Landed a Job in NYC!

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Exciting news guys...

I landed a job in NYC! I'm here to stay.

Relief is an understatement to finally close the door on 9 months of job searching. Ever since I left NYC last summer I've been trying to get back. It was a road filled with so much disappointment and discouragement at times... feeling like I wasn't qualified for anything, and watching my classmates line up careers before graduation even came around. I often thought to myself about how crazy I was. It's hard enough to get a job in fashion, let alone one in NYC. What was I thinking, trying to get back to NYC? I'm a small town girl from Ohio. Perhaps that's what I was always meant to be.

It's been a trying last year and I made the risky decision to move to NYC without a job. At this point I definitely realized I was crazy. You get to a point though that you figure you have nothing left to lose. I've been working on job leads the past two weeks here, going on interviews and pushing hard. I've had a few interviews with seriously great companies, but none of the work felt like what I was qualified to do. I'm a recent grad and I realize that you don't get your dream job right out of school. You have to work your way up the hard way, putting in the time and effort it takes to get you to where you want to be. I got a great offer from a company to do social media work, which is absolutely where I want to be. I didn't think I'd get the chance so soon, so I felt like it was really where I'm meant to be in my life right now.

So, I'm so excited I'll be working at Richard Leeds International as their Social Media Marketing Specialist! RLI is a sleepwear creator. A lot of the pajamas you see in Target, Wal-Mart, Torrid, Hot Topic? Made by Richard Leeds! In the fashion industry retailers don't always design their own products. They send the work out to private companies who do in house design work. Everything from concepting the garments, designing the silhouettes, drawing the characters, making samples and so on. My job in the company will be managing the social media networks and blog. Social media is a vital asset to companies because it directly connects you with the consumer. It's an extension of the brand and can influence customer opinions and sales. Social media as a career is not just playing around on Instagram and Facebook: it's serious, important work!

Monday is my start date and right now I'm a mixture of excitement and terror (admittingly). This is my first real job guys! In the big, big city. Sometimes I don't feel like this is my life. It has been a crazy, exhilarating roller coaster so far and I'm sure there's going to be plenty more twists and plunges ahead. No one ever said following and making your dreams happen was easy, but for me I can't imagine doing anything else.

With much love,

Lauren
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13 lovely little notes:

Lisa said...

Congratulations! Making dreams work takes a lot more effort than I think anyone ever told us. :) Best of luck in New York!

Minnie Muse said...

Congrats Lauren! I am so excited for you and can't wait to her about everything that comes from this. You are absolutely the perfect person to work as the social media marketing specialist. BEST OF LUCK!!!
-Madison
www.minniemuseblog.com

Rebecca Henreckson said...

Congratulations! It's so exciting watching you chase your dreams - thank you for sharing your life with us!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Ok, ok - this is a so-called "starter job" BUT! It IS in fashion AND it's in a specific branch of fashion that you are well-qualified for, considering your online presence over the past half-dozen years - I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, LAUREN!!!

Love & Admiration!,
Jeannee
Sparkle4Jesus@outlook.com

Kimi, Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair said...

Yay!!! I'm so happy for you, Lauren! I can't wait to watch you take over NYC. :)

Britney @ Scout and Company said...

Congratulations Lauren! So happy and proud of you!!

Carmel Elizabeth said...

Lauren, that's wonderful news!! I'm so happy for you, especially after all the hard work & risks you seem to have put in, it's so awesome to know it's going to start paying off. All the best to you! <3

Kezzie said...

That is great news!

Karoline Pettersen said...

Congratulations to you! Recently started reading your blog and i find it very interesting!

Good Luck in NYC!

Greets from Norway :)

Elizabeth said...

Yay that is so exciting! I'm so happy for you :) I hope you new jobs is full of new learning experiences and amazing opportunities!

Elizabeth
http://whimsicalthoughtss.blogspot.com/

Esther said...

Eeek exciting girl! We're going to share the same job - I'm also a Social Media Manager for a few companies. Such a GREAT job and it's only going to grow as the world becomes more digital ;-) Wishing you all the best! And hey, if you ever want to chat social media, I'd love to shares notes - it's hard to find people who do social media for a living. xx

Lauren | Musings of a Flower Child said...

This is so exciting Lauren!! And what a perfect job fit for you! Congratulations lady!
-Lauren
http://www.musingsofaflowerchild.com/

Kay said...

Congrats!!! I love to hear that things are working out for you - you deserve it! :)

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