few days, they asked me back for a second interview with the CEO. This interview was unlike anything I had ever experienced. It was very short and simply consisted of the man drilling me with questions. What are my weaknesses? What would my wife say my weaknesses are? What would my current employer say my weaknesses are? What is my ultimate career goal? Needless to say, I left the interview with absolutely no idea how well, or even how horribly, I had performed.
But, for some strange reason they still liked me. Within 24 hours they called me up and offered me a job with salary and benefits starting BEFORE graduation as a Marketing Specialist. I was shocked. They told me I could have the weekend to think it over and they would need a decision by Monday afternoon.
That weekend I wrestled with the decision. One minute I was very excited and totally on board with the position and my responsibilities. The next I was unsure and hesitant. I kept telling myself these feelings were normal and that every person goes through this. Well, in the end the unsure and hesitant feelings overruled. I couldn't help but think there was something better out there. As much as I was impressed by the company and would have loved to be apart of it, I knew deep down that I did not want to be a sole marketer. While I realized that PR and Marketing definitely overlapped -- the job description and title were marketing heavy and I didn't want that to brand me and interfere with my plans of working in Corporate Communications, my ultimate dream. To make a long story short... I turned down the offer.
After I made my decision and contacted the company's HR Director, I felt a huge sense of relief. I knew that I had to keep looking and something that played more to my skills would surface. I applied for other jobs strictly with PR and even lined up a few interview. I was feeling optimistic.
Two days after contacting the company, I received an email that said:
I talked with [the Marketing Manager] in depth about openings in the Marketing Department. We have found a way to possibly split some responsibilities and create a PR Associate position this month. Would you be interested in a PR Associate position at the same compensation as the previous offer? We really think you would be a great fit here and we'd be happy to have you on the team!
I was shocked. I immediately called Cait who was at work and read her the email. She was very excited and told me to hang up and email them back with my extreme interest in the position. Obviously I did and the HR Director called me after about 20 minutes of sending the email and asked if I would like to come to the office the next day and discuss the position and the job description.
I couldn't believe it.
When I went into the office the following day, I met with the Marketing Manager who told me that the company had decided to create a Corporate Communications team and was bringing in myself (if I accepted the position) and another PR specialist who has had years of corporate communications experience. I don't know if you understand how excited this made me. This has been my dream since I began the PR program at BYU. I have always wanted to work on the Corporate Communications team of a technology company. Needless to say, I accepted the position and thanked them repeatedly for considering me.
I guess the conclusion to this incredibly long blog post is that I am so thankful that I listened to my gut and I realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have found my dream job directly out of college. While it is in Provo, (and for all you HD people, it's directly across the street! I'm sure I'll be visiting lots!) I am so excited to jump into my career in less than two weeks and gain as much experience and knowledge as I can from those I will be working with.
I am truly blessed.