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http://eroche1.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/learning-from-interviewing-others-in-the-pr-world/#comment-8
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1. Emily,
After reading through your professional interview, there were a few things that really stood out. One, is that she admitted there is a ton of writing involved. I must say that hearing multiple professors tell you over and over again that it is key and important can get exhausting after a while, but hearing it from someone who isn’t saying it to students day in and day out seems to strike a student’s (mine personally) attention. It was interesting that not only did she mention the obvious press releases and emails, but that she talked about twitter. It’s amazing to know what we do with our classes including twitter posts will possibly be used in our future careers. And second, what I found most intriguing was the amount of time she spend talking about technology. It’s interesting that PR professionals now are hiring new starters in PR for their ability and knowledge of technology and social media. I guess it’s a good thing we’ve gotten our practice, right?

2. Brittany,
I took a look at this link and read a little here and there about how the job market is looking especially for those of us looking for a job in public relations. The statistics weren’t amazing, but eye-opening and definitely enouraging from previous numbers. They had some really neat tips and advice on the post, such as, your first day on the job. That’s something that hadn’t really crossed my mind yet, since I’m still in the process of searching for a job, but it was good to read. Thanks for the website link, and we graduate in 2 weeks!
-Kati Ann
http://zta0621.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/prospects-improve-slightly-for-2010-graduates/#comment-38

3. Meghan,
I enjoyed your own personal definition of social media. The word “change” is one of the most exciting, yet scary words in my vocabulary as well. As we approach graduation, just know change can be for the better. You can and will do great things!
http://meghanlane.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/week-4-social-media-definition/#comments

4. Kacie,
This was a great post. I love how you took such a daily tool, such as, social media and applied it to something that really interests you. Being that you yourself are wedding planning, (how exciting) this was a really neat post to read. I agree that people can use social media as a real asset to help them plan for their weddings, I mean why not? People have started using social media for parties and events of all sorts, it would only make sense that those bride or groom to be’s would use this as an advantage. Just last weekend I was in my best friends wedding, and being that it was a pretty large wedding party the bride created a group on facebook to keep the wedding party updated on future events. It was basically a go-to calendar in case we had any questions. She was her own wedding planner and had made the itinerary and posted it to the group as well. It all was found to be very helpful. Thanks for your post- very interesting!
April 17, 2010 at 7:42 PM. Permalink.
http://kdwhigham.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/social-media-and-wedding-planning/#comments

5. Jessica,
First of all thank you so much for letting me use this post for my “guest blogger.” I thought that this post would really stand out to my readers, especially those reading who are curently job hunting. The tips for getting yourself out there are very helpful, and I totally agree 100%. I think that each pr graduate should have their own blog and be writing in it, so show a possible employer that they have writing abilities, and idea’s that deal with our field of study. I also agree with the fact that too much information can be a pitfall. If content on a page such as, facebook, is inappropriate, don’t make this available for a possible employer to read. The other day when we were talking about internship interviews and you said that you walked into an office of your social media sites posted about, it could have been a horrible experience for something to be pulled up that would in any way hurt your chances of getting the position. Branding is key these days. Thanks for the helpful post!
-Kati Ann
http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/benefists-pitfalls-of-social-media-for-job-seekers/#comment-130

6. Micaela,
I’m so glad you had Meghan on as one of your guest bloggers, as I did as well. I remember having this discussion with her about the “game” of foursquare, as we made our podcast on all issues covering foursquare. It really is a neat tool to use, but is crazy to thing that someone could be following your every move if they really wanted to. I have not yet joined although I look at the website all the time. Being that I don’t have internet on my cell phone really puts a damper on some of these tools, but I think its worth trying. Who doesn’t want to receive free offers or coupons available through companies or businesses you frequent often!
http://micaelacarter.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/guest-blogger-tow-15/#comment-66

