Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to Find Your Internship or Job (Without Freaking Out): Part 3 of 3

 If you’ve completed the majority of the items in my articles I can say you’re ready to take on the unforgiving job market in the middle of a second recession! It’s the Battle Royale for internships out there and you’ve got to be prepared to be just another résumé being crunched through the shredder.

I kid, I kid.

The reality of our situation is that yes, you have a lot of competition for every job you’ll find, but you are uniquely prepared (as a CABA student) and have our stellar professors and alumni to help you along the way.

There are two rules I ask you to stick to. The first I have wrested from Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech to Stanford students (as well as the Whole Earth Catalog he quoted it from):

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

If you have groomed your résumé, portfolio and cover letter, the open job market can be at best be a bit of numbers game…but it can still be unforgiving. You’ll be faced with more than just relentless rejection letters; you will deal with silence and indifference. It’s very difficult not to be bogged down by this and feel miserable when looking at your empty inbox or lack of phone calls. Stay hungry for opportunity and challenges. Stay foolish enough to make those applications for positions you’re too nervous to apply to.

The second rule is something I have pulled from Winston Churchill that I see whenever I stride down the hallway in F building to greet CABA professors in the main office. A kind professor has posted it by her door.

            Never, never, never, give up.

I would wish you good luck but you don’t need it. Because you make your own luck and your own opportunities.

Janet is a freelance copywriter and social media consultant currently in her fourth year at Humber College’s Bachelor of Creative Advertising program (aka CABA). She is obsessed with rap, knitting and food.

1 comment:

  1. After you've found several internship possibilities and applied to them, your work is not done. Just as with job-hunting, you must follow-up with each company. Don't call the companies every day, but be persistent. The old adage about the squeaky wheel getting the grease rings true here. Follow-up your initial contact with a phone call, follow-up your interview with a thank-you letter, and follow-up your thank you letter with a phone call.

    Thanks to SL Aluminium for hiring me :)