The Week: Networking Madness

Welcome to my new segment — a delightfully themed post on the best reads and happenings of my week. Given my recent dedication to increase the quality of my reading, I thought this would be good practice. Enjoy!

(Also, a weekly segment means I will be writing more. Hooray for keeping my blog updated! It is not an easy thing to accomplish, trust me.)

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This week is all about networking and job hunting. I’ve been traveling back and forth from Boston and New York City in search of some awesome job opportunities and I have to say, networking is exhausting, but completely worth it. Here’s what was happening on my end of the job hunt season:

1. Last Friday, I attended the New York City Startup Job Fair for the second time. It was crowded, busy, and a little overwhelming. While it was hard to get around, I admit that it’s a great way to stay on your toes and look sharp. If you want to impress anyone, attending a startup fair tests your knowledge on industry skills and trends. A great reason to network and attend job fairs.

If you’re looking to work in a startup, I highly recommend this one. Make sure to follow their Twitter account for updates: @nycstartupjobs

NYC Startup Job Fair

Packed.

2. I’ve recently become a huge fan of The Daily Muse. They’re a great job hunting resource and the job board is top notch. Again, if you’re interested in tech and startups, make sure to use them to your advantage. I especially love their newsletter.

3. Todd Defren, CEO at SHIFT Communications, gave Millemials a kick in the ass with this open letter. Like so many other undergrads applying for jobs, I took this one personally — but in a good way. While nervously reading the article, I did a mental checklist for everything I had done right according to Todd’s standards. Luckily, it looks like I’m on the right track.

One scary quote to take from this: “Your cover letter should be flawless and interesting. Grammatical errors are perfectly acceptable—so long as you don’t mind if we immediately trash your letter.”

Ouch.

4. On a final note, I’m hosting an event tonight with my fellow organizer and blogger Melanie Cohn. It’s our second event for the group we co-founded called Young Women in Digital. As of last night, the event, named “Marketing and Mingling”, was entirely sold out! I am so excited and proud that we managed to create a group that appeals to so many women.

If you work in marketing/digital/PR in Boston, join us for our next event! You can follow us on Twitter using #YWDBoston 🙂

Young Women in Digital Marketing and Mingling

The Greenway Mural: Controversy, Art, and Creativity in Boston

Cheers Boston

(Source: Rob Young)

About a month ago, I had an eye-opening discussion with someone I randomly shared a cab with. I was going downtown and, of course, the 57 was late. I checked my phone and saw that the next bus wouldn’t arrive for another 30 minutes. Annoyed and frustrated, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer and would simply take a cab.

There was an elderly man standing next to me in dirty jeans, a red sox hat and jacket. I assumed he was going to pick up his family after the game since it was already 10pm. I asked him if he wanted to share a cab with me. He happily agreed and off we went.

The guy was a Bostonian through and through. Accent, clothes, political views, everything. We chit-chatted a little and I asked him bout Boston. As a non-native, I was curious to see what his thoughts were. His reply surprised me. Continue reading