How I Combined My Two Passions and Landed My Dream Job
Our mission here at The Muse is simple: to help you find your dream job. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do!
Today, we caught up with Nicole Cloutier, who landed the perfect gig at communications agency Praytell Strategy working as a social strategist with a focus on gaming. Her MFA in writing coupled with her love of gaming made her the perfect candidate to help shape the copy and public voice of some epic gaming companies and ultimately help them get really meaningful online followings.
Hear her story, along with her advice for other job seekers, then check out Praytell's company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Tell us about yourself!
I recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence’s MFA in writing program, and have always been a writer of some sort. I’m now thrilled to be working as a strategist at Praytell, which involves a lot of writing.
I’m still relatively new to New York City, though I grew up pretty close by in Connecticut. Actually, I wasn’t sure how I’d like the city life, but am happy to report that so far I’m absolutely loving it.
What were you looking for in a job?
Mostly, I was looking for a good culture. I believe that you can do good work almost anywhere as long as you’re working with good people. I feel extremely lucky to have found that here at Praytell, where I’m constantly surrounded by kind, intelligent people.
What stuck out to you about Praytell and the position when you found it on The Muse?
The job description title was something like “Social Strategist—Gaming Focus.” I’m a huge gaming nerd, and that, paired with my background in and love for writing, made me feel confident that there was some kind of magical fit. Basically, the job description got me excited, and so I was able to transfer that excitement into my cover letter.
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Is there anything from The Daily Muse that helped you out in your job hunt?
Absolutely. I can’t even name all the articles I read during my job search. Definitely one on writing cover letters, then when I was interviewing, how to dress for a startup interview (hint: not a suit).
I also read a Muse article on “How to Answer The 31 Most Common Interview Questions” and prepared myself (perhaps overly so) for questions that might have been asked. Not every question was asked, of course, but having some stories in mind to tell gave me comfort and confidence that I might not have had otherwise.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Quality over quantity. Don’t just send the same cover letter and resume out to as many jobs as you can. Find a job listing that gets you really excited, then research the company (a.k.a., stalk it on social media) and use that information to tailor your application.
A bit of personality never hurts, either!
What were you doing before this job?
I had just graduated, leaving my MFA program as the former editor of a literary journal with half a novel in her pocket. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would be able to do after spending two years focused on my own creative pursuits. The MFA world is definitely not the real world.
But here at Praytell, I was able to find a job where I could make use of the skills I had gained. What world is the real world, anyway?
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