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Just like millions of you out there I've recently finished university and have struggled to get a job. This blog is here to follow my attempt to make it in the world hopefully it can provide people in the same situation with a bit of advice and if not a bit of entertainment. cheers!
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Fantastic article by Ardath Albee, on what engagement means in terms on b2b.

As promised I will explain a few things I did that were helpful in getting through the interview process for my new job. I hope they help people in the same situation as myself. I was less experienced compared to some of the other applicants and I think staying true to this advice was useful.

1 - Be Honest

This is vital in any interview. Unless you’re some type of MI5 agent who is a pro at misleading then lying is a no no. On the application it stated experience in certain areas would be helpful however, I did not have any relating experience. You may think bending the truth is useful and can make you look more hireable but those lies will catch up to you. I told my employers straight, even though I did not have the experience that I was a fast learner and was willing to work as hard as possible. I think this showed my commitment to the role and my enthusiasm to learn. It is remarkably easy to remember the truth!

2 - Be Prepared

This may sound obvious but I was super prepared for my interview. Looked up the company, what they did, who they worked with, what services they provide, company history etc etc. Also know the job you’ve been asked to do and stress that’s why you want the job.  Know the potential employers and what they want like you know the back of your hand. This helps with the next one….

3 - Ask Questions

Can be anything about the company, what work they’re currently doing. I asked a question on how they measure social media impact (as this is a big part of my job) as it was a genuine benefit to me. You can ask about the history of the organisation makes you seem keen. If you seem interested in them they’re more likely to be interested in you!

4 - Know Yourself

This is often forgotten. Check you CV, save your answers to qualifying questions, remember what you’ve told them about yourself. Remember the experiences you have professionally and personally that relate to the role and what is expected. Nothing is worse than forgetting something on your CV when asked about it. 

5 - Be Confident

I know this seems easier than it sounds, but if you can get a conversation out of these people, talk to them like they’re normal and not incredibly scary it creates a good atmosphere to be more at ease and more confident. Don’t take this too far there has to be a professional boundary and this will change company to company, you must have to adapt to the situation.

…. well good luck guys!

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Good article on content by Siven Cohen from mashable.

Idea Induced Insomnia
Has anyone ever had this? what I’m calling ‘idea induced insomnia’. Had a lot of ideas running through my mind last night from this blog to my new job to a side project I’ve thought of (info coming up soon). kept me awake for hours even though I was exhausted! Then my mind came up with calling it this. Thought it rolled off the tongue nicely.

Idea Induced Insomnia

Has anyone ever had this? what I’m calling ‘idea induced insomnia’. Had a lot of ideas running through my mind last night from this blog to my new job to a side project I’ve thought of (info coming up soon). kept me awake for hours even though I was exhausted! Then my mind came up with calling it this. Thought it rolled off the tongue nicely.


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The quicker you realise your mistakes the faster you’ll learn from them.

patriciahandschiegel:

…the internet is device agnostic. That means it is not just a mobile platform, and subsequently isn’t just about mobile devices, but a platform that does a variety of things that includes but isn’t limited to mobile use and experiences.

Which means you shouldn’t be fretting about ‘mobile’ alone…

Wise words. So easy is it to get tunnel vision with one medium, even more so when it’s the current ‘trend’. This only leads to complacency. Traditional marketing was not left to die when ‘new’ marketing emerged. If anything it forced traditional marketing to adapt and innovate. 

Will officially be a ‘Social Media and Marketing Executive Trainee’ (whatever that means) in four weeks. eek! As promised will highlight some key aspects from application to getting the job for a bit of advice for those in the same boat.

Right, first post. Big deal right? Thought I’d bring you straight up to date with my life as concise as possible. So, here I go. Graduated with a 2.1 in business management in 2011… year later still no worth while job… spend the last 3 months trying to sort that out. Result? got an interview at this place (scary looking I know). This is a outsourcing solution provider called ‘Branching out Europe’ in Newport , Wales. If all goes well I’ll post some hints and tips which helped me get the job. If all goes badly I’ll post  my pitfalls. Interview is at 2 so not long before I find out. Oh and click the pic to go to the companies homepage just for fun.