Hello beautiful people! It has been a minute. I have been so busy that past month from recovering from Christmas break, starting a new semester and hunting for a new job! As many of you know, I am graduating in May. That's seriously like 100 days away, crazy right?
I can't believe how fast it is creeping up on me. Over the past month, I have been on the hunt for a new job. I was working as a social media manager for a couple small companies for the past year and it was time for something new! I started my job search on KSL Jobs and Indeed. I am pretty picky when it comes to jobs because at this point in my career and education, I want to be doing something that is going to help me learn and grow. Let's just say due to my unruly school schedule, #lastsemesterprobs, there was a lot of opportunities that just didn't pan out. I went through a total of nine interviews in the past month. NINE. I had no idea it would be so difficult to find a job. However, once I found the right one, everything fell into place. I am now working as a Social Media Marketing Manager for MIkarose Clothing and I run the show when it comes to the social media and marketing. Sometimes having a degree (close enough) pays off am I right? Stay in school kids.
Because of my crazy interviewing experience over the course of the past month, I thought I would take the time to share some of tips I have and things I have learned and found helpful to me in the process. Whether you are applying to be a barista at Starbucks or the CEO of Apple. These tips can help anyone and everyone and hopefully will help you land that dream job. I am no expert, but I can pretty confidently admit that I'm getting the whole interview process down.
1. Do your research.
This is one thing I recently started doing. Before going into any interview, make sure you do your research. Find out about the company, what they do, what they stand for and how you can contribute to their success. If you show you have done your homework, you are one step ahead of the curve. It shows how invested you are in the company and that this interview matters to you.
2. Dress to impress.
Make a fashion statement, but a safe one. Make it a conversation starter. When there's nothing to talk about as you are walking from the waiting room to the office for your interview, chances are if you have a really cute pair of shoes on, it's an open door for conversation. Make sure you understand the company culture and how you should dress for your interview. If you are interviewing for a high level corporate job, probably best to put on your best dress and if you are interviewing for a clothing company, find out what style they are and dress the part.
3. ALWAYS ask questions.
At the end of the interview when they ask you if you have questions, the answer is always yes. You have questions. You should have questions. When in doubt, ask them "What do you expect out of your new hire" or "What are the goals I can help you accomplish in this position?". Feel them out, always ask the questions because it shows a.) You've done your research and b.) you care about bettering the company and how you can make a difference and succeed.
4. Come prepared with suggestions on things you would do if you got the job.
In my most recent interview, I did my homework and did a little research on the current state of the social media. I came up with a list of things I liked and a list of things I would improve if I were to get the position. I think that translated really well and showed that I know my stuff. (insert hair flip emoji)
5. Turn your weaknesses into strengths.
Oh the dreaded question, what are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?? I'm sorry, but I HATE this question. It is such a fine line between talking yourself up and being cocky and highlight your weaknesses when you are really just trying to answer the question. What I have learned is that if you can turn your weaknesses into a strength or show that you know how to overcome that weakness, you are golden. For example, a weakness of mine is that I set very high expectations for myself and I get really upset and discouraged when things don't play out how I expect. I can try this into a strength by saying," I set high expectations for myself because I am a hard worker and I know what I can accomplish and when I fail it just motivates me to push forward and do it even better next time." See what I did there?
6. Hand shakes are everything.
A necessary evil am I right?
7. The only person that can sell you is you.
Like I said, it can sometimes be hard to find the middle ground of selling yourself but not being too arrogant. You are the only person that can sell you, so you better do a dang good job.
8. Always follow up.
I ALWAYS follow up my interview with an email. I'm that annoying girl you can't get out of your inbox, seriously. I think it helps you refresh the memory of the person interviewing you and shows a more personal and invested side of the interview process. Recently, I found the idea of sending a personalized, hand written note so I may try that sometime in the future.
This was a post jam packed with some personal information that has helped me find my dream job. It was long winded, but I hope it can help you in whatever career endeavors you are on. The job hunt process can be a long and hard one, but just keep plugging along and you've got this.
As always, outfit details below. I wouldn't necessarily wear this to an interview, but it's the perfect example of business casual with a soft fashion statement! Check it out: