How I Landed My Dream Job Despite
How I Landed My Dream Job Despite the fact that I had not been an Overachiever
This is a story about a girl (me) who flew from Texas to New York 3 years ago to speak with for a job at a women's magazine with an amount that was pretty much blank.
To my shock, I got the task.
Less than a year later, I landed my dream gig at Cosmopolitan.com although I was never ever president or chair of any club or committee throughout college. (I nearly can't think it myself.).
How did I go from a lifelong self-proclaimed underachiever with an unimpressive r sum to associate beauty editor at Cosmopolitan.com in simply a few years' time? I've been thinking about it a lot, and I've come up with some responses.
I want to make one thing clear prior to I begin: I have constantly been a difficult employee, and I am by no implies a lazy person. If you are likewise hardworking, motivated, and enthusiastic, but do not feel equipped with the ideal experiences on your r amount to achieve your big objectives, I'm here to inform you there is hope.
All my life, I was completely aware that I would need to do whatever it took to stand apart during the job search. My concern as a 17-year-old (and throughout the 5 years after that, let's be honest) was not my career. I wished to spend those couple of, valuable years doing "normal" college people things like hanging out with my pals and traveling.
And after that one day after I graduated, while actually lying in bed, staring at the ceiling fan, wondering exactly what I was going to do with my life, I chose it was time for me to finally go after my dream of working at a women's publication, in spite of the truth that, on paper, I had little to offer any individual. Because I knew deep down I did have a lot to offer. I just didn't understand how to equate my qualities to bullet points on my r sum (how do you compose "I will actually work harder than anybody you know if you give me an opportunity" on your r amount?). I had to go about the task search a little bit in a different way than the typical overachiever.
Here are seven things I was told I must do in preparation for the job hunt, exactly what I did rather (because yolo), and ultimately, how I was able to use those experiences in manner in which were actually advantageous to my career.
1. The ideal thing to do: Have an r amount with many accomplishments that you have to suffice down to fit everything on one page.
What I did: Relied on other ways making myself stick out like refining my interview skills and expanding my portfolio.
I've employed enough interns to know that simply because they have a handful of credible companies listed on their r sum does not imply they will be excellent interns. When you're beginning out, employers generally desire to know that you can do the task well. I didn't stand out on paper, so I understood that if I could land an interview by something like word of mouth, my opportunities of getting the task would be much better.
2. The "right" thing to do: Go to costly private and Ivy League schools.
What I did: Went to all public schools (shout-out to all my public school child), including University of Missouri (Mizzou), where I studied journalism.
People who went to fancy schools throughout life do have an advantage; however that doesn't make my experience at public schools important. Mizzou, although public, is an excellent school. I matured around individuals of various cultural and monetary backgrounds, and had not been surrounded all my life by individuals who look and talk much like me. You learn a lot about yourself and the world when you're exposed to new things and individuals, and I attempt to use that perspective when creating article concepts that maybe somebody else wouldn't think to write about.
3. The "right" thing to do: Join a sorority, or a lot of clubs and committees, then end up being president/treasurer/chairwoman/ employer lady/whatever of stated clubs and committees.
Exactly what I did: Joined a sorority, and I'm not completely sure I made it to more than one conference. I discovered a ton about obligation, working with a team, and interviewing when I used for the part-time retail jobs I had in high school and college, during which I was able to earn money while also gaining genuine world experience.
4. The "best" thing to do: Intern every summer/winter/semester/ spare minute of your college life.
Exactly what I did: Interned one semester (not at a women's magazine, might I include) while I studied abroad and invested the rest of my summers working at a summer season camp.
I had currently dedicated to working at a summertime camp, the very same one I went to growing up that had actually had a tremendous favorable influence on my life, and that was more crucial to me than interning at a local paper. I understood a magazine wouldn't look at my summertime job and count it as relative experience, but it was a decision that I understood I would be pleased I made for the rest of my life, so I went with it. And I'm still thankful I made that choice.
5. The "right" thing to do: Start using to tasks before you graduate so you have something lined up as soon as that eventful day comes.
What I did: Moved back home, and spent my money and a couple of weeks circumnavigating South America.
Don't forget to do stuff for your soul, not just for your r sum. I understood one day I would be old and my back would be too bad to rest in hostels and my stomach to sensitive to consume questionable foods, so I wanted to take benefit of my youth and travel around a bit prior to settling into a regular.
6. The "best" thing to do: "Know people" and have a great deal of connections in the industry you wish to operate in someday.
Exactly what I did: Asked around up until I found somebody who understood somebody in the industry.
I understood a lot of journalism individuals from going to a journalism school, I had really few contacts in New York, and that would make using for tasks in New York very challenging. My r sum wasn't going to stand out in a stack on its own, so I required somebody on the in of the market to put in an excellent word for me. I asked around until I found somebody who knew someone at a women's publication, and then I asked to meet with that individual for coffee or an informational meeting.
7. The "ideal" thing to do: Have everything in order (a job lined up, your housing figured out) prior to relocating to a brand-new city to start your career.
What I did: Decided I was going to transfer to New York, moved there the next day, and had no permanent location to live for a month.
One of the few things I had to provide that other more certified applicants did not was that I was prepared to move at a moment's notice for a task and begin whenever. Sure, having a plan and some money conserved up prior to I moved out to NYC would've saved me a little stress, however I would've never ever been offered that very first job if I couldn't start as quickly as they required.
I still can't state I know for specific how I landed my dream task, but the primary piece of guidance I have is not to stress if your journey does not look like everybody else's. Overachievers are cool and outstanding and all, however you are too.