Melissa DePaul

I'm a Broadcast Communications and Business Administration Major at Westminster Collge. I am the producer/director for Coach's Corner, which is a sports show for football and basketball season. I'm also the director of the County Line, which is a live 30-minute newscast every Thursday night at 7:30 on Adelphia Cable 9.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

VZW update

Well I completed 4 weeks at Verizon Wireless and love it! I was in training for 3 weeks and finally spent this week "attempting" to do my job. There is so much to learn such as materials, products, billing systems, and general cash management procedures. Everyday is a new and different day. There is never a dull moment and the hours fly by. My fellow co-workers have been so helpful and are really great to work with. I have also been promoted to full-time last week after I finished training. Everyday I learn more and more, but I feel like I've been hit with so much information its hard to keep everything straight. It reminds me of just being thrown into the directors/TD's position and giving a 5 minute elevator speech on what needs to be done to carry out a successful show. Training gave me the tools to perform my job, now its just putting it all together and dealing with complicated issues on the spot.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

First week of training

Well my first week of training is over and everything went really good. I never realized how much there was to learn. When I was in the store I couldn't even really do anything (not even ring up an order). I had all kinds of online training and shadowing to complete the 4 days I was there. Verizon Wireless has excellent training programs for its employees. The next 2 weeks I will be in headquarters doing system/network/industry training. It is a long process before I can actually do my job at work. On Friday I opened and had to do all sorts of administrative things like refunds, getting the cash drawers in order, inventory, walk-through of the floor etc. I really like what I do (with the exception of being on my feet most of the day in heels). Everything is going good and is great experience that will help me move through the ranks into other areas.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Training has begun

Well I started my job with Verizon Wireless on Monday and really like it so far. Everyone is really nice and I really like the overall company culture. The company has a lot to offer its employees and promote from within a lot. People are constantly moving around to different positions. They are also all about planning your career path so they can find ways for you to acheive that job. Verizon offers a lot of training courses in various areas to improve upon your skills and knowledge. After I get through with training I am going to try and network and check into their communications department and see what they have to offer. I still have 3 weeks of training which will be in thier headquarters where I have more of an opportunity to network.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Real World

For the past couple weeks I've been interviewing with a couple different companies. I interviewed with Highmark, Verizon, and RVHomes. The interview process took a lot longer than I had imagined. I got a job offer from both Highmark and Verizon and am still going through RVHomes interview process. However, after a lot of thought and consideration I have decided to accept the position within Verizon. I start training on March 6th and will be working in Cranberry as a customer support representative. From there I would like to move into their communications department.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Steelers Parade and Rally

Today I was down Pittsburgh for the Steelers Parade and Rally at the Point. Of course there were tons of reports and news stations gathering thier footage and soundbite. I don't know if you watched the WTAE broadcast of the event. But a report tried to get an interview and approach Randel El and called him by another name twice. The reporter had no clue that was Randel El they were talking to. After the reported called him the wrong name Randel El told the reporter he would not do an interview. I thought it was rather funny because everyone knows who Randel El is because he is a big name player. That not only made the WTAE look really bad but also the reporter. If you are going to cover events such as these the reporter should have done research if he/she was not familiar with the players. WTAE prides itself on being the official coverage for the Steelers and they have reporters who do not know who the big name players are.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Crazy Busy

Hey everyone! I've been really slow at keeping up with my blogging with the holiday's and stuff with my family. Here is what I am up to now. I'm still working at Shop N' Save but I have been sending out a lot of resumes. Over the holiday's I found out that I have a relative that works at KDKA (who would have ever thought). So they took my resume and are seeing if they can get me in somehow. I also spoke with Ross Guidotti last week and he shared his experiences within the industry and basically said if I want to make it in this field I have to start off at a stations that is in the middle of no where and work my way up. He was really nice and gave me a lot of good information. I applied at all the newstations in Pittsburgh. Now I am looking into the sports side of the business. I have also been applying for business jobs and been going on interviews. So I'm just waiting to see what happens. I also ran into Amy DalBon and she is going to keep me posted if she hears anything. I will keep blogging more, now that I have time. I am also coming up to visit next week and will stop by the newsroom and visit. Good luck with the County Line this week! I already miss college so much. Stay in school!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Capstone Experience

As the semester comes to an end and I graduate in a week, I am going to reflect on my capstone experience. I did both sections of my capstone this semester. It went really well. The whole point of our capstone project is to accomplish something that you do not have or want to do before you graduate. But as we did that we also had to network with professionals in our field through papers and tape assessments. That was very beneficial because now we established a connection with someone who might be able to help once we graduate. The thing I felt was the most helpful was getting my resume tape assessed by someone in the field. I got my tape assessed by Mindy Neill from WKBN and she gave me very useful feedback and I was able to go back and fix the problems so it would improve my resume tape and chances to land a job.

Now I'm leaving here with all the tools to get a job in communications. Capstone really helped me to figure out what I wanted to accomplish before I graduate. Mine was to improve my resume tape and do a video essay which I did on trout stocking. As I've submitted my resume tape into news stations I feel confident that I am qualified for the positions and have a solid resume tape to show for it.