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WordWrite Senior Account Executive Deanna Ferrari presented this to the Clarion University of Pennsylvania PRSSA chapter, where she serves as professional advisor.

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    • How NOT To Get a Job After Graduation (and how to use social media to help you get one) Presented to Clarion University Students October 25, 2010 By Deanna Ferrari
    • About me
      • Graduate of Slippery Rock University (B.S., Public Relations)
      • Senior Account Executive, WordWrite Communications
      • Blogger, PRetty in Pittsburgh
      • Director-At-Large, Communications, PRSA Pittsburgh
      • Award-winning social media specialist
      • Tweeting During This Presentation?
      • Use the hashtag #CUPRSSA
    • My Job Search Story
      • No PR internships in college but stayed involved
      • Started at Highmark, Inc. with a job not in my field
      • Networked through e-mails and informational interviews
      • Attended PRSA events
      • Constant searching and applying for jobs
      • Finally landed a PR apprenticeship through MARC USA
    • How NOT to Get a Job
    • Example 1: Not Spending Enough Time Takeaway Tweet: Searching for a job is a job itself. Set aside a certain amount of time each day/week to job search #CUPRSSA
      • A job search is a job within itself
      • Don’t expect to just apply online and get a call the next day
      • Set aside a certain amount of time each day/week to job search, write cover letters and make connections
    • Example 2: Not Being Detailed Enough
      • DON’T send the same resume and cover letter to each place; tailor your content for the specific company and job requirements
      • Say WHAT you are applying for
      • Say WHO you are applying to -- no one at the company is named “To whom it may concern”
      • Website not specific enough? CALL and ask
      Takeaway Tweet: Tailor each e-mail, resume and cover letter. And remember: no one’s name is “to whom it may concern” #CUPRSSA
    • Example 3: Not Responding
      • Check e-mail and voicemail often and reply
      • Say THANK YOU…even if it’s not the answer you wanted
      • Even if it’s not worth a thank you, say it, and confirm you received the information
      • Did someone connect you to another person? Keep person #1 in the loop and again, THANK THEM for connecting you (even if nothing came out of it)
      Takeaway Tweet: Always say thank you and close the loop on things - never leave anyone hanging that connected you #CUPRSSA
    • Example 4: Spamming Whatever you do, DON’T mass e-mail your job search list and BCC the recipients -- it’s unprofessional, tacky, and makes it look like you don’t care Takeaway Tweet: Spamming is BAD! Don’t stalk or annoy, and whatever you do, don’t mass e-mail your job search list at once #CUPRSSA
    • Example 5: Getting An Attitude Just as tacky and unprofessional as spamming is getting an attitude -- if someone rejects you or ignores you, DON’T get an attitude/talk back. You might just be blacklisted from your entire industry Takeaway Tweet: Attitude problem? Don’t expect a job http://gawker.com/5525490/the-potential-intern-from-hell #CUPRSSA
    • HOW TO: Get a Job Using Social Media & Traditional Tactics
    • Tip 1: Start Early
      • Start researching companies you’d like to work for during college
      • Get an internship with one of those companies, or a company/organization similar to them
      Takeaway Tweet: Looking for a job? It’s never too early to start looking while still in school #CUPRSSA
    • Tip 2: Develop a targeted list In addition to your company list, make a list of people at those companies you’d like to meet, or would like their jobs Takeaway Tweet: Know a place you’d like to work? Find someone there who has a job you’d love #CUPRSSA
    • Tip 3: Reach out to your list, respond, and follow up Takeaway Tweet: Make a connection with your list - either via e-mail, in person or at an event. Then, keep in touch - who knows where it’ll lead? #CUPRSSA
      • Connect with each person on the list -- either via e-mail conversation, an information interview, at a networking event -- make it a point to talk to each of them
      • Let them know you’re looking for work, but also ask them for advice on how they got to where they are now
      • Ask who they know and get to know them, too
      • Stay in touch - it could lead to something months or years down the road
    • Tip 4: Use social media
      • Twitter Accounts (@socialmediajobs, @HAPPO) Hashtags (#happo, #happopgh, #jobs) Chats (#PRStudChat, #u30pro) Follow people/companies you want to work for on Twitter and get to know them first
      • LinkedIn Groups (YoungPRPros, PR and Communications Professionals)
      • Facebook Pages/Groups (Careers at American Eagle Outfitters, Local PRSA Chapters)
      Takeaway Tweet: Use social media to find a job: Jump in a Twitter chat, ask questions via LinkedIn groups, etc. #CUPRSSA
    • Tip 5: Bridge online connections to “IRL”
      • Developed connections via LinkedIn and Twitter? Find out what events they’re attending and meet them there “in real life” (tweetups, professional events, etc.)
      • Nothing beats a face-to-face connection
      • Those people can introduce you to new people who may just be hiring
      Takeaway Tweet: Attend a tweetup or networking event your online connections are attending; meet face-to-face, get introduced to new connections #CUPRSSA
    • Tip 6: Don’t “Lose It” Once You Land a Job Takeaway Tweet: Just bc you landed a job doesn’t mean you should stop talking w/ connections. Keep in touch: you may need them again down the road #CUPRSSA
      • Keep in touch with people even after you’ve landed a job - you may need them, or they may want to hire you down the road
      • It’s important to have a strong network of people even if you don’t need them
      • It’s nice to give back to those who once helped you (pay it forward)
    • Things to Remember Takeaway Tweet: Start your job search early, take the time and use social media for success! #CUPRSSA
      • Start early
      • Never say “To Whom It May Concern”
      • Don’t use emoticons or extensive exclamation points
      • Check your grammar
      • Follow up
      • Say thank you
      • Keep in touch
      • Use social media to your advantage
    • Important Links
      • http://search.twitter.com/
      • http://helpaprproout.com/
      • http://www.linkedin.com/
      • http://jobs.mashable.com/a/jbb/find-jobs
      • http://twitter.com/socialmediajobs
      • http://www.prsa.org/jobcenter/
      • If all else fails -- Google it!
    • Questions? Comments?
      • Twitter:
      • @dferrari / @wordwritepr
      • Online:
      • deannaferrari.com / wordwritepr.com
      • Thank You!