The Week: Networking Madness

Welcome to my new segment — a delightfully themed post on the best reads and happenings of my week. Given my recent dedication to increase the quality of my reading, I thought this would be good practice. Enjoy!

(Also, a weekly segment means I will be writing more. Hooray for keeping my blog updated! It is not an easy thing to accomplish, trust me.)

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This week is all about networking and job hunting. I’ve been traveling back and forth from Boston and New York City in search of some awesome job opportunities and I have to say, networking is exhausting, but completely worth it. Here’s what was happening on my end of the job hunt season:

1. Last Friday, I attended the New York City Startup Job Fair for the second time. It was crowded, busy, and a little overwhelming. While it was hard to get around, I admit that it’s a great way to stay on your toes and look sharp. If you want to impress anyone, attending a startup fair tests your knowledge on industry skills and trends. A great reason to network and attend job fairs.

If you’re looking to work in a startup, I highly recommend this one. Make sure to follow their Twitter account for updates: @nycstartupjobs

NYC Startup Job Fair

Packed.

2. I’ve recently become a huge fan of The Daily Muse. They’re a great job hunting resource and the job board is top notch. Again, if you’re interested in tech and startups, make sure to use them to your advantage. I especially love their newsletter.

3. Todd Defren, CEO at SHIFT Communications, gave Millemials a kick in the ass with this open letter. Like so many other undergrads applying for jobs, I took this one personally — but in a good way. While nervously reading the article, I did a mental checklist for everything I had done right according to Todd’s standards. Luckily, it looks like I’m on the right track.

One scary quote to take from this: “Your cover letter should be flawless and interesting. Grammatical errors are perfectly acceptable—so long as you don’t mind if we immediately trash your letter.”

Ouch.

4. On a final note, I’m hosting an event tonight with my fellow organizer and blogger Melanie Cohn. It’s our second event for the group we co-founded called Young Women in Digital. As of last night, the event, named “Marketing and Mingling”, was entirely sold out! I am so excited and proud that we managed to create a group that appeals to so many women.

If you work in marketing/digital/PR in Boston, join us for our next event! You can follow us on Twitter using #YWDBoston 🙂

Young Women in Digital Marketing and Mingling

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NYC Startup Job Fair Part 3


Instagram Moo Business Cards

My business cards — thanks Moo!

Unemployed techies traveled far and wide to come the startup job fair that took place last Friday. The event was packed. I arrived at 2:30 on the dot with my cute business cards (see above) and I still had to wait in line for a half an hour in the pouring rain. I admit, I was not prepared for the terrible weather. But it encouraged small chatter as I shared an umbrella with someone waiting in line. I’m sending many thanks to the person who talked to me — it helped get rid of the butterflies in my stomach and kept me calm and cool for those first few moments of the event! Continue reading

NYC Startup Job Fair Part 2

In just a few hours, I will be hauling myself to the New York City Startup Job Fair. My outfit is ready to go, I have a stack of resumés ready, and wait….

Rainy Window

Have you seen this weather??

Of course, it’s raining. Pouring, to be exact. I’m hoping it will clear out by two o’clock — but either way, I’m expecting some great things to come out of the job fair today. They’ve even added a few new startups! Continue reading

NYC Startup Job Fair

New York City Startup Job Fair Logo

(Logo Credit: NYC Startup Job Fair, 9/20/12)

Exactly one week from today, I will be heading down to New York City to attend not only my first job fair, but my first startup job fair. As I write, I’m starting to prep for what’s going to be a busy, stressful, and probably very confusing day.

According to the website, the fair will be represented by 70+ startups and will have OVER 1000 ATTENDEES. Did you read that? OVER 1000 ATTENDEES. *faint* I cannot even imagine how packed it’s going to be.

With that many attendees and limited time, I’m more than a little nervous as to how it’s going to play out. While I would LOVE to confidently stride into the World Trade Center, hit up every single table, ask the best questions, and pretend like I’m a real New Yorker (as all career articles are telling me to do), all I can see happening is me running around with sweaty palms and bandaids on my feet. Continue reading