- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I work in a unionized, multi-department environment (in a civic government). Because internal job postings are open to any union member, you can apply basically for anything. Most of the time I stick to jobs that I’m clearly qualified for, but an amazing position in Research and Digital Media Analysis came up within a different section of my department. The position called for a Marketing degree or other relevant experience, and I argued in my cover letter that my MA degree in Cultural Studies (think a combined study of literature, history, and sociology) and my demonstrable experience producing top-quality research (published, conference presentations, etc) are evidence of my research strength. In addition, I played up the fact that one of my MA papers was a study of the reception of the SOPA blackout across Twitter, FB and other social media sites, so that I have demonstrated experience working first-hand with digital media.
Anyway, I never heard anything back… and then other members from my department with more seniority than me got interviews… and got rejected. I didn’t even think that I would get a call, but cue this morning when I receive a call from a number I don’t recognize, and lo and behold I’ve been asked to submit a portfolio of work for consideration.
I’m like, straight panicking. It’s one thing to go into an interview and argue how my research skills in an academic field are transferable to this position, but it’s another thing to demonstrate it in a portfolio that I’ll have to hand over. I keep stalling on working on it because I can’t even begin to think how to arrange the various work I’ve done into the proper order. But this could literally be an actual career–one that I would love–rather than the clerical position I work in now, and I can’t bomb this because I’ve never forgive myself (I mean, it’s one thing if I don’t have the skills they want to see–it’s another thing if have them but suck at demonstrating them in a portfolio and lose the opportunity that way).
Any suggestions? Anyone with a background in marketing or digital media willing to help me out?!