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.

Well, he's creative, I'll give him that.

Well, he's creative, I'll give him that.

 

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:

·         The UVU PRSSA Internship page

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.

Good luck!

 

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Businesses in every part of the world are implementing social media campaigns to facilitate interaction with customers and mange relationships with key stakeholders.  Maybe you don’t know what it feels like to run a social media campaign for a business—at least not yet. At this stage of your life it’s quite possible that your personal social media use consists of posting comments on a friend’s Facebook page, following your favorite celebrity on Twitter, or browsing through the video archives of YouTube. It is true that millions of people use social media exclusively for entertainment purposes, but did you know it can also help you find employment?

A recent article published in the US News and World Report offered 10 tips for using social media to increase your chances of securing a job. For now, we’ll only cover a few points to give you a basic understanding of how social media can aid your job search.

Let People know you’re searching for a job

You’re friends and former colleagues are more connected than you think. Don’t be afraid to advertise that you’re on the hunt for a new job. If people know you’re looking, they may be able to connect you with employees or hiring managers at various companies.

Network with existing friends on Facebook

Linkedin and other networks provide a great avenue for business professionals to connect, but existing friends will lead you to more employment opportunities than strangers or acquaintances. Never forget to network with your friends.

Look up information about specific hiring managers

Social media gives everyone an opportunity to conduct worthwhile research, even when the research focuses on a company manager. If you’re interested in working for a particular company, search out the hiring manager on Twitter or FB to learn about their interests, skills, previous experience, and what they may be looking for in a new employee.

Add a hyperlink for your Twitter handle and LinkedIn profile on your resume

Giving a hiring manager access to view these pages shows that you have confidence in your ability to navigate and use social media effectively.

Follow this link to learn more information about using social media to find a job.

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