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A New Beginning: A Step Forward

Today was the beginning of a new phase in my career and in my life.  I began my employment at Spyder Trap Online Marketing today as an Online Marketing Specialist.  My role at Spyder Trap will include: search engine optimization (SEO), sponsored search marketing (PPC), social media marketing and social media monitoring, online marketing strategy, business development, and more as my experience progresses.

This is an opportunity that I did not think would be available to me so early in my career.  Already feeling lucky to have a role in online marketing at Risdall Marketing Group working exclusively in search marketing, I had no reason to look elsewhere.  This was an opportunity that presented itself to me four months ago by my good friend from college Mike Rynchek, President of Spyder Trap.   I mention that only to emphasize a point that I make to college students and all of my friends: networking just might be the best tool to help you along in your career.  I am two-for-two in the jobs I have held have been presented to me due to who I knew, and not necessarily what I knew.

It was a tough decision to leave Risdall; my nine months was very enjoyable, very educational, and was a great fit.  In the end, there was no opportunity for me to expand my role like it has been presented to me at Spyder Trap.

I am very thankful for my time at Risdall; they will be always remembered in a good light as the company that was willing to give me an opportunity.  I just hope that I exceeded their expectations they had for me.

Another role for me at Spyder Trap will to be a contributing writer on the Spyder Trap Blog.  You may have noticed it located on my blogroll.  Now, I will be blogging on a blog on my blogroll.  I will still keep a mix of personal and professional here in this blog, but may lean more towards personal for now.

Thank you to all who have congratulated me and wished me well; I do appreciate it.  Unfortunately, there are doubters out there.  People have doubted me since high school:

  • You will never go to college (I did)
  • You will never graduate college (I did)
  • You will never succeed as President of AMA-SCSU (I excelled)
  • You will never find that ideal first job (I did)
  • You will never be able to handle all the responsibilities of your new job (I will)

The path I have taken through life has not been as conventional, or as safe as others.  However, anytime that people doubt me, it seems as if I have proven people wrong.  I look forward to proving the doubters wrong again.

I am very excited for the opportunity ahead at Spyder Trap, and ready to become a major player within the company.

That’s the update on the professional side of life; I have plenty more to share that has happened in my life.

As always, stay tuned 🙂

~Jason Douglas

twitter: @jasondouglas

  1. Jason
    March 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Excellent posting my friend! You took your sweet time at SCSU, but are definitely one of the most well-connected people I know. In the end, it’s all about who you know & who knows you! Charisma is everything. We live and die by our own motivations in life. Rock on Doja!

  2. March 12, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    It’s all about the swagger son! I always carry myself with a chip on my shoulder b/c it’s that motivation that keeps me going — prove everyone wrong — even if that pressure to excel is coming from myself. Gotta make moves, gotta get somewhere. I’ll sign off with my famous AMA minutes line: “holla atcha boi.” Tajai out!

  3. LeslieBerg
    March 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Again, congratulations on the new job – I know you’ll do well there. Please get more positive people in your life! Yes, trying to “prove others wrong” can be motivation but it can also be tiring. Surround yourself with uplifting people and you’ll soar to places you never thought possible!

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