Posted by: kris10ly | January 27, 2010

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Comment One

  • Title of Post: “portfolios for public relations students” By: Barbara Nixon
  • Hyperlink: http://publicrelationsmatters.com/2010/02/13/portfolios-for-public-relations-students/
  • Date: February 17, 2010
  • Comment: “I found the responses from the professionals to be very insightful. Most of them recommended having both print and digital copies of your portfolio. It also can vary depending upon the company you are looking to apply for. Some may require one or the other. A pro for a hard copy of your portfolio is it won’t get lost in the interviewer’s overflowing mailbox, or potentially blocked from a firewall. On the other hand, it can be perceived as outdated. A pro for a digital copy of your portfolio is it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to be creative. However, a downfall can include technical glitches. This always appears to happen at the worst times (like during a crucial interview). To sum it up, have both forms at hand.”

Comment Two

  • Title of Post: “Body Language And Nonverbal in Interviews” By: Eryn Pond
  • Hyperlink: http://epond6.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/body-language-and-nonverbal-in-interviews/#comment-76
  • Date: March 5, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Eryn! Your advice on the importance of body language and non-verbal behavior in job interviews was right on target. I took the nonverbal quiz and scored a 12 out of 12. According to the University of Kent’s quiz, I’m a “Non-verbal Communication (NVC) Wizard!” I found a lot of the same advice when I researched about the do’s and don’ts of body language and non-verbal behavior during job interviews. It’s amazing how many people focus more on what they want to say in an interview versus how they should say it. Non-verbal’s are a crucial part of a job interview and something everyone should pay more attention to.”

Comment Three

  • Title of Post: “What to Wear to a PR Job Interview” By: Candice Hall
  • Hyperlink: http://candimichelle.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/what-to-wear-to-a-pr-job-interview/#comment-41
  • Date: April 11, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Candice! I really enjoyed reading your blog post about what to wear to a job interview. I strongly agree with your comment about how it’s hard for women to decide what to wear in relation to pants or a skirt. As a woman, we want to be taken seriously. For me personally, I always wear pants to my job interviews. I feel comfortable, confident and professional. As you said in your post, “If we look professional, we feel professional…” I agree with you 100%. You have one shot to make a good impression and it’s up to you to make it a lasting one.”

Comment Four

  • Title of Post: “Cover Letter Tips” By: Allison Allmond
  • Hyperlink: http://aallmond1.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/cover-letter-tips/#comment-29
  • Date: April 11, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Allison! I really enjoyed reading your advice about cover letters. You described it perfectly when you said, “A cover letter is the prelude to your resume.” It truly is and that is why it is so important to have a strong cover letter. If your cover letter is sloppy and contains a lot of mistakes, most employers will not even look at your resume. Think of your cover letter as a pitch. How would you pitch yourself to a potential employer? They want to know what you can do for them. What makes you a better candidate for the job or interview? It is important to address all of these questions when you are writing your cover letter.”

Comment Five

  • Title of Post: “My Interview With a PR Professional” By: Meghan Spillers
  • Hyperlink: http://meghanspr.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/my-interview-with-a-pr-professional/#comments
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Meghan! I really enjoyed reading this post about your interview with Chelsey McNicoll. This is a perfect example, because it demonstrates how imperative it is for us to expose ourselves to the various social media. It is also a great way for us to continuously improve our writing skills. Social media provides us with an unlimited amount of opportunities. Today, everything is going digital. It is up to us to stay ahead of the game and to continuously update our skills and knowledge. If you do not use Social Media you are only limiting yourself. I definitely have a new and improved perspective. Thank you!”

Comment Six

  • Title of Post: “What to Wear to an Interview” By: Kristin Bixby
  • Hyperlink: http://kbixby1.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/what-to-wear-to-an-interview/#comment-46
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Kristin! I really enjoyed reading your post about “What to Wear to an Interview.” You are so right, what you wear to an interview is very important, because it is your first impression with the company. And clearly, you always want your first impression to be a positive and lasting one. I liked the comparison that you used in relation to the color of your clothing representing the type of work that you do. I have never thought of it that way. I am definitely going to take that into consideration the next time I am getting ready for an interview. Thanks for the great advice!”

