Training Day: How To Get Your Application Process into Shape

Lily Cedarbaum

Lily Cedarbaum

As a college student in NYC, I quickly got sucked into the world of television internships and became addicted to it right away. Starting off in Corporate Communications at NBC Universal, I eventually networked my way into internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Joy Behar, The New York Television Festival, Doctor Oz, and Saturday Night Live. While I loved my internships at high-profile networks and festivals, I was excited to branch out and try something off-beat after graduation. To shake things up, I spent a few months living in Los Angeles, where I spent time freelancing and meeting with contacts before finding my way back to New York for a job at MindSmack TV.

The entertainment industry is a hard field to navigate, and I am excited to be a part of The Media Chronicles to assist others along the way!
Lily Cedarbaum

The job application process can be incredibly disheartening, especially when the moment you hit the “submit” button, all of your endless hours of work and education get sucked into the ether. Just like a physical training routine, you need to persevere and take pains to remind yourself how important your end goal is. Follow these simple directions to stay on track and make it into those interview groups!

Set Goals
This should be clarified: set reasonable goals. It can get pretty overwhelming when you search hundreds of job sites every day and find too many job availabilities to count. You won’t be able to apply to them all at once and trying to will only result in lackluster work. Choose the top five and make a goal to apply to them that week, while placing the others on a list of jobs to apply to once you meet your first goal. If you find five per week too easy, move it up to ten per week, then 15, etc. You can also try different increments, like one job application per day.

Keep in mind, job openings go bad like food. I tend to not even apply to a job that’s been listed for more than three weeks. If I really want a job that’s been up for a while, contacting connections that may know something will be more useful than applying to a position that is already mid-interview process.

Make Time
Consider applying to jobs your full-time job—or part-time if you are employed. Schedule time blocks for yourself where you can’t make plans, even if that plan is a Game Of Thrones marathon! If you take the time to go to an Internet cafe or a library, this will make the time block more official and you will be sure to waste less time. Again, like exercise, it is all in the conditioning!

Create a Spreadsheet
When searching for a job, you may just leave open a bunch of tabs, thinking you’ll get back to them when you have the time. Bad idea, as many of these pages time out, someone could close your server, or you just end up forgetting about them. While a little over-the-top, a simple Google spreadsheet will help you keep track of the links, requirements, and statuses of all of your job applications, while giving you the joyful feeling of crossing out the ones you complete! This way, if you are also applying to a large number, you can keep track of the application dates, allowing you to know when it’s okay to follow-up.

Start applying to jobs here!

Lily Cedarbaum

As a college student in NYC, I quickly got sucked into the world of television internships and became addicted to it right away. Starting off in Corporate Communications at NBC Universal, I eventually networked my way into internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Joy Behar, The New York Television Festival, Doctor Oz, and Saturday Night Live. While I loved my internships at high-profile networks and festivals, I was excited to branch out and try something off-beat after graduation. To shake things up, I spent a few months living in Los Angeles, where I spent time freelancing and meeting with contacts before finding my way back to New York for a job at MindSmack TV. The entertainment industry is a hard field to navigate, and I am excited to be a part of The Media Chronicles to assist others along the way!

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