This time last year I was frantically putting together my CV and dreaming about the various companies I would actually want to work for. I concluded that my ideal situation would be working for Google, Microsoft or IBM – I managed to get an internship at Microsoft. Here are some of my tips to help you find a placement.
Network with Friends and Family
Start here first. Find out if any of your friends or family have contacts in the industry you would you like to have a placement in. My uncle works for a large advertising agency in London and through him I was able to find some contacts (although I didn’t need them in the end).
Use University Databases
Most Universities keep placement databases to help their students find placements. Well-designed databases will allow you to search specifically for jobs by certain type. Fortunately the University of Gloucestershire’s database held many Public Relations and Marketing jobs. If you can’t find a job you wish to apply for on your University’s database, check out other University websites. I discovered that some Universities do not password protect their placement databases – search around.
Visit Company Websites
Some companies deliberately avoid University databases because they either get a high number of applications or prefer students search find them. Find businesses you love. Even better, find businesses in your local area. You might be surprises with what you find.
Keep an eye on Twitter, conduct searches for placements. Some users regularly tweet about placement opportunities. You can use LinkedIn to network with professionals. Get in contact with people. There is no harm in asking – offer yourself by promoting your skillset.
Send Letters / Pick up the Phone
Emails aren’t always the best method of communication. You will find employees and managers are likely to receive hundreds of emails each day. Stand out from the crowd by sending a letter or by phoning up. Both of these communication methods are far more direct – even personal.
CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Placement Database
The CIPR maintains a work placement database. You can visit it here.
How is your placement search going?
Do you have advice to offer?