1 Year Anniversary!
When thinking about what I wanted to do with my life as an undergraduate at DePaul University, I wasn't too sure. I had secured my Associate's Degree in Sociology and Psychology, and was entering my master's program at DePaul. This was when I decided to change my studies to marketing, and dive deeper into that field. After graduating with MS from DePaul, I was approached by a friend to look into working for the marketing team at SERVPRO. I had zero knowledge when it came to what SERVPRO did outside of the basic gist of the company. On top of that, I then was trying to work through a pandemic!! What a crazy time it was, but I recently hit my one year anniversary here at SERVPRO and I decided to reflect on the past year. During the pandemic, I was able to train more and get better knowledge of what SERVPRO does day in and day out. As things started to open back up, I was confident in my marketing and sales ability to tackle the daily routes. I now have a terrific relationship with all of our local first responders! We work alongside them when it comes to free COVID sanitations to their departments in order to keep them safe, and with community events by bringing fire safety tips and tricks. I have built so many wonderful and beautiful relationships during my one year anniversary, and some have even become friends that I hangout with on the weekends. I can't thank my marketing team and owner enough for giving me the opportunity to develop not only my work skills, but also as a person. THANK YOU SERVPRO!
Internship at SERVPRO
We are all in this together!
The company that I am interning for is SERVPRO of Elmhurst/Arlington Heights & N. Prospect/Lagrange Park & N. Riverside. The office location is located in Broadview IL, and the areas that are listed are the territories that our marketing team is allowed to market in. SERVPRO is a franchise that is owned and operated by personal owners. We have over 1,700 locations across the United States. Our company focuses on fire, water and mold restoration and mitigation for disasters that strike homes, buildings, businesses, etc. We are also currently doing cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19 with our Vanquish product and fogging system. As far as what I do as an intern at SERVPRO, I work alongside the marketing and sales team. Our job is to go on daily routes around our territories and market SERVPRO to insurance agents, restaurants, hotels, churches, retail stores, etc. You name it, SERVPRO can help! However, one major struggle we are having during this time is not being able to go out on our daily routes to market and sell because of the current pandemic we are in. Therefore, all the team members are in the office and are brainstorming ideas on how to market SERVPRO from behind a computer screen. Some ideas we have come up with is marketing through social media. This is mainly my job because the other members don’t care for it, and I actually really like it. I have access to all the social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Every day I come in and do daily posts on all the accounts in order to ensure we are getting the SERVPRO name out on the Internet more. Especially now since everyone is at home with the stay-at-home order in place, they are constantly on their smart devices. I also have been doing blog entries on the SERVPRONet website about my internship here at SERVPRO. SERVPRONet is a personal website for SERVPRO employees to access that has updated news for everyone, marketing tools, sales techniques, and so on. I also have been attending weekly WebEx meetings with the SERVPRO marketing headquarters with all different SERVPRO franchises across the country. They show us helpful tools to use while being stuck at home or in the office. Another major event that our company has been doing is free cleaning and disinfecting for our first responders. Our team members have been going out and doing cleaning and disinfecting to the vehicles and offices of police and fire departments in our territories. This has given our company major recognition on social media websites, and we are even building relationships that we didn’t have before. I love what I do here at SERVPRO and I have learned so many different techniques about marketing and sales that I never knew before. This has given me so much more confidence when approaching new people, and building up my relationship skills. I have developed a different side of professionalism that I didn’t know I had before, and it is truly amazing to see the growth I have gained because of SERVPRO. The employees I work with treat everyone like family, and it is very welcoming when you walk in the door every day. I always have a smile on my face when I enter in the morning, and then when I leave in the afternoon. I love coming to work every day, and that is exactly how it should be. Thank you SERVPRO for letting be on this internship journey with your company!