It’s that time of year when students are looking for work placements, graduates are trying to find their first proper job and we’re looking for our next Client Services intern.
On that front, we’re offering a six month paid internship with the hope of finding our next superstar to follow in Harriet and Anna’s footsteps. Both of whom started off on our internship programme, but quickly moved into full-time roles and have been rising up the career ladder rapidly ever since.
So, the point of this blog is to offer some practical tips to anyone who is looking to get a job, for a week, a month, a year or longer because we are left very underwhelmed by the vast majority of applications we receive.
Here are our top DOs and DON’Ts for job hunters.
DO put some effort in. It’s shocking how many people think a quick email, littered with spelling mistakes is going to help them get noticed.
DO make it personal. I have a name and it’s not ‘Sir or Madam’. Write to me in person and you’re much more likely to get a response. If you want to check an email address, just call up and ask. Better still, try and speak to me on the phone. No one ever does that these days.
DO your research. We know you want to tell us all about yourself, but at least try and show that you have done a bit of research on us and our clients.
DO make an impression. I don’t know when the last time was that someone wrote me a lovely letter on crisp white paper and put it in a beautiful envelope and popped it in the post, but I’d love to receive one…
DO think about the design of your CV and covering letter. We’re a creative agency and we notice these things. Simple is best, but quality shines through.
DON’T think the world revolves around you. Tell us how you can add value to our clients and our business. Because that’s what we’re really interested in.
DON’T use cliches. We’ve heard them all before.
DON’T be like everyone else. Reading hundreds of formulaic CVs is really dull. Show me a great photo of you or include a really good endorsement from someone. Tell me about the most exciting thing you’ve ever done or the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced. Make me want to meet you.
DON’T ignore the information on the job description and application process. It’s there for a reason so please read it.
DON’T lose faith. There are great opportunities out there for people who put in the effort to shine.