I start my new job Tuesday! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be lobbying in Salem through the 2011 legislative session.
It’s a crazy story how the pieces fell together.
The very last day of my previous job, I had set up an informational interview at a Portland based PR/PA and lobbying firm. After meeting with a lovely gal there, she informed me that their lobbying team was hiring. They decided to give me a job interview on the spot. A week later, they chose someone else for the position. But in January, I got an email from one of the gals informing me that another firm was hiring and she encouraged me to apply.
I applied. And then did some research and immediately realized that this firm was NOT the place for me. I knew that they would be lobbying for causes and clients that I do not agree with. But for some inexplicable reason, when they called and asked for an interview, I agreed. I figured it would be good practice.
The women I met with were extremely kind. We chatted about all sorts of things, but in my heart, I knew that this was not the place for me. When they called me and asked me to come down and meet the team, I had to confess that it would be a conflict of interest for me to work at their firm. I felt horrible for wasting their time.
My interviewer didn’t miss a beat. She quickly referred me to another organization who she suggested might be a better fit. I met with them on Monday and could tell immediately I would enjoy working there. And today they called and offered me the job.
It just goes to show that you never know where an opportunity might lead. And networking – with everyone – is always beneficial. I’m thankful and excited to start the next chapter!
If only it weren’t in Salem, Oregon… 😛