Thursday, May 1, 2014

An Honest About Me

Lately I've really been into the idea of honesty. Yes it's important to be honest with others, but it's even more important to be honest with ourselves. This post started as part of my March goal of updating my "About Me" page on this blog; I wanted to be authentic and honest to show that I clearly don't have it all together. I didn't use this version because after writing it I realized it was more of a cover letter than a "get to know this blogger" piece, but I wanted to share it with y'all anyway.

On a scale of 1 - "you'll never have a job again" how bad would it be to make this my "Summary" section on LinkedIn?


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I graduated in May 2013 from The University of Mississippi with a BA in Journalism. Like many 21 year olds, I graduated feeling a bit lost about how I wanted to spend the next 40 years of my life. I knew what I didn't want to do, follow a traditional journalism major's path and become a reporter, but I couldn't pin down exactly what career path I did want to take. My various experiences had exposed me to a myriad of things that I do enjoy doing; social media, media relations, event planning, and writing; which opened up more career possibilities than I knew existed. That combined with my willingness to move just about anywhere left me contemplating a completely different opportunity every other week.

Not sure what else to do I moved home with the mission to find myself and discover what exactly I wanted to be now that the time had come for me to grow up. Feeling overwhelmed and slightly discouraged with my job search, after 7 months I took the first position offered to me in my hometown. When I accepted this position I knew it was not a forever plan, but rather an opportunity to continue to grow my communication skills and serve as a stepping stone as I continue to figure out what exactly I do want to do. Plus it gave me something to do each day other than watch Fox News, run errands with my mother, and spend hours combing job posting sites.

With a renewed focus I have started my career search again. I am currently looking to begin a career in public relations where I can best use my communication skills. Social media, crisis management, and branding are the areas of most interest to me. I never want to just take a job again, rather I hope to move to a position that will move me forward on the path to a long communications career.

I never interned for a PR firm, but I have had many other valuable experiences. From a public relations internship at a small private elementary school, to lobbying Congress, to working as part of the marketing department of a casino I have been thrown into situations where I had little to no experience. The ability to thrive in these sink or swim situations gives me confidence that I will be a successful asset to any team I join, regardless of direct experience. I love to learn and don't like to fail, two characteristics key to my ability to quickly pick up new skills. I am hardworking, organized, professional, and dedicated. 

At 19 I successfully lead a sorority, doubling our size during my term (not an easy task among the tough competition at the number 3 Greek school in the nation), let's see what I can do at 22.

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2 comments:

  1. Good luck in your search! I remember being super lost when I graduated. They do so little to help you actually know what you want to do when you graduate. At least you are not alone and good things will happen.

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  2. Get it girl! I'm hopeful for your new career path that is leads you to self-fulfillment and a greater trust in God's timing. TLAM.

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