I was recently asked for website advice by two people (WordPress, definitely WordPress) and I thought to myself, “hold up a minute, don’t I have a website?” I do and it’s been seriously neglected over the last few months—I can explain.
I am a Project Manager at Vital Design and I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have that position. This post alludes to frozen pizza and that’s because I’ve been eating a lot of it and haven’t felt great about it. Forget frozen pizza though, allow me to sound as though I’ve been drinking The Kool-Aid.
I applied to Vital five times before being asked to interview. I started out in the digital marketing and web development industry as an office manager and worked my way up—it was not easy and I take my career very seriously. I was lucky to have a number of spectacularly supportive mentors along the way including, Adam Vicinus, Andrew Bourne, Nicole Simard, and Drew Trafton to name a few, but I worked hard to get where I am and I’m not done yet.
I wanted to work for Vital because it is a phenomenal company. We work incredibly hard for our clients every day, not just 9-5 Monday to Friday—every day. We respond on nights, weekends, and holidays. For example, if your site goes down at 2:00am on Christmas day, we’ll be spending some quality time together until it’s back up—that was before my time, but it’s a real-life example that I’ve heard my co-workers discuss.
We don’t just work hard, we do so in a very particular way. As a new employee it’s my goal, not only to care for and manage my clients’ projects as if they were my own, but to learn to do so in that very particular way in order to provide the best possible support. My clients deserve this very particular level of service and my team and company deserve someone willing to go the extra mile.
Long story short, I want to be a team player and a credit to my company, so I’ve been busy learning from some of the best and brightest people in this industry. That meant a few sacrifices—some late nights, some re-allocated free time, and, as a result, I’ve been cooking a little less and reading mostly industry-related material.
The good news is, I’ve been with my amazing new company for four months now, I’ve learned a lot (and will continue to do so) and things are going well! Sure, there will still be long nights and busy weeks, there will be times when I’ll have to put my own projects, like Novel Fare, aside. The difference is, I think I’ve found my rhythm and I’m ready to get back in the kitchen!