Whether you’re just starting out at your first job or you’re sitting pretty in a cushy corner office, you had to start somewhere. And, we bet that somewhere involved a lot of "long lunches," quick changes in coffee-shop bathrooms, and sweaty handshakes — yep, we’ve all been there. There's a lot of conflicting career advice out there: Should you lean in à la Sheryl Sandberg or follow Martha Stewart's advice and start your own business? Despite the big-balled arguments, we're always open to getting on-my-level advice on how to make the job hunt easier or how to transition after you land a gig — especially if it’s coming from a professional like Maris Kreizman, Kickstarter’s publishing community manager.
Kreizman is not just kick-ass at her job, but also the job search, which we can all use a manual on. After holding digital gigs at online music and audiobook store eMusic and publishing giant Barnes & Noble, Kreizman was personally recruited by former eMusic colleague and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. It was just over eight months ago that Kreizman beat out the competition and took on the job, and she's already molded the publishing department from a vague idea into a two-person team that's helped crowdfund more than 6,000 publishing projects.
So, how’d she do it — all while keeping cool under pressure and successfully turning her blog into a book? Ahead, we’re getting the nitty-gritty details, advice on everything from beauty tips to networking, and know-how straight from the pro herself in our new series, About Face. Read on for Kreizman’s story, and take notes — this'll come in handy when you take the next step in your career.