This is a guest blog by Eric Zoberman. Eric is currently seeking full-time employment within a marketing firm/agency. The story below is what Eric has been doing for the last five years and the skills that he has developed over the course of his most recent adventure. Any way you can help Eric is greatly appreciated. Enjoy the story, it is pretty damn good.
Like most college students, I spent the majority of my senior year desperately searching for ways to put off the inevitable transition from carefree student to active, contributing member of what my friends and I affectionately referred to as the “real world.” When I was offered a job in Iowa organizing for then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign, I was thrilled to journey into the unknown, work for a boss I believed in, and as was an equal priority at the time, not have to sit at a desk all day. Best of all, the job was only 6 months long and afterwards I would have the opportunity to re-asses whether or not it was time to get a “real job.”
Then, on January 3rd 2008, my candidate defied the odds, won the Iowa Caucus with the help of a strong showing in my county, and before I had a chance to catch my breath I was driving down to Missouri to work on the next primary. And then Texas. And then North Carolina. And then, for the General Election, back to Missouri where I managed a team of 14 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers.
I had traveled the country “talking the talk” for 16 months and I decided that it would be hypocritical not to DC, join the new administration, and “walk to walk.” Once again, the “real world” would have to wait. I was honored to receive a presidential appointment to the Corporation for National and Community Service shortly after President Obama’s inauguration. After serving for almost a year, I was hired to manage the state operations for Rock the Vote’s 2010 election program. It was while I was there that I saw firsthand the impact that social media, paid and earned media, and exciting spokespeople can have on reaching an audience that would not otherwise be receptive to our message.
Last August, I move back home to Chicago and re-joined the Obama campaign as the President’s National Youth Vote Deputy Director. It was my responsibility to work with the campaign’s other departments to run a “campaign within a campaign” targeting 18-35 year olds. I was, in essence, the account manager for the campaign’s online, on the ground, and media-based marketing targeting young Americans.
My previous employer kept bringing me back in the fold because I demonstrated value and could be trusted to oversee national, high profile events and campaigns. As Election Day approaches, the plan I developed is being implemented in competitive states and the work of headquarters-based aides such as myself is largely done. Now, five years after college graduation, I am excited to finally contribute my unique and non-traditional set of skills to exciting and innovative clients. Most importantly, I no longer view the “real world” as something to be avoided; I view it as the next outlet for my creativity, energy, and passion.
If you or anyone you know can help Eric, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.