I’m one of those people who loves to proudly regale the story of That Time My Social Media Connections Landed Me a Super Sweet Job. Actually, I found a number of the various freelance gigs I maintain that way, but it was relationships that were first born online that landed that first-step, foot-in-the-door here at Lijit Networks.
I met Grace Boyle (Publisher Services Manager) through various connections on Twitter between bloggers in both the 20-Something Bloggers and Brazen Careerist communities. When I started chattering about coming up to Boulder for an event during an apartment-hunting trip in Denver, Grace – an active couch-surfer and unofficially Boulder’s welcome committee – extended the invitation for a place to crash while I was there.
The next morning after that event, Grace suggested I swing into her office with her to meet her colleagues; Lijit wasn’t hiring at the time, and I wasn’t really looking, but what a great opportunity to network, right?
So, I did just that. I met the friendly folks at Lijit, all hard at work finding great publisher partners and building a better-every-single-iteration product that Grace was lovely enough to get me all signed up with before I left the office.
These introductions whetted what would become, for me, an insatiable appetite for and obsession with Boulder’s interactive, tech, and start-up scene, and I decided that instead of moving to Denver, I needed to be in this little geeky community instead.
Right about the time I was packing my bags and moving up, Grace tipped me off to an opening on her team at Lijit. They were looking for someone who understands blogging (here’s my blog), with connections and relationships to other bloggers (here’s the online community whose admin team I happily sit on), and with a background in media sales and advertising (here are the Minneapolis agencies for whom I’ve purchased media).
Obviously, I got the job or I wouldn’t be writing this post, and while I realize that it’s my qualifications (and charming personality and adorable-ness, right?) that actually got me the job, it was the connections I’d made with people like Grace, Tara, Erica, and Perry while in the middle of my relocation process.
Moral of the story?Relationships cultivated online can absolutely get you places – amazing personal relationships and friendships for sure, but professional collaborators (and employers!) as well.
I’ve only been at Lijit for a month, but I’m falling in love with each of my coworkers as I get to know them better, the responsibilities I hold and contributions I get to make to the Publisher Services Team, and the dynamic, innovative, and energetic culture that I believe is beautifully unique to being in a tech startup here in Boulder.