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Chantay Jordan

Chantay Jordan displays the sign that landed her an appearance on Oprah. It reads "Fresh college grad need job. Hire this marketing genius"

Photographer: Don P. Jason III

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OHIO senior to appear on OPRAH

Job search garners national attention


Ohio University senior Chantay Jordan has recently been invited to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" thanks to an ingenious idea.

As spring quarter drew closer. Jordan found herself in the same situation as many college seniors. With graduation approaching, she didn't have a job.

Jordan, a native of Cleveland who is majoring in online journalism and specializing in political science, recently completed two internships in New York to gain some professional experience before entering the workforce. One of her internships was with E1 Music (formerly Koch Records) where she worked three days a week in the publicity and marketing department writing press releases and promoting artists such as Dwele, Fat Joe, Vivian Green and Juvenile. 

She also had another internship with a basketball publication, Dime Magazine, two days a week, contributing stories and covering the NBA Playoffs.

On one of her days off, Jordan decided to use her marketing skills to market herself.

"I decided to make a sign. Then I went to Atlantic Records and held it up, and then I went to the Today show. At one point I was walking around Times Square holding up my sign … Then I stood in front of the Essence magazine building with my sign," Jordan said. "People walking by were so supportive, they offered encouragement and this increased my confidence."

A man who was washing windows nearby noticed Jordan and alerted staff members at Essence. Before she knew it, Tanisha A. Sykes, the magazine's senior editor of personal finance and careers, had asked her for an interview.

Then Essence staff interviewed Jordan for Essence.com and Jordan thought that the story would end there. However, this was not the case. A few weeks later, a staff member from Essence called Jordan and told her that people from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" had read Jordan's story on Essence.com and that Oprah wanted to interview her on the show. The end result is that Jordan and a guest will be flown, all-expenses paid, to Chicago sometime in July for the taping of the Oprah show. 

"When I saw the story on Chantay in Essence, I was not the least bit surprised," said Stacey Brinkley, associate director of the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention. "Chantay has always been one to think outside of the box. She is not afraid to stray away from the norm to experience life without boundaries."

During her time at OHIO, Jordan has worked as Latino Initiatives Coordinator in the Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention. She also has served as a supervisor for volunteer peer advisors in OMSAR's LINKS program.

Jordan is the public relations and marketing executive and co-founder of the OHIO chapter of the National Black Law Students Association and a regular contributor to the Black Student
Communication Caucus' Young Black and Independent newsletter.

After graduating in June, Jordan plans to work in New York for two years before enrolling in a law school in fall 2012. Her career goal is to work as an entertainment law attorney.