In early April, according to the IAAS.com site, Phase One consisted of merely submitting a cover letter and resume to Monster.com, which I did. But, I wasn’t going to stop there. I figured they were looking for a blogger, a social media maven and I figured they not only would have eyes checking out the interwebs to see what applicants already had for a social media presence, but that applicants might also build something – a brand – to get them noticed. I mean, it is a social media position after all so it only makes sense, right?
Well, that’s exactly what Idid. I built a brand for myself and I called it Lisa 4 Alicia Keys and with everything I did in the social media space I would mark it as such. Whether it was a Tweet (#Lisa4AliciaKeys), a blog post, a video, or even its own Facebook Fan Page, the mark was there.
I had a logo created (thanks to my friend, Erin Foglietta of Hemlock Hill Design)
I posted consistently on my personal blog – www.quintessentialfeline.com.
I even created three videos thanks to my colleagues & friends that highlighted the reasons why Alicia should hire me:
As of this morning, that video had 92 views! Check out my You Tube Channel for the other two.
Probably my most humbling experience – the creation of my Facebook Fan Page – Lisa 4 Alicia Keys. Within 3 days of creation, I had over 100 “fans”. Within a week, I had 136! And I thank every one of them.
On top of this, I made sure that myself and/or my supporters were burning up the streams for the Twitter hashtag #AliciaJob
not to mention my own – #Lisa4AliciaKeys
I am so proud of this success. While I did not make it to the Top 60 Applicants for Phase Two, what I did was equally as important.
I have successfully branded myself for something I believe in. That counts! The way I see it, some employer somewhere will see this, as well as all the other hard work I put into my social media and marketing expertise, and want to talk to me about what I can do for their company or organization. Better yet, they’ll want to hire me!
So, I don’t look at this as a loss by any stretch. For me, it’s definitely a win!
I want to take this opportunity to thank every single one of my supporters, those that Tweeted (or re-tweeted) about my quest, posted on my Facebook Fan Page (or the wall of my personal profile), sent me emails of encouragement, or participated in my videos. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for all of that. I am so humbled and so grateful for each one!
I still believe that I would’ve done an amazing job with I Am A Super Woman dot com. I am a champion for women’s empowerment, social media, and a combination thereof. For one reason or another, I wasn’t selected and I’m perfectly OK with that. I send best wishes to the candidates that were.
If there is anything you gain from this post, I hope it is that taking chances and working hard for what you believe in will bring not only professional success but personal success as well.