Searching for a media job can often be a massive ordeal. If you enter into the process methodically and practically, you will no doubt come out with positive results and a media job to boot. But there are some common mistakes that are made when making searches for media jobs. Mistakes that could cost you the media job itself, and possibly win you a bad reputation within an industry where word travels fast.
Below are the top 10 mistakes that people make in searching for media jobs in no particular order.
1. One of the mistakes people make when searching for media jobs is thinking that the media job, the interview, the business they would be joining etc is all about them. Appearing as though this company owes you a favor is the wrong way to approach a media job search. Rather approach it from the angle of how you can help them.
2. Not having the required skills for the media job you are applying for will waste the time of your prospective employers and will only frustrate them. Apply for the media jobs that you are capable of carrying out.
3. Not approaching companies and asking whether or not they have openings could result in you losing out on many media job opportunities. Many media jobs are not listed online or in the papers. It pays to do some homework.
4. Be prepared for rejection. A lot of media job employers will turn you down, but you have to keep on applying and following up. Numerous people lose faith after the first three rejection notifications, but you have to remember that there are many hopefuls in the same boat as you, trying to find the right media job. Just be patient.
5. Many people make the mistake in thinking that the application is the difficult part of searching for a media job, and once the interview is set up they can relax. It is hard work right up until you get accepted for the media job, and then even more hard work is required. Never think that you can relax, you need to be on top of your game at all times in searching for the right media job.
6. Not doing research into the company you work for and the media job you are applying for can be very embarrassing when you are asked how your skills will improve their working situation. Do your homework.
7. By not asking questions during your application process, you may not understand some of the fundamentals of the media job you are applying for. Ask questions about whatever you do not understand so that you are well equipped for your interview.
8. Being late for a media job interview displays disinterest, bad time management and a general slack character. Prepare accordingly so that you can be early.
9. Making the interview about how much you will earn doing this media job displays that you are only in it for the salary. Be sure to show an interest in the media job and ask what is required before jumping into the question of remuneration.
10. Above all, your personality sells. Those people that wander into an interview like they are walking into a coffee shop should reconsider what it is they want from a media job. Or if they even want one at all.