Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Employed Again! (Naturally)
They say good things come to those who wait. In my case, the good things have been well worth the wait and hard work.
I got a job! And not just any job, I'm going to be a copywriter! With the company Magic Yellow, one of the world's largest online resources with the yellow pages. My official title will be SEO Copywriter which means I write and review original articles, copy, and content developed for the site, research, manage, and update keyword lists, and track the performance of SEO techniques.
I feel so lucky. Beyond lucky actually! If you live anywhere near the Calabasas county outside of Los Angeles, you might have heard my shrieks of joy echoing throughout city and surrounding counties.
Aside from the fact that being employed means I get to pay off my credit card bills, student loan bills, and continue living in my gorgeous apartment with my two roomies, this job is very special to me in another way.
It was exactly the type of work I had anticipated going into as a post-grad.
Journalism is an extremely difficult field to get a job in these days. It's highly competitive and having an edge in this industry is growing tougher. Since social media is so new these days, I often use this as my "edge" of sorts, but the problem I face is that everyone who graduated with me is fairly well-versed in it too. We're the Facebook generation. Texting is our language. My competition, in many ways, is myself. Girls my age with my same skills, hungry for the job and ready to shove anyone else out of the way.
This position is fantastic for me because while I do have journalistic work behind me, I lack experience in the next field I want to go into: advertising. By working here, I can garner a good reputation and move on to the bigger leagues, with my main goal being Leo Burnett (since I was six, I fantasized about working at the same company that was responsible for giving me my favorite icon, the Pillsbury Doughboy).
I might be able to become a "Mad Woman" sooner than I thought I would!
Once I got off the phone from receiving the good news, I updated my Facebook status and walked the rest of the way back to the apartment, feeling nearly shell-shocked. Honestly, I didn't know how to react! Two months of being unemployed, countless hours of applications, resumes, and cover letters, staying up until 2am sending email after email, all of the disastrous interviews I went on, and every night where I went to sleep feeling terrified that in less than three weeks time, I might have to do the unthinkable and move back home.
Up until Monday, I kept whispering to myself whenever I was going to go to sleep, "Times are hard for dreamers." The line from Amelie I am so fond of. I would whisper it again and again, clutching my pillow, scared and nervous of what tomorrow would bring. How would I pay for things? How long could I stay positive? When would I just have to admit defeat and give up? Could I even give up?
The answer to the last question is no, of course! I would crawl through the mud on bloody hands and knees to get a job. I'd fight for it until the very bitter end. Giving up just isn't in my blood. I just applied for jobs everywhere, every position you could imagine, and stayed optimistic that something good would come out of it.
It's like a huge weight has fallen off of my shoulders. Good pay, full time, health benefits, and close to commute to. I worked hard for this and I can't wait to go into that office and work with them! 200%, instead of 100%!
So...I start on the 26th. My plans for my last week and a half of not working include:
1) Continue going into the Fender office and wrap up the end of my internship. Can you believe I've been there for six months? I still remember the first day...wow!
2) Celebrate with my girls! I have such a great support system of friends, it's ridiculous. They stuck by me during this time so wonderfully and I love them so much for it!
3) New. Office. Dresses. I tried on two in Macy's on Saturday that were perfect. I'm going back to get them and some pretty new pumps to match!
4) VEGAS this weekend! Yesss!!!
And oh yes, a big, big THANK YOU to my followers for commenting and supporting me on this journey! It's been tough, but you guys definitely cheered me up and made me feel super fabulous! THANK YOU!!!!
Love to you all,