Archive for April, 2010

When you FINALLY get to the interview

One of the key things to remember while enduring job hunting is to ALWAYS be prepared.

In previous posts I have stressed the importance of creating your own opportunities and even when people say they’re not hiring, ask for an informal interview. This will help you network and to also get your foot in the door of a company. Let’s face it, you will make a stronger impression by being assertive and asking for a meeting then by listing your skills and experience on a piece of paper. People get more attached to you if they meet you in person.

Now when you’re going on these informal interviews treat it as a formal interview.

1. dress business casual

2. arrive on time

3. take a copy of your resume and cover letter

4. take your portfolio

5. Research the company

Take special efforts to present yourself well and make the most out of this opportunity.

I stress being prepared because this past week I set up an informal interview with the head of a pr firm I was REALLY interested in working for. Once I got there and began speaking with the owner, I was surprised to find out that it was a formal interview. Now this would have been a wasted opportunity if I had not been prepared with my knowledge of the company, resume, portfolio and attire.

Here is a link to  more tips to help you make the best impression once you finally land an interview.

http://www.careercc.com/interv3.shtml

Creating Opportunities

Recently one of my classmates asked me to blog about an experience I had so…… here it goes.

In class teachers are always telling us how we should always be looking for opportunities to hone our skills. Thinking about this I decided instead of waiting for an opportunity to apply what I’ve learned to come to me, I would go out and create one.

So I began looking for organizations around OSU I could offer my expertise to … and my search led me to the Service-Learning Volunteer Center. Before walking into the SLVC,  I wasn’t even remotely aware of it. One thing about volunteering for an organization, usually, they are extremely grateful for any help you can give them, and the SLVC was no different. I met with the organization’s director and set up my work schedule and she was enthusiastic and encouraging on every idea I presented to her. Although she really didn’t know what public relations was, she gave me free reign to do whatever I felt was necessary.

Volunteering at the SLVC was a wonderful experience. They had never had a pr person in their office and were desperately in need of one. I was able to put all of the thing I was learning in class to work, like developing a pr plan, cultivating relationships with the media, approaching the media, writing press releases. I had the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization that was relatively invisible to its audience and help increase their awareness AND as a plus, I gained experience and material for my portfolio and resume.

Also, the SLVC realized the importance of having a pr student on staff and created an internship for a pr student.

So I urge you to look for ways you can help others while helping yourself.

Good luck

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