My week of fun and drinking is officially over (I’m sure there will be more to come, but hopefully not as intense) which means the search for a job continues. There is so much pressure to get a job straight after university, that when you’re looking to work in an industry with hardly any grad schemes, it can be daunting and very worrying having to wait to finish your degree to apply for anything. I have definitely been having my doubts about my abilities, but I am trying hard to be proactive and apply for anything relevant in the field. I’m looking for a job in publishing, which is considered a very competitive industry so I figured I’d go through the steps I am taking when applying for jobs.
First of all, for me using social media was a big part of looking for jobs. Almost all companies advertise jobs via their social media sites. I followed all the names of the big publishers out there, you then get similar companies being advertised in your ‘who to follow’ section and I just go ahead and follow whatever comes up in those too. Big companies often have separate accounts for their careers and through this I found other accounts such as ‘bookseller jobs’ or ‘pubinterns’ which act as a hubs for careers in publishing and share/post all the jobs going at that time. I didn’t use twitter much before searching for jobs but it has been crucial to my search as well as supplying interesting information about what is going on in the industry.
External websites are also very important, although I don’t look through these as often as I do twitter, they are just as useful and often advertise jobs you would not have necessarily gone for but that are still related to your field. The obvious one is Indeed, however I often find Guardian Jobs, Creative Access and Mediargh (specifically for media) really handy too. About once a week I go through these, and tab any ones that sound interesting to me.
Lastly, I intend on joining the society of young publishers, you get monthly magazines and access to events in publishing. After following them on twitter I have noticed they do plenty of events about getting into publishing and other career based things. I’d definitely recommend things like this, especially in competitive industries, as it means you can network with other people in the same position and already in the industry to help you get a foot in the door.
Besides all these things I’m applying for virtually ANYTHING related to what I want to do. For example, although I want to work in publishing, I want to specifically do marketing or publicity, so I am applying for all sorts of jobs in marketing and publicity as well as those in publishing.