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An Update of Sorts

So I realize it’s been a long time since I updated this. So here’s a quick update.

Still at my current position. But on Friday, I got confirmation that the area where I work is being restructured.

I was confused at first, but now there are several new opportunities to take advantage of. There’s a new assistant manager position, a new coordinator position and a new support coordinator position. It’s my understanding that the role I’m doing now, will be phased out. Now’s a great time to mention that I’m on a contract that’s ending very soon.

My plan is to apply for the new positions. I think I could handle doing at least 2 of these new positions without much trouble.

So big changes are coming, but it’s going to take some time to get it all figured out.

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Job status update

Turns out it’s been almost a year since I blogged here last.

Here’s a brief update:

-I had my contract extended twice.
-But at the end of April I finished the end of the final contract. I was deemed “redundant” which is a humiliating designation. But just meant that the position I was doing was changed into a slightly different role and they hired someone else.

So I’m back looking for a new job. If you hear of available positions in marketing, communications, or public relations please feel free to pass them along.

-k

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Success! A job

Success! After several rounds of job interviews, I am happy to announce that starting in September I’ll be employed in the role of Marketing Assistant at a local manufacturer.

So here’s my life lesson for how to succeed for recent grads.
1. Keep in touch with your instructors. They hear a ton of rumours about what places are hiring.
2. Establish a great relationship with the instructors and your classmates. Once again, they hear everything.
3. Network. Keep the networking going after graduation. It’s key to your success. But make sure that these networking attempts are genuine, not fake. People value authentic interactions over the falsehood.

So these are three tips that helped me land a job in my field.

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Vacation thoughts

For the last few months I’ve been hard at work trying to find a full time job in my fields. But what this really means is that I’ve spent the last few months trying to get hired, through the different hoops including interviews, writing sample pieces, rebuilding and converting my portfolio. All in all, it’s been exhausting.

But luckily and happily, I’ve just secured a full time, contract position for myself. With the referral from my instructors, I start after Labour Day. Yes, I did a dance of joy when I got off the phone with the lovely human resource generalist I’d been working with.

So this means I’m giving notice at my part time gig as I need to free up some time to be able to handle the workload.

But back to my original idea. I’m taking a vacation from the normal job hunting activities I’ve been doing. I have a few weeks to wind down the part time job and then I’m going to get a bunch of other stuff done. There is a ton of chore style work needing to be done around the house and outdoors.

Last year the family rented a cottage and made a two week vacation away from all the tech, the toys and the television. This year I’m taking a break from the job hunt instead, so when my first day starts I’m ready to spring into action.

The best part is that the location is four blocks from my house, easily walkable!

Cheers. Get out there and enjoy summer while we have it.

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Return to the job hunt

Been a bit busy between the end of term and finishing up assignments and one of my part time jobs.

But I made it. Next month I’ll convocate with the second class of Conestoga College’s Integrated Marketing Communications Post-Grad certificate program. After 8 months of assignments, group projects, event planning, stress and juggling, it’s over.

Also important to note, this week I learned that I made the Dean Honor List. It’s one of those things that made me cheer, grin and remember all the hard work.

I’m working on setting up a WordPress which will include my resume, work samples and other pieces I’ve created. Once I have the site up and running I’ll make sure to include a link here. In case you’re interested.

So back to the job hunt. I’m looking for marketing, communications or public relations positions. If you know of a position, feel free to send the information along.

Cheers,
K.

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Four months later

So that was a speedy semester. In the past four months I’ve tackled 7 classes and started a new part time job. The part time hasn’t been bad, except that it takes up most of my weekends.
School has been a whole other story. Seven classes, stacks of projects, assignments, assessments and group activities occupied most of my time. In some ways I feel more prepared to re-enter the job hunting scene. In other ways I’m not sure that I’m more qualified to work in the advertising, marketing and branding areas.

Come January I’m starting another part time job, this one handed to me by a former professor. I’ll be marking assignments, tests and whatnot from the Public Relations diploma program. They finally have enough students enrolled this year to qualify for funding to hire someone to help them with marking. So it pays to keep in touch with former instructors. Also demonstrating sound judgement and fairness will help.

So that’s what’s been going on in the last four months.

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School versus work balance

In the last few weeks i’ve been transiting from applying for full time jobs to part time jobs. At least count I’ve applied for 60 odd jobs. The first place to answer my application was a wine store (within a store). I interviewed and interviewed and got to the offer of employment stage. However my class schedule, which I have no choice over preventing me from being able to work 1 day shift a week through the workweek. Unfortunately I was rejected based on the schedule.

Several people suggested that I skip several classes each week in order to ensure that I have a pt job. Big fail. I hate the idea.whats the point in going to school and paying for school if I’m just going to skip classes.