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Title: Recruiting Manager – Recruit4Cause – Fairfax, VA

Company Description: Recruit4Cause is social enterprise dedicated to aligning human resources activities with social causes. We are a team of human resources and information technology professionals looking to make a positive impact on society by leveraging our areas of expertise.  We share a common belief that being socially responsible doesn’t equate to being less profitable.  Instead, we believe that contributing to society and being profitable are interdependent.

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Job Summary: Recruit4Cause is looking for a Recruiting Manager to manage their recruiting team and to support the full cycle recruiting demands of a growing startup. The ideal candidate has 10+ years of recruiting experience and at least 5 years managing a recruiting team. This position is responsible for not only managing the recruiting function but other initiatives such as onboarding and diversity programs.

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Deliver top talent to assigned searches and tailor approach to client’s needs.
  • Lead strategy meetings for each position with the hiring manager; ensure that the job description meets the institutional and human resources guidelines as well as the needs of the client; determine advertising strategy through targeted sourcing channels; research, source, gather and screen resumes; interview candidates; present qualified candidates to the hiring manager; ensure the coordination of office visits/interviews; debrief with hiring team; check references; prepare salary recommendation for approval and extend offers.
  • Drive, manage and grow your desk by actively sourcing and profiling candidates, conducting recruiting calls and building solid relationships with the organizations hiring managers and talent.
  • Contribute to direct candidate engagement and marketing strategies focused on building passive candidate pipelines through targeted/personalized email campaigns,  professional networking, direct sourcing and other communication channels to develop a slate of interested and qualified candidates; develop and maintain excellent relationships with hiring managers, candidates, and HR colleagues.
  • Review resumes and pre-screen applicants for appropriateness of skill, experience, and knowledge in relation to position requirements.
  • Write complete and detailed recruitment strategy meeting forms to ensure an understanding of job duties, key responsibilities, and desired skills.
  • Effectively use Talent Acquisition tools, including the ATS and approved resume search databases.
  • Proactively identify talent to drive and expand the Talent Acquisition candidate pipeline with a direct focus on international, senior associate, and management positions.
  • Administer pre-employment testing where applicable.
  • Conduct reference checks to verify experience and performance.
  • Maintain accurate documentation on all candidates and searches to ensure Talent Acquisition be audit-ready at all times.
  • Extend offers of employment to selected candidates within the guidelines of our company’s compensation and hiring policy.
  • Ensure all essential recruiting documents (position description, salary letter, recruiting information, references, new hire forms, etc.) are filed accordingly.
  • Actively participate in Talent Acquisition staff meetings. Participate and add value to Talent Acquisition effort to build strong pipelining system.
  • Support special Talent Acquisition, HR, and Recruit4Cause’s related projects and initiatives as required.
  • Setup the Recuit4Cause “World Tour”

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Projects:

  • Hiring 50 new employees within the next year.
  • Implement a new ATS by July 1, 2015.
  • Creating an internship program in May 2015.
  • Create a media platform to know what each job entails. Program starts in the Fall of 2015.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelors Degree required
  • A minimum of  10+ years Corporate Recruiting experience and at least 5 years in managing a recruiting team
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in the sourcing and screening of Software Developers and Business Analysts e.g., Linkedin Recruiter, SmartRecruiters, Indeed
  • Familiarity with other recruiting systems
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite
  • Comfortable with technology
  • High degree of integrity and respect for confidential information
  • Must be engaging and proactive attracting candidates.

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Upcoming Events:

November 20 – Be Out There! – McLean, VA
December 2 – #GivingTuesday – Washington, DC
December 11 – recruitDC – McLean, VA
December 13 – NatsFest – Washington, DC

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Tracy Tran
703-618-2176
tracy[at]recruit4cause[dot]com

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If I Were Running A Company…HR/Recruiting to Marketing

This is the prelude to my presentation on recruiting for NovaSHRM coming up tomorrow. If you live in the area, please RSVP here. If you’re not, I hope you follow someone who tweets at the event.

There’s a movement, in the recruitment/talent acquisition sector, where recruiters want to be part of the marketing department because it gives them the freedom to do whatever they want, without the restrictions from HR and use the marketing resources to promote their job openings. Here’s my answer to that:

NO!

Let’s understand this: recruiters use marketing tools to promote the job opening they have, however recruiters are NOT marketers. What recruiters are is “UNmarketers.” Recruiters are supposed to find people and build relationships for personal or professional reasons.

