You’ve got amazing internship experience, compiled tons of well-researched media lists, and even drafted some pitches. That’s all great – but that won’t get you hired.
While experience might get your foot in the door, it’s your willingness to go above and beyond and be resourceful that will actually land you that dream job.
Personality is key If you’re looking to work in the agency world. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! Here are some tips to not only get your foot in the door, but bust it wide open and land that job.
PRESENTATION. PRESENTATION. PRESENTATION.
It all starts with your resume. Misspellings, poor grammar, and uneven formatting are not a good look. Be sure to proofread and have someone else look over your resume before sending it out. That is the first impression an agency receives before the meet you, you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Ok so your resume landed you an interview. Now it’s time for you to do your research. Find out everything you can about the firm to show your interest in the work they do. Who are their clients? Have any of their campaigns resonated with you? In what ways? Why do you want to work there?
STALK YOUR INTERVIEWERS
Ok so don’t actually hide in their bushes are anything but you definitely want to see what these specific interviewers you’re meeting have worked on. Take to Instagram, or LinkedIn to determine their specific roles, and find ways to weave their work and accomplishments into the conversation. It may seem a little weird at first, but trust me – this specific interest will help you stand out.
You don’t have a lot of time to make an impression. Deliver a strong handshake and – most importantly – MAKE EYE CONTACT with your interviewer.
PRACTICE EXTREME GRATITUDE (thank you notes!)
Your interviewer took out their time to meet with you – make sure you say “thanks you” I’ve already written a blog post about that so refer to that if you want more information about thank you notes and how to write them.
So, lets recap. You want to make sure that you have a clean, professional presentation which includes your outer appearance and your resume. Next, you want to make sure that you do your research. Do everything with confidence. Be sure to show gratitude and go out there get that job!