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Hey Mr. Merrow

May 17th, 2010

While still searching for a valuable internship for this summer I came across the Merrow Sewing Machine Company. Admittedly, I have never heard of them before, and if I had, I forgot (considering I’m not part of their target audience this is understandable). However, after reviewing their website and reading some of their blog posts, I have realized how reputable this brand actually is.

In order to be the best it is wise to learn from and work with the best. This is why I have decided to apply to such an influential brand in their respective industry.

Owen and Charlie Merrow – I have put together a list of the top 10 reasons why you should look no further on your intern search:

  • I will get the job done by any means necessary
  • I play well with dogs (Proof: My last internship had two dogs as well and there were no bites or bruises – I’d get along with Sable & Pilot just fine)
  • I am extremely interested in branding and am continuously learning about all aspects of marketing (Proof: This blog, daily check of Ads of the World.com, currently enrolled in Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University)
  • Creative: the most commonly used word  others use in describing me
  • I took 5 years of French in high school (per free translation.com:  Je me souviens de quelque français)
  • I have a strong desire to be the best;  at everything
  • The amount of energy I exude is not the result of energy drinks
  • I have proven I can handle a large amount of responsibility (Proof: Spring 2010 semester included 5 group projects out of 6 courses and I achieved my first 4.0 semester)
  • I have a lot of experience and skill in time management (Proof: Last summer I experienced smooth sailing during two simultaneous internships, working at Panera Bread, two summer courses, and AMA responsibilities)
  • Have you Googled “Merrow” lately? Try it out…look around.

Just so anyone reading this understands, I sent my resume and cover letter to Mr. Owen Merrow tonight and directed them to my blog for further insight into who I am. I’m trying something different, and I hope they like it. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how it turns out.

(Note – if you are not located in RI or MA, #10 on the list will not work for you, but it will for the Merrows) :)

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Be self-reliant and your success is assured

May 11th, 2010

Since the beginning of 2009 my life has changed tremendously. This is when I finally took the step towards my career path by investing a lot of time and effort into my courses as well taking advantage of numerous opportunities like the American Marketing Association and internships. Everything that I have experienced and all that I have accomplished from that time until now have really shaped me into the person I am today.

Today, my very productive, confidence-boosting, “I can’t be stopped” 17 month time frame has come to an abrupt halt as CVS declined me for a summer internship in their Media Department. It goes without saying that interning full-time with a Fortune 18 company yields numerous opportunities for experience and networking, as well as a tremendous resume addition. I’ll admit I am disappointed; I’m missing out on a great opportunity. Sure I was one of over 500 applicants, narrowed down to 50 or so who got interviewed, sure they sent a nice rejection e-mail me with words like “impressed, outstanding, diligence, you should be proud! and competition was fierce!”, and sure at the very least I gained interview experience as I had three of them back-to-back-to-back…but I wasn’t selected.

It’s like coming in second in the big race and getting the silver medal. There are times you’d rather be fourth or fifth because you weren’t that close to the prize. Losing closely sometimes hurts more than losing by a lot. Anyone who knows my attitude toward competition in any form knows I don’t want the consolation prize; I play to win.

The confidence I exude on a regular basis is now against its first real test. I have no problem displaying confidence even if it’s not all there on the inside because that’s how you should present yourself in any situation. However, it’s easy to act like this when everything is pretty much going your way. It’s easy to quote cute little sayings to your friends in an effort to boost their self-esteem and confidence when you are experiencing smooth-sailing yourself. Is it just as easy to stand by my words when I finally stumble? It’s time for me to walk the walk after a real big rejection.

To all my friends who I ever said “don’t worry about it” to after they received a bad grade or didn’t get a job, and to everyone who I told to “keep trying” or said “so what, do it again” when they failed in some way, and to anyone who has heard me say “no big deal, move on”, when it really was a big deal – this is your proof that I too, don’t always succeed.

Will that stop me? Nope.

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