7. Jessica,
I enjoyed this post and video very much! I loved the fact that you went and captured PRSSA actively holding a fundraiser in the community, super cool! The video was really cute and informative, but most importantly showed those of us that are not a part of the organziation what PRSSA does “hands on.” I’m so glad you posted this and captured it for those of us who could not attend. Thanks!
-Kati Ann
http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/prssa-ice-cream-fundraisers/#comment-131

8. Allie is one of my dearest friends, and I loved reading this. We actually earlier today had a conversation via facebook chat, over the growing trends in social media. I sent her a link to my blog and asked her to read some of the issues I had been talking about through my posts. Allie loved them. She couldn’t agree more with the way things have changed due to social media. As she said in her interview its what got her the job she has now. I discussed with her the trends in social media and the question of will it ever end. Is this a fad? We both came to an agreement that it has made so many changes in so many types of venues and people that we believe there is no turning back. I really enjoyed reading her interview. Thank Micaela for posting it.
-Kati Ann
http://micaelacarter.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/interview-recap-with-allie-burrow/#comment-67

9. Jeremy,
This is great! I laughed very hard when I saw this video. There might not be anything better than a little boy singing Lady GaGa in his tighty whities, and mickey mouse t-shirt. You’re right, what an impact she has on america’s tweens. I’m glad I found this and glad you posted it as a “PR Connection” for our social media class. Poor little guy might regret these types of decisions when entering college. Thanks for the laugh!
-Kati Ann
http://watruba.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/pr-connections-9-lady-gaga/#comment-23

10. Mackenzie,
I loved this post. It seemed so honest and inspirational. I love the part where you talked about staying motivated and how you feel that the people you are surrounded by in your classes are motivated individuals as well. I have to say that the peers in our major really do step it up! I am constantly if not being challenged by our Public Relations professors, the students. I feel like many of the people I sit next to are always asking awesome questions and ready to learn and tackle new advances in our education, which will make them ultimately a 2.0 student. It’s so important to be keeping up with social media and whats going on currently in our environments. This is what companies are now looking for, and I feel like our classmates are just the people who know how to provide the experience. Thanks for this post.
-Kati Ann
http://mlstratton.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/be-a-pr-student-2-0/#comment-98

11. James,
I loved the video you found to accompany your post. It wasn’t too long or too short, and was simple enough for someone not actively involved in social media, (just yet). It becomes so very simple when someone realizes the opportunity they can gain from being a part of a social network. Just by being a part of a network can lead you to possibilities one might have never encountered if they had not chosen to join, facebook or linkedin. I agree with what you said there at the end, that its all about customizing the message to the network you are using. And lucky for us, the networks have differentiated themselves so that you can customize a message and it look and be maybe perceived differently when reading it on one site as compared to another.
-Kati Ann
http://jameskicklighter.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/reading-summary-social-networking-micro-blogging-survival-guide-ch-6/#comment-199

12. Lauren,
We have all heard it, but does it really sink in? I have asked myself this. I have a facebook account, and love it! I’m on it constantly and could possibly be called a “fb addict.” I love social networking. Its important though, as you mentioned in this post to keep in mind all of the eyes that will be looking at your profile. Even if you have privacy settings on your networking sites, it seems to me that if once on the internet, always on the internet. People must be careful, becaue one little thing could truly cost them their reputation or represent their character in a false way. I sometimes even question things that others have written on my facebook wall that I had no control over, and wonder if the wrong person might see something at the wrong time. The market is just too competitive right now for something so small and insignificant such as a facebook photo or comment to keep you from landing a job. Better safe than sorry!
-Kati Ann
http://lala1185.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/how-to-pass-your-employers-background-check/#comment-82

