“What have you accomplished? Why should I hire you?” I recently heard these questions when I was going to apply for a job at Walmart. If these are the questions that I receive when I’m looking for a part time job as a student, what is it going to be like when I apply for a job to start my marketing career? Here are some tips that I’m using to start my career path.
My name is Berk DeLevi. I am a graduate student in George Brown College’s Strategic Marketing Program. I already have an MBA from Istanbul, Turkey, but my program at George Brown is giving me the foundation for a great career start here in Canada. Now I need a competitive edge, starting with seminars, meetups and training courses all around Toronto. Some of them are free or cost as little as $10 or $20. You might think that most of these events are secret because they cater to a specific niche of marketing professionals like big data marketers or growth hackers, but they are openly available for anyone interested in the topics discussed.
Always Be Networking
Last month, I attended a course called Leveraging LinkedIn to build my social reputation, a mentoring program by the City of Toronto and a young professionals networking session. It was really great because I learned some tricks on how to improve my profile on LinkedIn so more recruiters could find me. I also met a mentor and a network contact in the marketing industry who can help me find a job after I graduate.
I do not really have much time as a student so I relied on the free social event platform, Chillwall. I discovered local training courses, seminars and more happening near me. Even better, it helps me manage my events: my choices were mapped so I never needed to worry about finding where the event was held and I receive reminders for events as well.
Going forward, I can find future events at Chillwall because it learns about my preferences and recommends events based on my personal tastes and passions. For example, it recently recommended an exclusive job fair since it learned I was taking a resume writing course. It’s also helping me discover parts of Toronto that I haven’t been to yet and learn more about the marketing industry here.
Getting ready for your career journey is never easy, especially in a new country, but with school and my new experiences, I am ready to find my first marketing job here in Toronto.