Interview Tip + Major Change to Blog

I had to do a major change to my blog. I did this in response to an interview tip that I’m about to share: following up with an interviewer after not being chosen for an internship/job.

I was not chosen for the internship I applied for with the PR agency. After receiving the dreaded “we regret to inform you” letter, I e-mailed the interviewer.

Hello Mr./Ms. ___________,

I want you to thank you for your time and consideration of my applications and qualifications. I also want to ask your advice on any improvements you feel I may need to make me a better candidate in the future. How can I improve on resume, my interviewing, and my website (what would you add or take away from the website)? What could I pursue that will help me in the public relations field? I am eager to learn and advance in my future career. Any and all criticisms are needed and gratefully accepted. Thank you again for your time. I hope that ______________ has continued success in all its endeavors.

Interviewers find it impressive when interviewees e-mail after not being chosen for a position. I’m glad I did. The interviewer pointed out something on the ‘about this blog’ section of my website. It was worded in a way that could scare off employers. This is what a section of it stated:

“This blog will be about the ups and downs of the rise of my career in public relations. I will talk about the good, the bad, and the darn right ugly when it comes to my job search only. I’ll be as transparent as I can.”

An employer could take this as meaning I would disclose any information that I come across while being employed with them, including information about their clients. I would NEVER think of doing this. Why? I have common sense. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots out there who would do something like that. Because I know I wouldn’t do something like this, it didn’t come to my mind that I would have to say that. After re-reading it, I can see how someone would think that. Thanks to those who have disclosed information online that has put companies at risk, normal people have to cover every base and make sure people know what you mean. Here is what I changed it to:

“This blog will be about the ups and downs of the rise of my career in public relations. I’ll be as transparent as I can without affecting anyone. I will talk about the good, the bad, and the darn right ugly when it comes to my job search only. I will not disclose any information about any company I’m affiliated with nor its clients.”

This brings me to my next tip. If you do create a website such as mine, have a professional read your ‘about’ section to make sure that what you’re trying to say is understandable and that you have covered all necessary bases. I hope I have. I will ask others to look over my website for me to see if I have. Here’s a breakdown of what that paragraph means:

  • This blog will be about the ups and downs of the rise of my career in public relations — Meaning I will talk about my professional and educational goals, my experiences and what I’ve learned from them, and my mistakes (we all make them).
  • I’ll be as transparent as I can without affecting anyone – If I have a negative experience with company or person, I will not mention names. I also will not mention names of companies that I apply to until I am hired. If I do mention names, I will do so ONLY if I have consent from the company/person.
  • I will talk about the good, the bad, and the darn right ugly when it comes to my job search only – Finding a job isn’t easy. Most people know this as a fact. Others are either in denial or are just super unaware. I’m going to talk about my experiences as a recent grad, who is learning to survive the real world, looking for a job, and learning as much as I can as I go on.
  • I will not disclose any information about any company I’m affiliated with nor its clients – I pray to God that this is self explanatory.
I sincerely thank the person who brought this to my attention. If it weren’t for them, I would not be aware of an error I made. Normally, a person would get upset about this kind of thing and feel like the employer is belittling their intelligence. I know that the interviewer does not know me personally or my mental state. They have to be careful of things like this and not take chances. I understand that. I hope this helps someone as well. If you see anything else that raises a red flag, please e-mail me and bring it to my attention. I would be more than grateful.

Knee Slapper: And I Thought I Was Unemployed

No, I’m not talking about the fact that I now have a husband to take care of and a house to clean. That’s a whole other story. I just had what Oprah would call an ‘Aha Moment.’ I’ve been sitting here thinking I’m unemployed when I in fact have a job. My current job is…. applying for jobs. The employer, which I have named Job Hunters Inc., has so many employees right now that it’s not even funny. A girl that I met at the PRCA ‘In a Word’ Conference this past March text me today and told me how bummed she was about no being able to find a job. I think the hardest part is applying for a job that has all the duties that you want to do and you have all the qualifications, but you are still not chosen. It’s the ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’ syndrome. It’s a very common syndrome. I’m trying to avoid it myself, but I kind of fell into that trap earlier this week. I woke up and realized that, although I know I’m qualified for the position, I have to continue to apply for other positions ‘just in case.’

The aforementioned girl also told me that she applied for EIGHTEEN jobs yesterday. I wish I had been keeping count with how many applications I have put in. I know it’s a lot.

I just finished applying for some just now. Yes, I applied for jobs from 9:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. That’s why I call this a job. I put in serious overtime. There is something unseen that is trying to make me feel defeated, but I refuse. I have a strategy, which I will share later, and I’m not going to stop until I’m done. My strategy is taking a while, but I know that it will all be worth it in the end. Once I finally get a REAL job, I will appreciate all the hard work I put into my tenure with Job Hunters Inc.

Are there any recent graduates out there currently employed with Job Hunters Inc. that has a story to share?