13. Lauren,
I am so glad you found this post on Kelsey’s blog and posted it yourself. I found it very interesting to read. I love the campaign, “Spread the Word to End the Word.” I fully support this, and agree that the word is politically incorrect, and used in wrong contexts all the time. I have to admit that I do watch a few of the celebrities mentioned above in the article, and just because they have said the word has not made me turn my back to watching their talk show. For example, I enjoy watching Chelsea Handler. She makes me laugh, but i do not approve of her language at times. The use of the word “retard,” should be taken more seriously than it is by individuals. I have worked with special olympics in my past, and it hurts me very much to see people throw around a word so hurtful without thinking twice about it. Thanks for posting such an interesting campaign topic.
-Kati Ann
http://lala1185.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/be-my-guest-kelsey-hendrix/#comment-81

14. Jeff,
Although many of us have heard what is appropriate and not appropriate its still a great thing to review. I was reading over some of the attire options and had forgotten what color panty hose females should wear. haha! Just being honest- but sometimes these things come as good reminders. I loved reading your helpful section on tips of what not to wear, do, or bring to an interview. Very funny, and as shocking as it may be some people I’m sure bring these items in. Thanks for the detailed post, I enjoyed reading it.
-Kati Ann
http://jeffcarter3.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/dress-to-impress/#comment-82

15. Emily,
Let me just say, I am glad you brought this topic up for discussion in a post. I don’t know what the new trend is, but it seems as though “sex therapy” is the new fad. We all know that cheating has been going on for ages, and that its not something new or rare, but I would have to say that after the Tiger Woods scandal, other have followed in the sex therapy footsteps. I tend to wonder if they think this will make them appear to be a more stable person after partaking in the acts they chose to do? Are PR people telling them this is a good way to save their character, since they are considered famous and will be in the spotlight anyways? I’m just guessing here. If I took a wild guess, I would assume that celebrities PR people have had some say in the situation and possibly encouraged the therapy. If I were working for someone who had chosen to follow in the pattern of adultery, I wouldn’t say that I wouldn’t suggest the therapy as well.
-Kati Ann
http://eroche1.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/pr-connection-pr-and-sex-therapy/#comment-41

16. Meghan,
Thank you so much for alowing me to be a part of your blog! I really enjoyed writing that post, as I felt that it was interesting to see all of the different types of scenario’s and definitions people came up with when describing social media in only 140 characters. My picture of the Chick-fil-a billboard represents just how important it is to fill in key words in a small space so that it, 1. catches your readers eye and 2. your reader can read it!
Its hard driving down the road and trying to read catching advertisements and billboards at the same time. I felt like this compared to twitter in many similar situations. When one is posting something of importance to a broad audience in 140 characters, they must choose their words wisely. Thanks again for sharing my thoughts with your people.
-Kati Ann
http://meghanlane.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/guest-writer-1/#comment-104

17. Comment on Meghan Beytagh’s Blog: Still awaiting confirmation.
http://meghanlane.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/354/#comments

18. Lauren,
I highly enjoyed this post. It took me back to many childhood memories of playing in my room with multiple barbies fantasicing about the perfect life with Ken. Haha, sometimes I wish I could go back to that carefree, and imaginary world. But, as far as campaigns goes, this was so interesting. I loved it! How fun would this have been to be able to be on a campaign team to help the legendary “Barbie” celebrate her Birthday, with style and elegance, for Barbie fans around the world. What girl wouldn’t love a job like this? Thanks for the entertaining post, it cracked me up.
-Kati Ann
http://laur22.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/happy-50th-birthday-barbie/#comment-102

19. Lauren,
This is a great post. It is so simple and easy to understand. I feel like anyone can catch on and not make these mistakes when it comes to social media. I found number 3 pretty funny. You don’t need to have a crisis communication meeting the moment a negative comment is made about your company. haha! If a meeting took place everytime this happened, I feel like companies would be in meetings all day. Out of these tips, i felt like the most important advice was to not let someone else take control over your blog or networking site. It’s very important that the person signed in wants to be there, and want to communicate with their audience. It would also probably get very confusing sharing an account with say a co-worker and having to figure out what had been responded to and what was still left to address. Thanks for finding this. Why can’t all things be this simple?
-Kati Ann
http://laur22.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/tips-for-blogging-tweeting-on-the-job/#comment-103

