Q. As a December 2011 graduate, I’ve begun applying for jobs. My college adviser sent me a job posting for a full-time position as an senior account executive supervisor at a big agency. While I have had two agency internships and know a lot about what goes into the SAE job, I wonder if I should apply. My adviser said it doesn’t hurt to get your name in front of the hiring managers at a major firm even if it isn’t exactly the right job. -SL
A. Save your time and energy. It is highly unlikely you’ll leap two or three job steps in a major agency. Your adviser should be keeping an eye open for post-graduation internships and entry-level positions such as account coordinator, assistant account executive and trainee positions. Applying for appropriate-level positions assures your resume is reviewed. Otherwise, it will be ignored. Your resume won’t necessarily be kept around for the next opening. If the right job crops up and you apply again, some recruiters and hiring managers will simply feel you’re applying for everything everywhere — a sign of desperation. Agencies already get plenty of resumes from over-qualified applicants who claim they are willing to take the lesser job. In almost every case, agencies pretty effectively identify and hire appropriately qualified candidates. Keep your search realistically focused.