This presentation was initially developed for the PRSSA organization at the University of Kansas. I presented to Journalism School students about the power of connectivity and how important social networks and meaningful social media participation - and social media marketing - can impact their careers.
We spoke about the importance of taking risks, moving outside your comfort zone and going out on a limb. We discussed the importance of raising your hand, asking for opportunities, planting your flag and saying what you think and not being afraid to share opinions, and how all those things can factor greatly into your ultimate success at finding the perfect job - whether it's in Public Relations, Marketing or some other field.
The presentation also addresses the importance of understanding the web and the importance the Internet plays in business today. That includes having an understanding of and a working knowledge about the importance of things like well-constructed and optimized business websites, search engine optimization, email marketing, mobile marketing, coupon offers and others, and how these things, in conjunction with good public relations efforts is all part of an integrated marketing effort.
The last part of the presentation deals with the importance of personal branding and how things like a Google+ profile, a robust presence on LinkedIn, blogging, commenting on blogs written by others and participating on networks like Twitter, YouTube and others can go a long way toward establishing an online persona that can be a springboard to a job.