Social Media Experiment: Finding a New Job

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*8/28/11 Update – Waldow Social: My Successful Social Media Experiment

I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason.

In this case, the “thing” was my dismissal from Blue Sky Factory on July 1, 2011 as part of a merger (details announced today). I’m told that it is typical for an acquiring company to put its own people into the key positions, so through no fault of my own, I was out of the coveted job of Director of Community.

While I’ll miss working with the Blue Sky Factory crew, the nice part is that they are still just an IM/text/Skype/G+/tweet/email/phone call/plane ride away. Over the past 10 days, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect. However, looking back only gets you so far. I’m ready to move forward. I’m ready for the next part of my journey.

I’ve been living, breathing (& sometimes sleeping) email marketing for over 6 years. I love email, however I also love social media … and community management … and social media marketing … and digital marketing … and people. I’m at one of those crossroads in my life – a critical time in my career. After living on this earth for over 35 years, I know what I’m good at (and what I’m not). I know what I like (and what I don’t). I know – and understand – the power of connections. I’m ready for the next chapter.

So…What’s Next?

As mentioned above, I love many aspects of business. And if I can be so bold (confident?), I’m darn good at a lot of stuff – email marketing, social media, community management. The next chapter of my life will include all 3 of those disciplines and more. I’m looking for a director/VP level role in digital marketing. The specific title doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but the job will have responsibilities that include all things related to digital, interactive, and marketing.

My hope – as the title of this post implies – that my next job will come as the result of leveraging my social networks and specifically the relationships and trust I’ve build over the past decade.

My “social media experiment” (code name: Project Awesome) began last week when I asked a few of my friends to film 30 second “Hire DJ” clips. Here’s what they came up with:

Can’t see the video? Try viewing it on YouTube.

Huge thanks to Jeremy Hanks, Chris Penn, Jason Falls, Chris Brogan, Peter Shankman, Jay Baer (with an assist from Mike Corak), Ann Handley, and “Agent” Jason Keath. You all rock.

“I Want To Help!”

If it wasn’t obvious by now, I’m looking for a new gig! While retirement unemployment has been fun, I’m starting to get a bit bored. I’m ready to continue my quest to take over the world. I’m itching to take an organization to the next level with their digital/interactive marketing. I’m pumped about stepping into a new role where I’ll have an immediate, positive impact.

If you’d like to help, I’m assuming you fall into one of a few possible categories:

  • “I don’t have a job opening, but would like to chat.”
  • “I have a job opening. Please contact me.”
  • “I’d like to connect you with someone.”
  • “Other”

Whichever of the above fits you best, you’ll likely want to see a resume. I’ve decided that (for the most part) traditional resumes are the thing of the past, especially for a guy who is looking to land a role in digital marketing. Therefore, I’ve chosen to create an interactive resume (embedded below).

 

Taking it up a notch, I’ve also created a “voiceover” version of my interactive resume. See the video below.

Can’t see the video? Try viewing it on YouTube.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I’d be honored if you’d share this post, the video, my interactive resume, and/or my interactive resume with voiceover. You can copy this URL – http://ar.gy/hire – and paste it into an email. Additionally, you can use the buttons below to Tweet, share on LinkedIn or Facebook, or even like on Facebook.

Let the next chapter begin … now!

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

123 comments
ngiqik
ngiqik

Wow, Awsome. Keep working DJ!

RoseHollo
RoseHollo

Count New England College #DigitalNEC in on your MBA hopefuls list!  @Ari Herzog  is my prof., too.  His class rocks!  And I love your interactive resume.  What a great idea to show off your talents.   :-)  

RossNovak
RossNovak

Hey DJ, I just read this for my digital marketing class regarding digital marketing and its correlation to networking. Did you know you are now part of my MBA! Hope you have a nice job by now. - Ross Novak @rossnovak 

Andy Steggles
Andy Steggles

Hey DJ, this is great mate... if i had a position for your skill set open, I'd try to hire you in a second... maybe in the future? (new positions open up all the time)...

Phil Gerbyshak
Phil Gerbyshak

Really awesome way to find a job, or rather, have a job find you. Good luck DJ!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Ha. Well, thanks for the offer, Natalie. Love to talk about how I can help SoundCloud. I mean, my name *is* DJ, right? Let's chat! djwaldow at gmail.com

Paul Hinz
Paul Hinz

Interesting.  But what's this awesomeness going to cost me?

Carolyn
Carolyn

DJ...Twas a sad day when you left Bronto two years ago (and quit on me!).  I have spread the good word about you high and wide.  Let me know what else I can do to help you as I am one of your biggest fans!  Can't wait to hear an update on #projectawesome!

Pat
Pat

Gosh, DJ. I see at least a dozen clients in these comments. What are you afraid of???

andrewkordek
andrewkordek

DJ,

Love this idea and cannot wait to see the outcome.  I would hire you, but alas have nothing for you now.  I can and will however vouch for your passion and knowledge.

Andrew Kordek@andrewkordek@trendlinei
Co-Founder, Trendline Interactive
A Email Marketing Agency
&
Email: [email protected]

RichTucker - CruiseSource.us
RichTucker - CruiseSource.us

DJ, can't wait to see where you will be working next... You're like a NFL free agent who just had a career year - you'll have several awesome jobs to choose from...     You've alway been such big help for me, please do not hesitate contacting me directly if there is anything I can do to help.  I'll keep my eyes opend for top-level digital marketing openings for you. 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Appreciate that Jaime. Just replied to your comment over there!

