Name:  Jake Lutz

     Class Year/Year of Graduation:   Class of 2013

     Major/Graduate Program:  Electronic Media, Advertising

     Newly hired as : Agent Trainee, United Talent Agency

Where did you hear about this professional opportunity, and what do you think contributed to being hired?  Long story short: working my butt off, networking and building relationships.

By the grace of God, I met a producer my freshman year at Miami University (I transferred to Xavier sophomore year).  I lied and said I was moving to L.A.  I asked him for an internship on the spot.  I hustled and sent my resume to him.  After being very persistent, I secured an internship at Silver Pictures/Dark Castle Entertainment that summer.  I networked and secured two more internships at Village Roadshow Pictures and New Regency Productions the following summer, and another internship at FilmEngine Entertainment the summer after that.  I made it my job to work hard and become friends with everyone at my internships: from the cleaning and maintenance staffs to the assistants, producers and CEOs and their dogs. 

I moved out to L.A. in October for a job, but it fell through.  I set up meetings with all my contacts in L.A.  The next week I got hired at Village Roadshow Entertainment Group as the Temporary Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO.  During all of this, two of my former bosses, now my mentors, recommended me for the Agent Trainee Program at United Talent Agency.   The rest is history.

How did Xavier's Career Development Office help you along the way to achieve this accomplishment?  First, I want to clarify something.  The Xavier Career Development Office still helps me today.  I use them for advice, and I love to let them know how I’m doing.  I want to express how grateful I am for them helping me start the next chapter of my life. 

The Xavier Career Development Office helped me constantly update my resume (I have crazy OCD – which is a good thing).  They helped me with my cover letters, emails and Thank You cards.  But the most importantly, they taught me how to interview.  Not to sound egotistical, but by the time I moved out to L.A., I was excited to interview because I knew I would rock it.  They made job hunt fun.

They also have really great mints.

What advice do you have for students as they gear up for their job/internship search?

Hustle.  Take initiative.  Work incredibly hard.  You’re never prepared enough.  Go to career services (you pay for it).  Get your resume and cover letter ready.  Make sure they both look sexy.  Picture it like a first date.  You want the person’s jaw to drop as he or she reads them.  Not look the other way and pray for something better.

Network.   Get internship/job leads from anyone you know.  A friend of a friend of a cousin of a friend still counts.  Use that connection.

Build Relationships.  Keep in touch with former employers.  Send them Birthday and Christmas/Holiday cards and chocolates, or even a nice bottle.  Your former employers are your lifelines.  They will end up helping you land your next job.  Do not be afraid to ask them for help!  They want you to succeed.

Be a pest.  But don’t be a pest.  Make calls.  Send emails.  Send follow-up emails.  Send more follow-up emails.  Make more calls.  Maybe even send a fax. 

Practice interviewing.  Be one step ahead of the game.  Before your interview, research the crap out of the company that is interviewing you.  If you can, even research your interviewer.  In your interview, brag about yourself – this is your time to shine.  The interviewer is trying to find a reason why he or she shouldn’t hire you.  Do not let them.  Ask questions, but smart ones in which you already know the answers.  (Also, keep in mind that the interviewer wants you to be the person he or she hires.  It’s exhausting searching for a qualified candidate.  Ultimately, the interviewer is rooting for you to blow them away).  Right after your interview, send Thank You cards and write something specific that you discussed in your interview.  And, no, email does not count.  It shows that you don’t take initiative.  Don’t be that person from U.C.

Lose your ego.  No job is beneath you.  There are millions of people who would kill for a job.

Be nice to everyone.  Don’t burn bridges.  Ever. 

Clean up your Facebook.  You know what I mean. 

Get a LinkedIn for professional contacts.  You’re growing up.  Take that leap. 

Don’t compare yourself to others.  There are definitely some “trust-fund babies” out there.  You worked hard to land this interview.  Keep your eye on the prize and crush it.  You deserve this job.

Disclaimer: Just because a person went to an Ivy League school, it does not mean that he or she is in anyway better or smarter than you.  Most Ivy Leaguers don’t even know how to pronounce “Xavier” right.  Xavier is a great school.  Be proud of going there.   At the end of the day, companies hire the person, not the college they attended.

Don’t dress for the job.  Dress for the job you want

*Keep the faithBe patient and take a breath, or a shot, and have fun!  Always stay positive and treat the job/internship search like a game.  However, if you lose the game, you die.  Jokes.  But always see the positive in every situation.  You’re going to land a great job.  It will definitely take some hard work, but you’re a Muskie, so don’t sell yourself short.  You’re destined for great things. 

One last thing: It’s okay to freak out sometimes.  I still do.  Everything will work out.  It’s crazy how it has for me.  And I thank God for it every day.   I know I’m destined for something great.  There is a funny saying, “We make plans and then God laughs.”  So do yourself a favor and just enjoy the ride.  You have the rest of your life ahead of you.