Career Services Event: A Day At The Career Fair

On Wednesday, February 24, Career Services planned and put on a Career Fair, better known as Eagle Expo, at Georgia Southern University. The event took place at the RAC on campus from 10-2 p.m. The University p holds this career fair every semester, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. This year’s event hosts major nation companies and chains such as ones like Aflac, Target, and others.

As a rising senior who will be graduating in December, I decided that this Eagle Expo would be beneficial to both my internship search and my future job search. Even if I didn’t find anything to suit what I was looking for, I knew it would be valuable to be there and I could gain some experience by talking to the recruiters and sharing my resume with them.

Before the Eagle Expo, I edited my resume, prepared an outfit, and put my job-searching game-face on. I was excited to find out that Career Services posted a list of businesses, companies, and schools that would be at their Career Fair on their website. This was essential to helping me map out my plan for the event. Although the Career Fair was aimed more towards business and education majors, I still found some companies that I was looking forward to talking to.

Target was one of those companies. We all know target. We all love target. It was great to be able to talk to their recruiter and learn more about what a job with Target would be like. Even better than that, they offered to set -up a job interview! Now, I didn’t take the interview, simply because I wasn’t ready for my job search to get that serious and I have a little while until I’m  seriously looking for a job. Another issue was that I was looking for something that was more in the public relations field, not so much sales and marketing. I understand they are in the same family, but ideally I’d love a public relations internship where I can really gain experience and insight into the real world and on what it is like to be a successful, professional, public relations practioner.

I know that there are tons of opportunities out there. However, I didn’t find any at this semester’s Eagle Expo specifically for me. I was almost disappointed at how few companies and businesses I spoke with. Don’t get me wrong- there were tons of people there ready to recruit and talk to Georgia Southern students. However, they were all looking for business majors or education majors. I think that the Eagle Expo should attempt to make their Career Fairs more diverse. I would have loved to have talked to some people in the Communications field.

I think that what the Career Services on campus is doing is great. The offer so many opportunities to help the students here at Georgia Southern succeed in their job search, get out into the real world after graduation, and become successful in whatever it is they love to do. The Career Fair was definitely important in teaching me how to talk to recruiters, and how to sell myself to them. I learned alot from attending the event. But, I still believe that they should have more options for other majors too. Maybe next year?

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 10:26 am  Leave a Comment  

Internship Advice: How To Be Successful

The last step in my college career before I graduate is to do an internship in the public relations field. As I am approaching  the time for me to step-up and do my internship, I have been getting advice from other PR students who have been there and done that. Leigh Gunnels is a public relations student here at Georgia Southern. I have had the pleasure of spending time with her both in and outside of the classroom. This year, she was given the opportunity to do an internship with the Office of Marketing and Communications at GSU. While speaking with her one afternoon, Emily Williams, another PR student also spoke up that she works in the Office of Marketing and Communications. My fellow PR major gave me a lot of advice on how the scored such a great internship, how to behave during the internship, and how to make the most of the internship.

Through these peers I have learned how to search for great internship opportunities throughout the state of Georgia. They have even put me in contact with well-known and established firms, such as Jennifer Abshire, at Abshire PR in Savannah. They say how essential it is to have pices of work ready to show at the interview. Every employer wants to see how you write! They also told me that during the internship it is important to step-up and take advantage of all the opportunities and networking opportunities that come your way. It goes by fast, Emily told me, as she approaches the last few weeks of her internship with Marla Bruner in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Leigh told me that she has learned so much simply by asking questions and tagging along to help out wherever possible. Taking to these girls has got me excited to do my internship to see what I can learn before I step out into the real world.

Another fellow student and Georgia Southern graduate, Fran Faulkner, spoke with me about what it is like to be an intern. She told me that for her, every day was different. It is important to be prepared to do whatever is asked of you because you will be doing many different things. Fran was a PR minor during her time at Georgia Southern, she did her internship near Charlotte, NC with a minor league baseball team. She explained to me that her main role was marketing, PR and sales but she did so much more with the company. She planned events, announced at baseball games, worked concession stands, and even helped with the actual baseball field. She told me that you never know what you’re gonna end up doing in an internship but enjoy it and get everything out of it you can.

