You should be celebrating success, but the reality of landing that entry-level marketing job is taking its toll. Pressure to find a job or make a job decision rises as the distance from graduation lengthens, and it only gets worse when one of your friends gets a job offer. But don’t get bummed! You are not alone in your job hunt, and your opportunity is sure to come.
Need some tactics to keep your head above water and expand your search? Try these must-read survival tips.
Think outside the city
Since graduating, you may have returned to your hometown after graduation or stuck around the college town. The city you’re in now, however, doesn’t have to be the city where you stay forever. If you’re not finding the right entry-level marketing job in the area where you live, try expanding your search a little. Doing a bit of online research to see which towns and cities have the best opportunities in your field of study could open up many new job leads — not to mention tons of adventure you could have exploring a new city.
Networking is one of the most important tools for any job seeker. As a recent college graduate, you probably still have contact information for many of your friends, professors and advisors. So don’t let such a valuable resource go to waste. Be sure to stay in touch with college connections, and let everyone know you’re open to referrals and leads.
Networking can also extend beyond your current circle. Consider attending local meetups and other gatherings in the industry you’re interested in. You may find your next opportunity offline.
Update social media
Social media is great tool for job seekers, especially LinkedIn, which allows you to network with potential employers, job search and showcase interests. Social media platforms can be used to notify friends and family that you’re actively in search of an entry-level marketing job.
Make sure, however, that your profile information is up-to-date (on LinkedIn and otherwise) and free from images and posts that could damage your professional image.
Stay active, stay engaged, and you’ll fin that entry-level marketing job you’ve been hoping for!