Archive | September, 2010

fingers crossed :)

19 Sep

Hello all! Here is a little update to keep your mind from wondering why the heck I haven’t posted anything for a week!

So, on Thursday Joachim and I headed down to Malmo to turn in a paper at the immigration office so I could start the process of getting my residence visa. Earlier in the week, we went to the office here in Helsingborg and they told us we needed to go down to the bigger office in Malmo to turn in the paper. Anyway,we got there around 8:45 and we waited in a line of about 20 people for the office to open at 9. When it opened, we walked in a talked to a woman who told us that there was no way that they would take the paper because I will just get a “no” from the immigration board. She said that I should’ve applied for this visa BEFORE I left America and that the only way for me to get one is to go BACK to the States and apply there. First of all, NOWHERE in my millions of readings I did before I moved here did it say this and secondly, how the heck are they about to give this young, Thai woman who married this creepy, old man a residence visa and not ME! So this put us in a bit of a “situation” that definitely put a sour note on the day-not to mention, it was our year and a half anniversary! ¬†After sitting in the car for an hour discussing everything from moving to Australia to seeing if Joachim could go to school back in America we decided that we still wanted to explore Malmo and try to put our bad morning behind us.

We took a bus to the center of the city and started walking around. Of course our walk led us straight into the shopping district so I was in heaven. ūüôā They had about 5 H&M’s on this street, Zara, Mango, MAC (the makeup) and a PIZZA HUT! We paid about 10 dollars each and ate at the Pizza Hut buffet which was heavenly. Yum, that sounds so good right now. Anyway, we just meandered around the city the rest of the day then headed back up to Helsingborg later that night.

On to the good news! At the beginning of last week Joachim found a company based in Helsingborg that is a marketing/advertising/pr agency that deals with mostly international clients. After looking over their website there was a little box at the bottom that said “if you want to know anymore about our company, write us here and we’ll get back to you.” Trying my luck, I wrote that I just moved here from America and that I was a recent graduate from ASU blah blah blah and asked if they were looking for someone to work there. I sent it not thinking that I would hear back and the next thing I know I had a message on my phone from a lady who worked there asking about my e-mail address and such. She told me to call her back or I could e-mail her boss, the CEO, an e-mail with my information. So I did both! I ended up leaving her a message and then decided that I would just write the CEO asking the same thing. So a week goes by, I don’t hear anything and after my run-in with the immigration board I was feeling a bit disheartened about my whole situation. Well, I opened my e-mail inbox yesterday and to my surprise was a note from the CEO telling me that they they are interested in someone who loves to write, and is good at writing in English. He told me to write him back and “present” myself (here that means tell them more about yourself and your background) and that hopefully we could set up a MEETING in the near future!! Amazed that the PRESIDENT of this company e-mailed ME and was intrigued by what I could bring to their company seriously shocked me. So I wrote him back saying why I moved here, what I went to school for, etc. and attached my resume and then he wrote me back within TEN minutes of me sending it! He said that he was glad I wanted to know more about the company and that he would pass my resume around within the office this next week and then call me to set up an interview! Joachim told me that having a company, nonetheless the CEO, get a hold of me is seriously not heard of here and that I should feel really lucky that this even happened. Someone is looking over me ūüôā Anyway, keep your fingers crossed that I can get in the door and get an interview with them!

I’ll post another blog as soon as I hear back from the company ūüôā Below are the e-mails so you guys can read them:

E-mail # 1

Hello-

My name is Hadley Mick and I recently wrote to you on your website about
learning more about your company and if there were any job openings available. I have tried to call your office but I seem to get disconnected every time I do
so. Anyway, I am a recent graduate from Arizona State University in the United
States with a degree in public relations. I have recently moved to Helsingborg
and came across your company online. I would love to hear from you or one of
your employees about your company whenever you get a chance.

Thanks again,

Hadley Mick

Phone: 073-82-60-299
E-Mail:
Hadley.Mick@yahoo.com

E-mail from Ulf (The CEO):

Thanks for your interest in Pyramid. Since we are a very international agency, we are always interested in international talent especially if they can and love to write in English…

What is your story and interests?
Please send me a presentation, and we can hopefully set up a meeting in the near future.

All the best!

Ulf Vanselius
CEO

My response:

Hello Mr. Vanselius-

First of all, thank you very much for getting back to me. I am very excited that you are interested in myself and I think you will be very happy with what I can bring to your company.

To start, I am a recent graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in the U.S. While attending college, my focus was primarily on public relations and the different writing styles and tactics used in the field. I was also vice president of a national public relations organization for students (PRSSA) and traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan and San Diego, California to attend the annual national conferences.

Now I know you’re probably wondering why I made the big step to move to¬†Sweden. I actually did a program called¬†Semester at Sea¬†my third year of college where I took classes onboard a ship and sailed around the world for three months.¬†Thailand¬†turned out to be one of our stops and my boyfriend, Joachim, just happened to be vacationing there with a friend. Long story short, we have had a long-distance relationship for a year and a half now and since my world has opened upon graduating, I decided to come here and try my luck.

