From the Mailbox: Job Application Prep

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about when is the right time to send in resumes for summer internships or after-graduation jobs.  With the holiday coming up this week and some much needed down time approaching, this is the perfect time to refocus on career goals:

Dear nyc PR girls,

I am a soon to be graduate in the PR field and I live in the heart of Atlanta! With graduation getting closer, I’m starting to freak out about my plans for the future (naturally!) Do you have any tips or recommendations for a girl down here looking to end up in PR?

Sincerely,

Job Hunting in Georgia

First and foremost, do not freakout! If you’re thinking about your job search now, you are well ahead of the game.  Here are a couple tasks you can work on in the next couple months to get yourself ready for job application season.

Decide where you want to be – Do you live in suburbia but dying to get to the city?  Are you in the south, but want to move up north? Will you be staying home for the summer or living at school for the job? Whether you’re about to graduate and looking to start your career or you’re going after your first summer internship, first decide where you want to be located.  Some people choose to move where ever they find a job, but believe me, you will be much happier if you move to a town where you know you’ll be happy

Research your ideal job - Now that you have a location picked out, begin taking notes and researching some of your top companies that you’re interested in.  When I was first looking for internships, I used to have a notebook specifically for PR companies that had my ideal position. I would write down contact information, clients, recent projects, and potential internship opportunities.  That way, when I began emailing HR representatives or contacts, I could flip through my notebook and reference items about the company that caught my eye

Send out your resume… to your friends – It is still a little too early to send out your resume for summer internships or post-grad jobs, but that just means you have even more time to tweak your resume.  Ask friends and family members to take a look over the holidays.  A description of an extracurricular that you thought was fine may be confusing to others. You might also be leaving off some information that your friends and family think would be great to show off to potential employers – you never know what an objective opinion can give you

 

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