Several weeks ago, I Tweeted with great excitement that I had applied for my dream job: Director of Marketing for the Texas Stars. Those of you that have been following me know that I cover the Dallas Stars’ AHL affiliate for Examiner.com. What you might not know is that before my foray into journalism, my career was all sales and marketing. My first job out of college was working for a sports agency that represented 13 NFL clients. Naturally, upon seeing this job posting and reading the description, I knew I would be its perfect match – I have the required experience (and more!), I know the team inside and out, and live and breathe sports. Even my part-time job is waitressing…at a sports bar!  Last week, I pulled a rather gutsy stunt and sent a list of the “Top Ten Reasons I Should Be the Marketing Director for the Texas Stars” to the individuals I felt would be most likely to make hiring decisions – no one can say I am afraid, right? Alas, I am still unemployed, but I’ve shown that I’ve got chutzpah! I’ve been told that they still have not hired for the position, so my fingers (and toes and legs) are crossed, but I’ve decided it’s time to start looking for other opportunities, as well.

In searching for a full-time job, the most important thing to me is my work environment. I want to be passionate about my job!  Of course, a sales or marketing/public relations position in the sports industry would be ideal, but my search is not limited to the sports industry. I am searching for a company that is honest, forward-thinking and adaptable. In today’s changing economy, I believe it is important to constantly analyze results and make adjustments based on successes and failures.

Another important aspect of the ideal job is stability.  Don’t get me wrong, I love change; I love travel; and I love competition. I am not looking for a 9 to 5 job where I get paid a salary or hourly rate and can rest on my laurels. I’m hoping to find a position with at least a small base salary and benefits, rather than a full commission job with no benefits as I have had before. While I’ve always been a top producer, no matter what my position, a skydiving accident this past fall reminded me that with a commission job, income is not steady and it is difficult to plan and budget for the future.

Finally, with regard to location, there are realities that I know I must face. As much as it pains me to say this (I love Austin!), I am willing to relocate for the right position.  At this point in my life, I’m willing to take the necessary steps to start my career again on the right path. After relocating to DC from 2006-2010, I feel that I am up for any challenge!

My resume is linked on this website, as is a brief biography. Above and beyond what you can see in any resume, my friends and co-workers will tell you that I am one of the most determined people they know. I do not like to be idle. If there is a skill I do not possess, I will learn it quickly. I know that I would be a valuable asset to any company or team out there and look forward to the new opportunities that await!

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