Why you are hearing this talk about recruiting moving to the marketing department because recruiters perceived that they’re getting bogged down by the stiffness and strict HR department. In reality, recruiters have a gunslinger mentality, but HR people keep everything in check. There’s suppose to be tension and that’s fine; I just think some recruiters are putting too much blame on HR as whole and not focusing on the individual in HR. Some HR professionals follow the letter of the law and some follow the spirit of the law. It’s up to the organization to decide what role HR (and recruiting plays) that varies on the personality of the company currently.

This is why I still consider recruiting an HR function because recruiters find the talent and HR develop and train the employees. It’s up to the recruiters to give much information to HR/hiring managers of what to expect from the applicant. What recruiters are scouts for the employer. The marketing aspect is only a secondary factor.

If you want to be a recruiter, don’t try be a marketer; be the unmarketer. Do not rely on post-and-pray, rely on building relationships and pipelines to connect.

Updates, Reviews, Previews, and More

As you noticed, I have not blog in the past couple of months. I had a long hiatus before, but that’s more of a serious, personal reasons. This is a personal reason as well, but in a good way.

Professional update

After my birthday in September, I got a call from someone for BroadPath, that I saw their listing on Elance. I was interested to help out and did sourcing for them for sales agents and call center people. This is the main reason I have not tweeted or give updates because I had to find people immediately during the enrollment period coming up and there were tight deadlines. After one month, they ask me to be their Recruiting Sourcer, permanently. So, if you’re in the healthcare field and you’re looking for a position in insurance sales, member/provider enrollment, call center positions, or others, contact me at (800) 928-1562 ext. 692 or email me at tracy[dot]tran[at]broad-path[dot]com.

In addition, I will be speaking on November 20 for NovaSHRM’s Talent Acquisition & Management Special Interest Group (SIG) on how employers need to engage to applicants through different avenues from social media, networking events, and special events. If you want to attend, register to the site I hyperlinked and if you have any questions you want to know, write in the comments section or email me.

2014 Washington Nationals Review

It was a great season for the Washington Nationals. Best record in the National League, the gnome giveaways, and a team that could go to the World Series. Sadly, they lost to the eventual Word Series Champions, The San Francisco Giants. In 2012, when the Nats had a 6-0 lead and blew it in Game 5, everyone was in shock and we (that includes the front office, the fans, and some players) had no idea how to respond. Although I was upset that the Nats didn’t advance further, at least there’s a sense where the Nats need to improve on, including Matt Williams.

Next year is likely the end of the Nats window with this roster and it will be tough to follow-up on their success with many teams, specifically the Cubs (now with Joe Maddon), the Marlins, and Mets getting their keys guys back. The Nats will have to earn their postseason spot, but they have to repeat the process again, but in the postseason, they need to change their mindset. Everyone, including myself, will try to blame someone of why the Nats didn’t advance, but at least there’s something to work on.

2014 Washington Capitals Preview

With the addition of Barry Trotz, Matt Nisnaken, and Brooks Orpik, it sounds like the Capitals are trying to go back to the playoffs. At one end, fans will be excited that the Caps are trying to get back in after missing out last year and with the Winter Classic in their backyard, the team had to look good. I just wish the Caps could be patient of building a better team. Yes, Trotz will make Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Green better players, but the Caps could of had better players if they stink in 2013 and could of had either Nate McKinnon, Seth Jones, or Johnathan Drouin. Next year, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are available, but sounds like the Caps want a playoff spot. Too bad.

I believe the Caps will make the playoffs, but an early exit, as usual.

2014 Washington Wizards Preview

These are not your father’s Washington Wizards/Bullets. Last year in the playoffs, you keep hearing basketball experts say the Wizards are the most complete and athletic team in the East. Then, they lost to the Indiana Pacers in 6 in the Conference Semifinals. There are expectations this year with an older John Wall, older Bradley Beal (when he comes back), and an older team with the signings of Paul Pierce, DaJuan Blair, and Kris Humphries.

Let’s be honest, the Wizards are not going to win the championship this year or next year. The key date is 2016 when NBA teams get a bigger piece of the TV pie and Kevin Durant is a free agent (yes, LeBron is a free agent to as well, but he wants the TV money as well). It’s no secret the Wizards will lure Kevin Durant over. The question is is two years too long for Durant to change his mind? He will have to deal with this everyday for the next 24 months. Although he has ties to D.C., does Durant want to come back home? He still loves his D.C. sports teams, but it’s different to live in D.C. than playing in D.C.

