Life has felt like a full circle recently, and let me tell you why!
A lot has changed in my career over the past year and a half. After college, I briefly worked at a law firm and their subsidiary company as a marketing coordinator. Shortly after I started, the subsidiary company ended up branching out as its own company. The company was great, and I had known my supervisors for nearly 3 years. It was a team of 3 people and after a year, I wanted something more. In the industry I was in, there were a lot of restrictions when it came to advertising and marketing. Because I wanted to dip my toes into other industries, I decided to transition from doing in-house marketing to agency life!
Transitioning from In-House Marketing to Agency Life
I joined a marketing agency with 20+ employees. Being there for over a year and reaching a managerial position, I wanted to venture out to a larger company! I had several discussions with people who had experience working at both small and large companies. Some advice I got about working at a small company is that you’re a jack of all trades. You learn the ins and outs of everything whereas, at a bigger company, you’re able to specialize in one area.
One of my friends gave me an analogy: imagine you’re in a pool, you’re able to see the entirety of the pool – that’s the same as working at a small company. Now, imagine you’re in the sea. It’s infinite and you’re also able to swim as deep as you want.
Working at a Small to Large Agency
Overall, with where I’m at in life, I knew I wanted to experience working at a larger agency. Over the years, I realized that I’m a very structural person and need an established hierarchy at the company. While I had several friends who didn’t enjoy working for a large corporate, I needed to experience it at least once in my life.
Thus, I began my job search!
I updated my resume and was applying on LinkedIn through their Easy Apply feature. I had several job interviews, follow-up interviews, and a few offers here and there, but none of them was it for me. One piece of advice I received was to narrow down 2-3 top marketing agencies and cater my resume to their position and company. This was fairly time-consuming but is a much better approach than mindlessly applying on LinkedIn.
After about 5 months of job hunting, I joined a digital marketing and advertising agency on the client servicing side.
Now, going back to my earlier comment about life being a full circle – I actually cold email the agency a few years ago as I was graduating from college. Looking back, the email is probably not my best work, haha, which is no surprise that I didn’t get a response. There are so many things I would have done differently, but oh well! You live and you learn, ha.
While I’m only 2 months in so far, I can say that I’ve been loving every moment of it. From the amazing view from the second floor of the building to all the dogs running around in the office, I am so excited that this is the next chapter of my career.