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BillowJR

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To anyone who can offer advice:

I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Human Resources. I hope to work in the tech industry as a recruiter, with career aspirations of ultimately working in the interactive entertainment industry. I was part of a recruiting internship for the month of August, but was unfortunately laid off since the project that I was hired for was cancelled early. I have since been job hunting for any similar positions, and while I often do manage to do well enough in the phone interview to get an on site one, I often lose out on positions due to my lack of experience. I have begun to do volunteer work as a candidate sourcer for the industry that I eventually would like to work in, but communication has slowed down dramatically. I was hoping anyone could provide advice on these three questions I've been facing during my job hunt.

1) What can I do to make myself desirable to contact? As a recent college grad, I feel that when I try to reach out to people for career advice or an opportunity to volunteer some of my time to help, I am taking more than I can offer to give. 

2) What else can I do to break the grips of this "need experience to get experience" cycle? I feel that this is the major thing that is inhibiting me.

3) I have my heart set on working in Interactive Entertainment, even if that means taking a detour at first through relevant/related fields of work. I feel I struggle in interviews for these positions since I go in thinking that I will take the responsibilities seriously, but the position is a stepping stone along the path I eventually want to go down, though I am much smarter than to say that aloud. Still, I struggle with the "where do you see yourself in x years" types of questions; how can I answer these without lying?

Any and all help is much appreciated!

Jeremy
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BillowJR,

We have some posts that address the types of questions you're asking.

How To Connect With Influencers

20 Inconvenient Career Truths

How To Answer 7 Of The Most Common Interview Questions (see #2 especially)

Let's see what our career experts come up with for you!

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BillowJR

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Nick,

Thank you for the information, I just read those articles and am about to make a "professional" twitter account to try and reach out to professionals in my area.

In terms of answering the "X Years" question, how much candidacy do managers want/not want to see? If the position is one I can only see myself in for 2-3 years to build relevant work experience then eventually transfer to what I want to do, is that too honest to stay in an interview, or would it be admired that I have thought about what I want my career path to do?
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Jeremy,

I feel your pain man!  Let me see if I can help you along the path a bit.  I have been a hiring manager at Fortune 50 companies for 25 years:

1. making yourself more desireable to contact:  as a recent grad, you have one important asset that we can make work in your favor...the right to ask for career advice and opinions from other more experienced professionals.  Its based on human nature...we are flattered when someone asks us for our advice or opinion.  So you keep doing that and at the end of the conversation you say this:  "This has been very helpful, thank you so much for your insight.  By the way do you know any other people that I might ask for advice from?".  Then call those people, and so on.  Sooner rather than later you will bump up against someone in that newly forming network that will give you a chance. I see it work all the time

2.  needs experience to get experience cycle:  if HR/recruiting is what you want to do, then I would go to a couple recruiting/employment companies and offer to do grunt work for them, say 15 hours a week, for free, for no more than 2 months (if you can afford it).  They will ask why? and you will tell them to get as much real world experience in HR as you can, as quickly as you can...you are not begging them for a job.  If they say "no" then try the next one...there are a million out there.  I don't know too many small recruiting companies that wouldn't like the help, for free.  Or volunteer to help military Vets with their job search (like I am doing now myself)

3.  what do you want in 5 years?:  Look, no one knows what they will be doing in 5 years, so don't view it as "lying".  You may start out in HR and realize you love it, or leverage that into doing HR for an interactive entertainment company...you just don't know, so paint your own future!  I would tell them you have a degree in HR, are just starting out and believe that you have a natural talent for working with people and human potential, and would like to make a career in that area...and one industry of interest, among many others you are looking at,  is the entertainment industry.

Good luck   
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