GIPHY, a well-known tech company and pioneer in GIF technology, invited Girls Write Now mentees and alumnae into their New York City offices to talk about working in technology, writing cover letters, and utilizing personal branding. Programs Intern Ellie Maddock writes about the day.
On an overcast day in early October, GWN mentees and alums gathered at the GIPHY offices to discuss one of the most polarizing topics in today’s culture: namely, whether the word GIF is pronounced “gif” or “jif”. While no consensus was reached (the group remained split fifty-fifty, with no signs of budging on either side of the issue), GWN’s afternoon at GIPHY was nothing if not productive. With the help of the amazing volunteer mentors at GIPHY, GWN mentees were able to get a sneak peek into what life is like working in a tech-based field, while also getting tips on how to craft the perfect cover letter.
The event began with snacks and slideshows as GIPHY employees gave presentations on how they got their jobs, emphasizing the importance of a good cover letter. Each presentation was followed by a Q&A, during which mentees were able to ask questions about working in the field of technology. Although a ton of awesome advice was given during this part of the event, both presenters and mentees agreed that the most important part of any application process is the applicant’s ability to express her unique self through her application: whether you do that through GIFs or through one-of-a-kind prose is up to you!
After the presentations wrapped up, mentees wrote biographies and brainstormed cover letter content while working one-on-one with GIPHY employees. Each mentee experienced insight into possible future careers and realization regarding the worth of their personal talents, and by the end of the workshop mentees had developed a thorough cover letter outline that they can use in the future for any college, internship, or job applications.
Overall, the day at the GIPHY offices was so much more than just a debate over “gif” or “jif”: it was an opportunity to learn more about possible career paths and to prepare for any applications ahead.