During one of my classes last week, an HR director came and spoke about getting a job at an advertising agency. She stressed a lot of the things I have talked about previously, but also brought up some additional information that I thought I should pass on:
Compilers for Jobs
Everyone knows about the big job finder sites, like Monster and CareerBuilder. You should be on these sites, but there are also other interesting sites like: Simplyhired, Linkup and Indeed – all of which search multiple job boards. Think of them as the Kayak or Travelocity of job searches. Simplyhired searches job boards while Linkup searches company websites. Indeed searches both.
I have talked about this before. Know your professional industry organizations. They are a great resource, and they host various events, allowing you to meet people face to face. Some have their own job boards or internship programs. Making connections with these people can help you get a job because they know everyone.
Career specific job boards
Many industries have specific job boards. For advertising jobs, there are sites like TalentZoo,which is a great resource. They post great articles and tips for the job search. For all the creative people out there, Coroflot is an amazing resource. It features only creative jobs and it has a great specific search tab that allows you to search only graphic design or interior design, or whatever else you are interested in.
Many companies have their own Facebook pages. Check them out, they may be a great way to make a one to one connection. But if you do this you need to make sure your Facebook account is TOTALLY appropriate. Otherwise, you will automatically loose your chance. This is really, especially considering Facebook recently changed its privacy settings.
If you really want the position, call! They want to know you are passionate about the position. It also makes you stand out amongst hundreds and even thousands of resumes.
Shannon is a senior at Boston University majoring in Advertising in the College of Communication. She has experience working for NBC Universal in New York City as well as PJA Advertising and Marketing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She loves clean functional digital design. Digital is the future of advertising and marketing and Shannon likes to stay involved and on trend. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter.