Throughout this year’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, four attendees of the PBEO Job Fair have agreed to keep a journal chronicling their employment-seeking experiences (meet them all HERE). In this installment, Ian Fontenot finds himself in demand and begins to weigh his options.
Its 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and my bed in the Best Western is extremely comfortable. With only a few hours of sleep to refuel me, I struggled to get out of bed, but this morning will be a critical networking opportunity. I got the chance to volunteer for the Baseball Industry Network Baseball Winter Meetings Morning Meet-up, where some of the best in the business will be available to chat. Just by sitting at a table and signing people in, I was able to strike up some great and useful conversations. There were plenty of guys who work in baseball operations hanging around, which made getting up so early 100 percent worth it.
The second full day of the Job Fair kicked into full swing at 9 a.m., and by all measures, I expected this day to be the most action-packed. Boy, was I right. My first interview was a follow-up, immediately followed by a great offer. Though the opportunity was great, the pay wasn’t, and as someone who has loans to pay back, I respectfully declined. With that offer in my rearview, it was on to the next interview. I’ve been blessed in Orlando to get lots of interviews, something I know many job seekers would kill for. And with every interview, the possibilities grew endless. The best way I can think to describe Tuesday was that of what a high school athlete goes through right before National Signing Day. Plenty of beers were bought and lots of promises were made, but I know not to let it cloud my judgment.
The nightlife on Tuesday was a little different from the previous two nights. This was much less about networking and more about reconnecting with old colleagues and being pitched a great opportunity. My energy was running at an all-time low, but it’s my last night at my first, and hopefully not last, Winter Meetings experience. During the night, I received an email about a full time marketing opportunity in a great place. Since I’ll be flying back to Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon, I set up my interview with the team’s CEO for first thing in the morning. As 3 a.m. rolled around, the last 22 hours finally caught up to me, and I couldn’t have been happier to get a few more hours of sleep. Hopefully I can muster the strength to make it through my final day and return to Louisiana to make the biggest decision of my life. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
What decision will Ian make? Stay tuned to find out!