A long hot summer
September 24, 2011

After graduation, I decided to move to Chicago.  I set up several interviews and decided to just go and try my luck out here.

I went on a few interviews and had no luck.  I applied to every job I could find on linked in (that matched my skill set).  When nothing came of that I decided to log onto Advertising Red Books and look up every advertising/marketing/communications/PR agency in Chicago. After looking through this LONG list…I made a list of about 25 small to mid-sized agencies I would love to work for.  I began reaching out to each of these agencies introducing myself and asking if they are looking for anyone at this moment.

I didn’t here back until anyone until July…

So in the mean time….I spent my summer up at my boyfriends lake house. I spent my days running in the woods and around the lake, out on the boat, attempting to learn how to wakeboard, reading really great books, and meeting a lot of Jack’s extended family.

[sunset at the lake house]

In July I heard from a small family run advertising agency – that specializes in the pet industry. They decided to bring me on part-time to manage their clients social media.  I absolutely loved it!   I mean what’s not to love?

  • I got start my career in advertising
  • Create social media plans
  • Find content – which usually meant surfing the web & youtube for adorable photo’s/video of cats and dogs!  It was great!

 

Then at the end of August I got a call from my friend Zach, who told me his company was hiring part-time.  So I went in for my interview and training and was able to work about 20 hours a week at night.  It was a really great opportunity for me.  I worked at nights as a community manager and it really has taught me a lot.

 

Now…onto the best news yet! Remember how I said I contacted those ad agencies using Red Books?  I heard back from one (that I REALLY liked) in September.  They had me come in for a few interviews and decided to hire me full-time as their Account Management & Social Media Intern.  Although I wasn’t thrilled about being an “intern” I accepted the offer and began working full-time (in addition to still working nights and weekends as a community manager.)

 

All in all it has finally come together…I’ll admit I was worried for a while!  I started to think no matter what I did, how many times I tweaked my resume, or cover letters I sent out, or networking I did…I wouldn’t find that great opportunity.  Finally, after a long, nerve wrecking, summer I have found it.

Now that everything has all fallen into place I feel great!  I am really glad I moved to Chicago…(although I do miss my family and friends on the east coast).  It’s been a great experience and it just really makes me think that everything happens for a reason…I decided to move to Chicago on a whim and it has turned out to be amazing.

 

 

UH OHHH
April 30, 2011

WOW, as I was editing my final draft of my TUNE UP PHILLY documentary and applying for jobs….my computer crashed!  I ended up spending all afternoon in the Apple store on Friday waiting for the “geniuses” to replace my hard drive.  When I got my laptop back it looked like brand new!  It was AWESOME!

Except…that I lost everything.

All of my b-roll of Stanford Thompson and Tune Up Philly, all of my resumes and cover letters I have been sending out, all of my documents for policy (thank god I handed everything in 2 weeks ago!), all of my pictures, and all of my music…

Luckily I backed up most of this stuff about a month ago…but unfortunately I did lose a lot of footage in addition to my original working “Tune Up Philly” documentary.  I don’t know what I am going to do about this because I somehow have to fix up my video and submit it by Thursday…time to get creative!

I also mentioned that I lost all of my cover letters which is a BIG deal to me because I am a super organized person…I had folders made up for every single company I applied to – in that folder I had the unique cover letter I wrote, my resume that was tailored to that position, and the date I applied.  I was extremely upset to lose all of that data (my goddd I am such a nerd!).

The job search has been so time-consuming and hearing all these “no’s” back is so hurtful!  I know everyone says you can’t take it personally and to stay positive…but is that really possible in this job market?

Ginger talk
April 3, 2011

For my TEDGINGERtalk, I will explain how the rise of social media had changed the way we read and react to the news.

    

Trending now: Brigid Slattery gives a talk about the revolution social media has led to in the “news” industry.  Listen as Brigid explains how this wide-spread uncontrolled forum has changed the way we hear about the news.   The rise of consumer-driven content has gotten rid of the gate keepers; letting you decide what is “newsworthy”.

ATTN: Young Professionals
February 14, 2011

The Philly Ad Club is hosting a networking night for young professionals…don’t be fooled by the happy hour context of this event.  Remember to be professional!

Use this event to network and socialize with young professionals in the Marketing, Communications, and Advertising field!  RSVP at http://www.phillyadclub.com/philly-ad-club-young-professionals-happy-hour.html

Portfolio
December 18, 2010

Brigid Slattery’s Portfolio

 

I couldn’t figure out how to add in powerpoints so if anyone knows how could you please tell me!