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Career Tips From A Pr Students Point Of View

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