How to Turn Down a Job Offer

After typing hundreds of cover letters, meticulously paring your resume, and snazzing up for interviews, the time will come when you hear back about those job/internship applications.

There comes a point where you will have to decide what you are going to do. It’s a tough decision. Do not take it lightly.

Here are a few points to remember when making your decision.

  • Do not say yes to one position and then accept a different one. If your decision is hinging on a position you haven’t heard back about,  be transparent with the hiring personnel. You might get a sweeter deal if they know you are in demand. Also, don’t renege on your commitment if you’ve signed a contract. There may be legal ramifications.
  • Do not leave someone hanging. Make sure to respond if you’ve been offered a position. My rule of thumb is if they called you, call back. If they emailed you, it’s alright to email back.
  • Be polite. It could benefit you in the future. It benefits you to keep your options open. If you struggled over your decision, mention that you would be open to future positions at the company. Or ask to keep your resume filed there. You never know what opportunities will arise.
  • Your integrity is most important. You may hurt your chances of moving up in an industry if you develop a reputation as a flake. Your integrity and reputation is worth more than a job or an internship.

If you have any questions about jobs or need help deciding on a position, please stop by Career Services.



Job Searching With Twitter

Are you having trouble searching for jobs? Try using Twitter. Here are a few methods to utilize the social networking service to help build your brand:

– One of the most popular and effective tools is to use the website One of the problems with Twitter is that if you are not following the right accounts, you might miss out on jobs that fit your experience. Twitjobsearch helps alleviate that problem  because it aggregates thousands of jobs that have been tweeted by recruiters and companies. You can search by location, industry, and experience level.

Twit Job Search

I typed in “Write in Boston” and got 83 results. Pretty cool, right? There is a map of where the jobs are located in the area.

However, you have to be really specific with what your looking for. I got a job listing for a “senior statistical analyst” when I looked for writing jobs.

The advantages to Twitjobsearch is that jobs are posted in real time, so things are updated fairly regularly.

– Twitter can also be used to build your network. The great thing about Twitter is that you can directly communicate with professionals in the industry. You might get some name recognition among leaders.

Here are some tips that came up during a live chat on Mashable with NPR’s Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Innovation, Lars Schmidt:

  • Follow the industry you are interested in, and participate in communities you care about.
  • Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about. Be a thought leader.
  • Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles — a personal blog or LinkedIn profile, for example.
  • Many companies have job-related Twitter handles. Following those is a great way to keep tabs on job openings, rather than searching the company’s website.
  • Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do.
  • Don’t be overly professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests.

– The big take-away from this is that Twitter gives you the ability to build a brand. Chat with industry professionals, advertise your own content, and follow what other industry leaders are doing.

Job Searching With Pintrest

Pintrest is an online sharing tool usually reserved for decorating, craft projects, and inspiration. It also can provide some great resources for your job search. It can help with job interview resources, resume writing, and job search strategies. JobMob has put together the top 100 Pintrest boards for job searching.

Here are some of the most popular boards:

007 A+ Resumes by A+ Marketing
This board has a lot of infographics that show how to make a resume that stands out.

Source: via 007 on Pinterest

Job Search by Careeralism

This board has advice on how to deal with job search setbacks, strategies, and interview tips.

How to Stay Positive During a Frustrating Job Search |

New Graduate Job Search by Simply Hired

This group has a lot of resources about job searching for new graduates.

Life in the Graduate Job Market isn’t as Bad as You Think

Remember these boards the next time you find yourself aimlessly pinning.

Where to Start When You Have No Experience

One of the most common complaints I hear among undergraduate job-seekers is, “I have no experience.”

That shouldn’t deter you from applying for a job. You can gain experience in a number of ways right now.

Here’s where to start when you don’t have anything to go on:

Just Do It: If you want to write, write. If you want to make films, film. If you want to make advertisements, draw a bunch.

Luckily this is pretty easy for us in the Communications field. Starting a blog is easy with Google or WordPress. COM students can check out cameras or other equipment for use. If this is your passion, go out and do it.

