I Don’t Live In A Big City – Now What?

So, you followed your passion and pursued design, but maybe you don’t live in one of the most popular cities for that degree like New York or San Francisco. Maybe you’re starting to lose hope. Never fear- with a background in graphic design, companies will love having your creative mind around.

Some examples of jobs to do with a graphic design degree are:

  • Product Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Video Editor
  • Advertising Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Animator
  • Artist

The list could go on because much of the creative business world is image-based these days and companies rely heavily on the design of their advertisements, promotions, and products. It is up to you (or us!) to tweak your resume and your skills to show your skills are right for whichever job you are looking to pursue. This is where Career Service Station comes in. We specialize in resume building and will do our best to transform your skills into a career.

What if you do live somewhere that’s not known for their graphic design, like Columbus, OH? Here are a few options you may not have known where there:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Big Lots
  • DSW
  • White Castle
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Sbarro
  • IBM
  • AT&T

Even if you don’t live in New York, with PepsiCo or NBCUniversal nearby, remember that you still have options wherever you are. It’s just up to you to showcase those skills and make your resume stand out.

Contact Us today and we’ll do everything we can to get you that dream job of yours!

Stand Out

Why Your Resume Isn’t Enough

Sometimes when looking for a new job, binge-applying seems like a great idea. You have a clean, full resume and you start sending it off to every company that vaguely fits your ideal job description. You apply to 10, 15, maybe even 20 jobs, and you still don’t snag an interview. Why? Because just a resume isn’t enough anymore.

You Need A Cover Letter

Most companies ask for a cover letter when you are applying for a new job. Just like a resume, a cover letter can seem like something you can write once and attach it to every application. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

Cover letters should be customized to each job you’re applying for. Hiring managers want to see that applicants will be a good fit for THEIR company. Not just any company. You should be specific in your writing and appeal to certain aspects of the job description that you think you would really shine in.

Cover letters are also a great way to highlight skills and achievements that do not necessarily fit in on your resume. Maybe you really enjoy coding or blogging in your free time, but you have no professional experience in it. A cover letter is a great way to communicate your interests and non-professional skills that might be useful for the position.

You Need To Be A Good Fit

It is important that you understand what type of candidate the company is looking for when applying to a job. Research the company before applying and after snagging an interview. Its culture and values should align with your own for you to have a successful career. If you find yourself excited during your research, use that enthusiasm when writing your cover letter and in your interview. It will make you stick out as a potential candidate by forming a connection through mutual interests and values.

Additionally, you want to enjoy your work life! Say you find yourself researching a company where it is expected to robotically crank out cold calls and coworker rapport is not valued when what you really want is a career where you can be creative and use your people skills to connect with customers and coworkers. You probably do not want to pursue this job any further because you want to enjoy your time at work! Make sure you’re a good fit!

Don’t Forget to Clean Up Your Social Profiles

Most companies will search for potential candidates online prior to reaching out, so it’s crucial that your profiles show you in a positive light. Always be careful about what you are posting in photos, comments, or anything else because just as you should look for an employer with similar values, they look for professional candidates who line up with theirs.

While you should be mindful about what you post online, that does not mean you shouldn’t post anything. It is actually helpful to have an online presence for the hiring manager to get a feel for who you are. If you are applying for a marketing job, it may also showcase your talents simply by proving you can properly use different platforms.

Be A Professional

ALWAYS! When applying to a job, interviewing, and after landing the job, always be a professional. Dress the part, remember your manners, and be respectful because, in the end, managers want someone they would like to work with and who will make their company look good. Some interviewers may see several people in a day and it’s a bonus to stand out for something positive.

Making a Career Change

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a career you never intended on pursuing but don’t know how to make a switch? Believe it or not, this happens to many people and it’s possible to flip careers without additional schooling or previous experience. A career change can be drastic or small, but regardless, it has to start somewhere. 

A great first step is revising your resume to showcase universal accomplishments that can be seen as beneficial to your goal career. For example: an educator looking to move into the business world might showcase their management or data collection skills. Another plan of action, if possible is to work as an intern in the field you wish to enter. There are many remote internships (such as mine) that offer the opportunity to gain experience on your own time. 

Whatever your plan of action is, Career Service Station is here to help. We offer resume makeovers and career advice to assist you in following your dreams. 

