Tuesday, March 22, 2011

UWG Media Day and The Job Search

So each year here at UWG the Depatrment of Mass Communications hosts "MEDIA DAY"! Since I can't seem to find "What is Media Day?" Answered on any of it's pages let's quote The West Georgian Newspaper on what exactly Media Day is: 
"Media Day is a half-day program open to all students. The objective of the program is to connect students with professionals, as well as to honor the students for accomplishments in the classroom and in professional growth and development. This year's program will consist of a panel discussion, networking sessions and an honors luncheon. The panel discussion will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. There will be four to five professionals set up on panel to have a lengthy 90-minute q-and-a session with attendees. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Gail Reid. The networking sessions, described as a "sort of speed-dating," will begin at 10:45 a.m. There will be approximately 45 communications professionals in attendance." 

Now that you know what Media Day is and why it's important for someone like me, a soon to be college grad that is trying to find a job before he gets married this May... Let's talk about what you should do to get ready for Media Day and the job search in general:

First you should check, update, and revise both your resume and cover letter. You might want to do this regularly simply to avoid sending one to a potential job with out all the facts on it. 

Second, ready any business cards that you might give to people, if you want to do that.

Third, polish your social media image. You do not want your potential boss finding you on Facebook and seeing all of the pictures of that party you don't really remember because of the copious amounts of alcohol in your blood stream. I recommend using a site like About Me as a landing pad to send people to so that can see you for you, and it gives a great first impression.

Fourth, Dress for Success! Don't think that just because it's a University Event you can where what you want. Think about the people you will be meeting and trying to impress... See now I have your attention. I personally recommend a suit for the guys, I wear one myself every year. For the ladies... well you all probably know how to dress yourselves better than I ever could tell you so your on your own. Back to the fellas... Now some guys may think that a "monkey suit" doesn't work for them or the job they are working for and that maybe true. BUT don't forget that first impressions matter nearly more then your resume does SO do not and I mean DO NOT think that khakis and a polo will land you with that great job or internship just because your resume rocks! They may not take you seriously enough to look past what your wearing and read your resume. 

Fifth, make sure you have plenty of print outs of everything you need. You don't want to run out... trust me people will use your resume to remember you.

Finally, Good Luck... You'll need it because there are probably 100 or more other people trying to get to exactly the same place in life that you are. So make sure you stand out from the rest of the crowed!  

I'm not sure what possessed me to write this post but maybe someone out there will find it interesting and helpful!

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