Throughout my last semester of college I will be covering weekly topics chosen by my PR Practicum class. These topics will vary around public relations issues. There are about 14 weeks left until I graduate, so you will be able to find about 14 different topics. Some you may find these posts helpful, insightful, or maybe just a review. But, I will try my best to post something of interest, and who knows, maybe after these 14 weeks, not only will I have learned something new, but you as well!
Cover Letter Tips for PR Majors
Obviously, I’m not a PR Einstein, considering I’m still in classes and have not yet entered the world of working in PR, but I have found some great tips, from people who have. I’ve also provided the links to their websites, or places where you may want to purchase a book concerning this topic.
1. Remember before you get an interview, you will submit a cover letter. This cover letter is the way of communication besides your resume between you and your possible future employer. Make sure its not only good, but great! There cannot be mistakes in it. Why? Because it shows a sense of irresponsibility and carelessness to your possible future employer. They don’t know you so this means, this letter is all they are judging you by until you actually meet them in an interview. Its your ticket and chance to sell yourself. So make it good, and show em what you got! 🙂
PR people, here’s a helpful process with steps to follow to really knock out that professional you’re trying to impress! http://www.jobbankusa.com/public_relations_cover_letter.html
2. Have you read some of the helpful tips above and felt the drive to get started, but didn’t know exactly where to start? Below I have found an excellent sample cover letter, that could be just the encouragement you need to get typing. You can find many cover letter samples on the internet. Here’s one for PR majors like you and I. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverlettersamples/a/publicrelations.htm
3. Here are 6 easy steps for PR majors that are given that most of us know, but might easily forget. These 6 steps might be helpful to keep as a checklist as you are writing your cover letter. http://www.ehow.com/how_2046390_write-cover-letter-public-relations.html
4. Another issue to consider is not only what to put in your cover letter but also what not to put in your cover letter. Here are 10 c0ver letter mistakes to avoid. http://content.mycareer.com.au/advice-research/cover-letter/cover-letter-mistakes-to-avoid.aspx
5. And last but not least, I found an article on cnn.com titled “you’re not getting the job- 25 reasons why.” Its not entirely about cover letters, but I felt had some interesting tips for the everyday jobseeker. Take a look. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/05/28/cb.sabotage.job.search/index.html
Lastly, from what I’ve read and encountered, be yourself in a cover letter. Make sure the way you come across is friendly and positive. And no matter what always be interested in the position you are pursuing.