The Wizards will make the playoffs and be the 506 seed and say be eliminated in the first round. However, if they make the playoffs this year and next year, then 2016 is the first real step for the Wizards to become championship contenders.

I hope this answers why I have not blog for a while and not keeping up with updates. Still come to my Twitter and Facebook page and maybe Ello, if I have time.

If I Were Running A Company…Inequality

I am participating in Blog Action Day 2014. This year’s topic is Inequality.

Inequality comes in many forms and sizes. There are different reasons why there is a lot of inequality not only in the United States, but in the world. There are many reasons, but in reality, there is really one cause for inequality.

Some say it’s race. Although we have progress in race relations, there are some pockets in this country that race relations are still in the pre-Civil Rights era.

Some say it’s class. Although we’re a more tolerable country than years past, there are still lines drawn, literally and figuratively, to distinguish the poor and the rich. Just look at the pay gap.

Some say it’s our own biases. Maybe that is true, but not all biases are that bad. We have our biases because we want to setup the workplace they want to have. That is why hiring is subjective by nature, but can also be the problem.

Inequality by race, class, or any other other biases plays an underlying part of it. It’s primarily the individual or group’s insecurity and status quo. We all know power comes with responsibility and influence, but some take advantage of their role among themselves because of their own selfish needs for wealth or absolute power (and influence).

Nearly everyone knows about pay gaps among gender and race is still wide, but some do not know that Ferguson, Missouri makes a profit from petty crimes and poverty. Same thing goes to sexual harassment, as you heard all over the news lately, mostly from football. The people are taking advantage because of who they really are and the position they’re at.

Is there a way to combat inequality? Of course there is;  it’s the route you want to take. If you love the company you’re working with, create value on your own with the company and yourself so you can have a voice. If you are finding a job or opportunity, find someone with similar backgrounds and interests if they have something for you to do. If it takes a village to raise a person, it will take most of your employees (or groups of individuals) to create change.

When I think of inequality, I think of the lack of opportunity that companies and individuals provide for a variety of reasons, for better or for worse. There are opportunities out there. Remember, nearly 33% of the workforce are freelancers. Take advantage of these opportunities. What is inequality’s greatest fear? Competition. Force the issue.

 

One Year After Mid-Life Crisispalooza

This week is my birthday and I have to say, I had an adventurous 30th year in life:

Do I expect my 31st year to be as epic? Not really, but I could try.

As you know, every birthday year on this blog, I have a list charities to donate as a gift for y readers, friends, followers, creepers, you name it. This year, it’s self-explanatory. I mention I work for Recruit4Cause, a social enterprise job board where portions of the sale go to charity. If you have a job opening, you can post to Recruit4Cause’s site and donate to these charities:

As a bonus, if you do post your job on Recruit4Cause’s site, I will assist you on finding the people that you need.

My 30th year was pretty good. Maybe it’s the following year I finally become an old man.

If I Were Running A Company…2020 and Beyond

If you follow European soccer, they have a period called the “Transfer Deadline.” It’s like the trading deadline in North American major sports. It’s where clubs try to get players from others for a price. There are two types of transfers:

  • Permanent – where the team has ownership of the player until terminated
  • Loan – where the team borrows a player from their previous team for certain time.

Why I brought this up is I was on Twitter Chat with SHRM’s We Know Next on recruiting and this was the last question:

I said that companies will have partnerships with non-profits and other companies to attract applicants who want to do one thing. Here was the question before:

I said you should see more competency-based models in colleges in the next ten years to attract students and get them in the workforce early. Everything I mention is related to the future and what could be an interesting dilemma between the millennials/Gen Z and companies.

On the individual side, there has been new data that 53 million working are freelancers:

To further break this down, 38% of freelancers are 35 and younger and 32% of freelancers are 35+. It also states that people freelance to make a positive impact and/or it’s “exciting,” or as we like to call it: “Better Career Opportunity.” We keep hearing that full-time jobs are hard to find, but people are finding opportunities (including myself), from Elance and others, to find “exciting jobs. This could be the new unemployment rate because people are finding work, but in different ways. This gives a good idea of what companies expect from this and the new generation.