The Speicher Team
The Speicher Team

Although we've never officially met, I have known Greg for 20+ years and you reviewed our email marketing.  We're wirh RE/MAX (who is based in Denver) and we think you'd ROCK at taking our organization to the next level.  We have sent your information to the VP of ebusiness.  Good luck!

Mark W Schaefer
Mark W Schaefer

This is brilliant. Good luck DJ! I'll keep eyes and ears open for you.

KJoMiller
KJoMiller

I love this!  DJ I'm the HQ & Administrative Manager for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and I am interested in your project and learning more about your employment requirements.   Connect with me if you are interested in talking about the work for which we need you expertise.

Christian Braun
Christian Braun

I fall under “I have a job opening. Please contact me.” , for more background see www.TheMartingale.com.

Christian

Sean Meyer
Sean Meyer

kickass idea man, I am in the same boat and it is a rough time. You give me encouragement to keep breaking through this discouraging economy. Best of luck to you, but we both know you don't even need it.

Sharon in Buffalo
Sharon in Buffalo

I want to hire DJ Waldow!  ..... oh wait, he already works for me-- for free, forever, cause I'm his MOM.  What a fantastic "resume".  Wish I could take some credit, but he was actually born this way:  big, smiling, outgoing (thank god!), energetic, optimistic, interested (in everything), loving and loyal..... very loyal.  I loved hearing what people had to say about him: his authenticity, humor, and his lack of arrogance.  What more could you ask for as a member of your team-- or your family?  He is a great husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and most definitiely SON!  Someone, in addition to his family, will be lucky to have him as a colleague.  Props to the social media experiment.  LOVE IT.

Jim
Jim

Awesome approach.  Good luck!

Ryan Wynia
Ryan Wynia

there's a team that's about to get super lucky. I can't wait to see the outcome of this project! congrats, DJ!

Maddy Hubbard
Maddy Hubbard

I was thinking about #projectawesome this morning on my drive into the office.  This is such a clever idea and I would expect nothing less from you!  I absolutely love it.  I was also wondering how long this would take you.  My answer: mere days.  Best of luck you, my friend! 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

One of my favorite quotes from the video. And the fact that you shot the vid from the bus. Thanks, my friend.

Brett Borders
Brett Borders

Good luck.. you are being creative and taking initiative... and it will get you far before you know it!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You are the man, Eric. What are y'all going to do sans-Krista for the next few months?

BlogWorld Expo
BlogWorld Expo

Ok everyone else can ignore this post. We are hiring DJ Damn it! He just doesn't know that yet. =p Seriously DJ you have an opening and public job offer as of this moment. Can't wait to talk.

Rab
Rab

DJ, I expect that you will be making some new awesome stuff at a lucky firm here very shortly. Let me know if there is anything you need from me buddy. Have a great week and continue to bring the awesome. 

County Line BBQ Hill
County Line BBQ Hill

If we had an opening in our little company for your specialty your phone would have been ringing 10 days ago! I am wishing you the best but you don't need it, as you get out there and MAKE yours the best!!

Marjorie Clayman
Marjorie Clayman

Hi DJ,

Just tossing this out there, but I think your combination of likability, the ability to explain complex things in a simple way, and your ability to motivate people (i.e. your monthly plans which were Project Awesome before Project Awesome) all are pointing to something big for you. Perhaps you could use your Social Media skills to create a sort of online fitness club or do something else spectacularly new like that - I could see you becoming a true health & happiness, well, pardon the term, but...guru. 

Kevin Fawley
Kevin Fawley

Love everything about this. Way to go out and make something happen for yourself. Inspiring to say the least. 

Doug Lehman
Doug Lehman

Well Done DJ good luck on your search.  Your concept and project has inspired me as well with own search process using video etc.  Good luck keep us posted.

B2design
B2design

Very cool, man. You have some serious heavy-hitters in your corner. No doubt you'll be taking over the world in no time at all.

Jen Wojcik
Jen Wojcik

DJ, if I could hire you right this second, I would. Not joking. If anyone is reading this comment. Hire him. Now.

Hopes77
Hopes77

How have I missed you all this time! I love this and you!!!!

Alex Grechanowski
Alex Grechanowski

Shared, DJ! Good luck in finding even better playground (or battlefield)! 

Dallas Email Marketing
Dallas Email Marketing

DJ, good luck and love that you are doing what this is all about - using social media and your networks to get you to the next step. Best of luck and if I hear something, I will definitely let you know! 

Carley Knobloch
Carley Knobloch

This is so smart. My ear is to the ground. Can't wait to hear when/where you land!

Doug
Doug

Anyone else think he's full of crap?  I mean he lives in Salt Lake City and claims to be a lover of beer.

Tiffany Monhollon
Tiffany Monhollon

Great stuff here, DJ. What an awesome case study in the making! Shared your post and look forward to hearing how the search progresses! 

Jesse Noyes
Jesse Noyes

Hey, DJ. Awesome post and splendid work. I'm a fan of your musings. I have no doubt with references like yours, you'll find a number of opportunities in no time. In the meantime, I'll forward this to any openings I hear about.

Best,

Jesse

morgan.
morgan.

Well I'm a bit jealous! I'm trying to land my *first* ux/social media/sxd job...mind if I borrow your method? Good luck, though!

Mortgage Network Inc
Mortgage Network Inc

I am excited to see where you land, and if I do hear/see/read of an opportunity I will definitely forward it on to you. Best of luck and whichever company manages to snap you up, they will lucky to do so!

Corey Creed
Corey Creed

Hang in there, DJ.  Start an email list so we can all stay informed as to what you need.  I'm sure the entire online community will support your efforts to find something you'll enjoy.