I put a lot of thought into disclosing my entire job market experience and I decided to do so. The main reason behind telling the world about my ups and downs is to inspire those who are looking for jobs, particularly in the mass communication / public relations / marketing industries. I want to let others know that the job market is tough but if you are persistent and play your cards right, you will land a job. The key to the entire job searching process is to maintain an upbeat and positive attitude.
Easier said? Yup, I know.
It is also super important to be prepared. This means cleaning up Facebook (I am very difficult to find), creating and maintaining a LinkedIn account, understanding professional Twitter habits and blogging (best way to create your own space).
…Ah a very frequently asked thought, ‘how do you get experience?’
To put it simply, put yourself out there! After all, the mass communication field is all about being social, at least to some degree.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Plan accordingly: I entered the job market in January of 2013 with a graduation date of July 2013. My goal was to have a full time, industry specific position that included benefits, before graduating college.
- Be Patient: Without a doubt, employers want to fill a position ASAP. It is all about finding the right person.
- Experience: Being selected account executive for a senior graduation class provided me with a massive amount of exposure to the real world.
In my situation, job boards such as Monster, iHiring, StyleCareers, CareerBuilder, flooded my e-mail account rather provided me with an opportunity. I am not discouraging from usage, as some people were successful in landing a job via those channels, I did not.
Within three in a half months, I applied for countless number of positions and received engagement from the following job boards and companies:
- School career center (USF): Upright Communications (hired), GTE Financial (offer), Helping Heros (inquiry), International Union of Police Association (officer), Triad Retail Media (interview)
- USF Opportunity: Glasses.com (interview) / 1-800 CONTACTS (proposal)
- Going to Company of Interest: Allegiant Air (interview), Miller-Coors (interview)
- PRSA Job board: CAP Marketing (interview)
- LinkedIn: Sunera (interview)
- Inquiries: Law firm , video promotion, marketing company
Without a question, each interview was completely different. Above all, understand the company, prepare several questions to ask and be confident! I’ve dissected content from an organizations competitor, got interrogated from a surprise interviewer, flew to another state for an interview (paid for by the organization) and learned to NEVER disclose salary requests. The job market is survival of the fittest! I am proud to say that in April, I accepted the position as account manager at Upright Communications.
Hope this helps someone in the market 🙂