Taking the Next Step In My Career

I've been keeping a secret for the past couple of months, and I'm excited to share it today! 

Three years ago I asked on my Instagram stories if anyone worked at IBM, and fortunately someone replied. That someone is my now friend, Megan Baxter, who kindly put my resume in the right hands of a recruiter at IBM. A few months later I landed a job for one of the top tech companies in the world. See, I had been trying to get a job at IBM for years, but could never get an interview. Another example of "It's all about who you know". 

I started as a Business Partner Marketing Program Manager and after almost a year in that position I moved in to one of my dream roles as a Social Strategist (read all about how that happened here)! I've truly enjoyed my time at IBM, as it has a wonderful culture, extremely talented staff, and truly values work/life balance. I've worked with some amazing leaders and peers, and wish I could have seen them more this past year. However, I was looking for the next step in my career, and while I wasn't necessarily looking to leave IBM the right opportunity presented itself from an outside company and I latched on. It was in perfect timing, and I am now an Analyst Relations Manager at Dell! What does an an Analyst Relations Manager do? It sits under the corporate comms team and works closely with PR and Marketing to positively influence the industry. I help to shape and deliver content presented to industry and financial experts, the press and others in a position to inform and affect the customers' buying choices. I will specifically be working on Cloud and as-a-Service. This role highlights my greatest strengths which are communication and relationship building.

To be honest, I always thought it was inevitable I would work at Dell one day. They are a top tech company and their headquarters is in Round Rock just a few miles from my home. I have many friends and neighbors that worked there and have spoken highly of it, and they are rated one of the top employers in Austin. I love that my 3 levels of senior leadership are mothers. My role is currently remote, but I wouldn't mind heading in to the office as it's just a short drive away. I'm looking forward to taking this next step in my career and taking on a new challenge! 

Photos by Madeline Harper | Location: Golden Rule 

I've written a few blog posts about my experience as a working mom and my best tips for networking, interviewing, and leaning in AND out while raising kids. 

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