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And we‘re off! The wheels are hitting the pavement and your journey has officially begun. Your resume now presents the most up-to-date (and accurate) information and is now ready to be sent out.
So what is next?
Well you are not going to find a job just sitting on your couch watching TV. You have to put yourself out there for employers to see; you have to make the initial contact with potential employers. Before making your initial contact, you need to ask yourself the following:
For me personally, as an aspiring writer/journalist, I knew I wanted to cover sports, so I wrote a cover letter that reflected that. However, given that this is a tough career to get into, I also wrote an alternative cover letter for any jobs I applied to that were non-sports related. Once you have your cover letter ready and you have an idea set in regards of locations you would like to apply at (within reason), you should construct an introduction email.
Begin the email by introducing yourself (if they do not know you) along with a nugget or two of information before getting to the point of this email. Your mindset of the email should be “short, sweet and to the point so it does not waste much of the employer’s time. Below is an example of an email I sent have sent out recently:
Dear Mr. ____ ,
My name is Chad Troyan and am writing to inquire about any possible openings on your sports staff. While I currently live in Ohio, I am open to relocating. I have attached a cover letter and a copy of my resume for your review. Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
I introduced myself and gave the location of where I’m from. Since time is precious, I got straight to the point and explained the purpose of this email.
This point of the journey is similar to waiting at a red light; you put pressure on someone waiting for a response (or change of light).
Here are a couple lessons I’ve learned when it came to this aspect of my current job search.
1. Don’t fear rejection. Chances are you will face some. I personally have received rejection emails, but have yet to let the rejection emails deter me.
2. Not all rejection is bad.
Some replies can be a true ‘foot in the door’ email. The following email reply I received back from one of the employers illustrates this perfectly:
Hi Chad: Sorry I didn’t respond, I thought I got back to you. Unfortunately, we have no openings at this time and likely won’t for a while. Stay in touch, in case that changes.
While it may have been a “no” for now, the editor advised me to keep in touch. This shows my foot is in the door and the long-term possibility is not quite dead yet.
Once you hear a response, that’s when you are truly pulling onto highway J-O-B. So for the time being, remember to have a plan set and before moving forward. It’s like running a red light; if you go before you should, the results won’t be good.