Fran now works in Augusta as one of the Directors for the Greenbacks baseball team. She said that her internship helped her land a job afterwards. Since she had done such a good job, she was able to network with her company and the people they knew who helped her find a job after the season was over.

Talking to other students who have done internships already has given me a lot of insight into mine. I know that everyday will be different but that it is so important to make the most of it and learn as much as I can. I’m looking forward to finding mine and becoming an intern this fall! Then I’ll have to blog again and give my advice on what to do!

Published in: on March 8, 2010 at 10:27 am  Leave a Comment  

The Review is In: READ THIS BOOK.

This semester in class we were assigned a trade book review on a book from this list compiled by my professor, Barbara Nixon. I chose to read a book by Seth Godin because of all the great things I have heard about it. I really enjoyed the book and it opened my mind to new ideas on marketing and relationships. Below you will find a SlideShare version of the Powerpoint presentation I created on Seth Godin’s “Tribes” for my Public Relations Practicum course.

Want to see the full version with my notes? Click here. Have you read Tribes yet? Share your thoughts with me.

Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Interview with a PR Professional: Lessons Learned

One of the latest assignments in my Intro to PR class is to interview a Public Relations professional so as students we can learn a little bit more about what it’s like to be a PR specialist and see what the job is like on a weekly basis.

I got the opportunity to talk to Cyrus Afzali, whom I met on PROpenMic, a networking website for PR students, professors, and professionals.  Afzali runs Astoria Communications, a suburban New York City-based public relations consultancy focusing on financial/professional services, technology and real estate. I asked him what it was like to work in a client service business, and this was his response! He told me what it was like to work in a PR field on a daily basis, the important of PR professionals, and meeting clients where they are. Needless to say, I learned alot from Cyrus Afzali. 

He told me that in a client service business, one week varies a lot from another depending on what might be happening with clients. There will be some that involve major initiatives and related events/projects to support them. Many other weeks will involve relatively routine account maintenance and won’t be as exciting.

He also that that he can’t underestimate the importance of writing to PR pros and wished it was stressed more. These days, you need to know how to put together a compelling message that articulates a client’s value proposition. For ages, there was a prevailing notion that just pounding the phones was all it takes. He said that he  doesn’t believe it was true then and it’s certainly not true now.

“As far as lessons that would be handy to know before entering the field, unfortunately school curriculum can’t prepare you for a demanding client and how to balance a client’s demands with what you can deliver. That is a crucial balancing act.”

On technology he replied: “Technology is obviously important, but I think we rely on it too much. Rather than worry about targeting every single blog or new entrant to the market, go where the best audience for your client resides. I also challenge the notion that there’s such a thing as “new” PR and old PR. PR isn’t about blogs, vlogs or anything else. It’s about communicating messages regarding clients effectively. In that regard, the medium you’re targeting shouldn’t really matter. Obviously, you have to tailor them to meet certain constraints, but the substance has to be there in all instances.”

On his challenges and successes he told me this:

“For me and I suspect others, media relations activities rotate between being the most fulfilling and challenging. At the end of the day, all you can do is put an effective message in front of the right people. We’re like attorneys in that sometimes we’ll lose a pitch, just like they lose a case. You have to go on to fight another day.”

Lastly, he said that when it comes to professional organizations, he is a big proponent of involving yourself in organizations where you’re clients are active. That’s good both from a learning standpoint and a business development standpoint.

I hope you learned a little from Afzali, I know I did. I would definitely recommend talking to more PR pros out ehere, i know I plan to myself, it is a great way to get insight on what I hope will be my future career. If you would like to contact or talk more to Afzali, his blog can be found here and his company website here.

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

What To Wear: Dress To Impress In An Interview

Every girl always an issue with this one: what to wear! In this blog post I’m going to talk about what to wear and what not to wear in an interview. As a Public Relations Professional to-be there are alot of rules that need to be followed to look good in an interview.

