By: Samantha Conti
Next month, PRSA is holding a virtual career fair on April 18 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The main goal of the event is to help people succeed in finding a job as well as connect and build relationships with others and their organizations. PRSA suggests that everyone from students to professionals to attend the event who are looking to learn and find job opportunities. A list of PRSA member positions include:
By Rachel Zetwick
During college, it can be hard to travel for a job or internship interview because of busy schedules and long distances. Because of this, many students are required to participate in live video interviews instead of traditional in-person interviews. With many public relations job application deadlines fast approaching, here are some tips for your next video interview.
Get Used to the Technology
A few hours or even days before your interview, practice using the technology you will be using for your video call. Whether the company you are interviewing with uses Skype, Zoom or another program, make sure you know how it works and that your computer’s microphone and video are working properly. This way, you can prevent technical mishaps during your interview.
Choose a Neutral Background
While your posters and pictures may make your dorm room look cool, they definitely won’t help during a video interview. Stage your camera in front of a neutral background so you do not distract your interviewers.
By: Grace Wells
1. Do your homework
Always make sure to do some basic background research. This allows you to be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.
2. Practice Interview
Have answers prepared for the basic interview questions expected. Questions such as: How do you handle stress? What is your greatest weakness? Or Are you willing to fail? Should all have prepared answers ahead of time.
3. Dress for Success
First impressions are key for successful interviews. You not only have to act the part but you have to look the part. Dress accordingly to the work environment you are interviewing for. But when in doubt, overdressing is always better than underdressing.
4. Get there early
That old saying, “Leave on time you’ll get there early, leave early you’ll get there on time”. Well, now is time to put this saying really into practice. Plan your outfit the night before. But, also plan for traffic. Plan ahead but put in enough of a time pad for things to be able to go wrong.
5. Show your knowledge
Be able to use concrete specific examples so your interview stands out among the other candidates for the position.
6. Send A Thank You
Send a thank you or email to the people you interviewed with to show interest in the position. Send the thank you within 24 hours.
By Rachel Zetwick
In the summer of 2016, I was a congressional intern for the Office of Speaker Paul D. Ryan. At the beginning of my internship, I expressed interest in working with the Speaker’s press team as I wanted to put what I was learning in my communication classes to use. Here are three things that I learned while working with Speaker Ryan’s team.
1. Build relationships with members of the media
Throughout my internship, I was invited to attend numerous Speaker press conferences. I noticed that his press team and media members had built strong, respectful relationships with each other. This allowed for news to be provided to the public in an efficient and effective manner.
2. Think proactively about social media
One of my intern tasks was to research the following base of the Speaker’s Twitter account. I learned about the importance of understanding a governmental official’s following, and how social media is an easy means of communication for congressional members and their constituents. I also learned about the importance of hashtags during a political campaign.
3. Be prepared for media appearances at all times
Throughout my internship, the Speaker was required to make unexpected media appearances quite often. Since my internship was during an election year, this was even more true as the Speaker had to be prepared to continue his campaign while also answering unexpected media questions related to the election.
By: Lindsay Thomas
As the semester is nearing an end, many students are stressed out about not having either an internship or full-time job lined up. The dreaded, “What are your plans this summer?” or “What are you doing after graduation?” or better yet, “Have you interviewed for a job?” will no doubt, come up during your family Thanksgiving. For those seniors who don’t have any idea what is next, full-on freak out mode will commence.
Whether or not you have a job yet, I can say that time is no predictor on how successful you will be in the future. Some of us just get lucky and land a job early on, but many employers don’t actually start hiring until spring semester. And while it is unfortunate having to wait for what seems like an eternity, it should be reassuring that you still have a lot of time to figure it all out. You might feel like a failure right now because you’ve seen your friends landing interviews and receiving job offers and you’ve yet to get one, but know you are far from a failure.
I wanted to share some advice I received from my mother when I was feeling discouraged after career fair last year that helped me stay positive: “Just because you don’t get a certain job doesn’t mean you aren’t qualified or they didn’t necessarily like you. They may just not see you as the best fit. And while it’s hard not to take rejection personally, you have to keep your head up and know that you are awesome, and you will find something that best fits you.” Enough said. Keep your head up!
By: Tyler Madsen
The recent revamp and move of Miami Career Services from Western Campus to Armstrong came with a useful tool not known to many, called “handshake.” Handshake is a database similar to LinkedIn, however, it is more tailored to the internship hunt. The site is fairly easy to use, and is divided into four different tabs:
By: Beth Pfohl
It is common practice in the public relations industry to have one, if not two or more, related internships before starting your first “big kid” job. So at this point, you know you need an internship but probably don’t have a clue about how to get one. Below are some tips I learned through trial (and error) to help you find the perfect internship that will get you where you want to go.
1. Where do you want to work?