One Foot In The Door
How do I get the job? Georgio Platias discusses how to navigate the world of jobs/internships and maintain these contacts for future work opportunities.
The first thing to do is to set up a LinkedIn profile. In the interconnected landscape of today’s world, I have found that this is a really powerful tool in not only searching for jobs but connecting with industry professionals. Make LinkedIn your best friend. Your profile needs to stand out from the pack, so structure it in a way that will appeal to potential employers. Make sure your picture is professional as well, because lasting impressions make a difference.
My LinkedIn profile is fundamentally my resume. Using this platform, I have found people reach out to advertise positions and it is an easy way to maintain contact with people you have worked with in the past. It is a good way to showcase your portfolio of work and a way to create your professional identity. Plus, LinkedIn has a cool ‘Jobs’ search function which customises the job search to your profile and experience.
Be ambitious. Apply for as many opportunities as possible. If you don’t get those, keep applying. Over the last holidays, I applied for about twenty jobs – I managed to land an interview for seven of those and got the job/internship for three. It’s all about how you market yourself to your potential employer and showing them you are driven to get some experience under your belt. They want to see someone who best fits their organisation, so make sure when applying you check off everything they are looking for – don’t sell yourself short, they want to hear about how good you are for that position. In interviews, same thing, sell yourself as the best candidate to make them remember you.
I managed to land each of my opportunities because I put myself out there. As a result, I found myself working in Parliament House, at the ABC, and running candidate campaigns for the federal election. It’s all about being confident in your ability and expressing that in a professional manner through your application. Make the most of your opportunities. Look on UTS CareerHub, look on LinkedIn, look on Seek, visit UTS Careers, ask people you know about any opportunities they’ve heard of. Sooner rather than later you will land something good. With that, pace yourself and go for those jobs/internships that you feel will not only benefit your career trajectory but will put your skills and ambitions to use. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get the job, and never think you’re not good enough. Just keep applying. With that, don’t be overzealous – apply for jobs that intersect with your experience level and allow you to build up experience one step at a time.
Finally, make use of the contacts you make whilst undertaking these internships. The way I see it is university is the time to start building the foundation for post-university. It’s about collating as much experience for when we graduate. A key way to do this is network. Build up your contact book because you never know when these people might be useful in the future. Ask for business cards, ask for phone numbers, ask for them to share tips and knowledge with you, add these people on LinkedIn or get their email. People in the industry love to talk about what they do, so make use of that – learn from them whilst undertaking your work experience and maintain contact sporadically for potential opportunities in the future. Simply, build good relationships – they go a long way.
Georgio Platias is a third-year Communications (Journalism)/Law student. He loves to talk all things life, politics and philosophy. You can usually find him with either an iced mocha or glass of whiskey in the gaps of studying, reading or writing something.