- Make sure your resume is up to date. I suggest having a section at the top of your resume that briefly summarizes (one, maybe two sentences) your objective in your job search. Recruiters look at tons of resumes per day, so including this near the top will help them understand what you're looking for.
- Make sure you have a LinkedIn profile and it's up to date as well. Often times people will include that they are looking for a job in the headline of their LinkedIn profile to capture the attention of recruiters.
- Use your network. Wether it's people you know personally, or professors or alumni from your grad school, get in touch with anyone you may have a connect to to see if they can help. You would be surprised how willing people are to help a person they have some sort of connection to, even if they haven't met you in person. When you connect with these people, have a brief description of what kind of job you're looking for -- including potential companies you're interested in -- ready to show them.
- As you search, it never hurts to also look for a part-time gig in the area you're interested in, or an internship. If possible, freelance work could be an option as well, but the main point here is to do what you can to continue to build more experience in your field as you look for a job. This can also help you make connections with people who could help.
- Lastly, as you go through the interview process, especially if you don't end up getting a job, always ask 1) for feedback on your application and the process so you can learn and 2) if they know of any other companies you might be a good fit at. People want to help, so never be afraid to ask for it, like you have here :)
Overall, stay positive and keep at it. I've been turned down for several roles throughout the years, and it typically turns out for the best. Good luck!
You have got some very good advice from many members here from resume to linkedin profile, let me just add a few more steps that will help you land a good job in a company you woudl like to work
so here it goes, just know that finding a job even when the unemployment rate is very low is still a full time job, if you want to be selective on where you want to be
1. Research and make a list of 10-12 companies that you identify you would like to work for
2. Research these companies and have a paragraph about yourself as to why you are a great fit for them
3. Join Networking groups in the particular area you are looking for employment ( marketing etc); there are many groups particularly for fiannce and commerce which senior executives come present, there are many business schools who invite executive come where you can join and listen and connect
4. Join webinars or calls where the company may be offering to make some links into the organization
5. have on short profile of your self 2 - 3 paragraph which defines you not just personality but your accomplishments and when you introduce yourself share that one page either in person or even on an email.
6. Have a 3 min introduction about your self, practice, practice and practice, so you are confident to speak about yourself
Now you have all the tools and start applying .. and good things will happen .. good luck
Because of the ease of applying on-line, companies receive many applications. This means you need to apply for a lot more jobs, AND, more importantly, make the applications count. This means tailoring your resume and cover letter to fit the job you are applying for, IF it is one you are truly interested in. Sure, it's okay to send out the "master" resume to a bunch of places, and maybe get a response. But, spend some time on the ones that count.
Set up email folders and computer folders and use them. Stay organized!
Take a break. Job search can seem overwhelming. You need to take some "me" time, to relax, exercise, etc. When you go in for an interview, you don't want to look like someone who's been locked away in a room doing job search for the last 3 weeks! And, well-rested, you will be more productive in your job search efforts!
Best of luck to you!
I would start off by looking at your college's career/job fair online (if you can't go in person) and get a good sense on some of the companies people are applying to and starting their careers from in your space. Once you get a better picture, do some initial research on interview skills, company info, and product knowledge as well. Another great point would be LinkedIn and Indeed for various positions or sites such as Glassdoor for reviews. Using your connections in the space whether it be people already working in the space or mutual connections always help when trying to break into a specific company/industry as well.
Hope this helps, good luck!
1. Create a targeted company list. In other words, what companies do you want to work for? Don't just aim for the top 500 Companies like Facebook, Google, or Disney. Think more local, what are some great companies you want for in your City?
2. Find connections. Do you know anyone at those companies? Ask your friends and family, they may not know anyone but they may know someone else that does.
3. Create your Linkedin profile make sure it's completely filled. There are tons of online information on how to complete your profile as a jobseeker. Then, start connecting, with people you know and people you don't know.
4. If you can't find a connection at that company, that's ok. Simply look up the company/business organization and schedule 15 minutes with an employee with a similar role, recruiter, or manager. DO NOT ask for a job. Your job is to ask questions, this is called an informational interview. Ask what is like to work there? What do they look for in their employees? Etc. (Google informational interviews so you can prepare yourself on how to navigate this process.)
5. Network and Social Media. Job searching is all about connecting with people. Again, you are not asking for a job directly, you are simply engaging with people, and in that course of building relationships, you can ask for their advice. Most people like to help, so if they feel you are serious and won't make them look bad, people will make introductions. So, your goal is to connect, connect. Attend networking events, follow and connect with people online/offline. A word of caution if you choose to connect with people on social, please make sure you clean up your profiles. This is all part of personal branding and your message is very important.