Daniel Keeney, a professional public relations specialist who works for DPK Public Relations firm, wrote an article giving advice on what public relations professionals should wear to interviews. The article was entitled “Fundamentals of Media Interview Skills: What To Wear” and he gave important advice on how to succeed an interview by dressing the part.

In his article, Keeney states that “if a person projects an image of informality in a very formal setting (such as wearing sandals for a meeting with the President at the White House), it will undermine the important messages being communicated. The best example is a person who has a very positive message to communicate, but looks just plain sloppy — unshaven and wrinkled.” He explains that what that person says will have far less impact on how they person are perceived through how he presents himself.

Keeney says a good fit, an outfit that makes you feel confident, and a classic look are always on your side. These three things are key to dressing the part for a media interview.

A fashion, public relations blogger wrote on what to wear to a public relations interview. In her blog, Omiru explained that “the perfect interview outfit for a fashion public relations firm is one part fashion-forward and one part professional.” She also said that while you want to show that you’re in the know with up-to-the-moment trends,  you should also reign in the tendency to go all out in an interview.

One thing that Omiru said in her post that I found interesting was that it is better to wear closed toed shoes over open ones. Stick with flats or round-toed pumps over sandals and open-toed pumps. Be fashionable, but not so fashionable that it’s distracting. Omiru ends by suggesting an outfit you can’t go wrong in:  a shirtdress with interesting detailing, a light overcoat or sweater, a luxurious bag, and a pair of low (closed-toe) heels.

Another blogger, Sara McKinniss, wrote a post on things to wear to an interview for a public relations job. She states that if you want that job, you better dress to impress! It is evident that PR agencies tend to have a different working environment than most other types of businesses, so you can dress differently than you would in other cases. In an interview with a fellow PR practitioner, she noted that “I think it really depends on the PR agency. You can never go wrong with a nicely tailored suit – it shows you take the job and your professional career seriously. However, it pays to do a bit of research on the agency culture. If it is a lifestyle firm with a casual dress code, for example, a basic suit might read boring, unimaginative and overdone!”

It is true that no matter whee your interview is, you should dress to impress your potential employer. It is also true that in the public relations field we sometimes have different guidelines as to what impressive is. I learned a lot through reading these articles! I hope you did too!

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Pros And Cons Of Job Seekers In Social Media

We all know that social media has become huge. People use it to communicate, connect, share, and learn. More often lately, people have been using social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn to search for jobs. There are many pros and cons, highs and lows, to job searching in social media. In this blog post, I will list some things to make sure you do, as well as some things to make sure you don’t do in the social media job search.

In an article written by Rachel Levy, “How To Use Social Media In Your Job Search,” we can learn valuable aspects to using sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to make connections. Levy notes that networking is essential. These social media sites make networking easy!

Levy believes that if you’re not already on LinkedIn, you definitely need to be. What is Linked In, you ask? Basically, it’s a site that allows you to connect to people you know. You can also look at other people’s pages, connect and network with them too. Company searches and job postings are two of the facets that make LinkedIn so great for the job search.

She talks about Twitter next. What is the best part of Twitter? It is the ability it gives you to connect with people you don’t know, based on common interests. Twitter is great for the job search because you can actually talk to the recruiters, businesses, and see job postings. Many people are finding jobs through the use of Twitter these days.

Maureen Mirehan has a presentation on Scribd, known as “The Pros and Cons of Recruiting Via Social Media” that gives some valuable insight into the pros and cons of job searching through social media web sites. A pro: she states that over 80% of employers are either using or plan to use social media sites to find and attract potential employee candidates this year. That is a huge pro. These social media sites are allowing employers to build relationships with potential candidates, start conversations with them, and notify the public of job opportunities. Mirehan notes that although job searching through social media has become much more popular and successful, it is simply a tool to enhance the job search and not a replacement for traditional searches.

