by Austin Dressman, VP of Media Production
For the past three months, I have been scouring the internet for jobs in Houston, TX. My wife recently got a job with Teach for America – Houston Corps. We got married back in January and are both graduating in the next few weeks. Needless to say, it’s been an exciting time of our lives.
The idea of getting a job right out of college is daunting, but there are steps you can take to ensure it happens. As PR students, one of the most important things we can do is work multiple internships while still in school. The PR industry is cutthroat and seeking experienced young professionals in college graduates. There are a number of resources for students and recent graduates looking for internships and entry level work:
This regularly updated page is an amazing resource. This is a shameless plug, I know, but you’ll be amazed by the amount of opportunities listed.
· The PRSSA website
If you are a member and you’ve never visited prssa.org, you are really missing out on all of the perks of your membership. Find job/internship openings, scholarships, and other opportunities
· The local PRSA website
It’s always a great idea to check in to your local PRSA website for job postings. I just recently lined up an interview through the PRSA job page in Houston.
· The company you’d like to work for
This may seem obvious but it’s something that can easily be forgotten. If you want to work for a certain company or industry, consistently visit their career portal.
The most important tool to employ is real communication. Network! Talk to fellow PR students, email your local PRSA president, set up a personal interview with someone working in a position or team you could see yourself working in. Your chances of finding a job solely based off random online job applications is much lower than if you are able to make some sort of connection with someone working in the field.