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5 Key Ways To Bag Yourself A Digital Job
By Scarlett @BubbleJobs
When you’re at uni it’s very easy to only think about doing student things like; going to the SU, eating pot noodles and obviously going to the library! Speaking as an ex-student I know that all of these things hold a great amount of importance in a student’s life.
But if you’re looking for a career in digital, you’ll have to add preparing for a digital job to your to do list. Trying to work out what you need to do to get a digital job can be a tad overwhelming, but you’ve got nothing to worry about. Just have a look at our five ways to bag yourself a digital job and you could be well on your way.
1) Get Some Experience
This is an important one as getting experience is one of the sure-fire ways to bag yourself a digital job. For starters, how are you supposed to know that the digital industry suits you if you’ve never worked in it before? Not only that; how is an employer supposed to know you’ll enjoy and do well in the job if you’ve never worked within the digital industry? With that in mind; try and get yourself some work experience in the summer or winter holidays, even if it’s just for a week!
2) Think About Your Transferrable Skills
I’m going to be honest with you now – the digital industry is a competitive one, so you need to stand out from the crowd to get a digital job. The first way you can do this is to make sure your CV is set up to target digital employers – so try to think about all of the experience you have and how it relates it to the digital industry.
For example if you’ve worked in retail, it usually means that you’ve got a flair for selling things and if you’re looking for a career in digital marketing then you’ll need to be able to sell and understand your customer. See how I did that? Try and think outside the box when you’re writing your CV, you’ll be surprised by how many digital skills you actually have in the end!
3) Use Social Media
Using social media to contact potential employers can be a great way to bag yourself a digital job. It shows that you’ve actually thought of something different to sending over your CV in an email amongst 100 others. Also, if you go on Twitter and type in “digital jobs” into the search box you’ll see loads of digital job opportunities. People can neglect social media when looking for a job, but it can really help, especially if you’re beginning to give up on the whole thing.
4) Understand The Industry
To get a job in the digital industry you need to show that you’ve got an understanding of it – there’s no point turning up to a job interview and having no clue about some of the basic terminology.
Say you’re looking to start a career in digital marketing, there’s no point turning up to the interview with no clue about SEO for instance. You need to read up about the industry - I’m not saying you need to be a digital genius, but you do need to be familiar with digital terms. Have a look at this glossary of digital terms if you’re struggling – it really helped me when I first got my digital marketing job at Bubble Jobs.
5) Go See Your Career Advisors
Career advisors can be extremely helpful – they can offer CV and interview advice all free of charge, so it would be rude not to take it. All universities have at least one career advisor, and their job is to help you, so make sure you use them. They might even be able to help you create your digital CV if you ask nicely.
So there we go, five key ways to bag yourself a digital job – follow these tips and you could find that getting a digital job isn’t as hard as you thought.
Author Bio: Scarlett Wilson is a Keele University graduate and is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive for Bubble Jobs – a niche digital jobs board that specialises in advertising digital, ecommerce, media and marketing jobs from the UK’s top brands. Follow her on Twitter: @Scarlett278 or find out more about Bubble Jobs at http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/
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