How I Got 2 Summer Jobs Through Networking
I spent the majority of Term Three freaking out about the face that everyone I knew had a job or internship or something lined up for the summer, and I absolutely didn’t. I spent a few weekends applying for jobs and a couple of internships, and heard absolutely nothing back, not even rejections. Something drastic had to be done.
Step one was ringing a family friend, who owns her own business and was looking for help with social media, with a list of my relevant experience, a pitch, a three month long social media plan, and reasons why she should hire me (“you don’t have to pay me as much as you would a professional” being top of the list.) Step two ringing up the marketing company where I had done some work experience and taking advantage of their free co-working space. Step three was getting my face known in that office, sending in my CV, a cover letter on why I’d be a good freelancer for them, and then applying for some openings they had. Step four was getting a job! This was my plan and it did actually work – I got two summer jobs in a field I love and want to go into after uni. I know, I’m as surprised as you.
They key to all of this is something often known as networking but what I like to call “shamelessly taking advantage of people you know and begging them for a job without it looking like you’re begging.” The key to getting a job – any job – is networking. Whether it’s a job in a bar or a hotel or a café, or an internship in a high-powered law firm, getting your face and name known is key to finding somewhere to work.
If you Google “networking” hundreds of business blogs and websites will tell you the normal tricks – hand out buisness cards, keep in touch with people, attend networking events, have a Linked In account. Google those if you want! Instead, these are things which helped me get a job but are often overlooked in careers advice sessions.
· Always offer to make tea or coffee for people where you work. I work in an office and I have literally never had this offer turned down. It’s easy, wastes a bit of time if you’re super bored and need a break, and makes you look like a good person (which is what you want).
· Always be polite to the person at the front desk. This is basic manners but chatting to people on the front desk even for a minute will make a good impression. Plus, you can bring up the conversation again and they’re likely to remember you, and talk about you positively to other people in the office.
· Take advantage of family members/family friends/friends/neighbours/literally anyone you know. Someone, somewhere, will do something you think is interesting and you’ll be able to talk to them, or get an in to where they work, or hopefully peddle your way to a job, like I did. Even just some work experience looks good and gives you an idea of what you enjoy doing.
Add people on social media. Building a network of people who work in a field you want to work in is really easy when you make the most of the resources you likely already have. I have a few people I know from places I have worked on Instagram and Facebook and, while I would never recommend adding your boss on Snapchat, having people you know in a field you work in/want to work in, who you keep up with, keeps your face in their mind and means you have people you can easily talk to if you’re looking for a job, or some advice.
Obviously, these just worked for me! But if you’re looking for a job or looking to be hired somewhere that you’ve interned or had work experience, it can’t hurt to make a couple extra cups of tea, right?