Don’t Ask, Then You Don’t Get

Another day in the office – if feels good to finally say that.

My blog entry tonight is still going to be on starting my internship because I feel it is an important topic. I feel it is an important topic because although I have only just started the job hunting game I feel I have a lot to say. My granddad constantly states to me:

“You know Caitlin; I could quit my job in the morning and have a new job in the afternoon”

Ugh how very different it is in today’s society. Today applying or showing interest in a job consists of an hour long application, stage progression interviews and a packed experience filled portfolio. If you are passionate about your specialised field you will keep going until you find “the one”. But the road to finding that can be extremely disheartening. Never knowing why you did not make the final cut. Sadly, I have been advised that a lot of jobs already have a person in mind (which is completely unfair). But, at some point you might hit the wall and find yourself question how can you move forward from this?

The best advice I can give from my experience is ask for feedback. If the interviewer can provide you with constructive criticism, emphasis on constructive, then this can be beneficial to you and maybe the solution. Just take it on the chin. Maybe it was a question you did not quite answer properly or went off topic. Maybe you did not discuss a specific skill they were looking for. My advice would be to really study the job description and pick out the key areas and skills they are looking for. Most importantly, be confident and believe in yourself. If you do not believe in yourself, how will the interviewer believe in you?

From asking pervious interviewers for feedback, the general feedback is that I do not have enough office experience. Although I do not really think this is fundamental, it is something to work towards. The answer to this feedback could be well give me a job and I can gain office experience. But if it was not meant to be, it was not meant to be. A solution to this could be an internship advertised, although that still requires an application process. There are also agencies out there that can help with this.

But the best thing I ever done was simply ask. I created a LinkedIn account and asked a company I admired Fake Bake if they had any positions available. LinkedIn allowed the person I contacted to view my profile. The person I contacted kindly got back to me promptly and offered me an internship to help improve my CV (LinkedIn is kind of like a CV) and work towards their Golden Glamour event. I was over the moon and still over the moon for this offer!

Therefore, if you don’t ask, then you don’t get. If you admire a company or see something you would like to shadow or be involved in then ask. Ask the company if you can be part of the experience. Oh and create a LinkedIn account.

Can you relate? Or am I just going crazy?

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