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Launch your career using LinkedIn

Posted in PRCA 4711 on April 9, 2010 by candicehall

Recently I attended the Career Services workshop that focused on the social networking site, LinkedIn. This workshop was very informative and showed me a lot of the advantages that LinkedIn can provide to professionals looking to interact with other people in their field, especially recently graduated college students. Before attending the workshop, I did have a LinkedIn account however, I was not very active in using the site. Through this workshop, I was able to see how LinkedIn can really make a difference in my search for a job. Everyone knows how hard it is to find a job during these hard economic times. Being a part of the LinkedIn community, me and other college graduates can really get ahead of the game. I’ve been told for most of my life that it’s more about WHO you know rather than WHAT you know. This workshop proved this theory to be even more. LinkedIn provides an arena for people to meet other professionals and get their names out there for people to see. LinkedIn is also a great tool to use to get people looking at you and your resume. Sometimes it can be awkward to ask a complete stranger for information concerning a particular job. But on LinkedIn you can comfortably meet and interact with people in your profession and not feel weird about talking to strangers about your career. I also learned that LinkedIn is good to use if you are looking to apply for a job at a certain business or organization. A LinkedIn account can be just the ticket to get your foot in the door and stand out above the rest of the job candidates. If you connect with people that already work at the company, they may see your profile and resume and put in a good word at the next work meeting, or say that they have seen your profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is also a good way to show future employers that you are up with the times. In today’s business world, social media is everything! Showing employers that you are actively involved in social networking sites, like LinkedIn, you are giving employers just one more reason why you would be a better candidate for the job than someone else.

This workshop helped show me that LinkedIn can REALLY make a difference in my job search. Utilizing social networks, such as LinkedIn, I am not only able to meet other public relations professionals, but I am also able to show public relations professionals who I am and what talents I have to offer. I thought this was a great workshop and one that everyone should attend. I was able to get some very valuable information that will help me be more active in the LinkedIn network. After attending this workshop, I am not more motivated to upload my resume and personal information to my LinkedIn account and meet public relations professionals that may be able to help me in my job search!


Informational Interview Recap

Posted in PRCA 4711 on March 30, 2010 by candicehall

Wendi PatrickI had the pleasure of talking to Wendi Patrick, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Wendi earned her degree from Georgia Southern University in Early Childhood Education. After graduating college she began teaching Kindergarten at SCPS. When the Headmaster of the school decided to add a public relations position, Wendi was selected for the job!

I met Wendi last semester while I was enrolled in the PR Events class. I was so excited to talk with her about her job and the PR profession. She gave me some great insight into the PR world and some of the things she has seen and learned during her time as a public relations professional. Here are some of the questions Wendi answered during our interview:

1.) What’s a typical work week like?
“You have to see what’s coming ahead and make a plan for the things that need to be covered and what should be covered. You have to prioritize what should be focused on first and what can wait until later. Then it’s a matter of setting an agenda and a to-do list. As far as press releases go, I set up a schedule of what needs to be sent out immediately and what can wait for later in the week. Thursday, I start planning for the next week and what all needs to happen.”  Wendi also explained that she personally looks at what has happened in the last 30 day and what she thinks will happen in the next 30 days. This gives her an idea of what is news worthy and what she should set as top priority.

2.) Tell me about a project you worked on that you are especially proud of.
“I rarely look at something I’ve done and am completely pleased. I am very critical of my own work. One project I am proud of however is the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) informational session. I had a clear message of who we are at SCPS and what our brand is. You could see who we are and people could feel who we are by the image we created at the convention. This was the first time we ever did this particular event and I thought it was a great success. We carried out an entire idea.”

3.) What do you do to keep current in the PR industry?
“I study magazines, newsletters, etc. I was just last week reading magazines from 6 years ago and comparing them to today’s magazines. I also have several peers in the same area of work that I speak with. I see where we came from to see where we are going. Also, talking to different age groups.” Wendi went on to say that she works with a team of people of all different age groups and that really helps her get different perspectives on things.

4.) What do you wish you would have known before starting your career in PR?
“I wish I would have known that social media was going to be so important. I would have started networking on social media sites sooner and given a lot more credence to social media. I still need to get better at it and utilize it more.”

