I received the best email today, an email from the editor of the Bristol Courier Herald letting me know the police beat reporter position is now mine.
The communication began in March when I sent out multiple emails to newpapers in the Tri-City area of TN. Once I arrived I called a few papers to see if there were any freelance positions available.
When I called the Bristol Herald the editor told me about a full-time position that needed to be filled. That initial question, “tell me about your experience” sparked her memory of my resume.
I remained persistent throughout the whole process, which landed me an interview and eventually a job.
What an invigorating feeling, I arrived in Tennessee without a full-time job … and a little more than a month later I am employed at a daily newspaper. The best part was within the first two weeks of arriving I got my foot in the door.
I now have quite a few writing gigs – a few in Southwest Florida and Arizona. Wow!
I am beyond excited to start this new job next week. I’m most enthused about the challenge of getting to know a new area, covering a new beat and working a night shift the same days every week.
It just goes to show you are capable of doing anything … It’s all about having a positive attitude and drive to make your dreams come true.
Jason and my mom have been amazing throughout this whole process. I don’t know what I would do without them.When you surround yourself with positive people only good things happen.
The possibilities from here are endless …
Again I find myself on the porch listening to the music that continuously fills the air from the birds while watching the sun go down.
Although they are not excellent pictures, the blue jay I have been trying to capture finally flew into my vision on a tree right in front of me. Nature, so peaceful!
Today has been a great day, a day that only lifts my spirits even more.
An effort I made to get my name out there while still living in Fort Myers worked to my advantage yesterday and today. A job that was not being offered at the beginning of the phone call slowly made its way into the conversation after I jogged the editor’s memory of who I was.
I took it upon myself to track down the job she told me was available when I did not receive an email with a link for the position a few hours after we spoke.
Today when she sent the link and asked me to tell her when the online application was finished, I replied it was ready for her review and please let me know if there was anything else she needed.
That got the ball rolling, clips of my writing were exchanged and a interview was scheduled for next week.
Persistence completely pays off! I showed her I was interested and kept at if until I landed that interview.
Now as I sit and reflect upon the day, the excitement of what I accomplished takes a hold of me again. I’m slowly making my way in an environment I have only grown to know eight days ago.
The conversation the editor and I shared on the phone gave me hope that this might be my new adventure, a daily newspaper in Bristol, VA.
If you believe in yourself anything is possible. If you have a positive attitude any obstacle can be overcome.
If this interview does not pan out to be the outcome I hope for, it still gives me the experience as well as exposure in a new area that I need.