20. Damara,
I happened to stumble across this post and I just wanted to say kudo’s to you! I really enjoyed reading it. I myself am an active volunteer and love every minute of it. I believe there is no better way to give back, than to find something you really care about or are interested in and pay it forward. You know whats funny is, I’m a volunteer and I didn’t even realize it was National Volunteer Week, until I read this post. A great way to inform people of places in the area was listing local venues for volunteer opportunity. Thanks for the information.
-Kati Ann
http://damarasimmons.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/get-involved-with-national-volunteer-week/#comment-27

21. Meghan,
Thanks for posting this video. This summer I have to hold an internship position. So, even though I have not completed my internship yet, I found this video helpful for future encounters. I loved how he broke down what you need to do into 3 easy steps. You are right about using what we have learned through social media this semester, and using it in the future. Throughout this video he discusses twitter. There are so many options out there for ways to network and connect with people, we just have to be willing to reach out and take advantage of the opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
-Kati Ann

22. Matt,
After I heard about this tragedy on the news, I was in shock. It was such a sad story, being that the Sea World worker was just doing her job. This could happen to any of the whale trainers. It just so happened to be a horrible event that can’t be taken back. My sympathy goes out to the family and friends of this victim. I would have to say looking at this situation through a public relations stand point, I think that Sea World is doing a good job of recovery from this event. I am pleased that they have closed down the parks for a few days, and I heard that they will not be allowing trainers in the water with the whales anymore either? I’m not sure if that was a rumor, but if it’s not, I would support the fact that they are taking precautios measures to protect future accidents from occuring.
-Kati Ann
http://mattmauney.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/pr-connections-sea-world-disaster/#comment-56

23. Meg,
I had forgotten about this video until I saw it posted on your blog. Information Overload… this shocked me the day I saw it. I remember I was sitting in a international studies lecture and our professor had told us he found something very interesting that he thought we should all be exposed to. I think the expression of my face was priceless after watching these statistics. My mouth completely dropped. Our generation so far, has experienced a ton of growth in technology and the way things are run, with social media. To believe that facebook has such a large fanbase and community, blows my mind. The video can be shocking and scary, but at the same time motivational. I’m glad you posted this, it had been a while since I first saw it.
-Kati Ann
http://matidmore.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/tow-week-thirteen/#comment-34

24. Eryn,
How awesome is this! I wish I would have known about the career fair, because it sounds like you got tons out of going. I agree with you and the interest you have in sports pr. I think that it would be such a fun environment to go into work everyday. I love sports, and all of the teams that you mentioned in the post are great teams. I would love to hear more about it. Are they looking for hiring for positions other than internships?
Sounds like you had a great experience and good luck with finding what you want to do!
-Kati Ann
http://epond6.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/braves-career-fair/#comment-137

25. Jessica,
I myself also put together some major fundraisers and events for our sorority while I was the philanthropy chair. It can take so much out of a college student to pull something like this off, but in the end it is so very worthwhile. I applaud you on taking on the postition two years in a row, and just because you didn’t raise your goal amount the second year doesn’t mean you can’t shoot for a great goal the next year and strive to reach it again. War of the Wings is an awesome event! I haven’t been able to make it these past couple of years, but did when I first got down to Statesboro. Keep up the good work, and just remember the experience is something you will take with you going into the world of pr.
-Kati Ann
http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/kappa-delta-war-of-the-wings/#comment-133

26. Jessica,
What a cool opportunity. For a business that has only been open for a couple of years this is great publicity for them. I’m sure it was fun being in on the scene’s or inside scoop since you work there. I haven’t had a chance to watch this new show on Lifetime, but if I do I’ll make sure to look for your restaurant.
-Kati Ann
http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/senoia-in-a-tv-show/#comment-134

