I’ve been at LexBlog for about 10 months now, which is weird to think. I think in my post-graduation haughtiness last June, I thought I would have a firm grip on marketing communications by now, wherever I ended up.
Truthfully (and all that pride aside), I still learn new things every single day, and sometimes I still have no idea what the heck I am doing. I am still learning how to say “I don’t know,” and not feel like I am admitting failure or confirming that I am young and don’t have a lot of solid professional experience yet.
I think LexBlog is helping me realize that saying “I don’t know” is okay, as long as it’s followed by “Could you teach me?”
Today is LexBlog’s 15th birthday, and I’m in a sappy, reflective mood. I’m going to go back 11 months and tell you about how I was hired at LexBlog. I think it will illustrate this idea of “I don’t know. Could you teach me?”
I was looking for a job last May and June after graduating from Seattle Pacific University. I was very intimidated by the idea of a full-time position, but I was DETERMINED not to let anyone know. I was young, and I did not want to look as inexperienced as I felt.
I applied for many jobs, with almost everyone responding to my applications or interviews with “We really like you, and know you’ll work hard, but how about you come back in a few years with a little more experience?” It was kind of debilitating (especially after hearing it, like, 30 times).
Then I got an email from Kevin O’Keefe. I was first struck by the fact that an employer reached out to me, instead of the other way around. Weird. I was also struck by how he explained in his email that though he was the CEO, he wanted to personally reach out and ask me if I was interested in interviewing for Marketing and Communications Lead at LexBlog.
He said something else, “Not to worry about heading things up from day one, we’ll provide you with plenty of support as we have with many leaders on our team that joined out of college.”
I think this is key to my experience at LexBlog so far. I do have support here. While sometimes it’s hard and confusing to function as the sole marketer in a company, I work in an environment where constant learning isn’t just encouraged – it’s vital to your success. Admitting that you don’t know how to head things up from day one, or day two, or day 506 is a good thing, as long as you are open to being teachable.
I have to thank my colleagues for taking time to explain things to me, sometimes more than once. Their support is what makes LexBlog a great place to call your place of work. Happy birthday, LexBlog!