Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Dog Daze of Summer

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I will admit that I have become addicted to the micro-blogging sensation that is Twitter. Back in early July, I attended a workshop on how to beef up your LinkedIn profile and how to use Twitter to better market yourself, your brand, product or service. I was amazed at how quickly I saw results after applying some simple strategies. I won't give up those secrets because I want Lewis Howes and Ria Sharon to get the credit.

I've been networking my butt off. For a while I was attending three networking events a week. Unfortunately, I haven't made the kinds of connections I need in order to break into marketing and PR. When one door closes, another opens. I enrolled in a three-day intensive Dale Carnegie Training immersion seminar where one of the instructors works with a lot of fire districts. She put in touch with a few chiefs and officers up in St. Charles county. Perhaps the Fire/EMS service is where I'm supposed to be.

A few weeks ago I was up in Chicago for a college fraternity reunion. It was great. 15 of your best friends rolling deep in the heart of Wrigleyville just as if it was Kirkwood Ave at Indiana University. At the same time, it brought back some tough memories too.

I'm still actively job hunting and career searching. I recently applied to be on a St. Louis based emergency response team through AmeriCorps. Based on the job description my background and skill sets match up perfectly. I also though the same thing about the Chaifetz Arena marketing position and that didn't work out at all. A firefighter buddy is trying to help me get my foot in the door at St. John's Mercy Hospital because they're going to hire someone for their public relations department. I'm very interested in that as well. So I've got options and lines casted out there, it's just a matter of which one bites.

So tuned for an update.

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