A few cons to job searching in social media are the necessity to be consistent, inability or inexistence of screening tools, and legal obligations. It is also important that when job searching through sites like Twitter, that you make sure you are leaving a good impression through your tweets and conversations. It has been known that employers have rescended job offers because of things that were posted on social media sites.

One blogger wrote a post recently on “How To Tweet Your Way Out of A Job.” This blog post gets at exactly what I was talking about. When conducting a job search through social media sites, it is imperative that you watch what you say, because potential employers are watching you! The blogger gave an example of real life Tweets that lead to the loss of a just-scored job. Here they are:

A lucky job applicant tweeted the following:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.

Moral of the story is this: be careful what you post on the Internet! People can see it and it can hurt you.

Published in: on February 8, 2010 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Body Langage and Non Verbal Communication: What Are You Really Saying?

We communicate everyday through millions of ways. These ways can be talking, texting, typing, emailing, and more. But did you know, that the way we communicate most is through non verbal communication and body language?

In our article, The Power of Body Language, the author explains that we communicate so much more through non verbals and body language than with words. Research has been done to show that the majority of our communication, almost all of it, is done through non verbal communications. What is non verbal communication, anyway? Nonverbal communication can also be known as body language, which  includes everything from our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture,to even the tone of our voice.

The Power of Body Language discusses how important non verbal communication is and how evident it is in our every day lives. As the author says, “when we interact with others, we continuously give and receive countless wordless signals. All of our nonverbal behaviors—the gestures we make, the way we sit, how fast or how loud we talk, how close we stand, how much eye contact we make—send strong messages.”

In another article, “The Importance of Effective Communication” written by Edward G. Wertheim, Ph.D, we learn more about this body language. He believes that there are 5 roles that nonverbal communication can play and they are listed below:

  • Repetition: they can repeat the message the person is making verbally
  • Contradiction: they can contradict a message the individual is trying to convey
  • Substitution: they can substitute for a verbal message. For example, a person’s eyes can often convey a far more vivid message than words and often do
  • Complementing: they may add to or complement a verbal message. A boss who pats a person on the back in addition to giving praise can increase the impact of the message
  • Accenting: they may accent or underline a verbal message. Pounding the table, for example, can underline a message.

He also states that these nonverbal cues can help build our relationships through the following:

  • Accurately read other people, including the emotions they’re feeling and the unspoken messages they’re sending
  • Create trust and transparency in relationships by sending nonverbal signals that match up with your words
  • Respond with nonverbal cues that show others that you understand, notice, and care

Much like the first two articles, an article written by professors at Hawaii University, entitled “Six Ways To Improve Your Nonverbal Communications” explains how important they are to our daily lives. Their reasoning for researching and learning ways to improve nonverbal communications are listed below:

We all  should be aware of nonverbal behavior in our relationships and in the classroom for three major reasons:

  • An awareness of nonverbal behavior will allow you to become better receivers of students’ messages.
  • You will become a better sender of signals that reinforce learning.
  • This mode of communication increases the degree of the perceived psychological closeness between teacher and student.

The professors at Hawaii University also discuss eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture and body orientation, and more. They go into detail about how to improve your gestures and how to notice others’ more carefully.

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Cover Letter Tips: Improve Your Impression

This post is all about cover letters. I did some research and found some great tips on what to do- and what NOT to do. I think that these will come in handy for everyone, especially those of us that will be writing cover letters to our future employers soon.

Peter Vogt, the Senior Writing Editor of wrote an article on 7 deadly things that will kill your resume. These 7 things are all common mistakes that we make when writing cover letters. He says, “Many college students and recent grads destroy their resumes by accompanying them with halfhearted or downright terrible cover letters. While some employers don’t bother reading cover letters, most do. And they will quickly eliminate you if you make these cover letter mistakes.” Below I have listed Vogt’s 7 things along with my interpretation of what you SHOULD do.

Here they are:

1.Using the Wrong Cover Letter Format

It is so important to make it look professional. It needs recipient information, addresses, and dates. Make it look good. by using the standard, business letter format.

