I was sitting at my kitchen table with my laptop and brand new college degree when it finally dawned on me. Why am I allowing this new world of online applications determine my future? Why has this digital process become the new normal? Who is even looking at my resume and application?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a millennial. I grew up during this transition into a digital era. The public relations industry would not be a continuing success without all of these advances. However, handshakes and good eye contact will never get lost in emails, texting and other online communication. Traditions like these never die.
After getting past my realization, I put on my favorite orange shift dress, printed off copies of my resume and got in my car. Then I had to ask myself “what do I do now?”
I Googled (technology!) as many public relations firms as I could find in the Phoenix area and plugged a random address into the map on my phone. That first address happened to be HMA Public Relations.
I walked through the front door and said the first thing that came to mind.
“Hi, I’m Grace Flemer and I am here looking for a job.”
After I shook Abbie's hand, I gave her a resume and she asked me to email her later in the week about some potential job openings.
For two days, I continued dropping off my resume to as many firms I could find. I was ready to get out and use my degree for what it is worth.
I had just sat down on my couch back at home when I got an email from Abbie. She stated she was impressed with my initiative to stop by the office to inquire about a job opening and mentioned the opening of the account coordinator position.
I had no idea that my small action of taking that initiative would become a monumental moment in my life – landing an amazing job only three weeks after graduating.
I look forward to learning more every day about the ins and outs of the public relations industry, serving our outstanding clients and working with the talented team at HMA Public Relations!