Twitter Facebook Vimeo

How I got a job at a digital marketing agency – 3 tips to stand out

1 min, 41 sec read
12:00 PM | 30 January 2015
by Justice James
   •       •    Read later
Become an FR Writer

I recently accepted a job offer as a Digital Media Coordinator at a top digital agency in Canada. After months of trying to get a job anywhere that would take me, I struggled with the decision of sticking to employers that complimented my skills and interests, versus having a paycheque to help pay the bills.

Luckily I persisted, and found an extremely positive agency who found a way to work me into their company. Whilst my experience was quite unique, there are certain things that helped me stand out. Here are my top 3 tips:

1. Have a varied skillset

Having a focussed skill set is great, but it also limits the work you can do. Agencies nowadays need people who can wear many hats. This is especially true as agencies become more integrated and move away from specialised services. In my case, I stood out because I had experience in SEO/search engine marketing as well as content management and creation, namely social media and creative writing. I can come up with social media campaigns, as well as analyse the data gathered to ensure that the campaigns are strategically profitable.

2. Take initiative in your training

If there are qualifications, or industry databases that most agencies expect you to know, take it upon yourself to get experienced. For example, I felt that I did not have enough experience with Google AdWords and analytics, so I decided to go through each of the courses and take the qualification exams. At my interview, I was told that having those qualifications ahead of time really brought my application to the forefront and demonstrated my initiative.

3. Read blogs to stay up-to-date

I have been asked in more than one interview for a digital marketing position which blogs I was following to stay informed about current trends. Digital especially is always changing and evolving; it's imperative that you don't fall behind. GrowthHackers UK on Twitter is an example of a great resource.


For more ways to stand out, read our career guides to landing a job.

Please log in or sign up before participating in the conversation.

More stories

  1. FutureRising's playlist: Office Romance

    For this week's playlist in our Spotify series, we're the soundtrack to help your love life at work with the 'Office Romance' playlist.

  2. Artist Anna Lomax combines the bold and the beautiful

    Anna Lomax, artist and designer combines weird and wonderful objects to complete her vision.

  3. I am not a robot

    The best way to prove you are 'Not a Robot' is to prove you are 'a Human' - that's the message these students want to send.

  4. What makes a great cover letter?

    Cover letters are vital in applications. It’s one of the first things employers see, so you must make yourself stand out. How can you do that?

  5. How to stand out at your internship

    You have finally been accepted for your dream internship, but how do you stand out from the crowd?

  6. How can I put my CV onto one page?

    Employers look for one page CVs so we have compiled top tips to help you easily shorten your CV.

×