Speaking of companies, they’re in a unique position. Obviously, companies have job openings, but companies also are in position to influence. Colleges, non-profits, and small companies need new revenue streams to keep afloat. Why not partner with corporations and others to share employees and reduce costs for all parties involved. Larger companies have the money and resources to allocate them.

In addition, I mentioned that colleges might be soon go to competency-based models; companies might have a hand on determining their employee/student’s curriculum. This helps reduce the employee’s student debt and great standing with the university. This is where the lines are drawn.

As you see from the chart, nearly 1/3 of the people working are freelancers and it will likely grow. Companies are reducing full-time jobs because of budget, technology, and automation. Individuals want freedom and controlling their own destiny. Companies want control, period.

The real answer, from the two questions above, is we don’t know what the workplace will look like in 2020, 2024, or 2015. What we can do is look at data and trends of where the workplace is going. Looking at the data, as we see, we might have less full-time jobs, but more opportunities for the current workforce. It’s not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it will be interesting how the two intersect in the future.

 

The Power Of The Gnome

June 17, 2001
May 20, 2005
June 6, 2005
December 26, 2005
June 6, 2008
May 10, 2010
June 8, 2010
August 26, 2010
June 14, 2011
June-July 2012
January 2014
May 25, 2014
July 1, 2014

And now you can add September 8-9, 2014 as one of the happiest moments in my brief lifetime. Here’s the weird thing: those two days were not in my original plans.

It all started on Tuesday, September 2nd, when the Nationals were holding a #LateNightNats contest vs. the Dodgers. This was my submission:

Gnomes have a message for #LateNightNats #instanats

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As you see, the picture got cut off (I still have an old phone and iPad, by today’s standards) and the Post-It Note says, “You Go Dan Kolko!” as in reference to this:

That post gave me two tickets and be part of the Starting Nine on Monday vs. the Braves. In the same week, I got an email from MASN that the Lunch with Mike Rizzo is now Dinner with Mike Rizzo on the following day. It was supposed to be in early August, but when Orioles-Nationals was rained out and rescheduled to August 4, MASN was aiming for that date, but when that happened, they needed a time and place for Rizzo to have free time, so September 9 was chosen. MASN did not clarify if we needed tickets or not, so I had to exchange two games to September 9 just to make sure. As for giving them out…

The first objective was to get tickets for my friend, Elissa, who helped me filling in doing NatsJobs earlier in April while I was in mass for Holy Thursday. This was the game the Cardinals crushed the Nats, 8-0, and I felt sorry she had to witness that so I definitely owe her big time. I gave her three options: Monday’s game where I was in the Starting Nine; Tuesday with Dinner with Mike Rizzo, or Saturday, September 27 on Tyler Clippard Bobblehead Day. She chose the dinner and I got one thing out of way. Now I have to give away Saturday’s ticket, Tuesday’s two tickets after learning MASN did have the tickets for the contest winners, and two tickets for Tyler Clippard Bobblehead day.

I tried to combine the deal that if you wanted all five tickets, just pay the hotel room near Nationals Park or in Arlington. That didn’t worked out and Saturday’s game was inching closer, so I gave away the ticket to a random fan and now my concern was Monday. I asked my friends, networks, Twitter. Got no responses. Then, I did the boldest move I made so far in my life: I asked 5 separate women on OkCupid and Match.com that I really like, from the pictures and profiles, and asked if they’re interested to be my date on Monday night and I did mention it’s first come, first serve. No responses, although I knew one was a teacher and she couldn’t go so I asked her if she’s interested on September 27. So there were no takers.

September 8: 

It was a cloudy and cool day, so I decided to take a walk from Ballston to Nationals Park, with a few stops. I had to buy lottery tickets for my mother’s birthday and got a library card at the Arlington Public Library because I needed to print tickets because my own printer has been haywire. Around lunch time, I dressed up as the gnome because I heard of the “Buffalo Ramos” Burger at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom from the D.C. Sports Bog. I wanted to try it before it’s gone. Sadly, I only had $5 (the burger was $7.70, including tax), so I did a quick impromptu contest that if you spotted the gnome and buy me the “Buffalo Ramos” Burger, the ticket was yours. After close to two hours, not a peep or touch from anyone. So, I change back to my normal clothes and decided to go to Starbucks and use some of my $25 gift card, I got in the summer, on lunch.