2. Making It All About You

When telling the employer about yourself, you need to tell them in the context of what they are looking for and requiring for that specific career. Don’t spend all the time talking about what you have to offer unless you relate it back to what they want.

3. Not Proofing for Typos and Grammatical Errors

Typos and grammatical errors are a big NO-NO. It is essential that you read your cover letter over and over again to make sure it is free of any errors. If you don’t, the employer may see you as careless.

4. Making Unsupported Claims

If you say you are a strong writer, prove it. Employers need to see that. It is essential that if you say you can do something, you can back it up with examples for the employer. Otherwise, they might just think that you are al talk.

5. Writing a Novel

Let’s face it. Employers are busy. They have so many cover letters to read. They don’t want to read more than a page so it’s important not to write more than one. As Vogt says, if you write two pages and your competition writes one, who do you think the employer is more likely to select for the job? Remember this.

6. Using the Same Cover Letter for Every Job and Company

Don’t write the same cover letter for each business or company. Employers notice. They want to see you are interested in their company and took the time to see what they are looking for. Cater each cover letter to that specific company and show them why you have what they are looking for. Otherwise, they will move on to the next one.

Here is a link that explains why you should customize each cover letter for the specific job and company.

7. Not Sending a Real Cover Letter

Finally, it is so important to write that cover letter! Do it. If you don’t the employer is not going to consider you for the job. Don’t forget to use the standardized, business letter format too.

Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

PR Pathway

Welcome to my Public Relations Practicum blog! I’m a PR student finding my way into the real world, looking for a successful career. I’m two semesters away from walking across the stage in my cap and gown and until then I’m going to learn as much as I can about this career path I’ve fallen in love with. I don’t know where I’ll end up after I have that diploma in my hands…but I’m enjoying the ride to wherever it leads!

Right now, I am enjoying college and trying to get as much out of it as possible. I’ve been at Georgia Southern University now since Fall of 2007 and I have loved every minute of it. Well- almost. It has been an adventure to say the least. My college career, not unlike any other, has been filled with ups and downs and all-arounds. This semester has to be the biggest ride of them all, though! I am taking 19 hours, working two jobs, and a member of multiple student organizations on campus. I love my busy schedule and I love to stay busy. Am I doing too much? At times, I think I am.

I am trying to graduate in December of 2011 so I can move to New York. I’m not talking New York CIty, I’m talking boarder-of-Canada, so cold you can’t feel anything, 12-feet-of-snow-on-the-regular, NY. You see, my fiance is in the United States Army. I couldn’t be more proud. The only problem I have with this is that he is stationed up in Fort Drum, NY. I’m lucky enough to be able to graduate early and get to move up there with him in December. As you can see, I have a lot to look forward to and a lot to motivate me.

I’m looking forward to my last spring semester ever of college. So many people have told me that college days are the best days of your life. Although mine have been fun, crazy, and good, I would have to say that I have so much more ahead of me to look forward to. Why limit those 4, 5, or 6 years of your life as your best ones? I’m a big believer in the idea that life is what you make it. I’ve jam-packed so much into my three and a half years here at Georgia Southern that I have made my mark, learned my lessons, and had enough of this that I am ready to move on to what’s next.

Some people think I’m crazy for graduating early. I mean, I’m taking 19 hours the next semester too. It definitely isn’t ideal. But, I am highly motivated and have a goal I’m trying to reach. Not to mention, I have a big huge prize waiting for me at the finish line. The one thing I’ve learned most as a college student these past three years is: if you dream if, you can do it. I’ve taken every opportunity that has come my way, it’s been crazy but it’s been great. So many doors will be opened for you if you are just ready to walk in the right direction!

That’s all for now! I hope you enjoy my blog and come back for more!

