News to Share!

I’ve got exciting news to share….I have decided to enter the Ms Racing Queen (MRQ) contest! What does that mean, exactly? The organization, The Stronach Group, which is hosting the MRQ contest has a very active role in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. It just so happens that The Stronach Group is looking for a representative to promote the thoroughbred horse racing industry, otherwise known as the Sport of Kings, on a national level.

….& It gets better

Based off of research, the role of MRQ has a lot of open space in the public relations & online marketing industries, two industries I absolutely love. Sure, the MRQ contest is a ‘beauty pageant’ but they are not looking for the traditional pageant girl. Yes, I do have pageant experience (remember the blogs Glossophobia? Not Me! & Strawberry Queen Pageant? ) but that is not where I am getting the urge to enter the contest. From what I gathered, they are looking for a representative to help brand the MRQ organization and The Stronach Group by being active in the thoroughbred racing industry, a task I know I can do! The thoroughbred racing industry is something that has always captured my interest and I have become familiar with it :). [Fun Fact: Going to the Kentucky Derby has always been on my bucket list.]

The Details.

The MRQ contest begins on March 1st at Gulfstream Race Park, every Saturday in March. March 2nd at Santa Anita Park (another property owned by The Stronach Group) in Calif., another group of ladies are competing for the title. Every weekend, in each state, a group of gals will be eliminated. On March 22nd, the top five in each state will compete for the title of Ms Racing Queen.

Follow My Journey!

You can follow my journey and cheer me on by visiting the hashtag, #JJ4MRQ (#MsRacingQueen or #MsRacingQueen2014) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & WordPress. I will be posting throughout the events =D!

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Super excited and cannot wait until March 1st!

Until Next Time,

Jenn L.

*Updated on 2/21/2014 @ 9:50 p.m.

More than a College Student / Recent Grad!

I am faced with a challenge, a big, big, big challenge. The challenge is that employers may be viewing me as a college student / recent grad. Now, what is the problem with that? I am MUCH MORE than a college student / recent grad. I have an extensive resume and work history that separates me from other college students / recent grads.

Take a look at few of the task I’ve completed:

•Traveled on business to L.A. (four times) , Las Vegas (five times), Miami and Chicago (two times).
• L.A., Calif., four times for an intentional convention, iPOP, a five day convention that required me to work the entire time. The convention required me to manage a group of people (30-40) the entire process from departing Tampa to arriving in L.A. and while at the convention. The position also required me to do a great deal of networking and relationship building.

• Las Vegas, Nev., four times for the above international convention, iPOP.
• Las Vegas, Nev., one time for the major buyers convention,  Magic Market, Pool and ENK. This trip was far different then any other as it was my first time exposure to a buyers conventions and all of the logistics. I had to network and build relationships while at the convention, negotiate with vendors on the best price point of sale and learn how to say no to a vendor when I really wanted to shout yes! I also had to manage the boutique while at the convention to make certain the employees handled the operations correctly.
• Miami, Fla., for the Coast Show, same responsibilities as listed above
• Chicago, Ill., one time for the buyers convention, Chicago Market, same responsibilities as listed in the fifth trip Las Vegas, Nev.
• Chicago, Ill, one time for a major company interview. Process required a meet and greet and extensive interview.

•Terminate an employee. Yes, I had to terminate an employee. This was not done immediately but after many coaching sessions with the employee. The employee was not the right fit for the organization, was not passionate about the roles and responsibilities and was a risk to the organization as the employee did not operate the point of sales system correctly. It was not fun terminating the employee as I had a working relationship with the employee.

•Created events from the beginning to ending stages! The main mission of one of the events was to create awareness among the target public. The event was a fashion show of which I coordinated from fitting the models with the proper outfits to working with the venue. In fact, one of the models did not show up to the fashion shoot of which the images were supposed to be used for promotional collateral. Guess who had to fill the spot, me!
•I have coordinated several other fashion shows and events. All of which required a real ‘all hands on deck’ participation.

•Spoke at company rallies to motivate and inform peers of the Ella Moss brand. I even created a game for partnering departments employees to increase sales of the brand. Within the first month, I had the #2 increase in the company.

Photo of the promotional collateral for the fashion show.

Photo of the promotional collateral for the fashion show.

The original image used in promotional collateral.

The list could go on and on but what I really want the reader to understand is that I am much more than just a college student / recent grad! I can build relationships with peers, I can negotiate, I can train peers, I can lead and above all I can complete all of the tasks while displaying a professional manner at all times.

