Throughout all of my conversations with interviewers and employers, industry professionals and college professors, every person has agreed on one sure-fire skill for job seekers- NETWORKING. For those pursuing a career in public relations, an exciting networking event is approaching that can’t be missed.
On Friday, February 19, between 11 am and 3 pm (Eastern), public relation professionals and industry headhunters will work together to introduce eager job seekers and employers- those approaching graduation, that means you, too- through an event appropriately called “Help a PR Pro Out.”
This is where yesterday’s post may come in handy. To participate in HAPPO, unemployed tweeps are encouraged to share a blog post, podcast, PowerPoint, etc. that will show employers their stuff. Be sure to post your creation along with the #HAPPO hashtag during the event, as certain industry professionals, or “market champions,” will be retweeting and working to connect potential employees with companies in specific markets.
Check out the official event blog for further information and updates at www.helpaprproout.com. Be sure to take note of all of the “market champions” and supporters listed! Some, like Sarah Evans, are offering additional ways to connect.
There’s no need to limit yourself to one networking event, though! There are handfuls of other creative ways to network. One in particular? A monthly Twitter chat, “designed to bring together PR students, professionals, and educators for a dynamic conversation about the Public Relations Industry and to provide opportunities for learning, networking and mentoring relationships,” PRStudChat is a fantastic way for undergrads to gain insight into the industry (not to mention make a great first impression).
The chats are moderated by Deirdre Breakenridge (@dbreakenridge) and hosted by the co-creator of HAPPO, Valerie Simon (@valeriesimon). Check out the group on LinkedIn or make an introduction to either of the lovely ladies mentioned and get involved today!
Not a public relations major? No sweat. Search for Twitter chats in your field or start one of your own with the help of a professor or student organization. Social media isn’t limited to the communication industry alone, and who better to make the initial connection than you?
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