15 Seconds of Fame.

Finally. My 15 seconds of fame.

[UPDATED 12/9/10] On Tuesday, December 7th at 12:45PM ET, I was on MSNBC (live!). The topic was “finding a job via Twitter.” Below is the 3+ minute segment.

Note: I’m not sure why I looked drunk/tired/nervous in the first 30 seconds or so. I just wasn’t sure what to do. Looking back, I guess I could have smiled. Ha!

Keep reading below if you’d like to learn a bit more about how I got here…

How I Got Here

As you may know, Twitter actually helped me land my gig at Blue Sky Factory.

While I wrote that blog post nearly a year and a half ago, I received an email from friend / Blue Sky Factory client, Sharon Mostyn on October 5th letting me know about a HARO opportunity from Mashable titled, “I got hired on Twitter.” The query read,

I’m looking for individuals with interesting stories of how they were hired for a job using Twitter. Please send your story to me ASAP, including the following details: – How did you use Twitter to get your job? – What was the job title and company? – What was your job search strategy? This story will post on Saturday, 10/9 and responses are urgent.

Of course, I replied immediately. One of the great parts about having a blog is that I was able to quickly reference the post. I was pleasantly surprised to see my name in print a few months later when Mashable published the story on November 27th: 6 Ways to Score a Job Through Twitter (see #6).

Personally and professionally, I’m a huge fan of Mashable. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to see a snippet of my story in the article. Better yet, they linked back to my blog (Thanks, Mashable!).

Then, on December 3rd, I saw this tweet from @MSNBC_Booking:

Twitter - MSNBC Booking

After a bit of back and forth, I was confirmed. The rest, as they say, is history.

Love to hear what you thought of my 15 seconds of fame.

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

16 comments
Katie Morse
Katie Morse

Congrats, DJ! You're one of the smartest dudes I know and I'm thrilled to see that you'll be on MSNBC, talking about how you used those smarts (and Twitter) to land your role with Blue Sky Factory.

Kudos!

[email protected]

Jaren Angerbauer
Jaren Angerbauer

Very cool indeed -- looking forward to seeing you tomorrow -- hopefully they won't bump you again.

Krista Parry
Krista Parry

I cannot wait to tune in! You are a SuperStar!

covati
covati

Yea, DJ, you'll forever be my hero if you mention Argyle! FTW?

Sharon Mostyn
Sharon Mostyn

Congrats, DJ! I'm always happy to be able to connect someone I know with HARO/ProfNet/PR leads. I find that if you're truly engaged with the people in your social network you find more and more opportunities to connect them with their possible 15 seconds of fame. I'm glad I could help you find yours because you certainly deserve it...now if we could only keep the President from bumping your timeslot!

Eric
Eric

I think you're the bee's knees, DJ. No, but in all seriousness, this is a great (and smart) post describing the process. Good stuff.

I'd also like to send a big, big thank you to Erica & Mashable for including us in the story! Like you, I was ecstatic to see my name in a Mashable article, as it's one of the few websites I check daily, no matter where I am. I was also fortunate enough to have a friend send me the HARO Request you referenced. Since I've already sort of hijacked your space here, I'll give the necessary props: Ashley Halberstadt (@AHalbers) from Blast Media PR - thank you for sending me the initial request from Erica, as it's now led to an appearance on MSNBC!

This process has been exciting, and I'm glad we've been able to connect because of it. Any guy that posts that classic Vince Vaughn scene from Wedding Crashers is good in my book. Look forward to following your blog/tweets after our 15 seconds have passed by.

-Eric [email protected]