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How to make the most of opportunities to further your career

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14:30 PM | 23 May 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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You may have read our article about how to approach companies for jobs or internships. But now that you're out there talking to professionals and bagging interviews, how do you make the most out of those opportunities? Here's a few tips for you.

Always ask questions

Going to an interview? An industry talk? A networking session? Always be prepared to ask questions. Asking questions will make you appear more interested than everyone else, make you more memorable in a crowd and make talking to someone much easier. 

Make sure your work is accessible

Recently in a story with Ricky Richards, he mentioned how after securing some time with legendary advertising creative Graham Fink he hadn’t turned up with his portfolio to get feedback or to show off his great work.

Sometimes we can be forgetful and it’s normally too late to return home for that hard copy. So it’s always handy to have your work online, on your phone, in Dropbox or Google Drive incase you need to whip out your work at any point. Receiving vital feedback can help you turn work into something better, which means those giving the feedback may eventually hire you or tell a colleague or friend in the industry about you.

Share

After meeting someone, it's very important that they remember you. You don’t just need a creative portfolio, you can share a story about something in your life that you’ve achieved or witnessed. Equally sharing your ambition and passions can win people over.  It could be as simple as your love for a TV show or a place you’ve visited. From your research, try to gleam any information you can from people’s Twitter accounts or other online profiles. Figuring out ways you can weave this into conversation could help spark a lasting relationship.

Talk to everyone

If you go to an industry talk or a guest lecture or anywhere that you could meet someone from the industry, be sure to talk to them afterwards. Even if they're not in the role you want to be in or not from your favourite agency, they will almost certainly know people who are. We know first hand that a quick "Hello" can lead to great things.

Don't miss a chance to sell yourself

Have you been offered the chance to do something that industry professionals might see? Don't forget to sell yourself in the process. Here at FutureRising we often give students and graduates the chance to contribute articles or have an interview with us. We often question why some of these people don't use the opportunity to really sell themselves. (Get in touch if you'd like an interview or to contribute an article.)

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