Life in Publishing

Job Search Tip #3: Be Prepared At All Times For A New Opportunity

I’m a bit of a believer in karma. I think sometimes when you are truly ready for something good to happen, it will. That being said you need to be ready to receive it!

So if you’re on the job hunt make sure you have an interview outfit that’s well-fitted, pressed and ready to be worn at the drop of a hat. Get thank you cards and stamps, and printer ink for resumes. Make sure your voicemail is appropriate and that your roommate knows job prospects may be calling (so they don’t answer with “S’up homeslice?”). Double-check that your list of references is up-to-date. Make sure your LinkedIn profile, portfolio and resume are all current as well. A little feng shui may not hurt either.

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Life in Publishing

Job Search Tip #1: Create A Blog To Help Your Career

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times: I can’t think of too many industries where having a blog can’t help you land a job. Create a professional website that works not only as an online portfolio for your work, but like a second resume for anyone who wants to learn more about you. Show your expertise and add in a few (read: appropriate) personal details to help recruiters to see if you’re a great fit for their company. Also, being a part of Gen-Y means that companies expect that you’re born tech savvy, so having a blog shows your initiative to learn.

It’s not hard and you don’t need a graphic design degree. Sign up for WordPress.org. It has professional looking templates with a lot more customization options than Blogger, and is still really easy to use. Show your passion and make sure to include the URL somewhere on your resume. If you’re not sure where to start, see what else is out there in your genre, and comment on other people’s posts and industry news.

Happy blogging!

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