Two nights ago I had a dream, kind of like the ones you have the day before starting school. In the dream, I was running late to work. Imagine my relief when I woke up! Today is my first day of work, and I am extremely grateful to have landed where I landed. I want to perform to the very best of my ability. I’ve been thinking about that ever since I received the [you're hired] call on Thursday, so I guess that’s where that dream stems from.
While the job hunt was a bit frustrating at times, I’m glad it wasn’t too long. I graduated on a Friday in May and began applying for jobs the following week. I filled out over 40 job applications. I sent out personalized cover letters and emails. I made phone calls and left voicemails. I created, mailed and emailed a ’5 Reasons You Should Hire Me’ brochure. I won’t disclose the names of any of the companies, but this is what my job hunt looked like:
- #1 (Phone): Paid Public Relations Internship at a big communications agency – I answered all the questions accordingly but remained somewhat skeptical. I knew coming out of CBS News that I wanted to work at a small place, in order to get as much experience as possible.
- #2 (In person): Coordinator at a huge PR firm – I don’t get nervous during interviews, so that and preparation led to a smooth interview. Once again, I was a bit skeptical. It seemed like a great opportunity, but I wasn’t sure it’d be beneficial in terms of the amount of experience I want to obtain.
- #3 (In person): Social Media Coordinator at a small but successful advertising agency – This interview was divided into two days. When I arrived, I immediately liked the way the place was set up and that everyone was so welcoming. I could see myself working there, especially since I’d become familiar with the brands they work with.
- #4 (Phone): PR Assistant at a major network – This interview was a bit odd. The person who was to interview me forgot about our scheduled interview, so I called half an hour after our scheduled time. The interview was generic.
Interview #3 was the winning interview. I’m excited to share this chapter with you all!
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