This past week we have been blessed with some beautiful weather! Sunny and 70 something has been ideal after this past month of frigid highs and inconsistent wintery mixes. For me, and I’m sure the majority of other seniors getting ready to graduate within the next couple months, this warm weather also signifies summer and graduation quickly approaching. Getting my cap and gown the other week was a huge reality check! It’s awesome and rewarding to see all my hard work over the course of these past 4 years will finally be seeing some recognition here very shortly!
With that being said, its crunch time for applying for big girl jobs! This past week was the first time I’ve really gotten to sit down and take a more extensive look into applying for marketing and advertising positions. The majority of jobs I applied for were in Raleigh and Charlotte, but I’m not opposed to other areas either (I’m not done yet!).
Before I could start applying, I had to polish up my resume. Times like these make me thankful I was required to take Business 3200. If you are reading this and are in it now, or are still needing to take it, make sure you pay lots of attention! Thanks to a great instructor, Professor Gribble, I was able to take away a great amount of information regarding interview skills, resume tips, and overall business etiquette. These skills seemed to stick by my side whether it was practice interview questions to look over, appropriate ways to present myself in the business world, or in this case adding new skills and positions correctly to my resume, it all is important information to soak up!
My dad is a very successful business man who I have always looked up to, and I trust his expertise so I asked him to look over my resume and make some adjustments for me. My sister who also graduated from East Carolina University with a Marketing degree who now works at a Medical Marketing Agency in Raleigh also took a look at it as well and provided her professional advice. It’s always good to have a couple different sources look over your information before you submit it anywhere. There is always room for improvement 🙂
Although I have currently only applied to a handful of positions, I have been keeping my eyes peeled on various different sites: CareerBuilder.com, Indeed.com, Monster.com and also ECU’s Career Net portal. I even checked out Craigslist.com for some positions because my sister landed her first internship from browsing Craigslist, which later turned into her job she currently has. I, however, did not have as much luck, but it never hurts to look anywhere that you have available sources!
This is how I spent this past Saturday night, positioned at my desk with a bag of popcorn drinking my nightly chamomile tea, and surfing the internet looking into different job positions. Possibly a sign that you may be getting old!
While searching through various different sites, I found some interesting articles thanks to Monster.com in relation to the job application process that I thought would be fun to share with you guys if you’re interested in reading! :
^ Six Ways To Make A Recruiter Hate You ^
^100 Potential Interview Questions ^ (I found this one most beneficial)
^ 10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary ^
Like Katie mentioned in her blog post, I’m not sure if I’m ahead or behind my peers with this process; some of my friends I have talked to have applied for jobs and already have had interviews, some haven’t even done any research yet. This upcoming Friday, I’m attending a Retail Conference in Chapel Hill. I’m not sure if there will be internship or job opportunities here, but I’m always keeping my eyes and ears opened, and trying to attend as many conferences as my schedule will allow! To me, I’m just marching to the beat of my own drum and hoping to strike some luck along the way 🙂 Stay tuned to see how this process ends up turning out!