5.) How important is writing in your career?
“I didn’t choose this, it chose me. When my school needed a public relations person, my principal said it would be a great choice for me because I am a great writer. Now however, I have less time to do what I would like to do. I’m a wordsmith, but with that you need time to edit. And sometimes I don’t have the time to do all that. But I do love writing and the process of picking just the right words to convey a message.”

6.) What three tips would you offer someone just starting out in PR?
1. You have to be passionate in what you are promoting, marketing. I can’t imagine publicly relating for something I didn’t fully believe in. 2. You have to have real connections and relations with people on the inside of your organization. When I chit chat with our teachers and parents I get the real pulse of the people that know us. 3. You have to have connections and relationships with people on the outside. I have friends that work for the media that I can talk to that I trust. They can help me craft my story.

7.) Did your education prepare you for working in PR?
No, my formal education did not. Other than my writing skills. My college writing teachers did prepare me for my Pr career but my college degree is in Early Childhood Education. What did prepare me were my good instincts. The instincts I used with my student’s parents when I taught Kindergarten. Also, I’ve had to teach myself what to do. I learn best in community. The non-profit world, volunteering, really taught me tons as well! You get to take on jobs you wouldn’t ever be able to take on professionally so you get great experience.

8.) How has PR changed since you entered the field?
“Social media has changed it. Instead of sending press releases out via fax or email, we tweet. Our school is slow to catch on to the social media trend but we are working to incorporate it more into our program. My hope is that the administration will eventually feel comfortable enough to use social media. It helps in so many ways and we can do so much with it but I do think, especially in the school setting, that rules need to be in place.” Wendi continued by saying how social media can not only help the administration and staff but also the parents and students. She said it is just going to take a while until everyone is comfortable with it and on board.

9.) When your company is hiring for an entry-level PR position, what makes a candidate stand out?
“For me, volunteer experience says a lot about a person. If you are really involved, especially with fund-raising, you are already utilizing your PR skills. People who are volunteering and in leadership positions especially stand out. Sometimes being in a Greek organization also looks good because they have philanthropy and its a good networking experience.”

10.) What has surprised you the most about working in PR?
“The thing that has surprised me the most while working in PR is that not everybody gets it. Not everyone understands the importance of good public relations. They don’t know how to do it. They don’t know how to seek out opportunities. To me, it’s instinctual, but there are so many people that don’t have that gut feeling about things. Not everyone understands how things sound. You can try to train and explain but I really think it’s either you get it or you don’t. It’s like being a gracious host. Some people just know how to throw great parties and invite people into their homes. They have the house spotless, the perfect food and they just know how to entertain guests in their home.  And then there are some people that just don’t know how to do that.

After talking to Wendi, I can honestly say, I was a little bit scared about graduating and getting a job in PR. Although everything she described sounded like me, I am a little bit afraid to enter into that kind of lifestyle voluntarily. I think Wendi really helped me see that preparation and planning are key to being successful, not only in public relations, but in life! No more procrastination for me.

Internship Advice

Posted in PRCA 4711 on March 16, 2010 by candicehall

It’s about that time for all of us PR majors to make sure we have the requirements needed to graduate. One of those requirements just happens to be an internship! I have to admit, this was probably the scariest part of my degree requirements. I was so worried that I would never find an internship. It can be very overwhelming trying to find an internship that will give you the kind of experience you really need. One piece of advice I would give to anyone that needs an internship to graduate is start looking early. No time is better to start looking for somewhere to intern than right now, as soon as possible! I made the mistake of waiting until the very last-minute to begin my intern search. If I had not gotten lucky and known someone, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to intern this semester. Do your research. Go on the internet, ask professors and classmates, even friends and family members can be very helpful during this searching process. The point is, don’t wait around for the perfect internship to fall into your lap. I would also encourage anyone looking for an internship to know what you need to do for your school. Georgia Southern, specifically the Communication Arts Department, has very specific requirements for people who are planning on interning. Look up your school’s requirements as far as hours, approval, contracts, etc. so that you have all your ducks in a row. Failing to do this could definitely prevent you from being able to intern when you want to.

