#1. “Portfolios for Public Relations Students” by Barbara Nixon
(2/24/10) I think that the portfolio is a creative and essential piece for public relations students to have because sometimes the work we have done is not represented the best on a resume. I do not have a lot of information that I could put in my portfolio because I currently haven’t done an internship and campaigns is the only class I have completed where I have organized any sort of PR event. I do think including social media pieces can be tricky, but it will be very useful to include blogs and other facets that can showcase one’s writing and online skills. This post was helpful and got me thinking about what I need to do to be better prepared!
#2. “Informational Interview Recap” by Marie Lorelei
(4/13/10) I enjoyed reading your interview because it was simple and easy to follow. you got straight to the point, and Marla’s comments were interesting and helpful. I liked her 3 tips, especially “learn to manage difficult people,” because this is obviously a skill anyone in the job field needs to work on. Although I am aware that public relations and communications deals a lot with writing, it scared me that she said to “learn it, live it, and love it.” I don’t love it! And like you, I am not sure that I necessarily want to work in public relations when I graduate in May. It seems like you have great writing skills and style and I think you will do well in whatever you decide to pursue! Good luck in the future!
#3. “Trade Book Review- Naked Conversations” by Marie Lorelei
(4/13/10) I also read Naked Conversations for my Trade Book Review. Although I did learn some facts about how to get the most out of my blog and how to be successful in the corporate world when it comes to blogging and customer relationships, I didn’t think it was something I would recommend to a friend either. Blogging does take a lot of time and work, and I personally would not have a blog currently if it wasn’t required by my online classes. I think they are a great way to get involved online and meet others in the public relations field, but I would rather meet people in person and form relationships that way, not online. I know social media is becoming incredibly huge, but I am not the most computer-savvy person. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought the book was boring!
#4. “Social Media is a Double-Edged Sword” by Allison Allmond
(4/13/10) I totally agree that social media has its’ pros and cons. Although I enjoy emailing and getting on Facebook, I am not a huge computer person. I would much rather talk and interact in person, rather than through a screen. Since social networking and using programs such as LinkedIn and Twitter have become popular for companies to use, it is obviously important for students to get their names out there for any opportunity they can receive. It is definitely a double-edged sword in my eyes. It obviously is going to be smarter to be able to reach thousands of people online by social networking, than only dozens by networking yourself the old-fashioned way. Hopefully the social media tips we have received can help us in the future!
#5. “In Vogue at the Interview” by Allison Allmond
(4/13/10) This article was soo creative. I loved that your way of looking at dressing for an interview as being “in vogue” and up to current trends. We are in public relations, and it is important to show our creative sides. I especially loved your quote from Larry Platt about the “pants on the ground.” Hilarious!! He is so funny. I think “spicing it up” with something bright and interesting can be a great conversation starter and a good way to make yourself remembered after an interview. I tend to wear mostly neutrals, especially black and white, and will keep in mind your tips when I shop for more business-appropriate clothes in the near future. Boring attire is for boring people, and if you are in communications, you are most likely pretty outgoing!
#6. “Internships” by Stephanie Medlin
(4/13/10) I think it is so hard for graduates in this economy. As a student athlete, I didn’t have the time to work or receive any internship experience until this summer. I wish that my internship could be paid, but I know that this is not the best time for companies and the work force in general. My brother recently got accepted into the Disney Program for the end of his freshmen year of college. Although he will get paid a little each month, that is still better than me! Internships are crucial to gaining on-hand experience and networking with potential employers, and I am grateful to have gotten offered one, even if it means I may have to look for a job on the side to make some extra cash. Hopefully you will have good luck with your career in the future!
#7. “Body Language and Non Verbal Communication” by Stephanie Medlin
(4/13/10) Your post definitely made me recognize the fact that I use nonverbals all the time and don’t even notice it! I am extremely expressive with my face, and roll my eyes entirely too much. I often don’t even realize it until someone comments on it. I think it is so unattractive and is a bad habit that I need to fix, especially once I start going on interviews soon. On the other hand, I think I can use my knowledge of nonverbals to help me on an interview or working with people. I am pretty good at guessing people’s personalities, and working in public relations, it is important to be good with people. When I am on Skype, I definitely notice how funny my nonverbals are! Do I really look like that? Videotaping yourself is definitely a good tool for practicing good habits.