Comment Seven

  • Title of Post: “Internship Advice 101” By: Sarah Kemp
  • Hyperlink: http://skemp1.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/internship-advice-101/#comments
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Sarah! I really enjoyed reading your post about tips for internships. I interned last summer at CNN and I agree with both Sam’s and Carleigh’s advice. However, meeting new people, getting involved and following up are the most important, I would have to say. Networking leads to endless opportunities for your future. Get involved in anything and everything. Do not wait to be told to do something, because more than likely you will be waiting for a long time and your supervisor does not have time to baby-sit. Follow-up, this is key. Even if you do not plan on working with the company that you interned for, you may need them for a recommendation in the future. Do not limit your options. Great advice Sarah!”

Comment Eight

  • Title of Post: “Need an internship? Heres some words of advice.” By: Ally Kupcewitz
  • Hyperlink: http://allykup123.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/need-an-internship-heres-some-words-of-advice/#comments
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Ally! The advice you shared in this post is extremely helpful and informative. I would have to say from my experience that summer is the MOST competitive time to find an internship, especially if you are looking for your dream internship. I agree, you want to try to find an internship that you would be interested in potentially working for in the future. On the other hand, after you complete the internship, you may find that you do not want to work with that particular company. Regardless, right now is not the time for us to be picky. An internship is a learning opportunity, period. The experience is what you make of it. Thank you for your great advice!”

Comment Nine

  • Title of Post: “Do’s and Don’ts of Interview Attire” By: Brittney Lindsay
  • Hyperlink: http://brittlindsay.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/dos-and-donts-of-interview-attire/
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: Hi Brittney! Wow, that is quite the story for a first interview. Great job! You are so right a first impression is everything. In your case, it landed you a job right away! It is very important for people to understand how imperative it is to dress for success. As you said, “…it can make or break an interviewee.” I remember for my first interview back in high school, my parents made me dress professionally too. I can honestly say, it makes all the difference in the world. When you dress professionally, an employer is more inclined to take you seriously as well as see you as someone who can positively represent his or her company. I really enjoyed your advice! Thanks!”

Comment Ten

  • Title of Post: “Learning From Interviewing Others In The PR World” By: Emily Roche
  • Hyperlink: http://eroche1.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/learning-from-interviewing-others-in-the-pr-world/
  • Date: April 22, 2010
  • Comment: “Hey Emily! Your interview with Amy Jacques was very insightful. She has experienced a lot of amazing opportunities working as an associate editor of publications for Public Relations Society of America. I cannot wait to take what we have learned in our major courses and be able to apply it in the PR industry. I agree with what Amy said about the importance of writing and keeping up with the continuos changes in technology. If you are going to work in the PR industry, you have to be willing to adapt to change as well as be able to move/think at a very fast pace. Amy’s advice was extremely helpful!”

Comment Eleven

  • Title of Post: “Benefits & Pitfalls of Social Media for Job Seekers” By: Jessica Cameron
  • Hyperlink: http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/benefists-pitfalls-of-social-media-for-job-seekers/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Jessica! The 7 secrets from Mashable are great ways to use social media to help you find a job. It is amazing to see the transformation of social media from when it was first introduced up until now. As you said, it started out as a way to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and family. Now, it is widely used for professional networking. The method of job searching has forever changed. With advances in technology continuously changing, who knows what it will be like ten years from now… I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for the great advice!”

Comment Twelve

  • Title of Post: “Cover Letter Tips” By: John Keith
  • Hyperlink: http://jkeith1906.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/cover-letter-tips/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: Hi John! I really like the comparison you used in relation to thinking of your cover letter as a commercial for yourself. I have never though of it that way before, but it is so true. It is very important to maintain professionalism throughout the cover letter. An employer wants to know what you can do for them and how it will benefit the company/organization as a whole. Ask yourself, “Why am I the best candidate for the job.” What is something that will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd? Like you said, you have to sell yourself. Thanks for the great tips!

