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Become a Job
the ﬁrst one after graduation, is an ongoing, ﬂuid process. The good news about this process is that success requires consistent action, not a series of spells from Harry Potter’s notebook. If you are feeling very panicked or concerned given the change in the economy, your fears are grounded in real facts. It is considerably more difﬁcult to ﬁnd a ﬁrst job after college in 2011 than it was in 2000 because there is signiﬁcantly more competition for fewer available positions. Fortune favors the prepared, so let’s begin with a job search strategy.
in Four Steps
by Tamela Blalock, CMP, MTA, Team San Jose CVB PR/Marketing Committee Co-chair, Publications Committee Member
Finding a full-time job, particularly
Many college students are hesitant to choose a speciﬁc career path for their ﬁrst job, but making a choice is neither permanent nor limiting. In our industry, several professionals have worn different hats during their careers. There are several suppliers who have begun their careers as planners and vice versa. There are government planners who began their careers as association planners. There are suppliers who became third party planners. Choosing a path deﬁnes how you begin your career; your interests will deﬁne how your career path will change or extend.
Step 1: Identify a first job in a career path
A job search must be targeted. The tourism and meetings industry is vast with several different career paths. Planners are needed by several types of organizations including associations, corporations, government bodies, universities, sports teams, unions, etc. Suppliers can represent hotels, cities, audio visual companies, production companies, social media companies, sports teams, and so on. Would you like to begin your career as a planner or supplier? Which type of planner or supplier would you like to be?
Step 2: Build a network
The foundation of the tourism and meetings industry is relationships. The networking that we perform daily is the sustenance that keeps our industry nourished and healthy. To truly become a member of our industry, you must be plugged into the network. The great news is that as a student member of PMPI you have access to many professionals who are eager to be a member of your own personal network. They can be found at the Learning Experiences, Grab and Go’s and all of the networking events on the PMPI calendar. The leadership on the PMPI board and on the various committees are also a great resource. Before you reach out to these professionals, create an excel spreadsheet where you will record their business card information and notes. This will be a very important resource to you moving forward. It is best to back up this data on an external hard drive or by using a web-based product like Google Docs. Reach out to these members and request information interviews (II’s). The IIs are where you let a professional talk about themselves and their career path for 30 minutes over coffee. For every meeting you have, record the professional’s business card on your network spreadsheet. Type notes about where he or she may have worked and any experiences or skills that were ﬂagged as crucial. Some professionals you will only see at PMPI events; others will be available for II’s. Be sure to ask if you are able to reach out to this professional as a resource. Make a very special note in your spreadsheet for those who say yes.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Potomac Memo - May/June 2011
Potomac Memo - May/June 2011
Calendar of Events
Virtual Won’t Replace Face-to-Face Meetings
Become a ‘Searchinista’ in Four Steps
PMPI’s 2011-2012 Leadership
Preparing for WEC
AIBTM Meets in Baltimore
New Members Spotlight
March Learning Experience
Index of Advertisers
Where in the PMPI World?
Potomac Memo - May/June 2011