Hi FAVES readers. Welcome to the first installment of “People You Want to Hire.” Periodically I will feature amazing job seekers looking for work in communications, social media and/or journalism. To kick it off, here are three people who I “hand picked” out of more than 50 submissions. Next week I have three more I’m going to feature. Good luck to all!
Name: Kevin Loker
Dream job title: Newsroom Resident Anthropologist
Three adjectives that describe you: intuitive, forward-thinking, personable
If I’m hired by your organization I will: …identify key audiences and work to strategize news delivery to meet the consumption habits of those specific sub-cultures, extending reach and possible engagement, but doing so in a way that isn’t just throwing some tweets and Facebook posts against the wall and hoping something sticks. (I’ll conduct research on communities to improve editorial decisions and prioritize means of distribution.)
What kind of office culture are you looking for? I desire an organization with a unified vision of ultimate purpose: sharing truth for the betterment of an individual’s life. My preference is to throw myself into an organization that recognizes that the best way to accomplish this goal – and likewise, to make money to maintain that endeavor – is to require that any potential change be made based not just on general trends in usage, but also on how specific sub-communities to which an organization caters are already uniquely using technology and interacting with information. Ideally, I want to contribute to an organization willing to strategize, to invest the time and talent to make adaptations correctly, and perhaps most importantly, to develop new best practices without compromising product and purpose.
What’s your most impressive professional accomplishment? What about personal? There are some impressive-sounding things that come along with being an editor of a student-run news site for three years, but what I think is cool (and can go under the radar with my resume) are the relationships I’ve formed on social media, specifically Twitter. I think it’s rare because one 1) many undergrads don’t amass 1,100 followers, for any reason, and 2) I barely shared my own content. I mainly commented, replied and curated – I suppose treating it like truly “social” media – and as a result, the follower count ticked up. “Relational social media” usage, I guess. On the personal side, while I think it’s pretty neat to have walked away from undergrad at George Mason University as Senior of the Year (for contributions to community), it’s cool to pair that accomplishment with a coronation as homecoming king. I had a blast making a fool out of myself representing a Catholic student org — and in the process, rapping to a parody of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” — and it was neat to receive support not just for being successful, but being goofy and fun.
How many years experience do you have? Four years in leadership roles in student media, coinciding with two years contributing to professional media
What’s one thing that sets you apart from any other candidate? I suppose if I put the homecoming king crown aside – which itself is kind of crazy / funny, and I guess part of this answer, too — I’ve just got a combination of experiences and successes that most recently graduated students don’t. I’ve built a student news website up over three years and grown a team of one to a team of twenty, I generated and maintained a $15,000 budget for a giant puzzle game tied to our brand, and I created social media strategy and livetweeted for events at The Washington Post. My professional resume pairs with academic ambition about technology and society: I’m working to get research published on the role of instant communications technology (Facebook, texting, etc.) in the development of college-aged romantic relationships. And oh, I’m from South Dakota.
Where should your ideal job be based? Washington, D.C. metro area
Are you willing to relocate? Yes, for the right organization, and with preference to the East Coast.
Want to hire Kevin? Email him at kr.loker@gmail[.]com.
Name: Mark Edwards
Blog: Markedwardsuncensored.com, Markedwardsworldwide.blogspot.com
Dream job title: Employee. I’m able to help in so many ways that I’ll let you, the employer, decide how I can help you best and what to call me. Three adjectives that describe you: experienced, innovative, connected
If I’m hired by your organization I will: bring unmatched experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and new levels of success to you.
What kind of culture are you looking for? An environment that has energy, teamwork, and a culture of cooperation. I’ve worked in small offices, huge offices, and alone. The culture of the organization I join should foster creativity, no matter how many people are in the office.
What’s your most impressive professional accomplishment?
What about personal? Almost singlehandedly and secretly building and launching a brand new radio station, including a full suite of social media outposts and a marketing plan, in 18 days last year in Kansas City. Personally, I’m most proud of my three incredible sons. You can’t do anything more important than being a parent.
How many years experience do you have? 27 as a content creator, brand manager, and marketer using a score of traditional and new media resources.
Where should your ideal job be based? St. Louis, MO because it’s the best place I’ve ever lived to raise a family.
Are you willing to relocate? YES, Chicagoland would be my first choice, but I’ll go anywhere for the right job. I can also use the miracle of the Interwebz to work from World Headquarters in St. Louis.
Want to hire Mark? Email him at edwardsmark@gmail[.]com.
Name: Jessica Spiegel
Dream job title: Content & Social Media Manager
Three adjectives that describe you: generous, adaptable, loyal
If I’m hired by your organization, I will: create unique & relevant content that’s informative as well as interesting, build an engaged community, & inspire people to get off the couch & see the world. I’ll also demonstrate proper microphone handling at the annual office karaoke party.
What kind of office culture are you looking for? I’m looking for an office that’s not an office – I want to continue to work remotely, either for a company that’s totally virtual or one that understands “remote” doesn’t inherently mean “not engaged.” I want to work for a company that is more concerned with getting the job done than with punching a clock. I want to work for the kind of company where employees get along (at all levels of management) well enough to go out for drinks together after the work day is done.
What’s your most impressive professional accomplishment? Rising to the top of my niche, Italy travel, & as a result being asked to moderate or speak on panels at events such as BlogWorld Expo and TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange).
What about personal? I’m not a shy person, but joining a rock band & singing onstage (however small) remains one of my proudest personal accomplishments. I don’t think I realized then how much that confidence boost would help me off the stage, too.
How many years experience do you have?
- Community Building & Management – 10 [4 years as Grassroots Coordinator at American Cancer Society, 6 years as Community Manager/Social Media Manager for Bootsnall & WhyGo Italy]
- Writing – 14 [4 years at American Cancer Society, 4 years at Institute for Conflict Management, 6 years at BootsnAll/WhyGo Italy]
What’s one thing that sets you apart from any other candidate? I’ve got a proven track record of building & maintaining an engaged community. I’m adept at creating content in a timely manner that is targeted appropriately to its audience. I’m good at encouraging people to do things they think they might not be able to do (especially when it comes to independent travel). Additionally, I make great gelato, & I can explain the offside rule in football/soccer.
Where should your ideal job be based? Portland, Oregon
Are you willing to relocate?No
Want to hire Jessica? Email her at jessica422@gmail[.]com.