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  • 1. Career Tips from a PR Students Point of View
    10 Things I learned from my Public Relations Practicum Course
    Photo by: www.rougarai.com/career.html
    By: Emily Byrne
  • 2. Perfect Your Resume Package
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    Customize every cover letter and resume to fit the advertised job description
    Have a uniform heading for all your submitted pieces (cover letter, resume, reference page)
    Include anything relevant (not the kitchen sink)
    Keep resume to one page
    Have you resume package critiqued by a professional, teacher, or your university’s career services department
    Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
    Photo by: www.ngu.edu
    For good resume advice checkout http://www.prssa.org/jobcenter/resources.aspx
  • 3. How to Interview
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    Practice – A lot
    Research the company you are interviewing with
    Always have questions for them
    Relax, the more nervous you are the less confident you look
    For more information about interviewing check out http://www.rileyguide.com/interview.html#intv
    Photo by: www.ngu.edu
  • 4. Job Search Early and Efficiently
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    Use the resources offered by your university (Mock interviews, Career website, Resume critique and Interview opportunities)
    Network with sites like (LinkedIn, Twitter, PROpenMic, and even Facebook)
    Attend conventions and Career Fairs
    For a list of career fairs near you visit http://www.nationalcareerfairs.com/
    Join career websites
    Career Builder
    Monster
    Beyond.com
    The 20 Best Job Search Websites
    From: PCMag.com
    Photo by: BC.edu
  • 5. Create A LinkedinProfile
    Go to Linkedin.com and create a profile
    Connect with as many of your peers and professors as possible
    Include everything from your resume and
    more on your profile page
    Use a professional picture for your profile
    Include links to your blog, Twitter account, or webpage
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    Photo by: Ynpn.org
  • 6. Compile an Attractive Portfolio
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    Quality not Quantity
    Use a professional binder (Walmart or Office Max- around $20)
    Be enthusiastic about your work
    Include:
    Resume, Letters of recommendation, Award Certificates
    Writing examples
    Internship Pieces (Any work you completed during an Internship
    Design Pieces
    Special Event overview and Key pieces (Media, Fliers,
    Goals and Objectives)
    Social Media Pieces (Blog posts, Online profiles)
    Use screen shots and arrange on one to two pages
    Photo by: BC.edu
  • 7. Interview a Pro
    Interview a Professional to get an inside point of view on the PR world
    I interviewed Patrick Osterman, Georgia Southern University’s Director of Athletic Media Relations, and learned a lot about sports public relations.
    Visit my blog to read the whole interview EmByrne’s Blog
    Conduct the interview face-to-face, over the
    phone, or over the internet using Skype
    Find a Professional using Twitter,
    PROpenMic, or look in your local
    area
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    Photo by: hourlycareers.com
  • 8. Read a PR Book
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    Get insight from a public relations
    trade book
    I have read Groundswell by Charlene Li
    & The New Rules of Marketing and PR
    by David MeermanScott
    Both focus on social media and explain how to effectively use blogs, websites, and twitter to reach potential publics. I recommend them both.
    For a full list go to http://amzn.com/l/R3DDTOCUHUOVVJ (Compiled by Barbara Nixon)
  • 9. Get a Second Opinion
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    Here is a list of websites and books I have used and found helpful
    Knock ‘em Dead by Martin Yate
    The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume by Susan Ireland
    The PRSSA website
    The Riley Guide
    CollegeGrad.com
  • 10. Create a Leave Behind
    Leave something for the interviewer to look over later
    Include Resume, Reference list, and Three writing samples
    Place them in a professional looking folder
    Put them on a disk
    Upload them to a website and leave a business card including the web address
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  • 11. Dress For Success
    Dress for the job you want
    Always where a jacket
    Don’t over due the jewelry or perfume/cologne
    For more tips go to
    CollegeGrad.com
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