EQUAL EXCHANGEThis is a great company doing great things. I'm proud to be a part of an organization that is doing such great work and using high quality coffee, chocolate, tea, etc. to do it. Equal Exchange is supporting small farmers and their communities in developing countries by providing a stable source of income through farmer cooperatives that encourage collaboration instead of competition between farmers.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPMy role now and through mid December, is to help manage the high volume of orders coming in for the holiday season. Orders come over the phone, by fax, by email and over the web. Each day I talk to natural food stores and cafes across the country and help them meet the demand for high quality, organic fair-trade products. I am really enjoying this position because of the people I work with and also because I am learning quickly about organization through its products and customers.
TEMPORARYI'll be working for Equal Exchange through the fall. My end date is sometime in mid December and my coworkers are supportive of my continued job search, providing me with time off for interviews, etc. I think this is a good fit for the time being because I'm getting some great experience in my field of interest even as I continue looking for my next step. And getting paid is a good thing too!
FINDING THE OPPORTUNITYI have so many people to thank for finding this opportunity:
Ecuador PCVs: For coaching me on Boston and putting me in contact with their friends and family, especially Whitni, Dan, Heather, Miguel and Nat.
Peace Corps: Thanks for giving me an experience which, though unique, is also shared by all Peace Corps volunteers and makes returned volunteers best friends right off the bat. There are so many RPCVs working here at Equal Exchange!
College friends: For brainstorming with me and putting me in touch with friends of theirs in Boston, especially Bryan, Tony, Kara, Ted, and Kelly.
Family: For brainstorming with me and putting me in contact with people in Boston.
Branden, Director of the St. Olaf Career Center: for invaluable networking and LinkedIn advice and contacts in the Boston Area.
NPCA: For hosting a conference in Boston and providing an opportunity for me to meet great RPCVs who were so helpful, especially Bob for revising my resume.
Carly: for remembering me when opportunities popped up and for helping us find great roommates.
My former supervisors and professors: for being ready to share their opinions of me with countless potential employers and for their encouragement! Especially Kris V., Linda, Miguel, Freddy, Jill, David, Jamie, and Kris C.
I feel extremely lucky to have caught this break. As compared with many job seekers my age and experience level, I feel like I have had less of a wait. I can only point to the help and encouragement from the people above as the source of my success.
Thanks to you all.