Well its that time of year. Graduation.
In case you are an employer …….I am on the market and ready to tackle the real world for my first actual job. You know a job that doesn’t include food service, retail, or other part time endeavors.
I am talking about a real 9-5 workday job. My dream is to move to New York City write for a magazine and live an exciting adventure.
Whether you are looking for a job in another city, state, or country, it is always helpful to get advice straight from the source. I had an opportunity to pick my former editor’s brain. She is Sarah Yang, the editorial assistant for The Bump, a brand from XO Group Inc. She is such a influence to me since not to long ago she was in my exact shoes.
Tell us a bit about yourself and background.
I’m from Pasadena, California originally. I went to NYU and I studied journalism and politics there. I graduated in December 2010. Currently, I’m the Editorial Assistant at The Bump. In my free time, I like trying out new restaurants and cooking with my friends, exploring New York City and hanging out with my friends, whether we’re out at brunch or getting drinks.
Was there a certain inspiration that made you decide to pursue journalism?
I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was 8 years old. I didn’t even know what journalism meant back then, I just wanted to be one of those people on TV. Then as I got older, I realized I loved to write, tell stories and meet new people — which is a perfect way to describe what a journalist does. I remember in the fifth grade we had to do these extra credit projects for history class and of course the project I came up with was to create a newspaper. It was called the Colonial Times. I did the layouts, drawings and I wrote all the articles. I even got some fancy newspaper paper to make it. I was such a journalism geek back then — I still am, too!
What has been your career journey so far?
In college, I had a lot of internships — I’ve worked at the New York Daily News, iVillage and Avenue Magazine. After I graduated, I had a part-time writing job at a hospital and then I got my job at The Bump a few months later.
What is a typical day like working at XO Group Inc./The Bump? Have there been any projects that have been your favorite to work on?
I do a little bit of everything as an Editorial Assistant. I write a couple blog posts during the day, work on my longer stories and slideshows, make sure the site is maintained and I sometimes attend press previews and product reveals. There’s never a dull moment and it’s always challenging but in a good way. As for favorite projects, we’ve revamped our blog, so that’s been really fun to work on. Of course, I love writing about all the celeb stuff and baby names (I love covering baby names!)
What is your best advice for small town girls looking to make it in the big city? What can make them stand out?
From what I’ve been through in the past year while applying to jobs and trying to figure out my next step, I say just keep applying to jobs. Send as many as 20 resumes a day if you can. Talk to professors or alumni from your school, just let everyone know you’re looking for a job. Stay in touch with everyone that you met at your internships (even the other interns!). Looking for a job is basically a job itself — it takes a lot of work and perseverance. It’s frustrating at times, but don’t let it get to you, just keep applying and networking and something will eventually come out of it.
What is your favorite part about living and working in a big city?
I love the energy. Everyone is always on the go. I also love coming across so many different people — there are plenty of characters out there!
Follow Sarah on Twitter! @sarahayang