I’ve been offered a job and I’ve accepted it.
Crikey editor Sophie Black and deputy editor Jason Whittaker called this morning to offer me a full-time job as a junior reporter, just days after being told that I was not being hired as website editor.
To say that this is a monumental relief would be huge understatement, I’m over the moon and cannot wait to get started.
Sophie and Jason sounded genuinely pleased to be able to put me out of my misery, saying that I would now be able to rest easy. As Sophie put it, I could go away and “have a good cry”.
The offer came as a little bit of a surprise. When Sophie called last Friday, she told me that they were looking at trying to get me in as a reporter but due to the budget situation they “couldn’t promise anything”.
In the meantime, Sophie was able to offer me a short-term job during this year’s election, however it would only be for the duration of the campaign.
Well this morning they went one better. I’m officially employed.
It only took three years of tertiary studies at La Trobe University and 38 days of social media campaigning.
My thanks go to everyone who has followed the campaign. I have received an enormous amount of feedback from you all, most of it very positive. Emails and comments have flooded in, offering everything from advice to job opportunities.
There have also been quite a few students emailing me, asking for advice on how to get noticed. I’m not going to give sermon on the subject, but I will say this: give it a shot, be persistent and don’t be afraid of being annoying. People will eventually take notice.
Well that’s enough of a lecture. Tom wants a job is gone, your social media feeds can rest easy for a while.
However, you never know, in the future there may be a new campaign to fill the void…
Thanks everyone for your interest, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the campaign.
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