#8. “Top 10 Things I Learned” by Kacie Whigham
(4/13/10) Your slide show for practicum was really interesting! I especially liked how you included etiquette and keeping your car clean as things you learned. Those are things I didn’t really consider but are obviously important when entering any career. Your appearance and attitude definitely make a big difference. Catering your resume to the job you are applying for is something I learned also. Making it seem that you are focused on working for a specific employer can emphasize to them how interested you are. I did not create a portfolio yet because I do not have a lot of work to show, but it is a great way to show employers what you can do for them. Employers are often unsure what public relations students specialize in, so showing them the work and skills you have will help them out.
#9. “Ben Roethlisberger..” by Victoria Greene
(4/13/10) You came up with some great ways to help Ben! Definitely staying away from college students and alcohol in general when you are a professional football player is a good first step. Putting yourself in situations where there can be potential trouble is not a good idea for anyone in the limelight. He went to college in Ohio where a lot of my friends go, and I have followed him for some years. I am not sure if he is guilty of what happened, but I heard on the radio a few days ago that the charges were dropped. What is it lately with guys and their sexual issues?!? Jesse James and Tiger both need some good PR behind them if they want to bring their careers and images back to normal.
#10. “Tips for Creating an Effective Coverletter” by Phillip Edwards
(4/15/10) I like how you make a point of requesting an interview or follow-up call. My roommate recently called a company that she had interviewed with to follow up with them and see where they stood with her, and I didn’t think this was something you were supposed to do. I guess she was right! Letting a company know you are interested and going out of your way to talk to them shows determination. You make a great point that you need to be active, not passive. I have sort of had an attitude that things will happen for me, but I know now that they will not fall in my lap.
#11. “Benefits and Pitfalls of Social Media for Jobseekers” by Phillip Edwards
(4/15/10) I can’t believe that there are 500,000 new members on social media each day! I know there are billions of people in the world, but that is such a crazy statistic to me. It is obviously where society is headed, and it is important for people in communications and public relations to implement this tool into their practices. I do agree that social media can have complicated features. It is almost the end of the semester, and I still have trouble figuring out how to format my blog sometimes! I also think it is a con that verbal skills can’t be shown, unless it is through a podcast or webcast.
#12. “Social Media: A Jobseeker’s Dream-Come-True or Worst Nightmare?” by Candice Hall
(4/15/10) Searching for someone’s name instead of a specific company is definitely a benefit of social media. I know more people than I do businesses, and hopefully this will help me get a job in the future. It is all about who you know, not necessarily what you know. I have found this true in so many cases in life. It is also important to be private in what you post online! You are so right. I have found that my habits on Facebook and Twitter have changed over the past few years because I do not necessarily post anything that I wouldn’t want an employer to see.
#13. “Redefining the ‘Kodak Moment‘” by Candice Hall
(4/15/10) You made a great point that Kodak used the Diffusion Theory in implementing the new digital aspect of photography into their brand. It is obviously a huge change in the market, and it was important for Kodak to show their customers the importance of adapting to the new products. I used to take photography and develop my own photos, and it took me some time before I got a digital camera. It was a lot to do with my family and friends and also to do with the marketing surrounding the products I saw on television. I think Kodak has changed its’ name for the best.
#14. “Hula and Interning..A Lot More in Common Than You Would Expect” by Shannon McCloud
(4/15/10) I am so jealous that you got to spend time in Hawaii! It sounds like you had a great time and learned many different things that will help you in your career. I really liked the hula proverbs you learned, especially “E nana, e ho’olohe. E pa’a ka waha, e hana ka lima.” It is neat that the same basic rules and philosophies we follow are apparent in other cultures as well. I am from Ohio, and I think of Georgia as a sort of paradise compared to where I used to live! I think it is gorgeous in Statesboro because there is green all year round and sunshine as well! It is interesting living in different places and learning what others have to say about them.
#15. “Maybe it Runs in the Family..” by Allison Allmond
I really enjoyed this article! I love Paula Deen and I have ate at her restaurant and Uncle Bubba’s multiple times. I had no idea that there was an actual position for event coordinating! I would love to do that. I think it is interesting how so many people work in jobs that were not necessarily their major in college. I am not sure if i will work directly in public relations, but event planning or sports marketing are definitely things I am interested in. It seems like your cousin really likes her job and has enjoyed much success. Best of luck to her and to you!
#16. “What to Wear to a PR Job Interview” by Phillip Edwards
(4/15/10) I also think it is quite funny to picture a woman will an old-fashioned briefcase. These days, so many guys as well as girls carry a messenger bag or something leather that is professional. I do not understand how people down south wear long sleeves and pants in the summertime! I am from Ohio, and I find it very hard to wear pants and jeans to work in the summer. It is so humid down here, and I find it crazy that southerners are able to wear pants. Obviously they have to because it is professional haha.
