I FOUND A JOB!!!
Yes, starting this Monday, it’s back to work for me! I’m starting as a Marketing Assistant at a retailer, working on packaging development. I’m super excited, because it’s something that I did before (a bit) at my internship, and it’s a nice way to be creative, exploit all my marketing insights and knowledge, and put my perfectionism and eye for detail to good use. No, I’m not working in publishing, which is still the dream for me, but I figured I need to build up experience anyway, and I’ll keep trying.
What effect will this have on the blog?
Some insights from my job hunt!
For Your CV
- Successfully launched 16 product derivatives linked to strategic growth initiatives in a broad range of markets by coordinating with a large cross-functional team including production, I&D, communications design, and country organizations.
- Found insights into unmet consumer needs, potential product defects, and input for I&D by leading thorough analyses into ratings and reviews to monitor consumer feedback.
Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn! Now is the time!
For Motivation Letters
Probably obvious, but good interviews just require a bit of experience. My manager during my internship gave me the tip to go to ALL interviews, even if you’re not really interested in the position anymore, when you’re searching for your first job. It’ll get you used to the kinds of questions asked, give you insight into what they’re looking for for different roles, and will eventually get you used to the nerves.
I had a lot of unsuccessful interviews at the start. I was a bundle of nerves, and it was super stressful. But I think that’s normal. In my last week of job hunting, I had 5 interviews in one week. I got used to it. I also worked together with employment agencies, which was SUPER helpful. They took me through roleplays and pre-interviews, and since they weren’t actually the employer, it calmed me down so much.
Find your happy place!
Ask the interviewer(s) open ended questions too!
This is something they always tell you, and I thought I knew how to do it. I would read job descriptions and the company website and think of things to ask, but more often than not, the interview started with a short explanation that answered all those questions. From the agencies I worked with, I got two good tips. First, ask the interviewer open ended questions about themselves – how long they’ve been working there, what they did before that, etc. That shows interest! The best interviews aren’t oral exams – they’re conversations. You’re talking to a person, not a company.
Second, prepare yourself with questions at three different levels: about the company (How certain processes work or recent activities?), the team (How many people are there? Which departments would you work with?), and the function (Specific responsibilities or requirements?). That really shows that you’ve considered multiple aspects of working there and that you are really interested/assertive.
Before you go in – give yourself a confidence boost!
I think too often I went into interviews stressing out about what questions they were going to ask, if I was prepared enough, and whether I had drilled all the company information into my head. This isn’t a test – it’s a conversation, and them inviting you means that at some level they were already impressed. Let go of previous rejections. It’s not arrogant to admit to yourself that you are capable of all that the job entails – that you are a valuable asset to them. I don’t like to brag, but a job interview is the worst time in the world to be modest. Modesty will come off as you being shy and unassertive, and you don’t want that.
The day of my successful interviews (oh right, I actually had two job offers in one day), I had a little talk with myself in the mirror, which gave me a confidence boost, and I spent the last few minutes before each interview listening to music that gets me pumped (mostly Fall Out Boy and Little Mix). I think it definitely helped.
I’m gonna be the very best.
How Blogging Helped Me Find A Job
- My blog shows that even for my hobbies, I never half-ass something. I invested the time and effort to teach myself HTML, CSS, and Adobe Photoshop, and create a nice design, a strong brand, and engaging content.
- It shows that I’m a social person (in my own way). Knowledge of social media and online communities is not to be underestimated, though it definitely helps that I’m a marketer.
- It shows that I have a life outside of my job. One of the agencies highly recommended always talking about your hobbies up front when asked who you are, because it makes you a more interesting person. In my winning interview, it was REALLY well-received when I was asked how I would describe myself in the office and I said, “She’s a hard worker, learns quickly, and always has a story to tell about the book she’s reading.”
- It shows that I can build and maintain professional relationships in my private life. Seriously, for non-publishing companies, who don’t know much about the book world, getting ARCs and working with publishers or getting to go to BEA as press is majorly impressive.
- Since I want to work in marketing – hey, look, I’m marketing books in my free time!
- And more specific to me, I’m a highly organized planner and I have a spreadsheet addiction.