For those of you who may not know, Wende Zomnir is the Co-Founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics. I have been using the brand since way back when Urban Decay was selling nail polish kits on QVC, which my mom bought me for my birthday one year. This story I am about to tell is something that I would not encourage people to do to be noticed by an employer, but what I did opened my eyes to so many things...
During my last semester in college I was sending out my resume everywhere, especially to cosmetic companies because of my love for the industry. Since I was receiving my BBA in International Business and Human Resources Management,I was applying to entry level positions within those fields, for companies that did not have open positions I sent an inquire with my resume attached. I was determined to get my post-collegiate life started and I was open to relocating to a new city, more so because I did not want to move back home to Virginia. As the days went by and graduation creeped closer, I would sit at my lap top for hours between classes sending off my resume to companies. Months would go by, not one word of an interview, or I would be super stoked to see a new email came through my phone, but with a harsh rejection letter about my inquire. Things like this did not make me quit, it pushed me harder to prove that something was out there for me.
Graduation passed, and I was still at it with my job search. As I went online to look at new products from Urban Decay, I went to their career section and found a contact list. I emailed one of the HR contacts, stating how much I admired the company and why I wanted to be part of their ever growing team. The contact let me know that the company was based in California, and that they would keep my resume on file. At this point, I felt like I had an out of body experience. I wanted to make it known that I am perfect to work for this company. I was on Facebook, and curiously wanted to know if Co-Owner Wende Zomnir had a Facebook... and she did. I wanted to go for the source, and in my mind that was the best option at the time. I drafted an email stating who I was, my credentials- the whole nine yards. Also, I let Wende know that I got in touch with the HR contact at the company and I sent my resume to their office. I hurriedly clicked the send button and just stared at my computer... What in the hell did I just do? All of a sudden I felt like my determination worked against me. How rude was I to literally send a message to her personal Facebook about me wanting full time employment with her company, I mean goodness, I could have found her on LinkedIn like a professional would do.
About a month went by, and I was about to go to New York City for my first time that summer to see a concert. As I was packing my overnight bag, my Facebook notification went off. It was a message... from Wende Zomnir. My stomach went to my throat like a kid that swallowed a hard candy, because in my head I knew this message would not be great. I opened the message... and to my surprise she wrote the sweetest thing. She thanked me for getting in touch and loving the brand. Wende let me know if anything was a fit from the team that they would see if my experience would be a great fit. That was so nice of her to do, I was speechless and this made my trip to the Big Apple even better.
Currently, I do not have a job with the makeup giant, but that is fine with me. I was proud of myself for being a go-getter and taking my rejections as fuel to push forward. I have always admired Wende and always will. During that whole experience I know that I can do anything that my heart desires. During that same month, I had interviews with companies I never thought in 100 years would consider me. Even to this day, standing out is not a bad thing. So what if you get rejected, it never hurts to try, because you will never know until you put 100% into something. Now I am taking things to the next level with my youtube channel, my website, and you never know a makeup line of my own could happen a couple years down the road. The world is your oyster, hard work and determination does pay off.