With my 2 month full on job search process anniversary fast approaching on October 27, I’m pleased to give you my most recent progress report.
I had my interview last week for the Social Media Manager position at the marketing agency I’m interested in. I met the CEO for coffee and we chatted for about two hours. I think it went well, I enjoyed talking to her, it felt very natural. She said they’re interviewing candidates for the next two weeks so I should hear from her by then. After that there will be either another external interview (takes place outside the office) or a chemistry meeting at their office to determine if the candidate is a good personality fit with the rest of the team.
Am I qualified?
I have the professional Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and mobile marketing experience they want. A good number of their clients are in the restaurant industry and while I haven’t used them for business, I have personally used Yelp and Urbanspoon. She asked if I’ve used Facebook ads, which I haven’t. In order to remedy this, I’ve been running a Facebook ads campaign for my blog to learn the process. I have Pinterest (hello 16,000+ word dissertation), blogging (WordPress and Blogger), and Instagram experience. While their clients currently don’t have them on contract for these services, it’s imperative to have used and understand these platforms should the opportunity arise to add more paid social media work to their portfolio.
Why I want the job
The agency- This agency is exactly the sort I want to work for: small but growing, interested in results for clients more than awards, approaches marketing strategically with a long term point of view rather than throwing campaigns out for the sake of a campaign, and has a variety of clients from different industries. I enjoyed my time with both the CEO and the account executive and think we’d work well together and I could learn a lot from them.
The position- I’ve had social media responsibilities at past jobs and internships but they’ve always been one of many daily activities required of me so I’ve never been able to truly dive in to the extent I want. I thoroughly enjoy social media but can only use it personally so much or else I’d overwhelm and turn off friends and followers. I want to put all that personal, professional, and research (Pinterest) experience to work for brands. Because social media is only part of what this agency’s services I’ll be able to focus on that aspect but also be part of their larger strategic planning process.
In the meantime
I want this job more than any others I’ve encountered in my job search and I believe I’m doing everything I can to land it. I have to be realistic that they are looking at other candidates, perhaps some who have been employed in a similar position for the last year instead of in school. I may not get the job so I need to keep looking. It’s hard because I feel this might be the perfect fit for me, this is what I would choose but sadly it’s not all up to me. The thought of not getting this job is what led to my most recent job search freak out so I’m going to take my own advice and suck it up and get back to the search.
Any advice on how to stay positive/motivated looking for jobs while you’re still waiting to hear whether you’re still in the running for your ideal position?
I should know where I stand by next Tuesday, the 23rd so keep your fingers crossed for good news!