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Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 2:01 am  Comments (1)  

Talk Back: A List Of The Comments I Have Posted

This post is all about the comments I have left on my fellow classmates’ blogs. There are some good ones, so you should definitely check them out! Below is a list of all the blogs I have commented on with link’s to the blogs too!
1. Comment on Eagle Expo Career Fair, written by Allyson Almond:
April 2010- “Allison, I totally agree with you on how you feel about career fairs. I went to the Eagle Expo too and I was slightly disappointed that there weren’t any PR firms there. It was good to see that other companies were interested in us PR majors though! Even though I didn’t walk away with an internship or job, attending the Eagle Expo definitely allowed me to make some good connections as well and it was a helpful experience atleast! I did my homework too and I must say preparing my resume for the event and looking into the employers who were going to be in attendance taught me alot about my future career search! Talking to all the recuiters was helpful too! However, I think that the Eagle Expo could be improved by having more variety of business and companies. Maybe next year we will have more luck!”
2. Comment on Informational Interview Recap, written by Marie Lorelei:
April 2010- “Marie, I loved this post on Marla Bruner. I know that you did an internship with her last semester and everything I have heard about this woman is great! I really hope to work with her one day because it seems like she has alot of knowledge and I’d love to learn from her! I think it’s so great that she says every week is different, who wants to work in a place where you do the same thing every single day? I liked to learn that she keeps current on the PR industry these days through blogs. I have been getting into more blogs lately myself. You can learn alot through seeing what your other peers, PR professionals, and other people in the industry have to say. Your interview with Marla was very interesting and I enjoyed it!”
3. Comment on Cover Letter Tips, written by Lindsey Townson:
April 2010- “Lindsey, I agree with all of the tips that you have posted! Until this class I never realized how important cover letters were. Looking up and reaearching tips for this blog has helped me see how essential a good cover letter is when applying for jobs! I think most people make the mistake of not even sending a cover letter! I have learned that not only do you need to send a cover letter, but it needs to be professional looking, in the standarized business letter format. These letters can help you go a long way when trying to get a job! Some things I learned were that just like your resume, you should keep your cover letter one page. I found that some employers will even ignore your cover letter if you go above that requirement. Employers and recruiters are busy and the just don’t have time for it! Lesson learned! I agree with your tip on checking your spelling and grammer! That is just as important as the whole entire letter! Especially in a field where we are constantly writing!”
4. Comment on Nothing to Wear?!?!?!, written by Meg Tidmore:
April 2010- “Meg, this post was so helpful to anyone looking to prepare for a job interview! They always say dress to impress because it really is that important. In many of the leadership roles I have had on campus I have had the opportunity to sit behind the table and be the one doing the interviews. I have to admit that the way you dress really effects how your interviewer judges you. Alot of the tips you gave were right on point when trying to dress to impress. I loved the hint about removing tags off new clothing items. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made that mistake!”
5.  Comment on Get LinkedIn!, written by Meghan Spillers:
April 2010- “Meghan, this post could not be more truthful! LinkedIn is such a great tool for everyone! It provides so many opportunities for relationship building and networking. It is unbelivable what we can do with the internet these days. Not only can we network and connect with our peers and friends, but we can stay connected with professors and people we meet along the way. When we get closer to graduation LinkedIn can be used to find job postings and potential employers. There are so many great things about LinkedIn. At first, I was not happy about joining about another social media site. I am a member of so many! But after spending some time on LinkedIn, I have to say it is so valuable to public relations majors and anybody looking to get ahead in the business!”
6. Comment on Career Fair, written by Emily Roche:
April 2010- “Emily, I agree about not being impressed with the Eagle Expo. I went to the Eagle Expo too and I was slightly disappointed that there weren’t any PR firms there. It was good to see that other companies were interested in us PR majors though! Even though I didn’t walk away with an internship or job, attending the Eagle Expo definitely allowed me to make some good connections as well and it was a helpful experience atleast! I did my homework too and I must say preparing my resume for the event and looking into the employers who were going to be in attendance taught me alot about my future career search! Talking to all the recuiters was helpful too! However, I think that the Eagle Expo could be improved by having more variety of business and companies. Luckily, there are so many more options to help us find internships and jobs after graduation!”
