2. What brings you to Buzzvil?
After graduating from a university in Illinois, the U.S., I worked as a freelance reporter at Busan English Broadcast in Busan, which is my hometown, and while I was looking for a full-time job, I happened to join Buzzvil. Actually, I was looking for a foreign company with a liberal environment where I can constantly use English. Then, by chance, at People & Job, employment and recruitment site for foreign companies, I came across a job opening of Buzzvil, which was looking for a marketer. I decided to apply after looking at the following sentence which was posted along with the opening: “A marketer always thinks and quickly acts.”
At the time, at English Broadcast, for the radio program ‘Life On Hold’ I interviewed various people, edited and reported. There was a time when for three broadcasts per week, I had to look for three foreigners whom I can interview in English. Whether it was a street, department store, bookstore, or Haeundae I always carried a mike and whenever I saw a foreigner I shouted out “Excuse me!” and pointed the mike toward him…haha. Actually, when I was trying it for the first time, I did not have any courage. Even when I wanted to interview I let several people pass because of my lack of courage. Sometimes, I would spend the whole day that way. Did I become used to my work? No. Haha. Every morning it was a new challenge for me to approach a stranger and ask for an interview. Apart from fulfilling the number of interviews, it was another mission to conduct interviews until finding a person who has a unique story and does not have an ordinary job. However, as a result of such work, I repeatedly learned how to “think and quickly act”, like the sentence from the job opening of Buzzvil looking for a marketer suggests.
In the final interview, John(CEO), after hearing my story, asked me if I was also carrying a mike that day and about endowing myself an image of an entrepreneur from Busan who succeeded through a start-up; he was thinking about using me for the promotion of HoneyScreen. A funny thing is that I did bring a mike and a recorder to Seoul in a bag due to my professional mindset. I contemplated on taking them out, but eventually gave up.
Near the end of this interview, John was overly chatty, going as far as saying, “Today will be the last day you work as a reporter. From next week on, you will go to an office of this company.” At that moment, I thought I got accepted. However, whether because he likes to push-and-pull or is always late to notify, there was no notification on the day which was promised to be the day of notification so I was depressed. Three days passed and Jimmy, who does not work for the company now but will always be my boss, called me to inform me that I was accepted. A memory pops in my head of me being mad at him for giving a late call. That is how I joined Buzzvil and as marketer of HoneyScreen Jianna, I have been working for a year and half^^[/vc_column_text]