Describe your job search process. What were some challenges you faced or things you learned?
I decided to stay in Tallahassee for the summer after my freshman year. As I am an out-of-state student, I did not have any connections in the Tallahassee job market so my initial job search was a bit difficult. After going around to local businesses and handing out resumes only to be turned away time and time again, I received a call back from Madison Social. I was extremely excited, as Madison Social is a staple in Collegetown and loved by patrons of all ages. Since this was my first time looking for a job in an unfamiliar market, I learned a lot about the process of finding a job and how perseverance is key to obtaining a desirable position.
If you used any Career Center services, resources, or events to obtain your job offer, what were they? How did they support your application process?
Prior to working at Madison Social, I worked for Sodexo at FSU and secured that job through the Part-Time Job Fair that the Career Center puts on bi-annually.
What are some takeaways from your part-time job? How will these help prepare you for the next step?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Madison Social. Working in the service industry can be very humbling and teaches people to respect those in every field of the work force. I can honestly say that I feel more prepared for my job search after college because of everything I have learned from my experience with Madison Social. Additionally, I am very appreciative of the opportunities that I will have because of the connections I have made with my managers, co-workers, other staff, and customers that may help me out in the future. I would 100% recommend working at any For The Table establishment.
What advice do you have for students currently launching a part-time job search?
If I had to do this whole process again I would tell myself to slow down, take the time to make sure everything is perfect and accurate before jumping into anything, whether it is an application or interview. I found myself feeling more anxious when I hadn't set enough time aside to prepare for anything relating to my job search. Perseverance, organization, and willingness to learn from mistakes are by far the most important things when trying to find a job that will be beneficial for you.
"I can honestly say that I feel more prepared for my job search after college because of everything I have learned from my experience with Madison Social."
Major: International Affairs, Political Science, Class of 2021
Company/Organization: For The Table Hospitality (Madison Social)