I got laid off yesterday.

Those are pretty hard words to write and admit to myself, but it's true: after 9 months and finally starting to feel at home, Red Circle had to let me and several others go. They lost a big client, the client whose signing-on created a job for me. So, I go. So it goes.

I haven't been laid off since my very mutual exit from Creative Circle (I'm really into circles, okay?!) in 2013. Recruiting just wasn't for me, so this one stings a lot more since I KNOW social really is for me.

But, as many Millennials have to be, I'm quite resilient. And I'm learning I've made a pretty amazing (and helpful) network of friends and former colleagues that want to see me do my best. I know I'll be back on my feet in no time; this may be a great time to think and reassess where I want to go.

For the longest time, I've wanted to start a freelance business. Hell, this website was created almost a year ago to help me realize that. While I'd love to work at an agency or in-house again, could this be the time I step off the path and forge my own? Sounds pretty amazing, honestly. We'll see!

In the meantime, I'm going to lay out my skills/qualifications. You know, for ... fun.

[Fun = hiring. Yeahhh.]

Alicia Neubauer, Digital Copywriter & Social Media Strategist for hire in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 3+ years of experience in digital marketing, concentrated primarily on social media
  • Worked with clients including: Ford Motor Company, Stormy Kromer, General Mills, Ramada Plaza, Grand Casino Minnesota, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Once Upon a Child, Plato's Closet, Zantigo, and more
  • Social content calendars, page post contests and contests through Woobox/Shortstack, social community management including crisis management, creating and optimizing ads for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Marketing experience with: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+/Pages, Foursquare/Swarm, Pinterest, Google+
  • Social tools used: Facebook Ads Manager, Power Editor, Insights, and Business Manager; Twitter Analytics and Ads, Hootsuite, Sprout Social, Raventools, Radian6, Woobox, Shortstack
  • Other computery goodness: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator; Workfront, Basecamp, Toggl, Harvest, Dropbox
  • Other cool stuff I can do:
    • Photography for social channels
    • Graphic design: mostly for social, but have done print (marketing collateral, invitations, etc.)
    • Adhering and balancing complicated ad budgets
    • Curating content to repost
    • Website content strategy
    • Some working SEO knowledge
    • Copywriting for basically anything online
    • Cracking terrible dad-jokes