One of my friends and classmates, Katrina Sage, is currently interning at GSU with the PR and Marketing for Georgia Southern Sports. After talking to her, she is completely overwhelmed and stressed to the max! She said that she is getting a lot of experience but she is very busy busy busy! I would recommend, and I think Katrina would agree, to anyone that is thinking of interning and taking classes.. think again. I will say it is definitely do-able but not necessarily ideal. To be able to give 100% to your internship experience, I would suggest dedicating a whole semester or summer solely to your internship. I am interning and taking classes currently as well and it is very difficult to do. Not only is my school work not my very best but neither is the work I could do for my internship. One of my responsibilities is to make an admissions video for the school I am working for. But when ya have to write papers and study for tests in order to graduate, videos sometimes get moved to the back burner. So.. lesson learned.. Don’t spread yourself too thin.

I also talked to one of my high school teachers the other day about internships. Her older son graduated a few years ago from Georgia Tech with a degree in Information Technology. He was not required to do an internship to earn his degree and so he didn’t do one. Now, two years later, he is still looking for a job and finding out just how important an internship can be when looking for a job. He said that having an internship would have definitely set him a part from other candidates at a job interview.

I hope that this advice helps anyone looking to intern sometime soon and didn’t scare you too much. You can definitely get through it and have an enjoyable experience. Just remember to be prepared, know what is required of you and know what you can give.

Blog Comments

Posted in PRCA 4711 on March 6, 2010 by candicehall

1. Comment on Phillip’s Blog – What to Wear to an Interview
March 6, 2010
Hey Phillip! Great job with your blog! Knowing what to wear to an interview is always tough. Remember Mrs. Mallard always talking to us in Advertising about what is “business professional” attire and what isn’t? That was kind of annoying at the time but I guess she had a point! Having teh right kinda clothes can say a lot about a person trying to get a job. I like how you broke your post up into what is best for men and what is best for women. “Always wear a suit. No dresses” I do not like that rule!! haha Good JOb!

2. Comment on Sarah Kemp’s Blog- What comes up when you are googled?
March 6, 2010
Hey Girl! It scares me to think that anyone can just type our names into Google and learn so much about us! But I suppose it goes both ways. Employers can look at us but we can look at them and the company too! I also think that the internet is a blessing and a curse when it comes to finding a job. It can be so helpful to find information about jobs online but then again the way you go about applying and job searchign has changed so much from traditional job searches I just don’t know what to do!! Blog looks great!

3. Comment on Stephanie Medlin’s Blog- Twitterville
March 6, 2010
Stephanie, great presentation about Twitterville. I have to admit that before reading this book I thought that Twitter was the stupidest social media site ever! I didn’t understand teh point in telling the world what I was doing every second of every day. I’m just not that interesting! However, the part in the book that got me thinking was when they first started Twitter and the employees of the company were talking to each other about work stuff on Twitter. I thought that made a lot of sense. It reminded me of the movie The Proposal when everyone in the office talked to one another about their boss (Sandra Bulloch) on their computers. I can see how Twitter could be used for something like that! After reading Twitterville I might just give it a try! Nice presentation!

4. Comment on Eryn Pond’s Blog – Body Language and Non Verbal Communication in a Job Interview
March 9, 2010
After researching this topic for my own blog, I was shocked at just how much nonverbal behavior can really say. Who would have thought that the way your legs are faced could tell an interviewer your attitude about the job? If the pressure of an interview wasn’t enough, now we have to think about what we are saying when we don’t say anything at all!! This is a lot of pressure! I liked your picture of the girl with the different blurbs about body language. I once read a magazien article that said that Nicole Kidman was a very protected and shy person and showed this quality by always standing with her hands crossed in front of her. That same article analyzed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship status based on their nonverbal behaviors. I hope people aren’t as perceptive to these nonverbals as research suggests. haha

5. Comment on Kati Ann’s Blog – Cover Letter Tips for PR Majors
March 9, 2010
Kati Ann, I really like the way your blog is set up! This particular blog post was very helpful. We are at that point where we need to really start thinking about jobs, resumes and coverletters. As much as I hate to admit it, cover letters are so essential to your resume. It’s like the very first impression you have on an employer. And I have ran into the issue of just not having enough room on my resume to tell the employer all that I want to. I have those little things that don’t exactly fit in anywhere in my actual resume but make a great addition to my cover letter! I remember one of my high school teachers made us write cover letters and I thought he was crazy. Now I realize just how valuable they can be. I liked all the extra sources you provided! Those will definitely come in handy as I try to perfect my resume package and cover letters! Thanks for the tips! Good job!

