Create a master resume so you can easily pick and choose entries you want to include when you are tailoring your resume for a specific job.
Each resume that you send should be different depending on what the specific job is looking for. Be sure to include all the jobs, internships, volunteer work, extra curricular, commitments you’ve had in the past few years.
Pick a time window during “working hours” and only apply during that span.
You don’t want your email to get lost if sent during obscure hours.
Recruiters, HR, and other working people will probably only respond during that window anyways.
This structure allows you to practice being in a work schedule mindset, which will make the job transition easier.
Give yourself time in the day to not job search, and prevent burnout.
Follow companies on Twitter to be the first to know about postings.
Set aside some money in your budget for coffee dates with professionals.
Networking can be more powerful and productive than spending hours scrolling jobs boards. You need to get out and have actual conversations with people in the industry, either face to face, or via a phone call.
Would you refer someone to a job that you don’t know? Exactly. This is an opportunity to find out what it’s actually like to work in the industry, and perhaps discover jobs that are hidden from the public.
Money can be a stressful entity, especially after graduation, so if you build these connections into your budget it will feel more manageable.
Hang out with your friends and take an hour in the day to do something that you love.
Applying to jobs doesn’t mean you have to become a hermit. It can be very draining, therefore it’s very important to maintain a balance and enjoy your life too.
Keep one sense of familiarity in your schedule so it feels more manageable.
Maintain a spreadsheet of networking and job applications sent out so you can track what you’ve already done.
It might feel like extra work, but it will be much easier to manage and be organized because you’ll be sending out a lot of materials during this time.
Here is a sample spreadsheet that I made for my search.
Apply to jobs even if you don’t fit 100% of the description.
Obviously, stick to roles in your area of expertise and experience level, but don’t be intimidated if you aren’t the “perfect candidate” - because that person doesn’t exist.
Do a full internet audit of yourself. Google yourself to make sure nothing bad surfaces.
There may be old posts or photos that you forgot were online, and you don’t want a sloppy drunk post to keep you from getting your dream job.
If it doesn’t pass the grandmother test, take it down. Make sure you have a professional email, and voicemail set up.
Find the golden email address formula for recruiters and employees so you can reach out to specific people.
Most companies use a formula for all their emails, if you find one email you can figure out how to contact someone at the same place.
Let’s say you know one email is Hayley Jacob = firstname.lastname@example.org and you need to find Susan Rothchild, try email@example.com
It shows when you don’t do your research.
1 strong application where you’ve actually researched the company has a better chance than sending out 10 applications to random companies.
It’s a frustrating process, but don’t water down your content because you’re feeling discouraged - it could hurt your candidacy.
Connect with people you may have overlooked.
Everyone knows someone. While networking, it’s not always about targeting high profile people with the best job title, it is important to think about people who have been in your life that you haven’t considered reaching out to.
I got my Summer job after graduation from reaching out to a professor I had for a gen-ed class during my Freshman year.
If you don’t get the job after an interview, ask for feedback.
It’s okay to be curious about why you didn’t get the job, and there’s no harm in asking for feedback. You may or may not get a concrete response, but you might as well try.
Frame it around wanting to grow.
Email, don’t call.
Write something along the lines of: Thank you so much for the opportunity to interview for ____ . I respect your decision and was wondering if you could share any feedback about how I could become a stronger candidate next time? I appreciate anything you’re willing to share with me.
If you don’t hear back, move on.
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It’s a free community that has amazing resources, opportunities, and advice.
I’ve been on it since November 2018, and have already gotten freelance opportunities, gigs, advice, and attended a conference.
Have your references ready. Nothing is worse than an employer asking you to send a list, when you haven't officially asked people yet.
Have a go-to list prepared with 4-5 people (more so you can pick and choose depending on opportunity, and then you're not asking the same person over and over) with their email and phone number.
Try to have a mix of supervisors from internships, on and off campus jobs, organization supervisors.
Always ask for permission to put someone down as your reference. You never want them to get an unexpected call and sound confused, that will ruin your candidacy.
Use apps to limit time on social media and distracting sites.
There are simple add-on apps for Chrome that lets you set a timer for various sites, and limits your use on them.
Check out my page specifically for creatives.
Resources for breaking into the creative industry.
Note that some industries have drug tests.
Questions to ask yourself
Which locations would I be open to living and working in?
Are there any companies that I do not want to apply to?
Which kinds of jobs do I want?
Who do I already know that I can talk to?
Which people have
How far am I willing to commute?
Am I willing to move to a city that I don’t want, if I find a job that I want?
How are am I willing to live/work from my family?
What size company would I like to work for?
Is my Linkedin up to date?
Who do I want to know?
CONVERGE Creative Resource page
Local Zero Heroes - Community and job postings for film industry via Facebook
“We Are Next” - Resource for Students and Junior Talent entering advertising and marketing
“Catch a Break” - a podcast about breaking into the Entertainment Industry
“Occupational Outlook Handbook” Bureau of Labor Job Resource
Tech Ladies - Jobs and opportunities for women in Tech
Nonprofit New York - Job boards for nonprofits
“The Center” - Career resources for LGBTQIA+ folks