Big news! My interview that I had last week went extremely well and I got the job! I am so excited to be working again. Going on vacation is fun, but not know when that ‘vacation’ will end is not fun at all. Life (aka) bills/rent, do not wait around for you to get a job!
I am an assistant event coordinator and I could not be happier! I am doing things that I had learned about in school. I am working with a great team. The only thing is I’m not the boss yet, but at this stage in my career I am actually thankful that I have someone to direct me! I know I can handle individual projects but in the atmosphere that I am working in I would be shaking in my booties at this stage if I were the big boss!
For this ‘on the hunt’ post, which has turned into a little bit of a mini series, I don’t so much have tips and tricks but rather just a few points on getting that offer and starting your job!
- Receiving the offer. When you are on the job hunt, although getting a job is your first priority, if you receive an offer and you don’t feel like you would actually be a good fit, its okay to turn it down. You will get another offer! After this interview I was ecstatic! I was very excited about the job I would be doing and the team I would be working with. After a short 30 minute interview I could already see myself in the position and that is important!! If you are ever unsure, ask for 24 hours then get back to them. There is nothing wrong with weighing your options and being sure!!! Its your life after all!
- Negotiate. Often when you apply for a job or when you go for an interview, an employer will ask you to bring your salary expectations. This doesn’t happen for all jobs, if you go for a job with a set wage don’t feel like you can’t negotiate. If you have a realistic amount that you feel is fitting for what the position is and what skills/education/experience you bring to the table then negotiate the wage. Sometimes you can’t change it, but never be afraid to go after what you want! The worst they can say is that for X circumstance they cannot raise it or they will agree that your offer or another amount is agreeable! This is something that I didn’t know I could do until recently, so if you feel it is appropriate negotiate!
- Good luck. It is never easy to come into a new work space. I have always hated being the dreaded ‘new person’ but, everyone is that person at some point. All you can do is work hard and do your best. Oh and don’t try to step all over everyone there…don’t want to get a bad wrap on the first day!!
I will be sure to keep you all updated on my new job and of course the events that I am involved with!!