Until Next Time,

J.J.

Healthy Mind, Body & Soul

The main purpose of creating the blog is to show potential employers who I am. Not just another resume that has entered their database and not just another candidate who has an adjective filled letter of recommendation. A real sneak peek of me, my personality and my professional skills.

With that being said, this blog post will focus on my core values of a healthy mind, body and soul.

MIND: I do my best to keep an open mind to learn something new. Not just text book study materials about communications and campaign case analysis (PR Newswire) but study materials on leadership skills (The One Minute Manager) or personal freedom (The Four Agreements). It is important to me that I maintain a positive energy and thoughts! Besides, life is so much easier when you focus on the positive instead of the negative! I suppose you could say that I am a peace maker or a hippie at heart. Or, as Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King say ,”Hakuna matata!” (A problem free philosophy!)

BODY: I do my best to eat healthy and exercise. I mostly eat fish, veggies and chocolate.  I suppose I could be tagged as a pescetarian but I am not the type of person who follows that diet 100 percent. I will eat chicken every now and then but do not eat a lot of  other land animals. This is actually interesting because I grew up on a ranch and totally understand the food chain. I became more interested in eating only fish and vegetables because of the harmful and inhuman ways slaughter house kill and treat the animals. I wouldn’t call myself a ‘runner’ because I have only participated in one 5K but I enjoy running to clear my mind and as a main source of cardio. I always run a mile before lifting weights and my goal is to run a mile in 10 minutes or less! I try to exercise at least four to five times a week! I always say, “20 minutes of exercise is ahead of any coach potato!”

SOUL: As much as I believe in staying healthy and such…. I believe it is good for the soul to indulge in chocolate! I am a proud member of Godiva chocolate company and I get one free piece of chocolate a month! Of course, I visit the boutique at least two to three times a month! I believe it is also good for the soul to go on vacation and always have a new outfit for your birthday and holidays. If one does not take a vacation, at least once a year, then they are working way too much. I am not talking about a vacation to another country (although that would be super) but a vacation to release work stress. A vacation to focus on the number one person… YOU! The new outfit thing is great because it makes you feel better about yourself and extra special!

I hope this provides more an insight as to who I am!

J.J

Spring Break 2013

It is my last spring break as an undergraduate student. Most college seniors spend their time at the beach or at the pool with a few afternoon cocktails. However, I am spending my spring break studying for the Communications Law exam, helping out a couple of friends with their personal branding efforts, applying for jobs and learning Spanish. Have no fear, I am not looking for a pity party. I would not change the way I am spending my last spring break as an undergraduate student! I am a strong believer investing in my future career.

Check out the photos below 🙂

Communications Law Exam Study guide for the Communications Law exam. The blue highlights information that is placed on a flash card. The exam is set for the first Monday after spring break. As you can see it is 95 percent filled out!

Erin Personal Branding

My friend Erin is a hair stylist looking for a position at a hair salon. She needed help with personal branding and I wanted an excuse to explore with Adobe Indesign and Illustrator. This flower represents her well because of her free spirit personality. She is very flexible and goes with the flow. The sort of traits that is important in the cosmetology industry.

Tiffany Personal Branding

My friend Tiffany is looking for a clerical position in the health care industry. She needed help with personal branding and I wanted an excuse to explore with Adobe Indesign and Illustrator! This flower represents Tiffany well as she is an ambitious individual who is not afraid to take a challenge. Currently, she is studying Radiology and has an impressive 3.7 grade point average.

Tiffany Personal Branding 2Almost done with the personal branding for Tiffany!

Applying to jobsGraduation is quickly approaching and I am on the quest to land the perfect job! Applying online to various job postings is what everyone tends to do…. However, I am hoping to stand out by sending my personal branding package to employers via snail mail!

SpanishThe last class needed to graduate from the University of South Florida is Spanish 2. Interesting huh? So I have a couple of different options to speed up the process.

1. Take the exempt test. However, I have to test past Spanish 2 or I could jinx myself in retaking Spanish 1 and then taking Spanish 2 which would push back the date even further.

2. Take the Spanish 2 class over the summer semester and be done! (My goal is summer A but the summer schedule is not posted yet. Worst case scenario is Summer B or C)

Either way I need to learn Spanish! I am halfway done with the 5 CD program! I must say that it is working!

photo….Ah yes. My choice of music makes for smooth sailing! Cannot go wrong with John Lennon!!!

Until next time,

Jenn L.