(Closed) Having Trouble Getting Noticed for Jobs…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@emilygrace07:  Are you limited to NYC? Because obviously there will be a lot of competition there. Other cities will have art galleries (such as D.C., Pittsburgh has a large cultural scene, and Philadelphia) that might have fewer applicants?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Most jobs and most competition :/ I’m here in NYC, too, and it has been ROUGH- I’ve been looking for my first post-collegiate job for what feels like FOREVER. I just recently changed the formatting of my resume (the content stayed exactly the same) and went from hearing absolutely nothing back in 6 months to having 2 interviews in a week, so that could be something to try. 

If you are currently interning, what about trying to use your network of co-workers to see if they can recommend anything or introduce you to any contacts they might have?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Can you get someone in your field, perhaps at the internship you like, to look over your resume and cover letter? It could be you’re not marketing yourself on paper as well as you could. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would start having your boss set up tours of galleries with his friends. That way if there is an opening at that place your name will look familiar when you apply. Also have friends or your boss hand in your resume or place a call after you have sumbitted it to see if they have received it. Lots of times places don’t call your references, but if someone in the field likes you enough to do that it will move your resume up to the top of the stack.

I’m in a similar boat though, but in Chicago. I graduate in a week and I’ve sent out 30+ job applications to museums in the past month and a half. I’ve gotten interviews for 3 positions and not heard from any others. So who knows if those positions have been filled or if they just haven’t gotten around to looking at them yet. You can also have professors who you know pretty well make the same types of calls.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ProfessorGirl:  Definitely this, and —

You need to start networking like crazy! Everyone you meet at or through your current gigs can be a possible job opportunity, so make sure that everyone knows you’re looking for your next opportunity. Put yourself in a position to get awesome rec’s from your internships, and start getting yourself out there! Make yourself a resume/about website, maybe even a blog, and print awesome business cards with a prominent link to your site. When you meet people from galleries, give them your card! Also, update your LinkedIn and get involved in industry forums and communities.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ugh, I feel you. I graduated last August and had to take a job as an admin assistant making about half what I should be and being very unhappy (I get treated pretty poorly). It is, most definitely, WHO you know, not what you know. Get out there and network your butt off. Get on LinkedIn, set your profile up, get recommendations, and find connections through friends and former professors. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Maybe get a resume service to help you revamp your resume and stuff?  My fiance just used http://resumetointerviews.com/ and while he hasn’t started really sending his resume out again yet, it sure looks a lot better than it did before.  He also knows a bunch of people on a forum he belongs to who have tried the site and had great success with it.  

That’s all I got :-/ 

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