Here's the welcome email I sent out to my new group. Perhaps you will learn a thing or two about me as well :)
On the day of my interview I snapped a photo of the Allrecipes sign at the entrance to the building. On my first day of work, I posted the photo with a caption “Dreams do come true!” I have been trying to get a job at Allrecipes for the last four years and can hardly believe that I am finally here! Orange is my favorite color. I love food. I love to write about food. I love to cook. I couldn’t have found a more perfect place to work. Originally from Russia, I moved to the United States when I was thirteen. Following the traditional path of high schoolàcollege, I graduated from UW with Bachelors in Economics and Political Science and headed to Dallas, TX to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. After five years filled with regional economics, charts, and graphs, I decided to go to culinary school and found myself in Hyde Park, NY at the Culinary Institute of America. six-month stints in Iowa and Alabama followed, and I was ready to return to Seattle.
Brush with Fame:
When I was just about to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, I took a train down to New York City to drop off my resume at several magazines. As I was walking into the building that housed Gourmet Magazine, I ran into Sara Moulton. Sara was at the school a few weeks ago for a food writing panel, so I decided to be brave and say hello. We briefly chatted and I headed up the elevator to Gourmet’s HR office. I didn’t make it past the reception desk (after all, I was “cold calling/dropping” my resume.) Making my way back to the elevator, I was greeted, once again, by Sara Moulton. Seeing that I was still there, Sara invited me to step into her office, filled with a multitude of cookbooks and magazines. We chatted about my hopes for the future, what I wanted to do, etc. Sara listened, shared her personal stories and advised me on how to proceed. Sara looked a lot smaller in person than what I had imagined, but she was incredibly warm, honest, and kind.
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