If you’re looking to work in the business world, Braathe Enterprises hires many remote interns with flexible schedules to help kick off your career. Check out our internships: http://www.braatheenterprises.com/internships/

Contact us today for advice on where to get started! Call 518-290-0812 or email at contactus@careerservicestation.com

Let Us Help

Have you ever found yourself in the job search, submitting your resume to job postings you think you’d be perfect for, yet never hear back from the companies? You start to question what it is you’re not doing right, and what you can change. 

That’s where Career Service Station comes in. We offer services to break down your resume and even write it altogether if necessary. By offering critiques and edits, our services go beyond a simple rewrite. You’ll learn resume writing skills along the way to carry with you throughout your career when it’s time for a job switch. 

After getting an interview with your revamped resume, what now? Practice! We also offer mock interviews to make sure you are fully prepared and on your way to a new career. 

Don’t wait to start your new career. It’s waiting for you just beyond that brand new resume! 

Contact us today! Set Up a Call or Email contactus@careerservicestation.com

How to Not Lose Hope on the Job Search

Since 2000, I’ve been rejected during various stages of the interview process for positions including:

  • Training Coordinator
  • Professor
  • General Manager
  • Regional Recruiter
  • Interview Partner
  • Front Office Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Entrepreneur In Residence
  • Community Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Executive Director

What does this tell me? Someone somewhere has wanted me enough to put me through the process of speaking to me about these roles, and someone may again. 

Don’t take rejection as a sign of your inability; take it as a sign that the company valued enough to have the conversation with you. Keep note of the positions you didn’t get, and let them be a reminder to you of what your value is in interviews to come. 

Let’s talk about your career. Give me a call at (518) 290-0812 or setup a time at http://meetme.so/RobertBraathe 

Career Service Station: The Origin Story

Vintage Gas Station

Owner and Founder Robert Braathe has always had a strong relationship with cars. Growing up he helped out at his uncle’s garage as well as pump gas and fix car tires at the local gas station where he met his first mentor for entrepreneurship Tom Kelly. This was around a simpler time when one would go to the local gas station to have their gas pumped by hand, where you knew and trusted everyone working at the store. Though Robert went on to pursue business endeavors outside of the auto industry, the skills he learned while working at the gas station and his uncle’s garage would always stay with him. In recent years Robert noticed a shift in the job application process, one that was littered with machines and algorithms created to help people in their job hunting process but was just not working as well as people would hope. He realized the problem was the lack of human interaction in the process; machines were jumping over mistakes that any person could see. The solution, having a pair of human eyes scanning through your resume, LinkedIn, etc. to make sure it is in the best shape it can be and applying that same care and attention to your resume that you would get at the local gas stations and garages long ago. Check out how we can jump-start your career and tune-up your resume by going to services tab on the Career Service Station site

Garages Fix Cars. We Fix Careers

Does your career need an “oil change”, “tuneup” or “overhaul”?

Our founder, Robert Braathe, has advised thousands of candidates since 1996 on their job search and career goals. His experience working with Disney, Gap, and Apple as well as his own company have given him a multitude of opportunities to develop and grow talent.

Contact the Career Service Station, where we take a look at your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview skills and more to help you land that next stop on your career journey.

Call us at 518-290-0812 or send us a message to contactus@careerservicestation.com to get the conversation started

Need a Career Coach in NY, CT, or PA? Talk to The Career Service Station

You may need more than just a resume “oil change” or cover letter “tuneup”. Set up a time to speak to Robert to give you the career coach or career “mechanic” who can work with you to troubleshoot your career search and get you back out on the road to your next career stop!

Setup a courtesy call to get started at http://meetme.so/RobertBraathe

Robert has worked with candidates from Philadelphia to Hartford to Albany and everywhere in between including New York City. Utilize Robert’s experience in academia, hospitality, marketing, management, IT, retail and more to find you that next great job.

Need Help Applying for Jobs? Turn to The Career Service Station

We know how laborious it can seem to submit your application to a variety of jobs when they don’t use a common application system. Let The Career Service Station handle your job application needs.

Send us your resume, and a list of jobs you are interested in applying for, and we will handle the rest.

Contact us for a quote!


Transitioning Veteran Resume and Cover Letter Services

Are you a veteran looking to return to the civilian workforce, or in the active military and seeking a promotion or job opportunity? The Career Service Station can write you your resume and cover letter to convert your military experience into content that translates well to civilian job openings.

Send us your resume and/or cover letter to contactus@careerservicestation.com for a quote