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Getting That Job: Part 2

posted by on 18/07/2011

After writing the first post, I realised a lot of key points that I had noted down in my head but had later forgotten to jot down on here. Thankful for all the nice comments on my last post and do let me know if it has helped get you that job. I forgot to mention the process of applying for jobs, the killer interviews and more. Right then, let’s get started.

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Read ‘Getting That Job’ Part 1 – Here

So you have your 1st class honors, you have your CV at the ready – now what? The ammunition is there to fire but you need to figure out where to shoot the damn thing. If you’re looking for internships/jobs in marketing, my best bet would be to look online – job listing sites but what I always advice is picking up the phone and actually enquiring about vacancies. Emails get ignored a LOT, I know this from my gap year! Most agencies I emailed didn’t even bother getting back to me. What’s the worst that can happen when you call? Rejection? Why are you scared of rejection? It just motivates me to try harder next time.

Another good way to find internships is Twitter, surprised eh? All you have to do is type in the search box ‘marketing internship london/marketing executive london‘ and so on. A plethora of job sites, agency sites and even tweets from people that work at the agency advertising the new vacancy are likely to pop up. Don’t be afraid to tweet/email/call anyone who can potentially help you get a job, if you don’t ask…you don’t get. By that I don’t mean bugging a former school mate you haven’t spoken/seen in a decade – that’s using them and they’ll know for sure. I certainly clock on every time someone like that hits me up via FB inbox.

If you’re a blogger then you can relate to this part; all of us at some point have been sent press releases from PR folk. You blog it and get something in return – usually a freebie of the product or a gig ticket. 75% of the time, we get nothing in return for promoting their item/service. So feel free to ask them if they have any vacancies at the agency, I know it works because that’s how I got my internship last summer. I received an email from the Vitamin Water team at WeAreSocial asking to promote a new flavour and my inital reaction was ‘wth? how do I promote this!?’. I let my creativity takeover which led to me using my cousin for this shoot which impressed them and I cheekily asked if they were taking on interns. They initially said all the spots were filled for the summer but then a few hours later asked me to send a CV in and come in for an interview the next day. Voila. As simple as that.

Ok so you’ve done all that and managed to get the interview. One step closer to the dream job/internship. Don’t get gassed – yes I used the term ‘gassed’, you haven’t got the job yet so there is no need boasting about it. I was only happy after sending off my signed contract! The interview is the part you have to nail and how do you do that? Simple. BE YOURSELF. There is no point lying to them when you’re gonna be working there, beginning any relationship with a lie is bound to end in failure. Don’t do it. Also dress smart/smart casual depending on the agency and make sure you speak confidently & clearly. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself, tell them your story, what motivates you and your goals. Be real. That’s all folks, for now at least as I think I’ve covered everything?!

Time for me to go prepare for my most challenging week at work yet. Good luck with your job hunt! when you do get job, give glory to the man above. Not me.

Yin Da Vinci.