I currently hold a position as an ecommerce analyst for Costco. I suppose that for some people, ecommerce is its own industry, while others might put it under consultation or the marketing industry. There was not one particular way in which I found this job. It was a lot of effort, both online and offline. Both of the methods helped each other tremendously.
I was searching for a job such as this one for about 2 years before I got this one. However, if you want to know where I originally found the job, it was on CareerBuilder.com. It should be noted, however, that I was employed while I was searching and I did turn down a number of positions before taking this one, because the other positions either did not pay enough for my experience or they were simply the wrong environment for my talents.
My job entails managing email programs, communicating across business lines to ensure proper coordination of goals. I am also responsible for optimizing the email programs and reporting all progress to upper management and the stockholders. I am also responsible for the actual implementation of the email programs, overseeing the development and the execution of the efforts, segmentation of the effort, and overseeing dynamic content. My position is also very result oriented, with a bottom line kind of finality to it. I am definitely responsible for seeing how any program that I implement affects the bottom line.
In order to get a job like this, usually a bachelor's degree is the minimum degree required, along with some years of experience in ecommerce. The successful applicant will probably also have experience with project management and experience with data analysis, as well as a proven track record of seeing everything that he starts through to completion.
The single most important thing that I have learned about the professional job search process on my own is that I absolutely have to keep up with the latest trends. As an analyst, I know that information is incredibly easy to find these days if one just knows where to look. Well, as information becomes easier to find, that means that it becomes much easier for your competition to find you and see exactly what your plans are, who you partner with, and they can take that information and reverse engineer any marketing campaign just like a physical engineer would take apart a car engine.
Knowing this, it is essential for me to always stay on the cutting edge. Though it is not in my job description, I have found that a major component of my job is keeping up with all of the third party software vendors that we use to find out when their updates are, and if they have any patches available to plug holes or improve performance even the slightest little bit. If I do not do this, the competition would quickly overtake me and my company and I could lose customers as the competition can get their information out that second quicker in a more organized fashion.
This is the same kind of thing that happens in a job search. During my job search I made sure to keep abreast of all of the new messageboards and technologies for people in my field. Therefore, there was no inside track that I did not know about. I knew who was giving the interviews at different companies, and I had already pulled their file before I got inside. I knew who was hiring, so my resume got to their desk first. I knew what they were looking for, so I could tailor my resume to them instead of just coming in with a one size fits all type of deal.
I followed three pieces of advice for conducting a successful job search. First of all I needed to stay up to date with the industry. I followed the blogs and I found out where the messageboards and job boards were that were dedicated solely to my industry. I wanted to be employed at a level higher than where I was, so there was only use for me to listen to people that were already employed at a level higher than me. I found that many of the traditional sources are simply people giving advice that does not suit many industries.
My second advice is to go all the way back to college. The people that I grew up with were the most helpful. I thought that I was going to have to make all new connections, but I found that when I started back with the rolls at my alma mater, finding all of the other connections that I needed became much easier. Even though the alumni themselves were not exactly who I needed to speak to, they always knew somebody who knew somebody.
And my last advice is to focus and not generalize. I found that the job market today wants me to be precise. So when I got frustrated at the very beginning, I focused my efforts more thinly rather than spreading a wider net. What this did was allow me to focus all of my effort on a few jobs that I knew I could excel at. This kept me from going to meaningless interviews and acting like a drone. I was able to customize my efforts and get more detailed information about the companies that I did like, and they appreciated that.
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