I am lucky to have worked at several notable magazine titles during my young career. When potential employers look at my resume, they are usually taken aback by the number of positions I've held. Once, during an interview, an editor raised her eyebrow at me suspiciously and questioned how it was even possible for me to have worked so many places. The freelance world, my friends, is full of opportunity. Unfortunately, many of these opportunities only last a few months at a time.
I love freelancing, but having a permanent position at Shape has been a huge blessing for me. Unlike a full-time freelancer, I never had to worry about when my job was slated to end and if I would be able to line up another one quick enough to avoid a lapse in income. The job was also flexible enough that I was able to continue freelancing on the side. It's been great getting to work on several different staffs, produce a variety of content, and of course, make that cheddar, all while having job security.
Because Shape was my first permanent position, I thought it was important for me to stay on staff for at least a year. (The longest I'd ever been at one publication prior was nine months, and even that time was split between interning and freelancing.) Job opportunities continuously came up that I would be interested in, but for the most part I politely declined. I had plenty of experience, but I felt my resume lacked consistency.
Two months ago, I received an email I couldn't ignore. It was from my former boss at Redbook, a magazine I had interned at during college. There was an opening in their photo department, the email said. Was I interested?
Of course I was. I wasn't looking for a new job, but I loved Redbook. I had a fantastic experience working there before, and a lot of Shape's staff (my current boss included) were talented Redbook transplants. I sent her my resume.
That email turned into more emails, which turned into phone calls, which turned into interviews, which turned into skills tests, which, crazy enough, resulted in a job offer.
I am so enthused and proud to announce that I have accepted the offer, and starting next week will be the assistant photo editor at both Redbook AND Woman's Day magazines.
Having started at Shape last February, I'll miss my year anniversary by about a month. I'm a little disappointed in the timing and definitely sad to leave the Shape family, but all negative feelings are trumped by the overwhelmingly positive ones I have about this new life chapter. I can't wait to be back at Hearst, to have the chance to produce higher quality work, and to finally be a full-blown magazine EDITOR (with health insurance, PTO, the works)!
My college years were not the best of my life. For two years I interned every semester (including winter break + summer) while studying as a full-time student and maintaining additional part-time jobs. I was always broke, and far too busy to have much of a social life. I couldn't wait to graduate and be done with school forever. That said, choosing to be poor, stressed and boring was the smartest thing I've ever done. This will mark the second time a past internship has turned into a paying job for me... which is two times more than what's typical. It just hammers home the importance of busting your hump in the office and staying connected with the people you meet.
What a way to start the new year! Here's to you, 2015. Looking forward to you being my best year to date.