6. Comment on Kristin Bixby’s Blog : Internships
March 16, 2010
Hey Kristin! I like your blog. I am currently interning and I can honestly say that I am learning so much at my internship. I am also gaining REAL hands on experience that I might not otherwise receive if I didn’t have an internship. Your point about all the stuff we do in our classes not being the same as real hands on experience. It isn’t! Yes we learn the format of things or the basic idea of how to do something but until it is your job to complete a real press release to send to the media, you just don’t know. I had to write and send out my first press release the other day at my internship and I was so scared, I think I checked it like 15 times! Luckily one of the newspapers liked it enough to publish it! I think internships really do help give students more confidence in their work as well. When you actually have to complete a task that affects other people besides you and your grades, you really step up to the plate and get things done. And then feel really great about it in the end!

7. Comment on Meg Tidmore’s Blog: Students helping with Census
March 16, 2010
Hey Meg! I am so glad you blogged about this! I think it’s great that they employed the help of college students to help with the 2010 census. I think more organizations/causes etc. should get college students to help with their causes. I mean.. let’s face it.. there are a bunch of us! One thing I thought about when we were looking up census information for campaigns though was.. how do I use this information? I mean they spend all this time getting all these facts and figures but how do I use those facts to help me and my client? I definitely think I should look more into the census and what exactly I, as well as other potential PR practitioners, use the census information to help them.  Great blog Meg!

8. Comment on Jessica Cameron’s Blog: What to Wear to a PR Job Interview
I really liked this post from you! You had a lot of great information that will be helpful when I go in for job interviews. I am a little scared however that my wardrobe doesn’t include all the things you suggest wearing in your blog. Suits.. I definitely need to invest in. And pantie hose.. who wears those anymore? I can’t believe that’s a rule these days. I also heard on the radio that women shouldn’t wear high heels to an interview. I suppose we should wear flats? I don’t know. I also found it interesting that one of the things suggested in your post was to wear sparse makeup. I am not really sure what sparse makeup entails but I am sure that I need a little bit to look at all decent. There are just so many things to think about when going for a job interview! I will definitely have to review the rules you provide before my next interview. Thanks for the tips!

9. Comment on Kristen Bixby’s Blog: Informational Interview Recap
April 3, 2010
I really liked reading about your interview with a PR professional. I thought the fact that the professional you chose to interview said that Facebook and Twitter is so important to her job was particularly interesting. The professional I chose to interview told me that she wishes she had planned for social media to be so popular because now, she said she is struggling to keep up with the times. I guess we are lucky to have grown up right in the middle of the social media explosion! It sounds like the professional you interviewed has a pretty neat job! I would like to have a similar job in that, I love to Facebook and I think being able to go into work everyday and log into Facebook first thing would be pretty cool! haha. Sounds like you learned a lot through your interview. I am so happy that you are still motivated to work in public relations and I hope everything works out for the best for you!

10. Comment on Marilyn Lintel’s Blog: How to Stand Out as an Intern
April 5, 2010
I thought this was a great topic to blog about. I am currently interning right now, and although I am the only intern at the organization, I still think it is important for me to make my mark. I have trouble sometimes showing the people I work with that I can take on extra tasks and be trusted to get the job done and in a timely fashion. It’s hard when you walk into a situation where people automatically look at you like incapable of doing something great, which is how some internships can be. I think it’s important for interns to remember that regardless of how small the task may be, you are making a difference. It’s also important to remember that the interning experience is for you. You are there to learn so learn all that you can. You are going to mess up, it’s okay because, as so many people say.. “You’re just an intern.” Great blog!

