The Road to New Beginnings
Community, Company Culture, Public Relations Posted Sep 23, 2021 by Charlotte Godfrey
My first day at CHEN PR was unlike any first day at a typical office. Growing up, one envisions “the first day” of work consisting of waking up early, getting dressed, commuting to work, walking into the office, sitting in a cubicle, and being greeted by many co-workers as they walk past your desk. I visualized I would jump right into client projects, have a meeting or two, eat my lunch, work some more, then go home and work-out before dinner. However, my first day at CHEN PR last week was nothing like I had previously imagined. Instead of me driving or walking to work, my commute entailed a leisurely walk down a familiar hall where I reached my destination – my new office and desk…aka…my kitchen table. Being remote and having the initial introductions to the CHEN PR team, I was a little nervous. I would need to make a connection through my laptop screen via Zoom rather than in person.
This brings me to my second thought. On my very first day, the entire team had a welcome call for me via 9:00 a.m. Zoom meeting and as luck would have it, I found myself trying to turn on my computer sound for the first ten minutes of the meeting. There I sat – all alone, behind my computer, getting more nervous by the second. I thought, “Wow this is embarrassing. They must think I don’t know how to work with a computer because I can’t figure out how to turn on the sound.” However, after hitting a minor speedbump through the digital world of remote working, I managed to have a busy and exciting first day. Something that made it even more special occurred after lunch when I was able to finally set up Slack and found a message from every member of the team checking in on me. Immediately, I couldn’t help but smile and felt a huge sigh of relief. Even though we were all working remotely, I felt like I was in the office and that I was truly embraced and welcomed.
How did I get to CHEN PR? The answer is plain and simple: I saw a LinkedIn post for an entry-level PR position, so I immediately drafted a cover letter and sent it along with my resume. Given that CHEN PR is my first job in high-tech public relations, I only had a very basic sense of what the job fully entailed. But what really drew me in, and sparked my interest, was not the name or CHEN PR’s clients – one of whom I was familiar with – Duo 2FA, which I used in college – but rather a simple image of a woman sailor hoisting her sails with the headline that read “Looking to hoist your sails in Public Relations? Apply here.”
As someone who spent a lot of time on the water growing up and as I was looking to get my feet wet in PR, I instantly connected, how could I not apply? As I did not have any connections to CHEN PR or any mutual friends to get in touch with prior to the interview process, I felt somewhat at a disadvantage. However, I persevered and landed an interview so they could see my enthusiasm and willingness to learn the ropes. Plus, after reading the job description I really believed that I’d be a cultural fit for this crew.
To tell you a little more about myself: I have always been one to try new things, expand my circle of friends, and explore; but deep down, I know that I’m truly drawn to familiarity. This focus on familiarity is because I have a big family. I am one of four kids, and have two sisters and a brother, William, Abby, and Emma. I am also a twin. My twin sister, Emma, and I did everything together. Before we went to college more than four years ago, the longest time we had ever been apart was three days, so I thought to myself, “How is this going to work? How are we going to survive at different schools?” I chose to attend a small, liberal arts school named, Denison University. Since I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I knew moving to Ohio would be a huge adjustment, on so many levels. Despite leaving the Colorado winters where I skied every weekend, and the sun shining nearly 300 days a year, I still felt Ohio would be worth it, so off I went. Throughout campus, Denison was referred to as “Home on the Hill,” which provided me with instant comfort knowing that, through all the unknown, this was going to become a home.
At college, I was a two-sport varsity athlete at Denison. I played field hockey and lacrosse for four years and was able to find my home and family through my teams. When I heard a similar slogan from various CHENers describing the team’s dynamic as a family, I once again found myself smiling and feeling the same thing I felt when I was 18 and headed off to college for a new adventure. I instantly felt comfortable and got the feeling of home.
The first couple of weeks working at CHEN PR has been nothing short of fun and special. I am very excited to learn more about high-tech PR and what it means to be a CHENer at heart. I’m really looking forward to growing my career at CHEN PR.