Like a lot of people, the thought of oral presentations freaks me out. I get cotton mouth, sweaty hands, racing heartbeat – the works. A few days ago I presented at one of our marketing team meetings. It was just to update the team on what I've been working on, especially those I don't work as closely with. The weirdest thing is that I didn't even get nervous this time. I'm not sure if it was because I feel comfortable here or what, but hey I'm not complaining. Let's just hope this trend continues because I still have two more presentations to give by the end of the summer.
We had founder and CEO of Creative Good, Mark Hurst, come speak at Snagajob. Besides it being awesome to break up the work day with something out of the ordinary, his talk was really informative. He talked about how important it is for businesses to include the customer in their decision making. I think Snagajob really works with that philosophy because they do things like job-seeker research sessions to become better as a company and figure out what job seekers really want. That kind of research is super critical and valuable for something as important as helping people find the right job. It even helps me with creating video scripts because I can incorporate the information job-seekers are looking for and what they don't yet know about Snagajob.
Some of the interns and the engineering team participated in the marshmallow challenge this week to help stimulate creativity and work as a team. You start with a jumbo marshmallow, 20 raw spaghetti noodles, and a string. Then, all the teams compete to see who can build the highest standing structure that supports the marshmallow on top. It was fun, but also a great team building activity. It made us work together to try to come up with the best idea. Unfortunately, we lost. Our structure looked great, but wasn't strong enough to handle a marshmallow of that caliber. At the end, we found out that kindergarteners do the best in the challenge compared to business school graduates (crazy, right?). Apparently, they try the marshmallow on top of their structure at different points in the process and work around that. Sounds simple enough now that we know the trick, but most people have the thought process of build first, try later.
Snagajob's Hourly Gig competition is up and running. It's a competition where hourly workers or job seekers submit an original music video for the chance to be the opening act for country music star Chase Rice. I've been helping my boss out with the submission screening process and getting the word out about the contest. With so many videos coming in, we need to view each one to make sure it's eligible before sending them to the judges. The other day I tweeted to some companies to raise awareness and two of them wrote articles about the competition! (#winning)
Talk to ya next week!