Dream Job, No Problem
Updated: Nov 6
By: Emily Rivera
Getting that dream job or internship that you have always wanted is a lot harder now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. There are less in-person events to get your face out there, most networking opportunities are digital, companies aren’t hiring as many people, there is more competition, and it is easy to get discouraged.
Personally, I can relate to this setback, being that I am a student who is about to finish their undergraduate degree and interested in the travel industry. The travel industry has taken a big hit due to coronavirus, but they are still putting out content when they can. They are moving forward by adjusting to this new environment, just like how all of us should. It is important to realize that at this time we are going to have to power through and give our best efforts when applying.
Over the course of these last few months, I have had the opportunity to go to various virtual panelist events, most of them run by Hofstra’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, where speakers in the industry have shared their experiences on adjusting to the pandemic and what we can do now to be proactive.
Some of the tips to follow to get your dream job are:
Update your LinkedIn Profile: Since we are mostly virtual this is where companies are going to see if they want to set up an interview with you.
Be there: Show up to events that people in your field are having via zoom. It shows that you are interested and helps them put the face to the name. To show you are engaged, ask a question, or add comments during the meeting.
Network: Follow people from the event, engage with their posts, message them for advice moving forward, not a job.
Don’t get discouraged. Keep applying, keep engaging you will find something that is a good fit for you.
Work on skills that are viable for the position you would like. Some skills may include Adobe Photoshop, Create, and Premiere because video editing and graphic making are important. Working hard now toughens you up now for any field you want to go into.
Be open to opportunities: I have heard stories from some of my mentors about how they are always applying for jobs because you won’t have the opportunities to weigh what you want if you aren't putting yourself out there. Also, interviewing for a position you don’t want 100% will give you interviewing skills or they may see a position that would better suit you in the company. In short, you miss all the shots you don't take.
Stay in contact with your professors: They more than likely know of opportunities due to companies reaching out to them.
It is the little things: Adding small details will set you apart from other applicants. If you're applying to a company that focuses on the hospitality industry, more specifically restaurants, you can make your bullets little forks. It is small, but it shows you are putting in that extra effort.
Use the job description to help word your resume: a lot of companies use systems that sort through how many words match what they are looking for. If they are searching for a candidate that brainstorms ideas and you say created “x” “y” “z”, you may be looked over even though you are doing what they are looking for. Vocabulary is important.
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