Before I left for this trip to New York and Washington DC, I told my friends about some of the locations we would be visiting. When I told my friend about the New York Times, she told me that I should leave a copy of my resume and best story on someone’s desk.
I thought it was a good idea, but a bold one. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not bold or brash. However, my friend made me promise to be bold and leave my resume.
I was incredibly nervous to do so but I told others on the trip to make sure I follow through with it.
After we finished our meeting with the head of graphics at the NYT, we started walking out. I had my papers in hand and I realized that this was my last chance. I spotted a desk that looked used by an employee but had its employee absent. As casually as possible, I placed my resume and story on the desk as mind kept walking.
I’m glad I took the risk. It reminded me that journalists have to take risks for their career. I felt that the peer pressure I faced was positive and emboldened me to be more forward and confident in my skills. Because of this experience, I may be more confident in handing out my resume and other stories.