11. Comment on Kristen Kelly’s Blog: The PR Pro: Rachel Miller
April 11, 2010
I liked reading about your experience interviewing a PR professional. I never really thought of a college recruiter as a public relation position.. but it so is! It seems like every day I learn of a new job that I could utilize my PR skills. I thought it was especially cool that she writes a description of people she meets on the back of their business card. That is such a great idea! I have some trouble placing people. I rarely forget a face.. but names and where I met them just leave my brain sometimes. I am definitely going to start using her trick! Thanks for sharing all this great information! Sounds like you had a great interview!

12. Comment on Marie Walker’s Blog: What makes a video a viral video
April 11, 2010
I thought this was a great thing to blog about! Currently I am in PR Campaigns and my group was thinking of launching a viral campaign and using some sort of catching video on YouTube. This blog gave me some great ideas of how to create a video that people might actually pay attention to. I totally get ya when you say that you don’t always pay attention to the videos that pop up. Some of them are just so pointless. I hope that we can create a video that is funny and really catches people’s eyes! I think humor is definitely something that people pay attention. I also liked the LEGS thing. Sexual videos do seem to get people watching. haha. Great blog. I really enjoyed reading these tips for making a good viral video.

13. Comment on Lindsey Townson’s Blog: Internship Advice
April 11, 2010
I really liked reading your advice about being an intern. Wow, I can’t believe you have already had two! Go you! I am currently interning now.. and it can be hard to really get into what you are doing because, lets face it, not all the tasks you are given are exciting. I do agree with you though, soak it all in. I have been exposed to so much stuff that I have learned about in the classroom but it is so different when you actually have to do it yourself. I have truly learned so much valuable information! I also liked that you suggested reading the papers you are filing. So true! The more you learn about the place you are interning, the more you give to them. It’s hard to walk into a new place and be able to offer something valuable when you don’t know anything about the place. Reading those papers you are filing or listening to people as they walk by you can really help you get some insight into the place you are working that you may not get if you don’t keep your eyes pealed and your ears open! Great advice!

14. Comment on Lauren Lee’s Blog: Internship Advice from me to you
April 18, 2010
I definitely agree that finding an internship can be a some what lengthy process. Before I really started looking for an internship, I was pretty picky. I totally thought that I was going to land the dream  internship. Then, this year, I got a wake up call. The “dream internship” isn’t as easy to get as it may seem. Although I may not be interning at a super cool place doing all the stuff I love, I will say that I am learning tons! The things I am learning at my internship will help me so much in the future. I would also tell anyone looking for an  internship or job that it really is who you know. I worked with the person I am interning with last semester while I was in the PR Events class. You never know who will be able to help you out in the future, so make good connections with people and maybe one day, they can help you land that dream internship or job!

15. Comment on Meghan Beytagh’s Blog: Shadow Project
April 19, 2010
Meghan, I really enjoyed your presentation in class about your shadowing experience. I thought it was so cool that you actually got to do stuff for them that they really used! Go You! I am going to be doing my shadowing tomorrow and I am a little nervous. I hope that I get to do fun stuff like you did during your shadowing. I think this is such a great experience for all of us to have. It shows us what real public relations professionals do on a day to day basis. I think we are beginning to see all the opportunities out there for us. As graduation nears we all have the hard task of deciding what exactly we want to do with this very versatile degree! Great blog! I’m glad you had fun!

16. Comment on Marie Walker’s Blog: Toyota is Looking up!
April 19, 2010

Marie, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. Speaking from a proud Toyota-owner’s point of view, I really still love my Toyota even after the recent situation. I agree with you when you say that loyalty is what helped Toyota get over this little bump in the road. I think Toyota set themselves up to handle this sort of issue years ago when they acquired very loyal customers that trust and respect the Toyota brand. Before this situation, Toyota had already established themselves in the eyes of customers as being a reliable and trustworthy car maker. So even though this recent issue was a kind of big deal, because Toyota had already established themselves, I think it wasn’t nearly as big a deal as it could have been. Props to Toyota for getting through this issue quickly and effectively!

