Describe your job search process. What were some challenges you faced or things you learned from the experience?
My job search process started with establishing some of my career goals. With that in mind, I researched careers in industries I'd be interested in within my location. I knew I wanted to find a job in public relations/marketing within the hospitality industry. My biggest challenge was finding job in public relations agencies. I came to realize I was limiting myself.
If you used any Career Center services, resources, or events to obtain your job offer, what were they? How did they support your application process?
I frequently visited the Career Center to help me tweak my resume, cover letter, and portfolio, so that it looked as presentable as possible to potential employers. The way you present your professional information can really make or break you. I also took advantage of the mock interview program in order to better prepare me. Mock interviews are a little nerve-racking, but are ultimately a helpful exercise.
Have you participated in any experiential learning opportunities (Internships, volunteer experiences, research, leadership roles, military experience, etc.)? How have these prepared you for moving into a full-time role?
During my college career, I had a total of three internships. Each was different, but each helped shape my career choices. During my senior year, I interned at The Mayfield Group, a local public relations firm that specializes in hospitality. If it weren't for my time with them, I may not have ever known how much passion I have for the hospitality industry. Overall, my internships have reinforced my interests, taught me time management, and have been an excellent resume builder.
What advice do you have for current students that will be launching a full-time professional job search?
Be persistent. My persistency is what lead me to be a Marketing Coordinator at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, ask my boss! I wasn't successful the first time I applied to work at my current company, but my persistency is what stood out to my now boss. One of the biggest failure in the job search is not following up with potential employers. You must be persistent in following up. In simpler terms, don't give up.
"During my job search, I frequently visited the Career Center for help with my resume, cover letter, and portfolio, and also participated in a mock interview with my Career Liaison."
Major: English - Editing, Writing & Media, Class of 2017
Company/Organization: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club