Knowledge > Ignorance

Knowledge | /ˈnäləj/ | noun | facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

One of my former (and one of the most intelligent individual I’ve met) bosses told me something that resonates with me nearly 5 years later.

We were in a one-on-one meeting discussing future. During our conversation, he said, “ignorance isn’t always a bad thing.” I responded with cocking my head to the right and furrowed eyebrows. His response, “ignorance isn’t always bad as long as someone is willing to turn that ignorance into knowledge.” I’ve never heard truer words in such simple, yet effective terms.

We are the owners of our knowledge and it’s up to us to educate ourselves and those around us. We cannot let ourselves take everything we read on social media at face value. Don’t be lazy. Do a little digging. Who knows what else you’ll find during your research.

Internships, internships, internships…

Have you guessed it? Internships is the topic. Why?

  1. Internships provide real job experience and skills to be used in your first entry level position
  2. Let’s be real: every entry level job (at least in the business/marketing world) require:
        • at least 2 years of experience (internships included, of course)
        • excellent writing and grammar skills
        • for marketers…a solid understanding of HTML, coding, etc…
        • experience in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and/or Google Analytics
        • a ‘can do’ attitude
        • willing to go above and beyond
        • willing to lose an arm and a leg
        • …and maybe a liver

You get the point. Post undergrad is a fight. Unless you are one of the lucky ones, where your internship has a full-time position waiting for you immediately after graduation, quality opportunity is sparse. There may be more job openings than working folks but

These days, a Bachelor’s degree is no longer enough. I, myself, have chosen to pursue a MBA. Why? I know I’ll need it in the future and rather complete it now than later.

Rejections & Offers

As I approach my 7th month as the Marketing Coordinator for Egret Consulting Group, I look back at the path that brought me to this position. Over 6 months of searching, countless interviews and multiple staffing agencies – I received 5 offers and rejected 4 positions. But, I was, also, rejected from companies I adored and hoped to work for. It so happens, all the no’s I gave and received led me to an even better opportunity.

A job search takes patience. Don’t be afraid to reject an offer that doesn’t meet your financial, personal and future career goals. If a company tells you ‘no’, don’t let that deter you from pursuing other options. Thank the company for their time and pursue the next opportunity.

When searching for a new job, create a list of priorities. Research the companies you’ve applied to, accept the first interview invitation, review the interview’s conversation and decide whether to move forward with or move on from the position. Don’t waste your time and provide them the courtesy of saving theirs. During my search, this was my list of priorities (in order of importance):

  1. Job responsibilities/expectations/tasks and company expectations/goals
  2. Culture
  3. Distance/commute from home
  4. Distance/commute from my grad school choices
  5. Benefits (health, vacation, etc.)
  6. Pay

Most believe pay is the most important aspect to a job offer but the experience itself is just as, if not, more important (compensation package, of course, has to be reasonable). When an organization signs your offer letter, they’re investing in their future and are continuing to work toward their mission. When you, the candidate, signs the offer letter, you’re investing in your future. Your new employer will help you develop new skills and you will personally/professionally grow. Experience and pay work hand-in-hand. The more experience you gain, the more other opportunities with higher pay (and possibly responsibility) will present itself.

Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ but be open to new opportunities. If you’re on a search, best wishes!

Favorite Tips for Interviewing

The number one rule when going into an interview? COME PREPARED. I utilize Monster.com for tips on creating an attractive cover letter for a specific job and, of course, the site provides information about current job openings.

Here ‘s a link to 10 tips to live by when preparing for an interview: http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/ten-interviewing-rules

Another link to 12 surprising tips (and, yes, I did find some of these interesting) for job interviews: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyoushaei/2014/10/20/12-surprising-job-interview-tips/#58ec62643006