17. Comment on Stephanie Medlin’s Blog: Career Services Event Reaction
April 19, 2010
Stephanie, I really enjoyed reading this blog about this Career Services Event you attended! I really wish I would have attended this event. It sounds like you got a lot of great tips on how to have a successful interview! Interviews scare me so much. These tips are definitely things I will remember the next time I interview for a job. I especially enjoyed the tip about being prepared before you leave your house. The story about the woman who was changing her clothes in her car at Enterprise sounds familiar unfortunately. haha I’m not saying that I have changed clothes in my car for an interview, but I have prepped myself before going into the building. When you are running late and still have to put on mascara or something, it’s easy to just do that in your car. I suppose I should take the extra time at home to make sure I am totally ready and prepared.

18. Comment on Marilyn Lintel’s Blog: PR Reality Television Finally
April 19, 2010
I LOVE Kell on Earth! I think this show is a great representation of what a real public relation’s profession is like. This show shows viewers that public relations really isn’t all vacations and parties. Kelly is so serious about what she does and has obviously paid her dues in the PR world to earn her place in the industry. I especially like that the show gives light to all the work Kelly and her office does. A lot of people don’t realize what all goes into planning and executing an event or contacting the media about upcoming events. I think it’s good that people get to see that it is in fact a lot of work and also a 24-hour job. Blackberry phones are a PR professional’s best friend!
P.S. I pay $10 extra just so I can have Bravo!

19. Comment on Jeff Carter’s Blog: Foursquare: A New Way to Track Waldo
April 21, 2010
Wow.. this sounds crazy! Talk about Facebook and Twitter being intrusive.. this takes it to a whole new level! I will admit right here in from of everyone, I am not a Twitter user. I’m sure some of my teachers would just die to know that but I’m just not into updating my status ALL THE TIME. I just don’t see the point. This Foursquare site sounds like even more work than Twitter. I suppose it could be helpful for businesses but really, I think it’s just asking for trouble. just like the situation you explained, I think telling people what you are doing at all times is not only annoying but dangerous. Who knows who’s reading that stuff and what they could or are doing with that information. I just don’t think this site is a very good idea.. just my opinion. Thanks for sharing though Jeff!

20. Comment on Kacie Whigham’s Blog: Untouched
April 21, 2010
Wow.. I had not heard about this at all. I don’t buy the whole “no makeup” thing for a second. I need to go out and get this magazine, but obviously she is wearing makeup on the cover. I wonder if they photo-shopped her pictures or not. That’s something we will never know I guess. I also think about all the people helping celebrities out on the set of photo shoots. I mean, there are people there telling them how to sit, stand, etc. Not to mention there is a ton of lighting that goes into these photos. I realize you have to have good lighting to get a decent shot for a magazine cover but if you’re going to say untouched, let’s see Jessica in bright florescent lights at the grocery store. That would give us all a much more realistic idea of what she REALLY looks like. I definitely think this is a publicity stunt. So is the fact that she went on Oprah and talked about all the press she got for being fat. She admitted on Oprah that she was a size 2 and that she didn’t think that was fat at all. I mean.. I totally agree.. but I just think there are more important things to discuss than Jess’s dress size. Great topic to blog about. I am glad I came across this! Although I say there should be more interesting stuff to talk about than celeb gossip, I still buy the magazines so.. I guess they know how to make money.

21. Comment on Brittany Cook’s Blog: How to Pass you Employer’s “Background Check”
April 21, 2010
Hey Brittany! Congrats on the engagement! I think it’s interesting that one of your tips for passing your employer’s background check talks about opening your Facebook in front of them. Honestly, I don’t think my profile is bad by any means.. but opening it in front of a possible employer.. I don’t know about that. I can’t even imagine being in that position. I have gone through my pictures many times and deleted the “questionable” images. However, there are still those lingering pictures that could be seen as inappropriate by some. What to do? I recently contemplated deleting my Facebook all together. I thought this would be the best way to ensure that no one say me in a light that I didn’t want to be seen in. But then I thought about all the time that I would have to do more productive things if I didn’t have a Facebook and decided to keep it! haha Guess I’ll just have to take another look at the pictures before I try to get a job! Nice tips!

