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Throughout my four years at Georgia Southern University I have failed to take advantage of some of the extraordinary opportunities that this campus as to offer its students. For example, until my final semester at GSU I have neglected to go to the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, I have not used the student writing center, and until recently I have not gone to Career Services.
I know now how resourceful and helpful each of these offices are to students. I regret that I have not used them previously. Had I done so, I would have saved time, stopped headaches before they began, and lowered my stress level tremendously. Now that I think about it, I feel foolish for letting this time pass by without the help of the different services offered at Georgia Southern.
I used the GSU Career Services for two projects within the last few weeks. First, I submitted a copy of my resume to be critiqued. The Career Services worker was very helpful and gave me some awesome tips to strengthen my resume. In addition, she helped me prepare a cover letter. All of this was done via email; I did not even have to leave the comfort of my room to get their help. Without the assistance of Career Services I would not have a resume that I was confident to submit to employers.
The second project that I got assistance with from Career Services was the Myers Brigg Test. I took the test to see what kind of personality I have, who I work best with, and what occupations would best suit me. I found my results to read that I am an extrovert, judgmental, a feeler, and sensing. This did not strike me by surprise and I was pleased with my results. On the list of occupations that I would most benefit from were jobs in the communications field which is fabulous being that I am a PR major graduating in less than a month.
I am appreciative of what Career Services had to offer, yet I am ashamed I did not utilize their services sooner. I encourage every student to see what is on campus to benefit students. I know I have found several to be very beneficial.
Christie Richardson is a Public Relations professional. Christie graduated from Georgia Southern University in December of 2008. She currently plays an active role on the public relations team at the newest Chick-fil-a on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Christie is so thankful to be working with Chick-fil-a and loves her job.
Christie is an extravert; a people person who knows how to walk the walk and talk the talk. She does a great job communicating back and forth between the Saint Simon’s community and the Chick-fil-a team. She is very good at promoting Chick-fil-a to their target audience. Chick-fil-a benefits greatly from having Christie Richardson on their team due to her hard work and dedication to her job.
I was fortunate to get a moment of Christie’s time and conduct an interview with her. We talked about her job, what she does in the PR field, and her time spent at Georgia Southern. The following are the responses from Christie to the questions that I asked:
- What is your typical day/week like? Each day is planned out monthly; I have 2 events that are hosted weekly in the store, family night and a spirit night fundraiser. Out of the store activities are based on events hosted in the community, I take the cow out into community to invite people to dine with us. Making emotional connections with our customers is a big part of the Chick-fil-A culture so I spend a lot of my time talking.
- Tell me about one of the projects you are most proud of within your career. Becoming a part of the Chick-fil-A grand opening marketing team is one of the things I am most proud of the project consists of traveling to Chick-fil-A’s that are opening and spending a week opening the store. We work 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for 5 days straight having a successful smooth opening with all the events is what I am proud of.
- 3. What three tips would you have for someone who is trying to enter the PR field? 1. Volunteer as much as possible 2. Do more than one internship 3. Network
- How important is writing in your career? Important, however I do not write a lot Chick-fil-A corporate has its own PR department so press releases are provide. My writing consists of weekly newsletters and emails to customers.
- What do you do to keep current in the PR industry? (How do you keep up with others around you/what is going on within the job field)? I mainly use the internet to keep up with current events, I also read the newspaper for opportunities in the community to be apart of.
- Did your education prepare you for your career? Communication classes really helped mold my skills of effectively communicating with others and understanding how decipher others communication skills.
- 7. What has surprised you the most about working in PR? Honestly, people have surprised me the most. I have learned the hard way not to be trusting.
- What do you wish you would have known before starting your career in PR? How hard it would be to find a PR job in a small town… most PR openings are in large cities
- How has PR changed since you entered the field? I entered the PR field only a year ago.
10. How does technology affect your daily work? I would not be able to do my job if I did not have my computer and cell phone.
The interview was brief but taught me a lot. I realize that I am going to have my work cut out for me and that there are things I need to go ahead and get started on such as internships which is currently taking place). I also need to focus on staying connected through different networking devices. I am anxious about what I can do in public relations. I believe that I would enjoy doing something similar to what Christie is currently doing. However, I would rather work with a company other than the one in the fast food industry. I am glad that I was able to hear what Christie had to say and am hopeful to have her success as I graduate in May.
Internships are great ways to gain hands-on experience that will help set you apart from others in the fierce competition among the scarce jobs in this tough economy. If this statement worried you, you are not alone.