27. Jessica,
I understand where you are coming from. Vienna was disliked by so many that watched last season of “The Bachelor.” I would have to say that I myself too, didn’t want Vienna to win Jake’s heart, but I think we all deep down knew it was coming. As far as recruitment for next year, I’m sure you have nothing to worry about. The girls going through cannot base their opinion or judgements off of one girl. And if they do, well then they aren’t the smartest at making decisions. Our sorority questioned the same issue when our own chapter member Mindy Finny went on the reality TV show, “Mama’s Boys.” Similar to the Bachelor, girls try to win over a guys feelings. Ironically our Mindy did just that and won the show. After this, even with a reputation as being a sweetheart on the show, we questioned what girls would think after seeing one of our sorority sisters announce that she was a Zeta at GSU on TV. Overall, everything worked out fine, and once girls meet more of your chapter members they seem to forget about the misconception they might have had going into recruitment.
-Kati Ann
http://jcam19.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/the-bachelors-vienna-is-a-what/#comment-135

28. Ashley,
This video looks like it took a lot of time! 1. I can’t believe you were able to capture all of the footage around campus that you did. 2. How in the world did you recreate that song? I’m guessing one of your friends rapped the new lyrics you made up? Either way this was a really good video. It shows how much work you put into making it. I like the new theme song, haha, maybe you should submit it to the activity center or the admissions office.
-Kati Ann
http://ladylondon2455.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/new-gsu-anthem/#comment-39

29. Mackenzie,
What a great post to read right before graduation. I feel that if I had to make a top list of things to prepare girls for when coming to college at GSU, all of the same topics would be on my list too. Very cute! This took me back to when I was a freshman. I moved down here from Tennessee, and being that it is warm in Tennessee but you also have the off season and capabilities of going skiing in the winter, I didn’t think twice about bringing all of my belongings to my super tiny dorm room including, yes, my ski attire. I remember thinking I’ll probably make it back to the mountains and enjoy a few days on the slopes. This did not happen. I have to admit its now been over 3 years since I’ve been skiing and I still have my bibs, ski gloves, head warmers, the essentials sitting in my south georgia closet, where they will remain for who knows how long. Thanks for the post- it was an enjoyable read!
-Kati Ann
http://mlstratton.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/top-10-list-for-gsu-freshman-girls/#comment-99

30. Mackenzie,
Great idea! I feel like social media is so much a part of my daily life now, that it would almost be silly to leave an interview without them understanding all of the capabilities we have to offer through the use of social media. We may not be geniuses or social media mentors yet, but I believe we have more experience than the average person on facebook. I love the idea of adding a section to our resume for social media access alone. This provides the possible employer with hands on access to our work through our blogs and twitter accounts. They can see our interest in social media by simply following us. Thanks for the post, this really is a good idea.
-Kati Ann
http://mlstratton.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/social-media-resume/#comment-100

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1. Jeff,
Although many of us have heard what is appropriate and not appropriate it’s still a great thing to review. I was reading over some of the attire options and had forgotten what color panty hose females should wear. haha! Just being honest but sometimes these things come as good reminders. I loved reading your helpful section on tips of what not to wear, do, or bring to an interview. Very funny, and as shocking as it may be some people I’m sure bring these items in. Thanks for the detailed post, I enjoyed reading it.
-Kati Ann
http://jeffcarter3.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/dress-to-impress/#comment-82

2. Kristen, Career Fair
I really enjoyed this blog post. I felt like you were very honest, and said some things that students are afraid to say. I understand the anxiety of getting ready for a career fair: dressing up, revamping you resume, and mentally preparing yourself for conversation with what could be a future employer. The point that you at least admit it shows a truly honest person. I always get nervous before attending events such as these, but once you’re through the front doors it seems a lot easier. I took a look at the website that you posted along with this article for more career fair opportunities and really found some of the places a possibility. Thank you for the post- very good!
-Kati Ann