Comment Thirteen

  • Title of Post: “Internship Advice” By: Danielle Barrett
  • Hyperlink: http://dsmilez.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/internship-advice-prca-3711/#comments
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Danielle! The advice you gave about internships is so true. Last summer, I completed an internship with CNN. I did not need to take 9 hours, but I chose to do so anyways. It was the best decision I could have made, because in order to get the most out of your internship experience, you need time. Also, as you said, it gives you that real world experience. You will not get that kind of experience by completing a 3 hour internship. Make the most of it. Get involved in as much as you can. An internship is what you make of it. Thanks for the advice!”

Comment Fourteen

  • Title of Post: “What to wear? PR Edition” By: Meghan Callahan
  • Hyperlink: http://meghancallahan99.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/what-to-wear-pr-edition/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Meghan! Great tips! It is interesting to think about how the standards for interview attire have changed over time. This is why it is so important for everyone to stay up-to-date on what attire is expected for interviewees today. I agree, you should collect information on the company you are looking to apply for or have an interview with. In some cases, you may not be required to dress in formal attire. However, if you decide to dress more casual make sure it is business casual. Most of the rules still follow. Thank you for sharing this great advice!”

Comment Fifteen

  • Title of Post: “How to Stand out as an Intern” By: Marilyn Lintel
  • Hyperlink: http://marilynpr.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/how-to-stand-out-as-an-intern/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Marilyn! The tips that you shared are very beneficial. Last summer, I completed an internship with CNN. Along with my internship, I decided to get involved in an extracurricular project with a small group of interns. My supervisor was not only impressed with my quality of work, but was even more astounded when he saw the final product of the project I had been working on aside from my actual internship. If you can handle it, I highly recommend going that extra mile. This shows your employer that you have good time management skills. I promise it will pay off. Thanks for sharing your advice about internships!”

Comment Sixteen

  • Title of Post: “Dress to Impress” By: Lauren Lee
  • Hyperlink: http://laurenashleylee.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/dress-to-impress/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Lauren! Great tips about what to wear to an interview. It is amazing to see the number of people that do not know what is appropriate to wear. Your interview attire can help you to land a job, if you are dressed professionally and if you follow the basic guidelines for dressing for success. Also, it always helps to get multiple opinions, from those whom you respect of course. It is important to decide on an outfit in advance, because you may need to iron it, take it to the dry cleaners, etc. As you said, “The first impression is vital.” If you are wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in, then it will help you to be confident inside. Thanks for the advice!”

Comment Seventeen

  • Title of Post: “Styrofoam and Social Media” By: Shannon McCloud
  • Hyperlink: http://smccloud.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/styrofoam-and-social-media/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Shannon! The tips you provided about social media are very interesting and informative. Social media is being used more and more in businesses/organizations. As you mentioned, “…it opens up a dialogue between company and customer.” Through this, customers are getting the chance to have a voice by offering constructive feedback. Customer relations has increasingly become the focus for companies, because it helps them to positively improve their business. Before social media, it made it more difficult for companies to measure customer satisfaction. Social media has forever changed the way for companies and individuals. I look forward to seeing what the future has in store. Thanks for the great tips!”

Comment Eighteen

  • Title of Post: “Internship Advice” By: Sarah Monahan
  • Hyperlink: http://samonahan.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/internship-advice/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Sarah! An internship is the perfect opportunity to network. As you said, treat your internship like a job. You can be the intern that runs coffee all day or you can take some initiative and show your employer that you want to learn more. Last summer, I completed an internship at CNN. It was up to me to create opportunities for myself. By doing this, I learned more than I could have ever imagined. Also, It is important to remember that you need to apply for multiple internships in advance, because it is becoming more and more competitive. Once you have an internship, make the most out of it!”

Comment Nineteen

  • Title of Post: “Oh, Do I stink?” By: Meg Tidmore
  • Hyperlink: http://matidmore.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/oh-do-i-stink/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Meg! Great advice! I agree with you about the importance of eye contact. This shows the employer that you care and want to take it seriously. Your body language is vital during an interview. Many people forget to focus on their body language, because they are more worried about what they are going to say in the interview. If you do not tune into your nonverbal language, it could be the death of your interview. One of the most important things that I learned from my experience, besides eye contact, is to smile. You want to show the employer that you are excited about the potential opportunity to work with them. I really enjoyed this post! Thanks!”

