Imagine finally getting that job offer that has seemed so far away for so long. Now imagine getting it on national television.
For Desiree Quinto, a 2012 UCF graduate, that was her reality on Oct. 13, when, after two long years of job hunting, she was offered a job as a discovery specialist for her dream company, Birchbox, on Good Morning America during a segment about college graduates struggling to find work.
"I love the transparency there and the culture of the office," Quinto said of the company. "CEOs are walking around, sitting side-by-side with their employees and getting to know [them]. There's so much inspiration and room for growth. Ever since I walked in, I knew it was where I wanted to work."
While Quinto was sure of her desire to work for Birchbox, she had no idea about the outcome of that Good Morning America segment.
"I had no idea," Quinto said. "Even [that] morning I had no idea that was happening. I got in there at 5 a.m. and couldn't be near TVs or have my phone."
Even before she graduated UCF with an interdisciplinary studies degree, Quinto said she had been applying to places in New York City in hopes of moving there after graduation.
During her time at Valencia College, and then UCF, Quinto immersed herself in volunteer and non-profit work.
At Valencia, she became a member of the Model United Nations. Then at UCF, she made the dean's list a handful of times and became a member of the Nonprofit Management Student Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Through those organizations, Quinto was able to become a certified nonprofit professional.
It's that nonprofit experience that Quinto said made her competitive in the job market.
Even with that competitive edge, Quinto said, she still had trouble landing a job, despite getting relatively far with several interviews. Since graduation in December 2012, Quinto had been in South Florida working at a Mexican restaurant, Baja Cafe Dos.
But that's all about to change as she makes her journey to her dream city.
As a Birchbox discovery specialist, Quinto will work directly with customers either over the phone or online through social media and email.
"She really showed us that she cared about the customer experience and what it really means to work with a customer and give them a great experience," said Melissa Enbar, director of recruiting and talent development for Birchbox. "She showed us she was curious and asked a lot of questions. She was interested about the job in the company."
Aside from Quinto's curiosity and people skills, Enbar also said she stood out thanks to the research she did about the company.
"She was really knowledgeable about Birchbox," Enbar said. "She did her research on what we do and how we do it."
This coming weekend, Quinto is able to finally live her dream of living in New York City as she moves to Queens to start her position as a discovery specialist at her dream company.