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Moving Up and Moving On

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Over the last three and a half years, I have had quite the adventure at the University of Missouri…going from a 11’x13′ un-air conditioned cinder block dorm room in the honors college with a 3 a.m. bed time before ROTC exercises at 5:30 a.m. to a stint as student body vice president, Friday nights consisting of Movie Gallery rentals with Andy’s frozen custard, and weekends in Ellis Library.

And now, it looks like I’m finally getting ready to wrap it up! After getting a degree in political science last month, I started down the path of actually doing something with my life and looking for a job, when I happened to stumble into a couple really great opportunities. I’ve spent the last month doing special projects for the Department of Student Life here at MU (though in reality, it seems that I am the designated : “I-find-cool-stuff-on-the-internet-to-distract-everyone-else-from-work guy” for the student Design Center) and it has been a great interim job. However, I’ve just confirmed my first post-college job and I am really excited about relocating and jumping into work!

As of next Monday, I will be starting work for Outrider, a strategic marketing company based out of St. Louis. I will be coming on board as a Social Media Specialist and working with a small team of other people in the social media area to develop integrated online media strategies and marketing plans for clients. Anyone can see the world is shifting to a more online-centric, social place and the best evidence I can find of this is in the way I came into my new position.

A few weeks ago, I was reading Jeremiah Owyang’s blog and saw a post on people who were “on the move” in the social media industry. I thought, well what is wrong with a little bit of self-promotion? So I left a comment, which you are free to go check out for yourself, basically saying “Hey, I haven’t been on the move…but I would like to be!” And as a result of this, Lisa Young from Outrider reached out to me with some information about the company and the industry as a whole..then I spent a day and a half pouring through Google and every other internet tool I could think of to absorb as much information as I could about the company. Well over the past few weeks, about 97.4 emails, and dozens of hours spent researching different aspects of the company and industry I decided that I really wanted to come on board with the firm and so…here I go!

So now I am looking for a sublease in St. Louis for a few months since my lease in Columbia isn’t up until July and double rent is never fun. So as I pour through craigslist (does that count as another variable in this giant social media equation? I think so…) looking for a new home, I’m pretty excited about joining the Outrider team next week! And if anyone knows of anyone needing a roommate in St. Louis, let me know!

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22 comments for “Moving Up and Moving On”

  1. Congrats! And Best of luck!

    Posted by Tabz | January 28, 2008, 6:29 pm
  2. A big congrats to you, I’m really excited that I was able to help readers connect!

    Posted by Jeremiah Owyang | January 28, 2008, 6:29 pm
  3. Good luck!

    Posted by Trisha | January 28, 2008, 6:44 pm
  4. Congratulations! That’s really great! It’s funny what a little bit of initiative can do.

    Posted by Victoria | January 28, 2008, 6:48 pm
  5. Congrats Andrew! We’re looking forward to have you join our team at Outrider.

    Posted by Lisa Young | January 28, 2008, 8:12 pm
  6. […] if it happens on my blog, and this is no exception. Andrew read my people on the move series, and connected with the folks at Outrider and received a job offer. He’s now packing his gear, moving to St Louis to start his new career, and life, straight […]

    Posted by Andrew read this blog…and got a job | January 29, 2008, 5:59 am
  7. Congratulations! Maybe some day you’ll help someone get started in the field!

    Posted by Beth Kanter | January 29, 2008, 7:33 am
  8. Congrats Andrew, that’s a great story!

    Posted by drew olanoff | January 29, 2008, 7:44 am
  9. Mate congratulations on the new gig! Really great story to hear, particularly that it is good news for someone who I’ve come to be friends with in recent times. Look forward to hearing how the new job goes!

    Posted by David Gillespie | January 29, 2008, 5:53 pm
  10. Hi Andrew, Congratz on the new JOB. Awesome post!

    Posted by Denis Sinelnikov | January 29, 2008, 11:10 pm
  11. […] online tools to secure a job for himself as soon as he graduated university (I highly recommend you read his success story here…congratulations, […]

    Posted by How To Get Your Start In PR « BlogCampaigning | January 30, 2008, 5:27 am
  12. Andrew you are the man! I wish more job seekers would take a cue from you. Just mentioned you on Secrets of the Job Hunt.

    Posted by Chris Russell | January 30, 2008, 8:13 am
  13. […] awesome to see young, ambitious college grads find great jobs. Andrew Cafourek just did exactly that — and he did it by using social media. His new position is for […]

    Posted by Congrats to Andrew Cafourek for Using Social Media to Land a Job at Outrider | Personal Insights on Web 2.0, Blogging, and Business | January 30, 2008, 11:03 pm
  14. Andrew, welcome to the world of St Louis social media marketing. Drop me a line if you want to connect.

    Posted by Jim Durbin | February 1, 2008, 9:54 am
  15. College Student Uses Blog To Get Hired…

    From Secrets of the Job Hunt, we have the exciting story of Andrew Cafourek, a University of Missouri student who used a blog in California to land a job with a marketing firm in St Louis. Andrew is a regular…

    Posted by StlRecruiting | February 1, 2008, 9:54 am
  16. […] comment and reached out to him.  The result was an interview, a job offer, and an acceptance.   Andrew starts […]

    Posted by Karen Burns, Working Girl » College Student Uses Social Media To Get Hired | February 1, 2008, 5:53 pm
  17. […] support and well-wishes from quite a few people and I want to say thanks to everyone! It seems that the story of how I got my job got a decent amount of attention in the social media industry (primarily due to Jeremiah’s […]

    Posted by andrew c. » My Venue Change and Life Upgrade | February 4, 2008, 12:44 am
  18. Good luck, even though I just read your blog for the first time I’m always happy to see people entering the social media realm. Even though I blog myself (more to let family know what is going on in my life) I can see how the medium has developed over the years.

    Again Good luck and if you need social media tools or press releases, just look up my company (plug here), http://www.marketwire.com

    Posted by Gus Fosarolli | February 5, 2008, 1:44 pm
  19. Congratulations, Andrew!!!

    Best of luck in your new endeavor, and your recent move.

    We know you will do well!

    Julie & Jeff Billings
    (Next door to your parents)

    Posted by Julie & Jeff Billings | February 9, 2008, 4:47 pm
  20. Nice to see. This is the way community is supposed to work in social media! Kudos to you for acting on your impulse, Andrew, kudos to Outrider for being opportunistic, and kudos to Jeremiah for listing people on the move.

    Posted by Rusty Weston | February 22, 2008, 11:20 am
  21. […] new grad, Andrew Cafourek, who initially responded to a blog is starting a new job at Outrider next week! Andrew’s story […]

    Posted by Summit View Career Coaching » Blog Archive » Social Media – how successful is it at helping you get a job? | July 7, 2008, 7:23 pm
  22. […] Kudos to Andrew for this great job hunting story… […]

    Posted by Blogger leaves comment, gets a job | July 13, 2009, 9:12 am

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