Our mission here at The Muse is simple: to help you find your dream job. So, there’s nothing we love more than hearing about it when you do!
Today, we caught up with Johanne De Silva, who is kick-starting her career in marketing and advertising with her new job as an assistant account manager at full-service advertising agency Gravity. Not only is it an ideal entry into the industry for her, she also fits in perfectly with the multicultural team and clients at Gravity—De Silva is Filipino, but grew up in Japan, China, and Singapore, experiences that have pushed her to see things from different perspectives.
Hear her story, along with his advice for other job seekers, then check out Gravity’s company profile and land a great new gig of your own!
Why were you excited about this job?
During my job search slump at the tail end of my senior year, I felt hopeless. I’d gone through so many job sites and interviews and, as an international student, was finding it extra difficult because of the barriers of sponsorship.
When I read Gravity’s job description for an entry-level assistant account manager, not only did the job description have everything I was looking for, but the team was specifically looking for someone with a Filipino background or knew Filipino culture. At that moment, I knew this was it.
What stuck out to you about Gravity when you found it on The Muse?
The look of the office and the diversity of the team were always important factors when I was considering companies. Gravity had a distinct look that made it seem like such an energetic and vibrant place to work at, plus an insanely diverse group of people for such a small company. And the annual company trip to a resort was definitely eye-catching.
In addition, the fact that it was an agency that specialized in integrating cultures into brands, specifically multicultural advertising, really spoke to me. Those were two areas that I was truly passionate about.
What’s your favorite part so far about working at this company?
The annual company trip to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic is the no-brainer answer.
Professionally, no other company would allow an entry-level employee, like myself, have the opportunity to be part of strategy, research, business development pitches, media, and every other single aspect of an account. If there is any place you would like to learn and progress fast, it is at Gravity.
How did you use The Muse to help you in your job search?
I wanted to be remembered. I knew it could be as simple as making my resume stand out, since that is the first thing recruiters see. The article I will be forever grateful for is “41 Resume Templates Anyone Can Use.” After reading this article, I revamped my resume and I got a 100% response rate to anyone I sent it to. To this day, I tell anyone who asks me for advice to make your resume stand out, especially in the advertising industry.
Other than that, the company profiles are what make The Muse stand out against any other job site. It’s amazing how in-depth they go into a company, and it really provides individuals like me the chance see if a job or company really is the perfect one.
What advice would you have for someone who wanted a job like yours?
Think outside of the box, with your resume and cover letter, how you contact HR, and everything else related to your job search.
Find one thing that makes you proud of yourself (and mention it in all your interviews).
And finally, be persistent.
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