I have attached my resume so you can take a look at my past experiences and my knowledge of thepublic relations field. I am looking forward to meeting with you and to learn more about Pyramid. I am very flexible with times during the week so let me know what works best for you.

Thanks again,

Hadley

Finally, his response:

Hi!
Thanks for your material.
Have sent it around, and we will discuss internally next week.

Have a nice weekend!
Ulf

*Job Update*

9 Sep

Hi dolls! (Don’t I sound like the Kardashian’s?)

Haha. Anyway, here I am exactly one week after I landed in Copenhagen and I’m STILL tired. Just kidding. For those of you interested, here’s an update on my job situation…

Joachim, his mother and I figured that my best bet was to apply for jobs at international schools in our region because a. you don’t need a teacher’s license to teach here and b. they speak ENGLISH at these schools! Hurray! On Monday, after I figured out where Helsingborg International School was I decided to take a walk over there to introduce myself. After my 20-minute walk (uphill, in the snow..) I arrived at what I thought was the school. I walked toward the front door and noticed a bunch of construction so I decided to ask one of the construction workers what was going on. Wrong idea. None of them would talk to me and they claimed they didn’t know English even though they responded to my “Excuse me, can I speak to you” question. Come to find out, the school that I was at was the NEW location for the international school. So now it is Thursday, and I’ve had to wait until today for Joachim to drive me to the old location because it turned out to be too far to walk.

We drove to the outskirts of the city ¬†and pulled up to what looked like Yale University. Now, I have never been to Yale but this is what I would picture it to look like. Trees the size of Texas were evenly spaced along the small roads that winded around the old brick buildings from the 1800s. Joachim swore he saw Elin (Tiger’s ex) driving around in a gray Ferrari with oversized sunglasses but then he realized he was just fantasizing. Joachim dropped me off at the door, I walked up the stairs and found an office to my right that was marked “Mrs. Little- Secretary” but she wasn’t in there. I figured this was a great place to start so I sat down outside her door and waited for her to return. 15 minutes later she still wasn’t there so I decided to walk around and look for someone to ask. As I walked down the hall, all the children were screaming and doing what little kids do but it was in ENGLISH. ¬†Since I haven’t heard any English in over a week it sounded like angels were singing and it was actually nice to hear my native language. I ran into a teacher who was a few years older than me and she told me that Mrs. Little had a meeting on another campus and wouldn’t be back until much later. So, now I will call tomorrow morning and hopefully meet someone over there some time during the day.

Another job opportunity has arisen today from Joachim’s friend Ali whom he met at school. Ali’s friend does PR for a company in Copenhagen and is looking for more help. She actually asked Ali if he wanted to work there but he didn’t have the time so he picked up the phone and called Joachim to see if I was interested. Keep your fingers crossed that I don’t have to speak Swedish or Danish to get this job.

Joachim’s mom, Carina, has also been going through most of her contacts at schools down here to see if any of them could use my help. Unfortunately the only opening for a teacher was to teach students how to drive ships! Now, I know most of you may think that I would be an expert at this since I circumnavigated the world on ship but I don’t think there is any way I could B.S. a class full of students who probably know a thing or two about ships and how to drive them. Carina isn’t giving up hope on finding me another job, and neither am I.

I think this is all I have for now ūüôā

Puss puss,

Hadley

P.S. I feel sorry that all of you have to put up with that crazy guy who is going to burn the Quran on Saturday. I hope to hear from each of you so I know you are all okay! lol. It’s sad to me that everyone here knows about this crazy dude! Doesn’t make America/Americans look too good now. Anyway- peace and love to all of you!

P.P.S Below are some pictures of my first week here- enjoy!

Made it!

3 Sep

Hey all!

So after I managed to take three naps over 2+ hours each and sleep for 13 hours last night I’m officially here and awake! I landed Thursday morning around 7:15 a.m. at the Copenhagen Airport where Joachim was waiting for me. In order to get to Helinsgborg (my new hometown) Joachim and I took an hour-long train ride to a 20-minute boat ride that dropped us off on the coast of Helsingborg, Sweden and then took a 10-minute bus ride that dropped us off in front of our temporary apartment (with his dad, Bengt, step-mom, Lehna, ¬†and half-brother, Alex.)

Joachim had class yesterday so after I took my first nap, Lehna and I decided we would walk around the downtown area until Joachim was finished with class. BUT before I even walked out the door, I walked right into the side of their bathtub and split my middle toe OPEN! (I think because I was only partially awake). Anyway, Lehna played doctor and bandaged my toe like a professional but I still had to limp while we walked around. :/

Helsingborg is such a fun city with little streets where cars can’t drive down and full of people my age since Lunds University (Joachim’s school) is here. The weather has been in the mid-60s but I still wear my jacket! As of right now, my camera is in the basement where we are staying so I’ll put up the pictures once I run down and get it later.

I’ve only broken down once since I’ve been here, after I talked to my dad on Skype last night. I think it finally hit me that I’m not just here for a vacation and that I will be here for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to start this new life of mine but also a little scared not to have my family just a short flight away.

I love all of you!

-Hadley-