Take Advantage of Your College Experience: Take advantage of activities like AdLab  or PRSSA. Enter a film contest.  Join WTBU,  BU’s award-winning campus radio station. There’s a lot of stuff here, make sure you take advantage of it.

Talk to People: In some circles, networking is a dirty word. People envision slick-haired hucksters handing out business cards like candy. That’s not quite true. Networking is getting to know people in the field. Here are some posts I wrote about networking. People are more than happy to talk about their job and how they got there. And many people are more helpful than you would think.

A good place to start is with BU alumni. Check out some of our LinkedIn groups.

Research the Company: Chances are, HR people will notice you more if you feel passionately about a company, rather than someone who sends a bunch of resumes without much thought. Learn as much as you can.

Again, these things alone won’t get you a job, but you can gain valuable experience in a number of ways.

Meditations on Finding Your Calling

I’m a big advocate of doing some soul searching before you start your job search. Taking some time to journal and meditate can pay off in the long run. You may not know where you want to go or what you want to do, but you probably know what your good and what you enjoy doing. Knowing those things can give you some focus.

This article from Jessica Hagy at Forbes is a great meditation for a Friday. It’s full of doodles that make you ask some great questions.

Here are some of my favorites:

Ignore the future, deal with the present.  
The question, “What should I be when I grow up?” is wrong. Ask instead, “What is next today?” People become fat one bite at a time, and we become adults one hour at a time, so what we do today matters.

 Consider your epitaph, not your resume.
Thinking long term can help you see both what’s vitally important and what’s certainly silly.

Be authentically uncool.
Stick with what you love, even if others sneer at it. This is also referred to as integrity.

There are twenty of these and I would highly recommend checking them out. Enjoy your Friday.

The Best Advice I’ve Gotten in a While

I found this piece of advice from radio host Ira Glass a few days ago. Amid the craziness of oncoming final projects, not-to-great grades on assignments, and that stress that makes you ask “What am I doing here?”, Ira put me at ease.

This video is not exactly career advice, but it’s something good to keep in mind.

That advice is? It’s okay to fail. It’s how we learn.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

This isn’t an excuse to slack off or do things half-hearted. It’s a reminder to practice your craft and don’t get down on yourself if the first one stinks. Do the work and do a lot of it. You will improve.

via Lifehacker

Graduating? Freaking Out? Start Here. It’s Get Ahead on Your Job Search Week.

It’s November and the end of the semester is looming. There’s final projects to finish, holiday parties to attend, and it’s cold out. Applying for jobs/internships is just another stressful chore that many people would rather not think about.

Investing a few hours now in your job search will pay off when finals week comes around. It will be one less thing to worry about when everything starts piling up in a month.

This week I will be posting on how you can get ahead on your job search.

I’ll start from the beginning. Don’t know where to look for jobs? Here are a bunch of resources specifically for students in the communications field.

Linked In Groups: I’ve mentioned LinkedIn numerous times before. Use these to help get your foot in the door with industry professionals.

BU COM Connection: This group is solely for people associated with BU COM.

BU Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff: This group has over 11,000 members. BU alumni are great resources for job advice and networking. They’re usually willing to help or point you in the right direction with your career search.

BU Alumni in NYC: New York is a hub for communications jobs of all kinds.

Public Relations Professionals: Over 91,000 members in the PR field.

Film and Television Professionals: “Networking for serious film and TV people…”

Media Professionals Worldwide: This is a huge group. It’s all media, marketing, online stuff.

There are tons of groups for just about every profession. Search for them and start joining.

Job Search Boards: These are more specific than large job search sites.

PRSA Job Board: This PR job search tool allows you to tailor your search to location, industry, organizational setting, and job type.

Journalism Jobs: Updated daily, this site has listings for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and websites.

Sports Journalists: All sports journalism job links. There are a lot of advertisements for smaller markets. Tons of jobs in all parts of the film industry.

Talent Zoo: A job board for marketing, PR, and advertising.

And of course,  Career Link, COM’s clearinghouse for jobs, internships, events, and job search resources.

Stayed tuned. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about how to start that cover letter and resume.