I walked down to the Navy Yard and went to the Marriott Courtyard to do some additional work, but their WiFi was out of service for some reason, then I went to Starbucks and they didn’t have WiFi and then realized it’s a federal building, so I went to Gordon Biersch and they got WiFi and sports so I can catch the new Highly Questionable studios (which I did. I miss the kitchen set), but the coverage was dominated by Ray Rice and Roger Goodell. After I finished my work for the day, I change my attire again to the gnome and headed to the Park.

Before entering the gates, I see a small line of people trying to buy $5 tickets. I asked them if anyone was interested in a free ticket (I could not sell it because the Nationals bought it for me) and the guy with the old DC baseball shirt got the free ticket. I went into Nationals Park and seeing a lot of my friends running around for some reason. then someone forward me a flyer that the Nats were doing a scavenger hunt at the Park. Luckily, I was more worried about not getting trip on the field. I talk with my friends about what should I expect in the Starting Nine and other stuff. Then, it’s time.

Before going to the field, I had to go to section 103 to check-in. Before checking in, one of the Nats HD crew wanted me for Fan of the Game. I wanted it to do it on August 5 when I had the gnome. I didn’t bring the gnome with me, but if I did, I had something great planned. Instead, I did this for 28 seconds to copy another gnome (the other 2 seconds was just random dancing):

Another Starting Nine participant, Justin, saw my performance and told me that I should win Fan of the Game hands down. I said that I hope there are no kids participating in Fan of the Game. When I turned to my right, I saw a kid, who was also participating in The Starting Nine, doing something for Fan of the Game. I turned to Justin and said, “I’m screwed.” After everyone was checked-in, it’s time to head to the field.

This was my sixth time on the field: three times for season ticket holder events, the one where I was a last-minute replacement (Tolu has a great story about that time. If you want to know more about Tolu’s catfish story, go here), and the one where I was the first ten for the Ignite Your Natitude! Tweetup to have a meet and greet with players on July 3, 2012. This on-field experience was different because I’m in public and with the media, TVs surrounding the park, I don’t want to be embarrassed by tripping over or screwing up the field that alters play. The Secret Service team at Nationals Park gave us a rundown on what and what not to do and ask us what position we want. Since there was a kid there, he gets first shot and he had a Bryce Harper jersey, so he wanted left field. The people and the security team knew I wanted right field and got it. In addition, The Starting Nine took some pics and selfies. Here are a few of mine:

On the field #natssocialfan #nats #instanats

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The pre-game ceremonies are starting with the first pitch and I had to take off the hat and wig for the National Anthem because out of respect for the people who serve and protect to give me the right to act weird (and hipster if you look at the photo carefully). After the lineup exchange, everyone lineup around the backstop warning track to run to the field.

As I run onto the field, I was worried to not touch the foul line and forgot to go crazy while I was running. I did jump over the foul line and wave at the crowd waiting for the team to get onto the field. When Fister lead his team onto the field, I saw Span coming out and briefly saw his look that has a “WTF?” face. A few seconds later, Jayson Werth came out and told me, “This is good look, I love it” while tugging the beard.

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And Werth had the biggest smile I have seen him in public.

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Afterwards, I introduced myself and wished him good luck and that was it.

Heading to the field exit, the Secret Service team and the rest of the Starting Nine asked me about that experience and I was overwhelmed to answer. Heading to the elevators to get into our seats, Carol and I talk about what happened on the field. It took us awhile, but we got to our seats at section 240.

At section 240, I met the guy who I gave away the free ticket and brought a whole pizza from 7-Eleven which the money was suppose to be used to buy a ticket initially. We introduced ourselves and settled in and the guy offered me half a whole cheese pizza to say thanks and at the same time, my iPad and phone were pinging about my Jayson Werth experience…and I was posting jobs at NatsJobs. At the same time, Ian Desmond drove in a run to make it 1-0 Nationals. It stayed there for several more innings. Then, the first true tweet to come out about my experience was this:

Chris Ford added my Twitter handle and my stream went bonkers afterwards:

The action really picked up (for me) at the end of the 5th inning when the Nats were doing the Fan of the Game. I didn’t had a good look because the the HD scoreboard was directly behind me. What I can tell was the bottom half and I was facing two kids and I was Fan #2, so I thought I was screwed.  When I came up, there was a loud ovation from my section and it trickled like the wave (properly) and when Jerome announce, “And The Winner is Fan #2″ I was really in shock because I was facing the kids and no adult should beat the kid. The entire 240 section gave me high-fives and fist bumps and salutes, as well as the sections next to us.