6. Prepare your marketing materials. Yes, you need to have a great Resume, Cover letter, and a good introduction statement. The introduction statement also known as an elevator pitch is just a simple statement of who you are and what you can do. Before you prepare your resume, please google and get more information on how an ATS - Applicant Tracking System works. Many companies use an ATS and can become your worse enemy if you don't get ahead of it.
7. Make a weekly plan. How many one-on-one conversations will you schedule? How many connections will I make online? How many messages/emails will you send? How many applications will you submit? How much research will you conduct?
WORD OF CAUTION
Lastly, if you are a minor please ask your parent to be involved in your job search process. Especially if you are making connections online and offline. Always make sure you are accompanied by a parent or an adult. Of course, if it's a formal job interview your parents can wait in the car but if you are conducting informational interviews, or connecting with professionals, please keep an adult in the loop. If you are not comfortable meeting professionals, schedule phone calls or schedule interviews at the place of work and again make sure you bring an adult.
I would suggest thinking about the wide variety of roles within Marketing function in an organization. As you are creating your job hunt, think about the operation side as an entry point as many organizations will partner Marketing and Operations together. This will lead to supporting promotions and managing projects and products through their various life cycles. You can also check out paid internships with most major companies. If you are flexible, expand your search and beyond the major metro areas you could find a lot of opportunities in the smaller markets. Check out the Verizon Internship Page linked below. Good Luck on your search!
LinkedIn can be your best friend in this situation. Keeping your LinkedIn projects up to date is a great way for recruiters to get a good sense of your strengths and experience. Using the "Looking for a Job" feature can make you more visible to recruiters which is a great way to become seen. Talking about recruiters, they are a great resource to get more information on positions available at their companies. I personally connect with recruiters from companies I find interesting on LinkedIn, they post a lot of job openings frequently!
One tip I have received is to keep your resume template fairly simple. A lot of companies use a system that scans your resume and it can have a difficult time reading fancy templates.
In regards to resumes, you should always have multiple versions of your resume that you create based on your standard general resume. I saw multiple versions because you should make tailored resumes based upon the job description you're applying to. For example, if someone in Supply Chain wants to go into Finance and they gained financial experience while in Supply Chain, then they need to make sure they adjust their resume to show lots of content around the financial and operational data and KPI reporting, analysis, forecasting, etc. When you read a job description, you may notice certain tasks, experiences, skills and software you already gained in your relevant or irrelevant jobs, so you want to adjust your resume based on the job and the experiences you have for that job.
LinkedIn, always make sure it's updated and you have a professional picture (this is not Facebook, Instagram, etc.). This is one of the best places to find a job or connect with people that may be able to help you find that job.
Create a job search plan. You don't want to apply to 100+ jobs, as that's time consuming and probably not strategic. Although landing a job is a numbers game (the more applications and interviews you do, the higher the rate of you landing a job offer), you're much better off applying to a dozen jobs that match your experience, interests and network than applying to 100 jobs and hoping someone calls you. Narrow your search based on filters and see how many jobs align with your criteria/considerations. If you find a job posted on LinkedIn, see if anyone in your network is a current or former employee there and if they could help make an introduction. Additionally, you could look up HR people at that company to network, connect and share your resume.
2. Look up specific companies, find out what they do and try to connect with someone who works at the company to get a sense for what they do/what's it like to work there.
3. Continuing education to make sure you understand current and future trends in your own respective industry.
4. Understanding common jargon in your industry/field.
5. Understanding what recruiters look at.
6. Finding out about the interviewing process so that you can prepare adequately for questions or knowledge that they might ask you on the spot.
Go to your profile on LinkedIn (make sure you're signed in), and you'll see the section just under your header/picture where you can update your work preferences. I would suggest having it open to all and selecting the cities you are targeting. With today's job market, that should help you narrow down who's contacting you to relevant cities/companies. Good luck!
There is a ton of good advice regarding this question. As networking is huge benefit in looking for a job, you should definitely access social media outlets such as linkedin and job recruiting sites. Also, if you are able to connect with a headhunter they can be very valuable in your search process as they are directly connected to the hiring company.
1. A spreadsheet with Columns (Company, Job Title, Date Applied, Response from company (Y/N), any other details, etc)
2. Set up automated emails for jobs that you are interested. You can do so on Glassdoor and you can choose the cadence as well. This helps get jobs delivered to your inbox on days that you dont have time to search!
3. Set a goal for yourself on how much time you would like to spend on your job search daily/weekly IE 20 minutes a day or 5 hours a week and work towards that goal
Additionally use platforms like Indeed and Zip recruiter update your Resume.