3. Meghan, Eagle Expo and Career Services
I agree with using your resources that are offered through the school. Just last semester I was in a marketing class, where our professor tried to get the ball rolling with many of the “checklist” requirements upon graduation. We had to create or tweek our resume for the business class. After we turned in our best, most up to date copy, we then submitted them to career services on campus, where they took a look at our resumes and recommended many great tips. I am ever so greatful for some of the advice I received as well. As far as the eagle expo went, I have come to realize that they are beneficial even if the companies are not what you are looking for, a new contact doesn’t ever hurt.
-Kati Ann

4. Lauren, Benefits and Pitfalls of Social Networking as a Job SeekerWe have all heard it, but does it really sink in? I have asked myself this. I have a facebook account, and love it! I’m on it constantly and could possibly be called a “fb addict.” I love social networking. Its important though, as you mentioned in this post to keep in mind all of the eyes that will be looking at your profile. Even if you have privacy settings on your networking sites, it seems to me that if once on the internet, always on the internet. People must be careful, becaue one little thing could truly cost them their reputation or represent their character in a false way. I sometimes even question things that others have written on my facebook wall that I had no control over, and wonder if the wrong person might see something at the wrong time. The market is just too competitive right now for something so small and insignificant such as a facebook photo or comment to keep you from landing a job. Better safe than sorry!
-Kati Ann

5. Meghan,
Thanks for posting this video. This summer I have to hold an internship position. So, even though I have not completed my internship yet, I found this video helpful for future encounters. I loved how he broke down what you need to do into 3 easy steps. You are right about using what we have learned through social media this semester, and using it in the future. Throughout this video he discusses twitter. There are so many options out there for ways to network and connect with people, we just have to be willing to reach out and take advantage of the opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
-Kati Ann

6. Eryn, http://epond6.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/braves-career-fair/#comment-137“>Braves Career Fair
How awesome is this! I wish I would have known about the career fair, because it sounds like you got tons out of going. I agree with you and the interest you have in sports pr. I think that it would be such a fun environment to go into work everyday. I love sports, and all of the teams that you mentioned in the post are great teams. I would love to hear more about it. Are they looking for hiring for positions other than internships?
Sounds like you had a great experience and good luck with finding what you want to do!
-Kati Ann

7. Mackenzie, http://mlstratton.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/social-media-resume/#comment-100“>Social Media Resume
Great idea! I feel like social media is so much a part of my daily life now, that it would almost be silly to leave an interview without them understanding all of the capabilities we have to offer through the use of social media. We may not be geniuses or social media mentors yet, but I believe we have more experience than the average person on facebook. I love the idea of adding a section to our resume for social media access alone. This provides the possible employer with hands on access to our work through our blogs and twitter accounts. They can see our interest in social media by simply following us. Thanks for the post, this really is a good idea.
-Kati Ann

8. Candice, Learn from my mistake
It’s okay. Everyone makes mistakes. I’m sure it was just very upsetting after you put all your work into getting in just right, and then made that simple mistake. I have been in your shoes before with the email situation. I’ve had important issues that needed to be taken care of, and I accidently gave the person the email address I check at minimal. At the end of the day, there’s really not much you can do, but apologize, and learn from our silly mistakes. I can assure you though, after this you will always be aware of which email you are sending from and giving out. 🙂
-Kati Ann

9. Candice, Launch your career using LinkedIn
I am so glad that after you attended this workshop you are more interested in the website. I love it! When I first signed up I was shocked with all of the business professionals that I knew who were already LinkedIn members. I had no idea that many people were on the site. I joined and started making connections with past employers, teachers, and co-workers. It has not only allowed me the opportunity to keep in touch with people in a more professional way than facebook, but I take full advantage of the job listings and have found some pretty good leads on there. Have fun learning the social network of LinkedIn, and find me on there!
-Kati Ann

10. My chat with PR Pro, Marla Bruner
After reading this post, I felt excited too about entering into the PR world. Marla Bruner’s tips were very helpful. Three simple tips put into perspective for someone starting out in the field is the type of thing many of us out there are looking for. I would have to say that I admire her for writing all the time. I do love to write, but I would rather be in personal communication with clients and such. This post was very interesting, thanks for the interview information.
-Kati Ann