Comment Twenty

  • Title of Post: “Internship Advice” By: Linsdey Townson
  • Hyperlink: http://prstudent2professional.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/internship-advice/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: Hi Lindsey! Last summer, I completed an internship with CNN. It was the most amazing experience and the connections that I made along the way are going to help me in the future. I will be graduating in May and not only have I been applying for jobs, but also internships. In my opinion, if you treat an internship like a job you have the potential to be offered a real position with the company. Even if you do not get a paid internship, you still need to work just as hard. The internship experience is what you make of it. Thanks for the great advice!

Comment Twenty-one

  • Title of Post: “What to wear to an interview” By: Marie Walker
  • Hyperlink: http://marielorelei.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/what-to-wear-to-an-interview/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: Hi Marie! You are so right. Your appearance is the first thing you communicate to others. A first impression is everything. This is why what you wear to an interview is so important. As an employee, you are representing the company you work for. If someone walks into an interview with a sloppy attire, the employer will not be able to picture you working for their company. As you said, you need to dress to impress. To work in a professional environment, you need to dress like a professional. Thank you for the great tips!

Comment Twenty-two

  • Title of Post: “Internship” By: Jeremy Watruba
  • Hyperlink: http://watruba.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/internship/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Jeremy! You offered some really great advice. I agree, you do not need to focus on trying to find a paid internship (unless you have to for financial reasons). The experience will be the same either way, because you are the one who is in control. As I have said time and time again, an internship is what you make of it. If you want to be the one who runs errands, then by all means do so. However, if you want to learn everything you can, take initiative and tell your employer. They can use all the help they can get. I do have to say that I am jealous of your friend too. What an incredible experience! I believe you can do anything that you put your mind to. I really enjoyed this post! Great work!”

Comment Twenty-three

  • Title of Post: “Dressing for the PR Job” By: Lauren Parr
  • Hyperlink: http://laur22.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/dressing-for-the-pr-job/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: “Hi Lauren! The way you dress has a major impact on your level of confidence. When it comes to dressing for an interview, it is crucial for you to feel confident as well as comfortable. The two go hand-in-hand. As you mentioned, younger generations have the misconception of what is appropriate to wear to an interview due to the skewed reality of TV. An interview is not the time or place for you to show off your newest edition to your wardrobe, unless it happens to be a new business suit. It is important to look like a professional, because in doing so, it will help you to feel and act as a professional. Thank you for sharing the great advice! Hopefully, the younger generations will use reliable resources such as the advice you gave before going to an interview.” 

Comment Twenty-four

  • Title of Post: “Interview Attire” By: Ashley Renfroe
  • Hyperlink: http://ashleyprisfunrenfroe.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/interview-attire/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: Hi Ashley! I like how you referred to the first impression for your interview as a supporting role. That is so true. The employer does not know anything about you besides your cover letter, resume and the way you look. Make sure what you wear to an interview supports what is included in your cover letter and resume. I am not one to judge a book by its cover, but you are right, when you go to an interview you will definitely be judged by your appearance. It is important to get multiple perspectives about your interview attire. Ask for individual’s opinions from those whom you respect. It is better to be safe than sorry. If you are unsure about an outfit, then do not wear it. Great advice!”

Comment Twenty-five

  • Title of Post: “Cover Letter Tips for PR Majors” By: Kati Ann Wright
  • Hyperlink: http://katiann4710.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/weekly-topic-cover-letter-tips-for-pr-majors/
  • Date: April 23, 2010
  • Comment: Hi Kati Ann! I really enjoyed reading your post. The tips you provided are extremely helpful. A cover letter is very important, because if you do not have a good cover letter than an employer may not even pick up your resume. As you said, it is a way of communication between you and the potential employer besides your resume. The purpose of a cover letter is to sell yourself and to add any important additional information that an employer may not be able to find out from reading your resume. I highly recommend to have as many people as possible proofread your cover letter. You do not want to have any mistakes, because more than likely the employer will throw it away. Great advice!
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