A new year brought Lizzy a new job!!!
There I was, four days after Christmas, and my manager calls to ‘regretfully inform me’ that I have been included in the seasonal lay-offs and do not need to report to work on Monday. “Brilliant,” I thought… and I was 85% serious. While I had been planning on finding new employment for the new year, I recognized this was the kick I would most likely need to REALLY pursue my search.
Well, coincidentally I had received two voice mails, an additional missed call, and two emails from the HR department at Publisher’s Clearing House declaring a very keen interest in my resume to which they stumbled across on Monster.com (a site I never previously used b/c of an obviously invalidated view that no one legitimately utilized it). I set up an interview and went along my merry way.
One week and two interviews later, I was in a conference room waiting to speak with someone from another department as to possibly other opportunities with the company. After a lengthy time of browsing wedding dresses (no, I’m not getting married, but my previous placement instilled in me an appreciation for intricate over-priced wedding gowns), HR came in to inform me they were offering me a job. So, I left the office a little later carrying a generous offer letter!
Now after discussing the job position with the appropriate people I understood why they were so excited for my varied, and somewhat unstable, employment/educational background. My job position (which I obviously accepted or I wouldn’t be telling you all this) requires me to liaise between the marketing (business) and design (creative) departments. Now who else better to fill such a role then someone with a BS in a business oriented degree (Acct) and an MA in Journalism. My odd combination of degrees is apparently very marketable in the right type of company. (For years I always felt disadvantaged for being able to use both sides of my brain somewhat equally; I always wished one side was more prominent making a career decision more obvious. Like my lil bro who is more capable of analyzing the feasibility of time travel than he is at spelling 5 letter words… but who I am very proud of.) Anyways, HR seemed to like the job/industry wandering I had been getting accustomed to doing in the recent past, and I am now employed within the promotional development arena of PCH.
So far my job responsibilities revolve around proofing/reviewing the digital correspondence regarding their sweepstakes. (Yes, the contests are legitimate… but no Ed McMahon never represented the company, that was American Family Publishing!) I like editing and proofing, as it is sort of what I went to school for, so it’s all good.
In the meantime, I am working on bulking up my writing portfolio and feeling confident that I am moving in the right direction. Even more confident now that I have my name in the 2008 edition of Long Island Bride and Groom. In the week to which I was unemployed, I volunteered my availability to the wonderful people of LI Bride & Groom—the magazine I have been doing work experience with for the previous few months—and what do you know, but they were going to print the following week and anxious for a bit of editing assistance. So I spent the following 50 hours working late into the night proofing ads, copy and photos, oh my! Apparently late-night, caffeinated Liz develops a keen set of ‘eagle-eyes’… so far I haven’t found anything in the book that I missed the first time around 🙂
I am very proud to have been a part of its production and looking forward to hopefully being a part of the next edition. The late nights and tedious work paid off and the book is a whole lot fancier than my Sarbanes Testing Matrices.