Getting a job in advertising is easy if the correct work is put in. Preparation and research is key to getting ahead and helping you stand out from the other students who are competing for the same place. Here are some handy tips to help you get the edge over others.
1. Tell everyone
Let everyone know you are looking. Two thirds of jobs get filled before they’re advertised because of people being connected. Don't pretend you do not know someone who knows someone. Asking costs nothing.
2. Get out there
Attend conferences, meet-ups, events and anything in the industry where you can make friends. The more people you know, the more people will think of you when a job opportunity comes up.
3. Identify employers
Identify potential employers; check their websites for vacancies and find out who’s who. You will always be asked what you think about the company you’re joining.
4. Have a plan
Be systematic when cold-calling. Make good use of anyone’s time, if they don’t have any time for you, they may be able to recommend someone else you can talk to. Always ask for what you want, people won't be able to guess this.
5. Use networking sites
Use networking sites like Behance and LinkedIn to look for jobs and to let people know you are available. Plus use this handy list of sites.
6. Give people a call
Be prepared to ring the decision maker in the organisation. Work out what you can offer your employer, if you don’t have what you need, work out how to get it via internships, work experience or studying.
7. Stay positive
You only need one job to get you started and every attempt will teach you something for your next try. The first step is the hardest, take it as soon as you can.
8. Don't pigeonhole yourself
Don’t box yourself in with a job title; keep it fluid and appeal across all sectors, whilst initially looking for a foot in the door. Your career is just starting, there's plenty of time to adjust your role.
9. Thank you
Keep those you have previously met or spoken with updated with your progress. Thank them when you land a role and stay in touch for their career advice going forward.
10. Concise CV
Make sure your CV is clear and concise. Have it checked by as many people as possible for spelling and grammar. Keep sharing it and get feedback to improve it every time someone see's it.
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