11. Jacqueline, Informational Interview
This interview was very interesting. Although Claudia did not specialize specifically in college in wedding or event planning, it seems like she has done very well with a business degree in this field. I think that her job would be very stressful and time consuming, but how much fun! Being involved with weddings all day every day, would seem like a pretty upbeat and “happily ever after,” atmosphere. I think that technology in her case as well as almost any job would have lots to do with communication. Thanks for the post!
-Kati Ann

12. Jacqueline, Internship TipsI agree with this post completely. From others that I have asked, they all say it matters the most to show that you have experience. Experience is hard to come by sometimes when you are in college full-time and have a job on the side, along with everything else life holds. I have found that it is easier to find internship positions open during the school year as well, because most students, like myself, are looking for an internship position during the summer. It seems like the perfect time, right? I am actually in the process of finding an internship and cannot wait to see what all I can learn from getting out there, getting my hands dirty, and taking classroom experiences and applying them to the real world.
-Kati Ann

13. Phillip, What to wear to a PR job interviewI too being in the same Practicum class had to write on this topic. As I started researching what others are saying about whats was appropriate and not appropriate to wear on an interview I found some of the answers shocking. My research all came from online sources, but for woman in particular it changes. I obviously would be more interested in what they recommend for a female to wear, but the controversy between dress, skirt, or slacks is still unclear. In my research it stressed the importance for woman to wear a dress or skirtsuit, but in your blog it states that you should not wear a dress. Confusing, confusing.
-Kati Ann

14. Phillip, Tips for creating an effective cover letterThis was an awesome post! You put some great pictures and images in there, to really make it stand out. I really thought that tip number three was the most interesting out of them all. I have a really hard time asking for an interview or a call from someone I don’t know, especially if it involves, A. a job, and B. a potential future employer. Yikes, right? I am going to take the advice though from the article. Thanks for all the usefull information!
-Kati Ann

15. Sarah, Internship Advice 101I found this post to be very interesting and also helpful! How good is it to hear of someone getting a job after the completion of an internship. It seems almost rare to hear of it anymore, but when you do, its pretty exciting. I completely agree with Carleigh when it comes to doing your research and then telling that employer about what you can offer them through social media. Not many people from earlier generations have tuned it like our generation. Its something that we can produce within a company anywhere if they are willing to let us. Thanks!
-Kati Ann

16. Sarah, Getting LinkedInI have found this website to be the most beneficial of them all so far. Not only can I now keep in contact in a more professional way with co-workers, past employers, and friends, but I love the fact that its set up to help people out. With the recommendation application provided, you can have references for future employers at your fingertips. I’ve had great experience with this site since I joined, and hope you do too.
-Kati Ann

17. Sarah, What comes up when you are “googled”?I loved this topic. Its crazy to think that in this generation you can type someone’s name into a search engine, and see what they look like, find out their interests, possible work information, their address or hometown, and even relationship statuses. We all have become immuned to this type of environment too. I believe that there is a positive way to use search engines and there is a negative usage. If you are using the search engine as a employer for a look into someone’s social media skills before an interview, I think thats great, but the risks are sometimes pretty scary if you don’t know who’s out there googling your name.
-Kati Ann

18. Sarah, Informational PR InterviewYour post was a great interview. And it touched me so much at the end. Your thoughts are exactly how I feel about our field of study, and am only hoping that I will be given an opportunity as a PR major to help others out and give back. It was reassuring hearing Ms. Cooper talk about getting out there and getting experience. I was torn between taking the senior seminar class or trying out an internship. At last minute I went with the gut instinct to venture out and take the opportunity to do an internship. I am on the hunt for the one that will give me the most experience in what I am looking to do, and will complete it this coming summer. I volunteer a lot with events, such as, Race for the Cure, and Relay for Life, so reading an interview by someone who works for ACS was very interesting. Great post! Thanks
-Kati Ann

