Like all graduating students, the prospect of getting a job was a daunting reality for me, given the current economic climate. So, I decided to do what a lot of my peers did: I took off for a couple of weeks to figure things out. It was during my time in Europe that I really decided I wanted to enter the marketing field. But how?
I began local and talked to everyone in my family who would listen. They may not have shared my career path, but they shed some light on how they got to where they were. They began to suggest people I could talk to: co-workers, friends, friends of friends and neighbours who all worked in the industry.
This is where I began my hunt: I called up as many of my parents’ friends and co-workers I could. If they didn’t have a position for me, I asked them to take some time to discuss marketing with me. This got the ball rolling and I used these networking meetings as practice interviews. I realized I had to sell myself in any capacity possible.
I also learned more about the industry: the dress code, heirarchy, big players – simple things which show I’ve done my homework.
It was from these networking meetings that I developed leads on potential openings, internships, junior-level positions – anything. It was here that all the leg work paid off. I became an expert at meetings, always showing up early, dressing the part, being prepared, and demonstrating my ability to communicate.
Not every position offered me a job on the spot, but most employers told me they would get back to me within the following few days. Some offers came in the next day, others not until a good week later, but I did it. I managed to secure a job.
Originally, I was told it would take weeks – maybe even months – to land a job in the current economy. So, after a good day in the office working in the marketing industry like I have always wanted, I can fnally put my feet up and enjoy my life as a working stiff.