Tips for Landing a J.O.B.

We all love the freedom of not having deadlines and nagging bosses, but sometimes college can be just as bad (or good) as what a job can be. However, for myself, and for many others out there, college is coming to an end and we have to start thinking about the  next chapter of our lives. These economic times have proven difficult to find employment, especially for recent graduates with little-to-no experience. Luckily, Ragan\’s PR Daily has provided three lovely tips on how to further the chances of scoring a decent job–or maybe even that “dream job”.

In Meg Carroll’s article, 3 tips for landing a PR job in the Big Apple, she discusses exactly what the title alludes to: tips for landing a PR job in NYC. These tips can suffice for any job in any city, and she clarifies that these are simply boosters and not ensurers.

The first tip is accessibility: “Out-of-state addresses do not scare potential employers as much as inaccessibility.” Being accessible via phone or e-mail is a must, but Carroll also includes accessibility as it pertains to face time. “Let them know that you are willing to travel for an interview if necessary,” she says. “You must make yourself available for an in-person interview if you are looking to land a job.”

The second tip is making connections. While this may seem like a somewhat obvious requirement, Carroll explains that any and all attendance to events somewhat related to the desired field of employment is necessary. At the event, it’s crucial to engage with everyone there. Carroll jokingly says, “Even if you don’t get a chance to speak to the host of the event, you may be sitting next to the young woman who just passed up an internship with Michael Kors because she couldn’t pass up the vacation to Italy with her boyfriend.” She then encourages to, “Always send a thank-you note to the host or special guest with your contact information (but don’t send unsolicited résumés). Very few people actually take time to thank the host, and it is always appreciated.”

The last tip is the often forgotten follow-up. Sending a resume is one thing, but showing potential employers that you are serious about this potential job and interested can be the deciding factor to put your resume at the top of the list or in the trash. Carroll refers to @KristinMiller‘s tweet, “Dear Interns I’ve interviewed lately: If you haven’t followed up with me, why should I think you would follow up with a reporter?” Make yourself known!

All of these tips, as stated before, can only boost possible job opportunities…not ensure future employment. But by using and acting upon these, it may just land you that dream job in your dream city!

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i enjoy music. i hate clutter. i like to work out. im moved by nature. im inspired by people. i adore my family. i love life.

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