Joining us on the Wasserman Center’s Mentor Network is Jennifer Gore, the founder and CEO of Weleet with some valuable career advice.
How did you find your job?
I applied to and was admitted to the Texas Creative program where I spent two years building a creative advertising portfolio. A week before graduation one of our professors told us that two recruiters from Y&R New York were coming to do a portfolio review for our class but not to get our hopes up because they weren’t there to hire, just to provide feedback. Three days before graduation I got a call from my professor asking me to come to the Communications Building because the recruiters wanted to meet me. When I stepped into the office and saw the two recruiters sitting there dressed in all black (how New York!) all I could manage to say was, “hi.” To which the head recruiter replied, “you’re hired.” I paused and she said, “I’m not kidding. Now sit down and ask me anything you’d like to know about your new employer.” One month later I moved to NYC site unseen. Been here ever since.
What’s the weirdest job you ever had?
The weirdest job I ever had was reading celebrity tour riders as a production assistant for the music TV show, Austin City Limits. It was fascinating to see celebrity and musician food and drink requests among other quirks. Oh Willie Nelson.
What’s the best career advice you ever received?
1) Always be prepared to make your next move. One foot firmly planted in the door; one foot ready to step out.
2) Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and do more than what you’re asked to do. Most of the time being proactive greatly outweighs any mistakes you might make along the way.
3) Fake it till you make it. For example, if in a pinch, like for some reason you’re not prepared for a meeting or presentation, be sure to dress and look great that day – but don’t make being unprepared a habit because this little tactic will only get you so far!
I know that’s three pieces of advice (refer back to #2)
What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?
Q: If you were a kitchen utensil which would it be?
A: A potato peeler because I like to see what’s beneath the skin of things.
What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world?
Definitely the work study program I participated in to pay off my student loans.
If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?
Don’t be so hard on yourself! You’ve got an amazing future ahead of you.