Monday, November 16, 2015

Where I work, what I do

I started a new job on May 1, and I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to tell you how that’s going. So I thought I’d use today’s post to catch you up.

I am a public information specialist for a local government, Campbell County. I am the assistant to our public information officer. I work in Rustburg, the county seat, in the Haberer Building.

The building I work in.

I am enjoying my job and am happy for the transition from the newspaper job to what I’m doing now.

I do a lot of different things, but here are a few:

·         Update the county website
·         Update the employee portal (intranet)
·         Make graphics for the website and portal
·         Write public service announcements and media advisories and send them to local media
·         Interact with local media and find information for them
·         Help in responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
·         I do a lot of editing
·         Take photos at county functions
·         Help with making presentations, crafting messages
·         Update the Public Safety Facebook and Twitter accounts
·         Lead the Web Content Authors group (those in other departments who update their pages on the website)

We are in the midst of transferring to another web platform for the county website. It will be so much better than what we have now. Right now, some people in other departments update their pages on the website. Once the changeover occurs, I will be doing the bulk of web updates.

I do a lot of writing, communicating, and creating with this job, and there is a lot of variety to each day. So I am enjoying it.

A view of some of the Campbell County buildings in the government complex.

I’m in the county administration office with my supervisor, the county administrator and his assistant, the clerk of the Board of Supervisors, the staff attorney, and the director and the assistant director of Public Works and their assistant. It’s a good group of hard-working and dedicated public servants.

I don’t miss the newspaper at all. I’m working full time where I am now, but the hours are regular and I rarely have to work nights or weekends. I work 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., so I’m home by 5:30 most evenings, which is hugely important to me. I don’t feel like I have to constantly be tuned into what’s going on around me in case there’s a story I need to cover. That is so good for my anxiety.

I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful supervisor and to be doing work that I enjoy.

Friends, what has been your favorite job? Or do you think it’s still in your future?


  1. Sounds like a really interesting job. I wouldn't mind doing that!

    My favorite job ever was in college, when I worked for a vet.

  2. I'm glad to hear more about your job, Tina, and especially that you are enjoying it and not missing it too much. Even though, as I wrote in my post a couple of days ago on retiring, the last couple of years of my job were very difficult for many reasons, working at the TV/Radio station was and will remain my favorite job. There was so much good that I can't let the end-years define it.

  3. Sounds like a great job, Tina. It's so important to enjoy what you're doing!

  4. Sounds like a wonderful job and well suited for you!

    My best job is the one I have...writing books. It's what gets me excited about life every single day!

  5. It's great that the new position has turned out to be very satisfactory. It sounds like a great position to have.

  6. looks like such a pretty building!!! it's wonderful that you are enjoying the new job and what you are doing!!

  7. Wow, what a great job! it's so great to have predictable hours. :)

    My favorite job that I was paid for was when I worked in IT in college. I'm still in contact with a small group of people that I worked with, which was 8 years ago. It was a great environment and no drama or cattiness - just people who liked computers and liked to be around other people who liked computers. :D

  8. glad to hear you've found a good match to your skills and interests (and hours!)

  9. Hi Tina, I am glad your back blogging and so happy you enjoy your job. I think one of my favorite jobs was when I was editing technical manuals for the USN and was in charge of the tech library. I also worked at a chocolate shop which was super fun. Krystallynn


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