Getting work experience can be tricky! It’s an over-saturated market, full of graduates and current students grappling for a chance at some real job experience. But how can you stand out and manage to nab some all-important, real work experience?
Number 1: Stand out. Marketing is about the unusual and the wacky. How else will a product stand to? So remember to stand out as a person. A plain CV? Boring. A CV locked inside a box of sweets? Very interesting. Do you catch my drift? Align your approach to the company!
Number 2: Get in there early! We can’t stress this enough. You need to apply and contact companies in off-peak times, not when lectures have started and everyone is suddenly applying because they’ve moved to the city. If you’ll be attending university in September, why not contact in June and July when everyone is on a holiday and “enjoying” their Summer break? You will impress any manager with your enthusiasm!
Number 3: Craft a good quality covering letter – Keep it short and sweet, your future manager is busy! .. But make sure to include any impressive elements about you. Do you blog, or are you an Instagram influencer part time? Or is your passion for graphic design or Photoshop going to come in useful during your possible work experience?
Number 4: Follow up! Managers are always busy, so follow up via e-mail or even a written letter that you post if you feel like it might get a better result. It also gives a good impression if you are to ever apply again.
Let us know if you have any tips for getting experience in YOUR industry! It’s a tough world out there.