I tried InsideTrack Career Coaching, and here’s what happened

A little About Me

My name’s Bailey and I’ve recently graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in International Business. During this past school year I’ve had the pleasure of interning at InsideTrack, along with also working another part-time job at a local bar and restaurant. These responsibilities, in addition to my status as a full-time student, made for a very busy senior year. As an intern I was able to receive career coaching, which helped me make steady progress in my career development even while I was juggling my busy schedule. Career Coaching allowed me the opportunity to build a more advanced resume, cover letter and strategy for applying to full-time jobs, while allowing me to share my insights on the college-to-career journey.

This is Part 1 in a a three-part series written by Bailey, a recent college graduate and InsideTrack intern, about her experience with InsideTrack Career Coaching. Continue reading about Bailey’s journey in Part 2 and 3.

“Why I needed a Career Coach”

1. I didn’t know what I was looking for

Going into the job search process was difficult because even though I’m a Marketing major with an International Business minor, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. Did I want to live 10,000 miles from home or closer to home? Should that even be a factor in my decision-making? Do I want to be in a large company or a smaller one where I’m making a bigger difference? Should I just be looking at Fortune 500 companies? Should I even let other people influence me? Sales? Should I do that? Am I being picky if I’m just looking for strictly marketing jobs? I had lots of questions and uncertainty, and the doubts made it tough for me to focus on my goals.

2. I felt lost in the job search sea

With all the job ads out there it was difficult to determine which applications to complete and which to overlook. At first, I found myself mass applying to whatever job posting seemed to fit in any which way; those LinkedIn and Indeed quick applies were my best friend. Often, the easiest applications to complete were the same jobs that would follow up with me to schedule an interview, too. But the majority of these openings were of little interest to me. This became a trend as I continued applying for jobs, leaving me confused and lost in the application process.

3. I felt overwhelmed by the amount of advice available

I worked hard on my resume, but after a while, I’d read over it so many times that I didn’t have an objective view on whether I was really portraying my skills in the way I wanted to. The result was a mismatch between the jobs I wanted and the jobs that wanted me. I didn’t know how to incorporate the details into my job search materials that would make me stand out and convey the passion I felt for a particular position. Recognizing the need to polish my job search materials, I looked for advice online. When I sat down to write my resume and update my LinkedIn profile, I often found myself looking up articles covering anything from ‘Top LinkedIn Profiles’ to ‘What Buzzwords You Need in Your Resume’. I would try gathering as much information as possible and blend it all together to try and make my resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile pop. But with so much advice floating around, it’s tough to distinguish what’s useful information and what to take with a grain of salt.

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