Voce Student Weekly Reading 9/16: PR Interview and First Job Advice, Internship Expectations and More
“So remember your boss, work colleagues, and hiring managers can see your most polarizing tweets, even if they aren’t following you. And even if your public Facebook profile looks like Fort Knox, anyone can see images you’re tagged in by using graph search. Typing “photos of person’s name” into the search window reveals hidden pictures. Test it out to see how creepy it is.”
Voce Insight – If you’re surprised at what you can find out about your classmates online, just remember that the same might be said of you. Nothing is safe once posted online, and neither are your job prospects if you over-share.
“Based on the screenshots we’ve seen, Facebook is letting users opt for anything from 1 hour to 7 days, after which the given status update will self-destruct and disappear from view.”
Voce Insight – This (possible) new feature might have some interesting applications for communications professionals marketing a brand. Having the option to make a post time-sensitive may drive more engagement. However, it should be said that any content on Facebook is already fairly ephemeral. Everyone’s news feed is an never-ending river that will quickly take your post downstream and out of sight. Focusing on creating quality content that people will remember long after should still be the primary goal.
“Public relations is an exciting and dynamic field. It’s also very competitive, so if you are fortunate enough to land a job interview you want to make sure you’re well prepared. Since public relations is all about generating publicity and making a strong impression, you will have to do some PR of your own when being interviewed. Here are some tips to keep in mind.”
Voce Insight – Presentation: Public relations job interviews are essentially presentations. You must engage the interviewers and get them interested in what you have to say. Your presentation is your own personal PR.
“When you don’t have much to do, there is no harm in asking! This may seem somewhat daunting at first, depending on what kind of relationship you’re building with your supervisor, but it will make your internship much more worthwhile and your supervisor will appreciate your enthusiasm and proactivity.”
Voce Insight – Even if your internship isn’t turning out the way you dreamed, it’s important to keep your chin up and make the most of your situation. Stay productive by developing your personal brand during downtime through blogging, educational Twitter chats, etc.
“Unlike college, in the ‘real world,’ there are no As, Bs or Cs. New employees soon learn that it’s only pass/fail. Most entry-level employees receive less training now than at any point over the past 20 years. Employers expect you to hit the ground running — already expert in the position you’re expected to fill. So, don’t over-reach for a job that requires more skills than you currently possess.”
Voce Insight – The harsh reality of your first job is that nobody is going to spoon-feed you and hold your hand. Didn’t meet that deadline? Your boss isn’t going to fall for the whole “it got lost in email” excuse that used to work on your professor. A first job is about working extremely hard to prove yourself as a valued employee, even if the work you’re doing isn’t exactly glamorous.
“Many young people finish high school or college and wrongly assume that they’ll love every aspect of every job they’ll ever have. The truth is… that isn’t going to happen. Literally no one loves every part of his or her job. That’s okay. The trick is to figure out the parts you love and the parts that you don’t like that much, and then come up with ways you can make the icky parts more fun.”
Voce Insight – One of main complaints about millennials is that “they always feel entitled.” When it comes to your career, put the entitlement aside. No boss wants to deal with an arrogant, elitist personality, and they definitely won’t want to promote one. Work your way up from the bottom, by proving your worth time and time again. It helps to keep perspective- “it’s not about what your company can do for you, it’s what you can do for your company.”
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