First Impressions are lasting impressions. When going to an interview your clothing should fit properly. Women should refrain from wearing low cut shirts, pants that are too small, flashy jewelry, shorts, open toed shoes, and shoes with feet cleavage.
Act your Age, not your shoe size! Etiquette is extremely important in the office, at dinner, and during parties. Keep in mind the 2 P’s: Poise and Professionalism!
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work In many situations you may be required to work in a team. Some requirements for successful team building include: Being open minded Listening to everyone Being Respectful Alternating leadership roles Participating during discussions Positive attitude Utilizing 2-way communication
Know your role! Before going to a Career Fair, it is wise to do research about the positions. Familiarize yourself with job descriptions and requirements for said positions. Doing research before hand makes asking questions easier, gives the perception that you are genuinely interested in the position, and that you cared enough to research the company. This will save the recruiter from having to repeat facts about the company that any serious candidate should know prior to the Career Fair.
Make your network your NETWORTH! A little networking goes a long way. Talking to people can easily turn into an opportunity. There are Six-degrees of separation between everyone in the world. Never bad mouth anyone, you never know who may know them. Business cards are a great way to spark up conversation and network in a non traditional business setting.
Are you Following Me? Twitter is a social networking tool that is designed to answer “What are you doing”. Friends are called Followers, and are given access to your real time updates or “tweets” Things that you tweet can be recovered via most search engines, even if they are deleted by the user. Twit-ternships are now being offered for students to tweet about company changes.
Shel Israel& Twitterville Shel Israel identified the idea of Braided journalism. Braided journalism changes the way people get information using three mediums. Traditional media Citizen journalism Social media Braided journalism uses a mixture of all three mediums as the ultimate solution to disseminate messages.
Portfoli-who? Recommendations Customized for each presentation Include a variety of class work and professional work examples. Shows growth in work over time Removable pages to create flexibility Provide leave behinds if possible Customize your portfolio, but keep it professional!
Jon Negrini♥’s H.A.R.O. Who is jonnegrini What is haro? HARO, or www.helpareporter.com is a site where journalist and media can go to get information about certain things. Their slogan is “Everyone is an expert at something,” and they send out daily emails to sources that volunteer on the site. Within these emails they list 15-20 questions they have been asked from journalists, and if you know the answer to one of the questions, you send a reply email back with the answer. The answer is then forwarded on to the person who asks the question and makes finding sources and experts much easier on journalists. I selected Jon Negrini to conduct my PR Professional Interview. Jon is Public Relations graduate from Florida State University. He now works as an internet marketing specialist at SMTUSA.com. According to the website, the Sales & Marketing Technologies’ (SMT) is composed of an expert team of internet marketing, web design and development professionals. SMT, which is based out of Florida, promises to deliver breakthrough results from the Internet and is considered a traffic-building, conversion-making, ROI-boosting web machine.
Resume’ 101 Customize objective to potential position Stick to 1-page, unless you have worked 10 years or more. Include blog URL and Linked-In address if necessary Keep email addresses professional Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com Use action verbs for job descriptions Include GPA if it is above 3.0 Use the same header and fonts on resume, references, and cover letter If you have no work experience, volunteer hours will suffice. Use terms relevant to the industry within the cover letter. Use reverse chronological order for job history. Explain acronyms used within your resume (ex. SOCS- Society of Communication Scholars; Phi Sigma Pi- National Honor Fraternity.) Use “I” or “Me” only when necessary and in moderation.