Congratulations on your achievement.
My advice is to look for companies with early career programs. Very often multinational organization offer this type of programs, which help hiring talented people and accelerate them through the first steps in their career.
As an example, Microsoft used to offer the MACH Program, and you can refer to the following page to get a sense of what is currently available
A few advice from my side:
1. Decide which Industry attract you the most (I would also suggest you consider employability in that industry and demand for the next years to come)
2. Look for the to 10-15 top companies in these industry, possibly with subsidiaries in the regions you are planning to live in
3. Look for any early career program they could offer and understand the requirements to apply.
4. Apply and be ready for very comprehensive interview loops and panel interviews. Be ready to compete with your peers!
I've seen dozen of talented young graduates in my life benefitting from such programs, now covering management and executive roles!
Go for it!
1. Only apply to jobs you think you'd actually want. Anything else -- too low a salary, not relevant to your long-term goals, a company you don't want to work for, etc. -- is a waste of your time.
2. If possible, try working with a recruiter. There are plenty of temp agencies that you can get associated with for free, and their recruiters will help match you, not just with temp jobs that could turn into full-time positions, but also with positions that are full-time right off the bat. You can look on LinkedIn, or search temp agencies in your area. Some of the bigger, national temp agencies have a fantastic network and access to numerous resources.
Marketing is a very broad term. What are the attributes that are driving your search?
- Is there a particular industry you are experienced with or passionate about such as retail, manufacturing, hospitality, travel, information technology?
- Do you prefer to work in a large or small company or does that matter?
- Is there a particular part of the country or world you want to work in? That could have an impact on the types of marketing firms available and the industries they cover.
I can't stress enough the value you can extract from LinkedIn. Use it to reach out to people in the companies you are interested in. People hire people they know and like. You don't want to be an anonymous resume submitted through their hiring portal.
Lastly, find recruiters that have expertise is hiring marketing professionals. It doesn't cost you anything to share your resume and get them working for you however they may charge you a fee to update or modify your resume and provide interview training.
Good luck in your search!
Andrew recommends the following next steps:
Also, practice your 60 second elevator pitch.
1. Keep on searching, especially
online, with perseverance.
2. Focus always on your goal or
3. Consider the extent of your
interest and knowledge in the
4. Your ABILITY to perform well
if employed should be analysed
5. When employed, honesty,
faithfulness, transparency and
dignity are expected to be
carried out in all your activities.
6. Best wishes.
Congratulations on this milestone. You were already given some great advice so I will just add this:
Don't limit yourself to just marketing firms. There are some excellent corporations that have huge marketing departments
Do your research on the companies - their track record, their values, their stability
Use the network you have built - peers, professors etc.
Congrats on your degree! As someone who slogged through job applications to get into a role as a technical support engineer and a new career, I have a couple of suggestions: First, I'd do some soul searching on your end for what you want to look for in a position. The sooner you find out what is a "red flag" to you, you'll know what sorts of jobs and companies to avoid. Then do the opposite and find things that you absolutely must have. When I was applying for my job, I pointedly asked many interviewers if they (the company) was supportive of continuing education and career development. There's a lot of jobs that are great out there and then there are a lot that are not and finding out what matters to you will really help streamline the process and help you determine where to put your efforts.
Best of luck!
1. Research about top companies in your preferred city and start applying for Jobs on their carriers page. If there are any openings you can apply and also connect with specific HR's and Marketing Heads on LinkedIn. Also, see if you can get some people from LinkedIn who could refer you internally.
I suggested that at this initial stage your carrier don't worry too much about big companies in big cities. Just target to get into whatever your get and start building your carrier. What matters in the next 2 years is good experience and skills.
2. CV: Lookout and do a thorough research of Marketing profile Job Descriptions of top 10 -15 companies. Understand the language and add those commonly occurring pointers/keywords/Skills/Tools/Technologies that suit your experience, interests, and profile. This way you will get better profile views. See if you want to pay some nominal amount and get your CV Highlighted by the Job Search Agency
3. CV Update Frequency: Update your CV on a daily basis (morning times preferable) as there are thousands of Fresher profiles so that your CV comes on top whenever HR makes a search the Database.
4. Leverage LinkedIn and build connections with Marketing related folks and follow Marketing Channels, there are a lot of jobs posted in messages nowadays, (apart from LinkedIn Jobs) You will receive them or you can also do a keyword search as well.
5. Keep adding certifications' definitely there are so many areas like Digital Marketing, Marketing Automation which are hot skills now.
6. Check with your College friends, Relatives, for Job references
7. Check for any Internship opportunities as well.