Roughly one year ago I was working at a nuclear engineering firm well aware I had reached the extent of my ascent. Our company had just been sold, management changed hands and all types of cut-backs had employee morale at an all-time low.
Admittedly embodying the well-known job hopping milliennial cliché, I began to explore my options.
I did not want another job, but a place where I could build a career behind a boss I believed in (how idealistic I know.)
When I saw a job posting on LinkedIn’s Job app, I quickly read through the list of duties I knew I was meant to excel at. A frisson of excitement ran through my body as I researched the company, read the CEO’s story, the cancer he had overcome.
That one of the things he prided himself most in was being able to provide so many jobs to people throughout the United States (10,000 people and counting.)
I remember crafting the letter I would send along moments after submitting my application, hoping my enthusiasm was apparent without being too much on the fanatical side. For the first time in months I felt a secret elation and newfangled sense of hope.
Two days later I received an email from Byron White, inviting me first for a phone interview. Nervously I spoke with him about my thoughts on the shift the digital landscape for marketers and deep passion for plain old, honest to goodness storytelling.
Just forty-eight hours later, on a Friday, I was brought into the office on Commercial Street for a group interview, meeting the entire team and speaking with a confidence I did not know was possible.
My now CEO then said one of many things that has stuck with me; “My wife (who is a brilliant high-powered executive #girlboss by the way) took a look at your blog and told me to hire you.”
Monday I was offered a job that I later found out had already been given to another candidate. He had decided to take a chance and bring me on also.
As I began to devour every article, book and MOOC involving content marketing, inbound, account management and analytics, my excitement only grew. I listened to Byron speak with clients, other industry leaders, heard him share his successes and most importantly his failures with us.
Not a week went by when he did not approach his young but passionate team asking us to weigh in.
I now assist CEO’s, c-suite executives and Marketing professionals throughout the world approach their marketing in a new, more helpful and less disruptive way.
The road to this point has been a test in every sense (read about some of my toughest times in my upcoming novel) and I am grateful for every challenge.
I started this blog as a place to get my words out there to see if anyone cared or could relate. It turns out they do.
As Byron says: Write on.