22. Comment on James Kicklighter’s post: Everything I Learned at Georgia Southern: Freshman Year
April 21, 2010
I really in enjoyed reading this post James! I definitely think I have learned so much in college, and I don’t just mean facts and figures.. I mean about people. I can honestly say that although I lived in a crappy,old dorm, I loved it! I met so many cool people in the dorms that I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise. The people from Olliff Hall will always have that in common and I love that. I also loved reading about your experience going Greek. I spent my entire freshman year knocking anyone and anything Greek. I did not see the point. I was making tons of friends and swore I didn’t need or want to be a part of a sorority. But like you, I met someone in ADPi that I really connected with and she is what made me change my mind about that subculture called Greeks. I met so many people in ADPi and really discovered a lot about myself as well as about other people. ADPi was also one of the first situations where I saw young adults working for something. It was way different than any high school group. Anyways.. nice post! And I am so thankful that I was able to meet you here at GSU!

23. Comment on Emily Roche’s Blog: PR Connection-PR and Sex Therapy
April 21, 2010
Oh my gosh girl do I have some thoughts on this topic. I agree one hundred percent with Sandra. Sex therapy is completely a cop out and a bad one at that! Basically I think that Jessie was just a man that didn’t appreciate what he had and then realized that he was in too deep. Jessie.. word of advice: Don’t take advice from Tiger Woods. I think both of these men would have been better off and probably seen in a better light by the public if they had just admitted that they were scum bags. The whole sex therapy just sounds like a vacation to me. So they go to a nice spa for a few days where they have no media bugging them about their issues. Grow some “you know whats” and admit that you were WRONG. And for any PR person that thinks that the situation is handled by just sending people off to sex therapy.. news flash.. it’s not!

24. Comment on Damara Simmon’s Blog: NO Smoking!! Colleges Moving to Ban Smoking on Campus
April 21, 2010
I really don’t know how I feel about the non-smoking campuses. I mean, I feel ya on the whole issue at Veazey. Sometimes it does bother me when I’m walking in or out of teh building and have to smell that smoke. However, at the same time, where will they go? I suppose it could help students quit smoking. I mean no one is going to go home to smoke I guess. But what about in the parking lots? There is really no way for this rule to be enforced. I think if college campuses did institute a no-smoking rule campus-wide it would simply be ignored. Who is going to make sure people aren’t smoking? If GSU starts to have smoking officers walking around the campus like those little ticket guys.. I will just die haha.

25. Comment on Meghan Beytagh’s Blog: Dominos Video a Prank
April 21, 2010
I can’t believe those people made that video about Dominos. I think that is so disgusting. But you are right, social media has such a large reach that it is nearly impossible to not hear about the latest scandal. I think this is a good and bad thing. I think it is great that social media can reach so many people and so fast. In a certain situations, like a crisis, this could be a great thing. However, I think social media could be a bad thing sometimes too. If angry customers can just go blog about their issues and make the business feel like they have to pay out to save their own reputation, what is this doing to business? I mean.. let’s face it.. some people are just ridiculous and only out for the money or fame. I can see in the near future, people just Tweeting to get attention and get paid. What if social mediums start to just be the court system in a way? Businesses hear about unruly customers Tweeting about their business, they pay the person to shut up, and the issue is solved just like that. I don’t know if that is such a great scenario for anyone. I actually know someone right now who is getting sued by his former boss for posting something on his Facebook status about their business and how unhappy he was working there. How crazy is that? And what if he actually looses his case.. all because of a Facebook status update.

What to Wear to a PR Job Interview

Posted in PRCA 4711 on March 4, 2010 by candicehall

Dressing for an interview can be just as stressful as the actual interview. What pants to wear? What shoes look best? What shirt is most professional? These are some questions I’ve asked myself while getting ready fro an interview. It’s sometimes difficult for women to know what exactly comes across as professional. Should we wear dresses or pants? One of my marketing teachers told me that women should always wear panty hose in a business professional situation. Is this true? I hate panty hose. I also heard on the radio that women shouldn’t wear heals to an interview. To get some facts about interview dress, I consulted for some pointers. They say that what you wear to an interview is extremely important. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we judge people based on the way they look. Sometimes a job interview is the first impression that employees has of you. If you are dressed unprofessional they may think you are not capable for the job. Wearing flip-flops or sandles to an interview can really give the impression that you don’t care and aren’t very serious about the position you’re applying for.

