I was wrestling with the idea of creating a digital footprint of “me,” but I didn’t wrestle too long. I dove right in. I am a digital-native, born into a world of bits and bytes, a cyber world with digital personas that gives us a multimedia platform to present who we are.
Why hide behind a paper-based resume when you can get to know me on a much more personal level?
I am a recent Queens College Magna Cum Laude graduate and I created this site to help prospective employers and clients experience “Jake” in a much more personal way. Funny, how a 72 DPI image and bunch of links is the new “personal” medium.
Now that we have dispensed with the intro, let’s get to the real reason why you’re here:
“What do you want to be when you grow up Jake?” is a tough question to answer when you’re twenty-two. But, I have been thinking about the answer for a while now. I have observed my family, friends and those with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work.
The short answer is “I want to be happy”. Not quite what you’ll find in the objective section of my resume, but it is my goal: I want to work hard, earn a decent living and find that elusive balance between work and play. But mostly, I want to be happy.
In my short twenty-two years, I witnessed events that remind us how precious life is. I don’t want to be one of those ” I wish I….” people. I want to be focused and happy about what I do with as few regrets as possible.
Happiness counts, and from what I hear and read, it is the best antidote to stress and the number one reason we get sick or worse. Happiness for me is being fulfilled: making a career out of the things I love to do but also…. do the things I love to do…outside of work or chasing financial freedom.
Did I mention that elusive balance of work and fun? Family and friends are high on my list of no-compromise. Community involvement and being active in shaping politics at some level are also important to me.
So what do I want to do? I am looking for an outlet for my creative spirit and talents. I want to be a part of a marketing communications team that works on branding, communications and supporting tools like video production, collateral development and the challenge of being noticed in the social media world. It’s a jungle out there but I love the intrigue, challenge, and excitement.
I think my journey into the marketing world will ultimately introduce me to an area that will cause my heartbeat to rise to dangerous levels — this is when I’ll know I’m there – that marketing outlet that allows me to create and watch how it makes a difference in someone’s life or business.