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Job vs Career

ziff logoAs you may have heard, I was contacted by UniversalMcCann a couple weeks ago… the HR girl that originally interviewd me at Ziff Davis now works at UniveralMcCann (the media-buying arm of McCannWorldgroup), where she did the exit interview for my friend Kelly. Apparently, the HR rep was laid off at Ziff, but still “keeps in contact” with Ziff employees. Well, she had me come in and interview for the position of Traffic Analyst for their Interactive group… silly me I thought such a position would involve some sort of analysis element. After 2 hours at UMi I learned the position was no more than trafficking ads (like I do now) and compilying reports (like I do now)... except I would be the only trafficker at UMi (aka LOTs more work).

Earlier this week I was offered the job. Today, I offically declined the offer. It was actually an easy decision when it came down to it… only a couple days of over-analyizing the pros and cons (as opposed to a couple of weeks). In the end, I reasoned that taking the job would only dig me further into the hole of ad trafficking… the very hole that I am trying to get myself out of. The job would have meant more money, but I am choosing personal well-being over a larger paycheck. I want to work on a team managing an account for a specific client. And I’m too young to give up on what will make me happy (maybe if I hit 30 I’ll settle for a job that will just pay the bills). Most importantly, the Traffic Analyst position has no clear career path/growth opportunity. It’s adult time now, and I have to accept the fact I need a career, not just a string of jobs.

Not taking the job at UMi doesn’t mean I am going to stay at Ziff for all of eternity. I am getting involved in AWNY, networking, and even have a lunch with Stephanie Kugelman next week (Vice Chairman, Chief Strategy Officer of Young and Rubicam, oh my!)... still plenty of opportunity out there… just need to find that right company with a job that will let me shine :D

Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

Contests and stuff… something to do outside of work :p

Instant Party Just add Kraft... for US Residents 21+ Grand Prize: A 4-week timeshare to be used each year for life. Enter every day until September 12th.

NBC First Look.. win a car! Each winner will receive his/her choice of either 2006 Mazda5 or (ii) 2006 MX-5 Miata. Watch previews of the new NBC shows, spot the Mazda vehicle, log on and identify the Mazda vehicle spotted during the applicable show

Hormel: Win Free Kitchen Appliances! You can play every day… you’ll have to register on with the site… I already am to get free recipes via email

Angel Soft® Million Family Service Pledge™ Sweepstakes ... enter for your chance to WIN $5,000. If you win, the maker of Angel Soft will contribute $5,000 to a nonprofit charity or service organization of your choice. Deadline: 12/31/05

‘Swirled to Perfection’ Photo Contest ... Submit a photograph of the product which was prepared with a recipe featuring NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® SWIRLED Morsels. Deadline 8/15/05 Grand Prize: $3,000 Baker’s Shopping Spree

BUILD A BETTER BURGER® CONTEST U.S. residents, except for residents of California and Utah 21+. 10 Finalists will be chosen and will be eligible to compete in the national Cook-Off Finals in Napa Valley, California on Saturday, October 1, 2005. Transportation to the cookoff will be paid. A Grand Prize Winner for the best overall burger to receive a $50,000

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS recipe contest… Monthly prizes: $400, $200 and $50 in each category. Annual winner will receive Miele Coffee System, Dishwasher and Vacuum. August Contest: Healthy Breakfast Treats

47th National Chicken Cooking Contest... Grand Prize: $100,000 entry deadline is October 15, 2006 (got a little time to create a masterpiece :D) Each finalist will receive an expense-paid trip to the National Cook-Off in 2007.

Sara Lee Sensational Deli Sandwich Contest Grand Prize: $5000 Submit an original sandwich recipe using any variety of Sara Lee Deli meats and cheeses. Deadline: September 30, 2005

Reynolds Parchment Paper Baking Contest ... Create an original baking recipe to be prepared using Reynolds® Parchment Paper in any one of three categories: Cookie Recipes, Bars/Brownie Recipes, Other Dessert Recipes. Deadline: December 29, 2005 First place in each category wins a CUTCO Homemaker +8 Knife Set and the Bake N’ Serve Set. Category Second Prize Winner will receive a full line of Hamilton Beach Eclectrics all-metal kitchen appliances consisting of a stand mixer, toaster, blender, drink mixer, a double spindle drink mixer, and coffee maker. Category Third Prize Winners will receive a Reynolds and Land O’Lakes baking prize pack.

Eagle Brand®’s 150th Anniversary Contest... Grand Prize: Trip of a lifetime for up to 8 people… Submit your story and recipe between 10/01/05 and 2/20/06.

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