#17. “Interships” by Kristin Bixby
(4/15/10) I am in the same boat in that I have only had experience in public relations because of the classes that I have taken. I am a student-athlete, and I have not have the time to complete an internship until this summer after I graduate in May. I think it is hard for students these days to intern during school because they are involved in other activities and work jobs to pay for school. While gaining experience is crucial, I think companies and employers are much more understanding because they know the economy is bad and students have to do what they can to get by.
#18. “Informational Interview Recap” by Kristin Bixby
(4/15/10) I think it is funny that Allie described working in PR as nothing like Samantha from Sex & the City! When people ask me what public relations is, sometimes I say “oh, it is what Samantha on SATC did.” Which is obviously a silly comment because she was usually with men instead. But I definitely held a sort of stereotype that PR was all glitz and glamour before I took classes in it. It will be interesting to see how much I implement Twitter and Facebook if I decide to pursue a career in event planning or PR when I graduate. I think the profession does not get enough credit for the hard work and planning that is required!
#19. “Benefits and Pitfalls of Social Media for Jobseekers” by Kristin Bixby
(4/15/10) It is a great point that social media helps you stand out among your competitors. None of my close friends are in communications or public relations, and they are not aware of what Twitter or LinkedIn is, let alone how to run a blog. While I may complain about my online classes quite a bit, it is obviously a skill that will differentiate me from others. I try to tell my friends to start building some sort of skill with social networking sites, but it is more of a communications and public relations skill, at least for now. Until then, I will keep blogging and hope that my skills can get me a job in the near future!
#20. “Styrofoam and Social Media” by Shannon McCloud
(4/15/10) I consider myself relatively old-school when it comes to social media as well! While I have an Ipod and a cell phone, that is about as technical as I get. I would much rather be outside playing than working on the computer. I do not mind getting online from time to time, but I am pretty outgoing and talk way too much. I can not channel this easily through writing. It seems that social media is here to stay so I am going to have to suck it up and join everyone else. I find that it can be complicated, and that is one of the main reasons I do not want to use it. Oh well!
#21. “Career Fair” by Jacqueline Henry
(4/15/10) I attended a smaller career fair yesterday, and it was also my first one. I am not very shy, but I am somewhat nervous when I entered. It is kind of awkward just going up to someone and introducing yourself because you want to work for them. I think it is hard for anyone to do that, even if you are in communications. I did think the Communication Arts Career Fair had a lot more to offer for PR than a normal Career Fair at Georgia Southern would. I imagine not many PR companies would attend that because there are not that many students in PR. I am not sure if I will make any important connections in a Career Fair, but it can’t hurt to try.
#22. “Body language and Non Verbal Communication” by Jacqueline Henry
(4/15/10) It was really interesting to see all of the different actions that we do everyday and what they portray to others. I roll my eyes a lot, but I do not intend for that to be seen as rude and snobby. It is a habit I will need to fix when going on job interviews. I do tilt my head to the side all the time, and this may sound corny, but it definitely is because I am listening to what people have to say. I rub my hands a lot also, but I had no idea this means you are anticipating something. It really is interesting that the little things we do can have such a big impact on how others see us. Hopefully I can be on my best behavior when I need to be.
#23. “Twitter vs. DVR” by Kacie Whigham
(4/15/10) I had no idea that people could use Twitter and DVRs simultaneously. I love going home and watching shows on my DVR, but I never thought of the possibility of “watching” the show with others via the Internet. I would be upset if I also found something out that I didn’t want to know because someone posted it on Twitter before I got to watch a show. I think it is a creative idea, but I would much rather stick to one or the other. When I am bored, I tend to follow people on Twitter. When I watch my shows, I do just that!
#24. “My Interview with a True P.R. Pro” by Meghan Callahan
(4/15/10) That is very neat that you got to interview someone who definitely knows their stuff when it comes to public relations. I have heard of Edelman before and am so jealous that he gets to work for them in San Francisco, because that is one of my favorite cities to visit! It scares me that he says to stay up on media every day, because to be honest, I am not a fan of checking my email and blog all of the time! I think it is great that he said personality and experience make you stand out to a potential employer. Hopefully I can use those to help land a job with a PR firm soon.
#25. “Cover Letter Tips” by Jeff Carter
(4/15/10) I agree that having a great cover letter is like putting your best foot forward for a company to see. While I used WinWay resume to create my cover letter, there are definitely some great resources online that can help you create one catered to your specific needs. I have found that I tend to use the same format for my cover letter when sending out my resume, but I tweek parts of it so that it fits the job description of what I am applying for. Cover letters. along with resumes, are always changing, and it is important to add important changes and experience to them as you change.