In 2010, I went into a shoe store near the WE office in Lake Oswego, Ore. Finding the right pair of shoes proved to be challenging, so I enlisted the help of the sales clerk. Being a younger girl, I asked her to steer me in the hip direction of what the cool kids were wearing. She did a great job, asking me questions, listening to my needs and helping me pick out the perfect pair of shoes. During my time at the store, I bonded with my shoes and with the sales clerk. I learned she was in high school, graduating soon, and considering a career in PR. Wanting to help her as much as she helped me, I gave her my business card and let her know if she ever had questions about
PR to not hesitate and reach out.
Four years passed and I forgot about the conversation with the sales clerk; however, she remembered me and held on to my card. Recently, she reached out via email, referenced helping me pick out the shoes four years earlier, and let me know she graduated from college and was hoping we could chat about my career and other PR-related topics.
Since you’re reading this, you know I’m in PR, and you also probably know that there is nothing PR people like more than chatting. I gladly sat down with her to discuss my career, give her tips on interviewing, and (of course) to sell her on applying to WE. During the conversation, I realized the last one was an easy sell for me — over my six-year career at WE, I’ve worked on numerous accounts, have met colleagues/clients/influencers from around the globe, and most important I still get excited to come into work every day. Communicating the value of WE to a perspective new employee was easy and simple. If you want to work with smart, driven, funny people and have the opportunity to get everything you want out of your career, join WE. When we originally met, I had been living in Portland, Ore., for a couple of years after moving to the state to start my career at WE. Since then, I’ve moved twice — first to the London office and most recently to the San Francisco office. It’s been quite a journey!
Although I’m not certain where the sales clerk will end up in her career journey, I am certain of two things: This agency cultivates culture and talent like nowhere else, and I still love those shoes!