Both photos via @Carol_Dagny

Jayson Werth saw it on the screen that I won Fan of the Game and we both saluted each other and Werth tried to throw the baseball to me.  He overthrew it by a few rows and it was caught by an older guy, who gave the ball to the kid in front.

Of Note #1: Terrance came by on the 8th to give me the business card of the Senior Manager of Entertainment, Tom Davis. They ran out of Harris Teeter Gift Cards at that time and had to contact him the following day.

Of Note #2: Remember I mention I asked four women on OkCupid and Match.com (technically five, but one was a teacher. She gets a pass.) who did not respond? If either responded, I would of split the $50 Harris Teeter gift card since they only had $25 gift cards. Your lost, ladies.

Oh by the way, the game picked up when Fister was on the 7th and when Matt Williams came out to get him out, Fister convinced Matty he will get Andrelton Simmons out. Williams said ok and came back to the dugout. Fister got the third out and yelled “Yeah Baby.” Later on, Nats score on a fielder’s choice, the Braves score on a Freddie Freeman single, and Drew Storen went 1-2-3 to get the save and Nats won 2-1 to capped off probably the most thrilling night I ever had. Laura Roose probably sums up the best about my night:

Photos from others:

Jason Werth meeting his long last twin @nationals

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Werth loved meeting this dude. #Nats #InstaNats #IBacktheNats

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For your information: I’m 3-0 when I win Fan of the Game; 0-1 when I lose. Ponder that, Nationals.

Tuesday, September 9:

Waking up on a cloudy day, I was checking my emails for work-related stuff, then I saw Dan Steinberg wrote a piece about me that night. I got a lot of tweets and replies from my friends and followers about this. Here are some of the best/interesting responses I saw:

In addition of the great response I got from the previous night, my hamstrings tightened up after I forgot to stretch yesterday as I did some running. So, I took the Metro to Foggy Bottom (and got enough money to pay for the burger) and return to Whole Foods to get the “Buffalo Ramos” Burger. The verdict: it was delicious.

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After getting some work done at lunch, it was time to head to the Navy Yard again. I check with the Marriott Courtyard if they had the WiFi fixed. They did not and I was back at Gordon Biersch again. I did the same routine as the previous day and headed to Nationals Park. This time, I had two additional tickets as the fallback plan previously. I gave it to the mother-son combo and for the next 45 minutes, I stood outside the Center Field Gate for people who want to take pictures of me as the gnome and free McDonald’s smoothie samples. At 5:15PM, I headed to the media entrance. While going around Nationals Park, I saw the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team arriving and most looked at me and some say “Hey, it’s the Jayson Werth Gnome” I waved at them and head to the media entrance to meet up with Elissa and the other winners.

Dinner was at the Red Porch and Rizzo was coming down and I was a bit surprise that there was no crowd following him because he is the architect of this team and most fans would know his face. I won’t say much about what Rizzo said in the  dinner because it was among the MASN winners and guests, but I will say is Rizzo was friendly, courteous, and did not pull any punches of the questions we asked, specifically the Doug Fister trade.

Photos from the dinner are here. (For the record, I had to take off my costume because I had a fake beard and wig on and don’t want any food to get caught.)

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MASN provided seats at section 100 and it is unique point of view that is is far away, but you can see everything. Although section 100 was not rowdy as as 240, it has his own set of great Nats fans, which was led by Bob, who high-fives, fist bumps, and punching the shield with the Red Porch crowd when the Nats do something good. In the middle of the game, Bob order me a pretzel for just being a Nats fanatic. Nats won the game 6-4 and the magic number was reduce to 10 at that time. It capped off probably the most thrilling and magical two days I ever had.

To end the series, Atlanta beat the Nats, 6-2 on Wednesday and I wasn’t there. Coincidence?

Final

In hindsight, what would made the two days complete is if I have more job opportunities to post or I handle the job opportunities for companies and organizations and if any recruiters are seeing this :), but those two days were surreal. I’m one of the rare few who got on the field to greet the players and very rare you get attention beyond your networks. So try to enter a contest or join a community for this very unique experience and I’m thankful for the support for not only my friends and followers, but to the people who I never met before for their generosity. I have worn wigs from Silver Elvis, the Rainbow Mullet, and a traffic cone hat (put that in the lost archives), but after a month, I would never expected a huge response of me dressing up as a gnome as a big deal.

I don’t know why and how I deserve it, but I guess that’s the power of the gnome.