19. Sarah, Slideshow on Twitterville
Very cute slideshow. After watching this it has peaked my interest a little bit, to read the book, Twitterville. Funniest slide I would have to say was seeing that someone actually placed an order for a breakfast burrito via twitter. Haha, who does that? I don’t know, but if they actually got it, mission accomplished, i guess. For something that only took two weeks to create, it sure has boomed in the past couple of years. Sometimes I wish I had come up with these idea’s before others. Maybe next year will be my year of great inventions. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
-Kati Ann

20. Ashley, Internships…Info, Advice, TipsThis post was very beneficial for me at least. I will be completing an internship this summer right after graduation, and cannot be more excited about getting some experience in the real world for my degree. I think that the most important advice was given by both of your friends that you interviewed. Networking is key. It really is who you know. The bigger your group of connections, the more likely you are to come up in conversation at some point and get to where you want to be. I also believe that the advice given from Holly was great as well. I would rather find an internship that really educates me in what I want to do, rather than one that is just convenient. Thank you!
-Kati Ann

21. Ashley, Pro’s and Con’s of Social Media
This was a great post! I would say that although there are plenty or pro’s and con’s to social media, I looked at the list and the pro’s outweigh the con’s in my opinion by far. This is the new thing! And you want to be current on what is going on with our society as we move into bigger and better things. Another point is that with the economy the way it is right now, free always looks good to people. The fact that we can now connect to people for free all day any day, is amazing. In fact, my best friend is working in Spain currently and has been there for the past year, and my favorite resources for communication to use are facebook and skype. They are magical! When you look at the bigger picture and compare social media to its con’s of things you mentioned, such as, spam, there really is no way to judge the social media world other than saying “it wins!”
-Kati Ann

22. Shannon, Professional Interview
I love that you interviewed Brandi Wigley. She is one of my dearest friends, so therefore I’m allowed to say that I think she rocks! I interviewed her also, and found so many interesting tips and reasons for why I chose the major that I did. She reassured me in my interview that I chose the right major and I believe that I chose it for the right reasons. I have not come to a decision about which type of PR work I would like to be involved in, being that there are so many different choices, but I’m hoping answers will come later this summer once I have completed an internship. I love her response that speaks of her teachers and other classmates laughing at her in her high school days, if she had told them then that she would be working at a museum. Too funny. I hope you get great experience out of your internship, and good luck!
-Kati Ann

23. Jeremy, InternshipI will be interning this coming summer and am still deciding who I want to take a position with. After reading your blog post, I found that you were really honest with your past experience. Thank you- most people don’t fully come out and tell others about a large assignment that was not their favorite persay given to them when they interned. Although, yes a paid internship would be great, I understand that there are not too many companies out there willing to offer up compensation for an intern, especially in these economic times. That is why I am taking full advantage to see what I can gain and experience from my future internship. Thanks for your honesty!
-Kati Ann

24. Marie, Trade Book Review: Naked ConversationsI appreciate your honesty through your slideshow. I have become a fan of blogging, but its truly took a good hard push from my professor in my social media class. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Barbara Nixon I probably would not have ever started a blog. I remember first entering my first pr class with Mrs. Nixon and she required that we start a blog. At first I hated it, and then over time I came to appreciate blogging and all of its aspects. Although you and Lauren would not recommend this book to friends, maybe its the type of book for someone who is a everyday blogger.
-Kati Ann

25. Brittney, Non-Verbal Communication in an Interview Setting
I think that nonverbal communication sometimes says more than verbal communication. I think that the study of nonverbal communication is so very interesting. Your list was great! I highly enjoyed some of the “dont’s” for interviews. I find that some of these tips are common sense, and some would just be rude. Everyone should know you don’t chew gum in an interview. I try not to chew gum when I’m in any sort of formal meeting. First impressions are everything once you land an interview, so you must make sure you look your best and express yourself in a manner that is professional and appropriate. Thanks for this post, very good!
-Kati Ann

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