How To Get A Job In Marketing After College

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How To Get A Job In Marketing After College

Whether you are just starting your final year of college or have already graduated, it’s important to start thinking about your future. This task can however prove daunting for most. Many undergraduates are worried that there aren’t enough jobs. There is also the fact that even the entry level jobs sometimes require 2+ years experience. So how do you go about getting started in marketing as a new college graduate? Below are five methods that may prove useful.

Internet search

If you are yet to check your prospective employer’s website, this is the time to do it. However, don’t feel discouraged if nothing is listed. Many marketing companies forget to post job vacancies on their sites or simply don’t advertise them via their websites. Job boards like Glassdoor.com and Indeed.com often have job listings that aren’t found on other websites. If everything else doesn’t bear fruit, you can always turn to Craigslist. And while you may have to dig through plenty of fake jobs, there’s a good chance to find a great job.

Network events

Look up the local chapter of marketing associations in your area and find out when their next event is being held. Most marketing events are usually free and open to the general public. This is an opportunity for you to meet people in the marketing field. Collect as many business cards as possible. A more unconventional type of networking event you can go to is one that’s targeted at people who aren’t employed. These events are often graced by speakers who offer tips and advice on how to get jobs. They can also help you make beneficial connections any way they can.

Be willing to relocate

If by any means you want to secure a job in marketing, you need to be willing to relocate. Many small towns and cities won’t have as many marketing job opportunities as larger cities. If finding a job in this sector is the ultimate goal, keep an open mind when applying for any positions as you never know where you will end up.

Take advantage of LinkedIn

Remember when you set up a LinkedIn account at the advice your professor and wondered why you had to? Well, now is the time to finally use it. Identify the companies you’d like to work for and go to their LinkedIn profile. See if you have connections with any of their employees. This is an opportunity for you to make a connection with someone who already works at the company. And believe it or not, this is a more effective way of landing interviews as compared to sending out resumes.

Intern

While nobody likes to intern right out of college, this is proving to be very rewarding for post-graduates. Unlike before when interns were tasked with bringing coffee and replacing papers in the printers, companies now use interns more productively. The internship period is mostly taken as a training period after which the best are recruited as company employees. And even if you don’t get a job afterwards, you can still make meaningful connects and gain valuable experience.