So DIG has already got you in your right major, now it’s time for the real tough decision… “How do I find the perfect career for me?” Well, of course we’re here to help you once again! Professional Consultant, Ashley Monaghan has the answers you’re looking for when it comes to the how’s and why’s about your career. We’ve put together some of the most Frequent Asked Questions by students when it comes to finding the career that’s right for you. And, Ashley here to make you life a little less complicated…
Q: What if the career I want to pursue doesn’t pay enough money for me to afford the type of lifestyle I want?
Ashley: “This is a common issue. Either try to find a higher paying position in that career field, or sacrifice the lifestyle you want for a satisfying, fulfilling job. It all depends on how much you’re willing to sacrifice for your lifestyle, or your job, or both. Let’s say your desired lifestyle is living in the middle of Manhattan, only buying designer goods, while having money leftover for happy hour, you’re probably going to have to work multiple jobs and they would probably have to be corporate. This would be exhausting for many people, but if you’re loving your life and out all of the time and can handle the workload, more power to you. Two important notes: 1. Make sure you are getting paid what you are worth. 2. Having to “pay your dues” is annoying, but it’s a real thing”
Q: What are some tips when it comes to building the perfect resume?
Ashley: “Design is important, even if you aren’t in a “creative” field.
You don’t need an “objective” line.
Write in short, professional sentences. No fluff.
List each work experience with either bullet points or a short paragraph describing your responsibilities and RESULTS.
Involved in any school clubs or extracurricular activities? Do you tutor? List it, with the years involved and your responsibilities.
Quantify EVERYTHING (i.e. When I took over Revival Outpost’s blog in 2013, I increased their readership 96%. This stat is on my resume.).”
Q: What type of things should I be cautious about when it comes to finding the perfect job?
Ashley: “There is no perfect job. At the end of the day, work is work. No matter how much you love it, you’re going to hate it at times, and that’s okay. Be cautious about get-rich-quick schemes. Pay attention to work-culture, and that the company your applying to has a culture you feel comfortable in. Also, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is the truest statement I’ve ever heard. Network as much as you can. People are power.”
Q: What type of clothes should I wear for my interview?
Ashley: “It depends for the kind of job. For an office job or something more corporate, go with something sleek and tailored. If the job is more creative or less “professional”, looking more art-school/bohemian/eclectic is encouraged. As long as you look well-presented, you’ll be fine.”
Q: Do internships really help when it comes to landing a good job after college?
Ashley: “YES. Yes. That thing that I said about networking and knowing people? Internships will get you there. Interning is how I got to know most of the professional people in my life. Paid internships are your goal, but sometimes you have to take an unpaid internship. My friend absolutely hated internships and didn’t believe in them at all, grudgingly interned her senior year, ended up loving it and getting a job with the company immediately after graduating.”
Q: What type of things should I NOT include on my resume?
Ashley: “Don’t list high school clubs that you didn’t have higher responsibility or hold rank in.
Don’t list every job you’ve ever had. List the ones that can apply to the job you’re applying to. Even if you’ve only been a waiter, you’ve learned customer service and other skills that can help you in any job setting.
Don’t include personal details.”
Q: Do employers really look at my social media sites?
Ashley: “Again, this depends on the job. Since I work in advertising and public relations, my social media presence is important. If you’re applying for a job in a field where your social media isn’t important/not required, I recommend you put your account on private. Remember that you can make or break a job based on your social media accounts, and you can get job offers for having a well-branded feed.”
Q: Who are the best people to put as references on my applications?
Ashley: “A previous employer and a professor or mentor that you are close to that has witnessed your work ethic and personality in various situations.”
Q: What If I have no prior job experience when I apply for a job?
Ashley: “This is where you have to sell yourself! For my first unpaid internship, I ran into the founder of a store brand in New Orleans and asked her about digital opportunities in her company. I got her email and sent her a cover letter listing my skillsets and what exactly I could do for her company. I got the job. Apply everywhere, be passionate. If they say no, move onto the next prospect.”
Q: Are are some things I can do to prepare for my future career now while I’m in college?
Ashley: “Join clubs or professional organizations in your community aimed at preparing you for your career (for me, it’s AdFed and MAD). Nail an internship or a part-time job in your field. If you don’t have time for a part-time job, market yourself as a freelancer to get some hands-on experience, or offer your services to friends. For example, if you’re going to be an accountant, make budget sheets for friends to download for free and offer to do a small businesses’ bookkeeping just for the experience. Find a mentor to work under! Eventually you’ll have enough experience to pay you, and word of mouth travels fast. You have to be brave, be driven, and take risks.”