My New Gig

I’ve left you guys hanging long enough! So, here goes…

Remember this post?

A few months ago, Melissa contacted me about a guest post. In her email, she explained that she worked for NuVal, a scientifically-based nutritional scoring system that rates foods on how nutritious they are on a scale of 1-100. Consumers use the scoring system across all products and brands to make informed decisions about food.

With my obvious interest in nutrition and my background in public health, Melissa’s email immediately caught my attention.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been thinking about perusing a part-time job for few weeks already, so I knew it couldn’t hurt to ask about a potential opportunity with NuVal. One important thing I have learned in life is that if you want something, ASK! You might as well try to get what you want. I mean, the worst case scenario is a ‘no,’ right? So, I asked Melissa if NuVal was looking to hire anyone.

I knew that I wanted to be involved with this company in some capacity, but what did I want to do? Surprisingly, this decision was easy for me. I knew exactly what I wanted to do– for once in my life!

Melissa worked her magic, and soon I was invited to meet with some of the folks at NuVal for an “exploratory” conversation. We chatted about NuVal’s goals and future plans, and then we discussed how I could benefit the company. So, I put on my game face and pitched myself: I wanted to do social media marketing for NuVal.

I left the meeting feeling pretty confident, but a few weeks later, I still hadn’t heard anything. So, what did I do? I followed-up like a crazy person! I sent examples of my writing, videos about the benefits of social media– I even sent a sample job description! I was probably on the verge of being annoying, but I knew this potential job opportunity would be the perfect fit for me. I just couldn’t let it slip away!

Several weeks and zillion prayers later, I received a job offer from NuVal. (Of course, Mal and I celebrated appropriately!) And, just 24 hours later, I enthusiastically accepted their offer!

Working with the communications team, I will be responsible for NuVal’s social media strategy. Wahoo! :mrgreen: My new job involves all sorts of fun social media stuff, like blogging, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Sounds perfect for me, doesn’t it? I’ll actually be reaching out to influential bloggers to assist with spreading the NuVal message, so let me know if you want to help!

In a few weeks, I start part-time at NuVal and the rest of my time will be devoted to my blog, freelance writing, and a bunch of new projects.

Be sure to stay tuned! It’s just starting to get fun! 😉


174 Comments

  1. Congrats!!! NuVal seems like a great company. Not that I’m a big time blogger, but Ive been reading up on NuVal and would like to help in any way I can 🙂

  2. Congratulations! Way to go 🙂

    I think it’s great that you kept following up with them and backed up all the reasons they should hire you with research! That’s a great tip for those of us on a j.o.b. hunt!! 🙂

  3. Congrats Tina on your new job! I have been following your blog for a few months now, and I enjoy it so much. You said to let you know if we are interested in helping you with Nuval. And I just wanted to let you know that I am. Although I am not a blogger myself I have lots of experience with social media and would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I am leaving you a comment because I don’t know where to email you directly.

  4. Tina-

    thank you for your persistence and enthusiasm; so nice to have you on the team!

    All best wishes,
    David L. Katz, MD, MPH
    Yale University School of Medicine
    Principal Inventor, the Overall Nutritional Quality Index
    Chief Science Officer, NuVal

  5. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What an amazing accomplishment. I too have been finding my “new lifestyle” of healthy eating, choices and weight loss has led me in a direction that I never thought I’d EVER have a chance to partake in before! Sometimes life just leads you on your path… everything happens for a reason.

    Enjoy the new gig!

  6. What an amazing opportunity! Great for you. I love when good things happen to people doing good!!! When you need help spreading the word about Nu val just let me know. I am a graduate of Integrative Nutrition and met Dr Katz in person this last year. I think his work is wonderful, especially his info for kids! I’d love to help you spread his message.

    LOTS OF LUCK!!!!!

  7. Tina, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your blog. You are such an inspiration! I’m so happy for you, and can’t wait to “watch” where this new career move takes you and CNC. You have amazing energy. It really comes through in the blog and makes us readers think and get psyched about all the healthy choices we make in our lives.

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