With today’s tough economy it is close to impossible to land your dream job, but a great start to on your journey to that dream job is completing an internship. An internship provides an opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom over the past several years. Interning allows you to use what you have learned to grow as a student, and work your way up the professional ladder.
With the competition being extremely high among soon-to-be college graduates, we need a way to gain experience, a way to set us apart from others, and the networking that comes with interning. Applying for an internship requires the same work as applying for a job. You must search for the “right” one; you need to do your homework and find out what you want to get out of the internship, browse online at who is in need of an intern, figure out if you can support yourself financially while working on a non-paid internship, and network.
Once you have completed the background research, you should submit a resume and cover letter, and select the appropriate references. Make sure you have references that will write positive things about you. Therefore, you need to get someone who knows you well, someone who can brag on your work ethic and accomplishments.
After applying to an internship, the anxiousness begins as you wait to hear back from the company you applied to work for. This is the hardest part for me. I do not like not knowing whether or not I got the job.
Some tips to keep in mind when applying for an internship:
- Do not stress out
- Stay Calm, breathe
- Make sure to pay attention to detail
- Do the background research to know which internships you like and which ones you will not like
- Treat this application process as you would a job application
- Be professional
These are some tips from me, a Georgia Southern Student looking for the perfect internship.
Emily Roper is also a student at GSU currently applying for internships. Her advice to students: “Remember that applying for an internship takes time; it is a process. I know that it can be a long one, but it will be well worth it.”
If you are like me, you could spend hours in front of your closet sifting through the clothes hanging on those plastic hangers to figure out the perfect thing to wear. You try on outfit after outfit, staring in the mirror to make sure everything looks clean, sharp, and attractive. This post is meant to shorten your time in front of your closet, and more time in the hot seat of the interviewee’s chair.
The wardrobe for an interview may seem pretty basic and mundane, but there are simple subtle ways to dress it up. However, there are some guidelines that should be followed. I know you do not like dress codes, and neither do I, but you can make these guiding principles fashionable.
First things first:
- The first impression is vital. You want to WOW your potential employer from the start. A great way to do this is walk in the room with confidence in the clothes that you are wearing (and of course you should be confident in your abilities to fulfill the job requirements).
- Subtle colors are appropriate for both men and women. This includes your blacks, dark blues, and navy.
- Stray away from wild prints. Plaids are ok as long as they are not too busy.
- Men are required to wear a suit.
- Women have the option of wearing either a pant suit or a skirt suit. Ladies, please make sure to keep the length of your skirt below the knee. Too much thigh action can make you look naïve (and kind of trashy).
- Jewelry should be simple. There should be no over the top necklaces, watches, or earrings. You want to look professional with a little spice. If you have unusual piercings it is a good idea to take them out.
- Women keep your makeup conservative. You are not going on a night on the town so keep it simple.
- Women it’s all in the way you walk…in heels. You should wear closed-toe pumps with a low to moderate heel. Make sure you know how to manage walking in those contraptions. You will look foolish if you are stumbling on your way into the interview.
- Men keep your facial hair well groomed. Please do not show up looking like the cavemen off of the Gieco Commercial.
Some Expectancies that I should not have to remind you:
- Groom yourself well.
- Look nice and tidy.
- Iron your clothes and straighten your tie (men).
- Women make sure your nails look clean. Touch up chipped polish or leave them bare. Men you should probably just leave yours bare and be sure to keep them short and clean.
- Do not show up with missing buttons or holes in your clothes. This is not ok.
- Tuck in your shirt.
- Make sure you do not use too much cologne or perfume. A little dab will do.
- Do not enter the room smelling like smoke.
These little guidelines should help you when it comes to getting prepared for how to dress for an interview. The follow links can also be beneficial:
In my practicum class taught by Barbara Nixon, we were assigned a Trade Book Review. We were asked to select a book from a list, read the book, then do a PowerPoint presenation on the book. I chose to read the book Tribes because it was the only one on the list I had ever heard of. I think that I made a great choice in selecting this book because it was informative and entertaining at the same time.
Below is my presentation on Tribes. If you visit the SlideShare link you willl be able to read the notes that go along with it. Without the notes the presentation is not informative. I suggest that you visit the link to get the full message.
I hope that you enjoy this short presentation. It was one of the assignments I actually enjoyed. Thanks Seth Godin for making this easy by writing a book that is easily uderstood and applicable to my life.