7. Comment on Informational Interview, written by Ashley Renfroe:
April 2010- “Ashley, I love that you interviewed a Georgia Southern Alum! It is always fun and exciting to hear how they got started in their careers after they left Georgia Southern and learn about where they are now. It seems like Holly West is on her way to becoming a successful PR woman like we one day hope to be! I agree when she talks about not taking her education seriously enough, as I get closer and closer to graduating I wish I spent more time getting the grades and experience that I’m gonna need once I leave GSU. I loved hearing the tips she offered, especially about the internship. I also agree that we should never stop reaearching and never stop learning. In today’s world, there is new things happening every single day that we need to stay up to date on!”
8. Comment on 10 Things I Learned In PR Practicum, written by Lauren Parr:
April 2010- “Lauren, this post certainly sums up everything we have learned this semester in Public Relations Practicum. I had Barbara Nixon for Intro to Public Relations too, and I love how we learn so much in her class without realizing it. This class has helped me learn a lot more about the field of public relations! Your first point is one of my favorites, conversation is most definitely key! I learned so much about nonverbal communication and body language I didn’t know until this semester. Did you know that you can actually study nonverbal communication and become better at speaking and expressing yourself without using words? I think that is so cool. I also learned the importance of blogging about issues you care about. I’m the first to say that I hate blogging! But, I actually started up my own personal blog based on things I’m interested in.. and you know what? I like it!”
9. Comment on Internship Advice, written by Sarah Monahan:
April 2010- “Sarah, I enjoyed reading this post on internship advice. As i get closer to the time that I am gonna do my internship I am trying to prepare myself to get as much out of it as possible! It is unbelivable that the time is here and I am so excited to get started! I agree that interns should be and want to be so much more than the coffee-getter, the errand-runner, and the copy-girl! I want to learn about the world of public relations so I can be that much more successful when it’s my time to do the real thing. I am really looking forward to doing my internship and gaining new knowledge into this field.”
10. Comment on Career Services Event Review, written by Stephanie Medlin:
April 2010- “Stephanie, I liked that you attended the how to ace an interview workshop. I bet that will be so helpful to your career search and any interviews you do in the future. I think it is so great that career services puts these on for us as students. You can never have too much knowledge on how to ace an interview. Let’s face it, they are tough and scary! Preparing yourself for future interviews is a great way to get confortable and be able to do well on them in the future. I really liked hearing about all the tips that you learned! It’s great information!”
11. Comment on 24 Hour Bangkok Special, written by Shannon McCloud:
March 2010-“Shannon, I could not agree more! Career services is such a wonderful tool that Georgia Southern offers students. It is too bad that more people don’t know about it. Did you know that not only can you go there and have them critique your resume, but they will even help you prepare for an interview, record a trial interview, and give you advice on how to improve? I think it is so cool! I haven’t gone yet but I hope to sometime this summer. I also think it is great that they even have suits and business attire that you can HAVE to wear to your interviews. As college students, some of us don’t have the kind of money to buy one so Career Services offers that for us! I think it is so awesome and it is a shame that people don’t use this to their advantage!”
12. Comment on How To Stand Out As An Intern, written by Marilyn Lintel:
March 2010-“Marilyn, I loved your advice on how to stand out as an intern. It was very different from alot of the other blogs that I have read on the subject. reading all these blogs has got me so excited about doing my internship and I definitely plan on using some of your advice to help me stand out! Most importantly, as I have told the other PR majors, I can’t wait to get hands on into our field and learn learn learn! I’m ready to do my internship now!”
13. Comment on I Am My Own Brand, written by Britt Lindsey:
March 2010-I love this post on the idea that you own your own brand. I have never thought like that before. I have to agree 100% that we are all our own brands and we must work hard to stand out instead of being just another face in the crowd. It is such a great idea. I am my own brand too. And with that- we must be able to sell ourselves. Or rather, market ourselves. This is what interviewing and job searching is all about. You want to express yourself and your brand to show that you are something that the business can benefit from, because you are different and have alot to offer!
For more of my comments on fellow students’ blogs, look to the next post!
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