Compensation only goes so far to inspire you to work to the best of your capability. You should to be in a role that you truly enjoy and are able to be passionate about what you do. Remember, you will spend the majority of your waking hours at work so you would be much better off enjoying what you do. Many people do fall for the higher salary thinking that will make them happy, but with less job satisfaction they generally do not succeed in those roles because they become dissatisfied do not give it the needed 110% effort. Work is work, but you need to enjoy what you do to be the best you can be.
Best of Luck!
Congrats on the getting to the interview stage!
First you would need to know the logistics of the interview, phone, video, in person with 1 member, panel or back to back with many interviewers. Depending on the scenario, there are different approaches. Before the interview here are key elements to prepare for:
• Do your research; review media announcements, website, etc.
• Review the job posting you are being interviewed for and prepare to speak about anything outlined in your resume, cover letter, linkedin, etc.
• Research the person you are interviewing with
• Have questions ready!
During the interview: • Show interest, passion, and a positive attitude
• Demonstrate active listening skills
• Highlight your achievements
• Answer all questions honestly
• Listen carefully and be yourself
Discuss what you’ve learned to demonstrate your interest
Ask informed questions
Best of luck on your interview!
Hello, first off, I am not an expert in media careers, very limited experience; however, I suspect your approach can be similar to what it is for most jobs, any experience is good experience. Volunteer at local media outlets, if you're going to school, volunteer at the school "newspaper", and so on. Start your own blog and share it via social media, you never know who might take notice. If you are not already on LinkedIn, get on it, create a great profile (their are plenty of tools available to help you with that, consider the career you are interested in, I would definitely include writing samples) and identify other in media in general and/or individuals who have the type of job you want. Then, reach out to them for advice. You'll likely get a lot of no replies, but it only takes 1 or 2 to get you on the path.
Ultimately, I'm not sure it matters, as long as it is good. I tend to like a more personalized version and yes, those of us with experience, can generally tell when it is and when it is not. One thing to think about is the job/career you are pursuing, if it is in anyway creative, personalize your resume, use your creativity...a designer for example, is not interested in a cookie cutter resume. Last thing, you may want to have two versions of your resume, one for "the machines" - many companies use AI to process resumes, so whether yours is personalized or not will make little difference, but AI tends to like standard formats. If you are sharing a resume with someone personally (online or in-person) you should personalize it to help differentiate yourself from the masses.
I would focus on the company's core values, mission statement, leadership team and products. Company culture is key to placing yourself in a positive, successful environment. Each of these categories contribute to a company's overall culture and value proposition for you personally.
Search the company's web site, GlassDoor.com, and any other sites where there may be information about the company. Take note of the real world things that are happening at the company and ask questions about them. For example, you may find that a company recently rolled out a new product and you can ask something like 'I see that you recently launched XYZ product. Are there any other markets that ABC company is trying to break into'.
Interviews of any type can be nerve-wracking. The key to sounding confident is knowing what you are talking about...you. The interview is about you, what your story is and what you want out of a career. There is nothing that they are going to ask you in a professional interview with a reputable company that should be a shock to you. Review your resume, make sure to note for each position a key deliverable/accomplishment that you have achieved, list out what you feel your strengths are and what opportunities for development you have and your plan to address those opportunities. Ensure that you have something to drink and are dressed comfortably and in a place where you can hear and not be distracted. Good luck!
Good preparation, meditative breathing, understanding your personal triggers, all good ways to work towards easing the nervousness and conquering the sweat.
Never talk down on yourself or anyone else. Be confidant in yourself and experiences and always speak highly of previous employers.