First off, I love your website. All of your blog posts are completely relatable, and I read your guide religiously. Your tip about the perfect follow-up helped me land some great coverage.
I started in PR after the agency I interned for hired me after graduation. After about a year I was laid off due to downsizing and decided against pursing another full time position because I wanted to move to a new city. Now, several months later, I’m having difficulties finding a full-time job in my new city and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been out of the industry for so long. I had several great interviews with a small but growing company, but due to my experience level they offered me a part-time internship instead. It’s unpaid and not guaranteed to lead to a full-time position, but it’s a company I would love to work for.
Do you think I should accept the position to get back into the industry and add to my resume, or should I keep looking?
Thank you for your help!
-Back to Basics?
This is a situation many find themselves in. If the internship doesn’t have a good chance of leading to a full-time position, then I would say keep looking. Ask the company what the odds are of getting hired and how long the internship will last. If this is a company you would kill to work for, then take it. If not, keep searching for something that is more reasonable. With over a year of experience under your belt, you are still qualified for an entry-level position despite the gap in your resume.
If you can’t afford to go back to being an intern, then don’t. It could lead you to accepting a position you might need to leave. Keep in touch with the company and let them know to contact you if any entry-level positon arise. Go to networking events in your new city. Connect with people on LinkedIn. Get yourself out there more and you’ll be surprised what opportunities you’ll find.
Best of luck.