Alison Doyle gives these tips for “What NOT to Wear to an Interview”:

What Not to Wear on a Job Interview

  • Flip-flops or sneakers.
  • Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don’t wear any underwear that shows – even if your bra straps match your top.
  • Shorts.
  • Jeans.
  • Skirts that are too short.
  • Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.
  • Blouses that are too low-cut or too short – don’t show your cleavage or your belly.
  • More on underwear and low-rise pants – make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.

Business Professional  Virginia Tech’s Career Service’s website talks about interview attire and suggests a two-piece suit as being the safest and best option for a job interview. They say wearing a suit to the interview shows that you are very serious about the interview and the potential job. They also mention that even if you know that the work environment is a relaxed one and you could wear jeans to work, DON’T. At least wear a suit to you interview so you look committed and serious about the job. VA Tech also says that making sure your outfit is well pressed and clean is an important thing. Also, don’t wear colors or patterns that are distracting. Usually neutral colors like black, brown, navy are best says VA Tech.

As we begin our job search and are looking for the proper outfits to wear to interviews, it’s important to invest in clothes that are good quality and fit well. Although we may not be able to afford those top dollar suits our bosses are wearing, we can still purchase good-looking, professional clothing. It’s also important to buy pieces that are classics. Instead of following the trends with you professional dress, buy clothes that never go out of style, like a well-tailored jacket and pant. If we look professional, we feel professional and people see us as being professional and serious about a career!


Posted in PRCA 4711 on March 2, 2010 by candicehall

Social Media: A Jobseeker’s Dream-Come-True or Worst Nighmare?

Posted in PRCA 4711 on February 17, 2010 by candicehall

As graduation inches closer, my fear of applying for and getting a job grows immeasurably larger. For every previous job I’ve had, my job search process has consisted of walking into the place and asking to speak to a manager. This strategy hasn’t failed me as of yet however, I’m pretty sure the process for a public relations position is probably somewhat different from that of a waitressing job at the local diner. In today’s economic situation jobs are obviously not something easily attained for most. Adding to the stress of searching for a job is how to search for a job. Today, social media sites are making way into the hiring process and seem to be a big deal for both employers and job-seekers. Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand and Achieve Career Success, suggests that today’s job-searchers should spend only 10% of their time submitting their resumes to job banks  and attending job fairs and the other 90% focusing on all the benefits of social media. He provides several tips to help people utilize social media in their job search process. One thing that Schawbel suggests doing instead of searching for jobs online is to search for names. Social media sites allow us to access basically anyone we wish to. With today’s sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, and more, we are able to find and contact people who we may otherwise not be able to contact. Facebook and other sites also allow us to message people directly that we aren’t friends with. It’s possible to contact the hiring manager directly to get some information about the job or GIVE some information about yourself. Schawbel also mentions that search engines allow us to search for people who work in the companies and organization we are interested in. This approach could help find employee websites and other helpful information about the company. This is also a great way to introduce yourself and get people talking about you and your credentials!

Although social media can be a great tool to use in your search for employment, it can also be “hazardous,” as describes. One article on this website discusses a study completed by a firm called ExcutNet. In their study, they found that 77% of employee recruiters said that they DO check social media sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. to see what their possible future employees are doing in their spare time. Of this 77% of recruiters, 35% said they have eliminated candidates for jobs based on information that they retrieved from social media sites. also offers these three suggestions when it comes to using social media:
1.) Be Careful- Nothing is private. Don’t post anything on your site that you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with an employer.
2.) Be Discrete- Many sites now offer privacy options. Take advantage of these features and make your site private.
3.) Be Prepared- During your job search and even while working, be sure to check your social media sites regularly for your friend’s comments. You can control what you say but you can’t control what other people say. So be aware and check regularly!

As we quickly move to a more technology focused society, it’s important to take advantage of all the opportunities technology can offer.However, with every good comes some bad. It’s important to be aware of the dangers that come along with using social media, especially while searching for a job. Rachel Levy, guest author on, highlights some of the best features of different social media sites and tells how people can utilize those features in their job search process.