Monday, October 29, 2012

Kick the Status Quo

I'm always the first to ask people how they acquired their job or internship. It's not only interesting, but important, especially if they're in a job, internship or field in your interest. Also, it's important because, in the past year, I've learned that people rarely get where they want to be through the standard apply-and-wait-and-see method.

Here are a few ways fellow interns have acquired their apprenticeships:

  • Relations: It's a common theme--having a family member who knows someone is usually an easy in.
  • Friends: Friends of friends is another route to get the ball in your court.
  • Acquaintances: You never know who you're going to meet. Introducing yourself and getting your aspirations out there is a great way to get recommended.
  • Research: I spend a lot of time researching people in my fields of interest. I look at their LinkedIn profiles and scan their blogs. Reaching out and connecting with these people is a great way to get advice, internship or job opportunities and potential mentors.
  • Alumni: One of the most under utilized resources at most universities is the alumni house. Connecting with the alumni in your program is the best way to get opportunities. It's how I scored one of my two current internships (Re: photo).
The Tumblr post that scored me an internship.
Internship opportunities are out there. You just have to seek them. Of course, applying to your dream internship is a must, but networking and less-traditional methods are extremely helpful. 

Social media has enabled us to do so much, including gain useful acquaintances and relationships. I setup a job shadow through Twitter and I connected with an alumnus from my university through Tumblr. The Tumblr connection was accidental--I wasn't aware she was an alum until after I looked at a few other social media platforms, but discovering her alma mater is my university, and she majored in PR, gave me a great way to connect with her.

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. It's that half the battle. Not everyone achieves their goals through standard procedure. There is no right or wrong way. Sometimes, "You have to build your own door or knock down a wall."

How did you acquire your internship or job? Let's us know!

Rock out, kiddies!
- J

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Who Are You? Building Your Brand One Word at a Time

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Every time I or someone I'm super close with does something uncharacteristic, I can't help but exclaim, "Who are you?!" It's the little, random outbursts like these that really make me think sometimes. It gets me into thinking who I am, what I stand for, and where I want to go.

If you're at a loss on how to build your brand, think about the process this way:

Take a second to reflect on who you are or want to be and where you're going. Develop a list of these traits, emotions, or places. And then live by it. Think about these words and phrases when you're ready to post something on the internet. When you encounter an opportunity. When you're too afraid to take that risk that could change your life in an amazing way.

Here are some of my words:

  • Witty
  • Intelligent
  • Charming (a "wish" word. The day I'm actually charming will be the happiest in my life.)
  • Bookish
  • Compassionate
  • Ethical
  • Editorial
What are your words? 



Monday, October 22, 2012

Candy Corn and Nine Other #ReasonsILoveOctober

Fall is my favorite season, October is my favorite month and a lot of my favorite things take place during this time. So, I figured in honor of my season/month of favs, I would post a list of #ReasonsILoveOctober:

1. Fashion: sweaters, down vests, scarves, thermal henleys and boots.

2. The cider mill and pumpkin patch.

3. Apple cider and cinnamon-sugar donuts.

4. Gorgeously colored landscapes.

5. The NHL and most other hockey leagues begin regular season play.

6. Monster cereals; Boo Berry is my favorite.

7. Great television programming (13 Nights of Halloween, horror movies on Syfy, 90's Halloween Disney Channel movies).

8. Last year, my October concert of choice was the Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Twins of Evil Tour. This year, my concert of choice is my fav band, Avenged Sevenfold's, Hail to the King Tour for their latest album of the same name.

9. Halloween. I like to revive my childhood through my costumes. For Halloween 2011 I was Scar from The Lion King. My fallback costume is always Slash from Guns n' Roses--all I need is a top hat!

10. And of course, candy corn! It has to be Brach's. Brach's is the best.

11. Bonus! October is your last chance (and usually the perfect weather) for bonfires. Nothing better than sitting around a fire, drinking (spiked!) cider with friends.

What reasons do you love October? Tell us!

Rock out, kiddies!
- J

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Confession...

I have a confession to make.

I'm finally taking my first class that's related to the PR field. Like, now, in my third year of school. I know, I know, it's kind of late.

BUT! I've already learned so much and am ready to share some things you can apply to your everyday life.

So, let's talk about something every PR girl or guy is going to need to deal with...publics.

Even if you're not interning or immersed in the field, as a person in general, it's kind of important to think of who your publics are. You have family, teachers, professionals with whom you're networking, and that's only naming a few. It's important to interact with everyone that falls into these groups, because in some (or many) ways, they're enriching your life and they are important to building who you will ultimately become.

Take a second or two to get in touch with these people, and don't forget to give them a little face time.



Monday, October 15, 2012

A Frosh Outlook: Holding Your Weight

My name is Catia and I'm a freshman majoring in Public Relations at Wayne State University. In addition to being a student and social media addict, I play the role of Elise's little sister, and sometimes twin, but it depends who you ask. This is a series I will contribute to once a month, discussing my life as a freshman.

For being 18, I've learned a pretty good amount of life lessons. Most of these lessons came from my time in high school, where I wore a number of hats including: Student Council President, National Honor Society member, and most importantly, my senior year, Varsity Cheerleading co-captain.

I'm probably going to talk about cheer a was a major part of my life for four years. But there's one lesson I learned, especially as a base: HOLD YOUR WEIGHT.

If a flyer didn't hold her weight and the bases didn't hold their portion of their flyer's weight, the stunt group would crumble. This same principle applies to any group or team situation in life. Whether it's a group project, a team assignment at an internship, or co-worker relationships, it's absolutely necessary to hold your weight. And, as unpopular as this may seem, sometimes you have to compensate and throw in a little extra to keep your group up. And you're not always going to get recognized for that extra weight you have to carry.

Wouldn't you rather be the person to be relied on than the one who can't hold her weight? Let me know what you think!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Constructive Distraction: Deadspin

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This monthly post highlights websites to make your time avoiding research papers and textbooks productive. 

Happy October, Pressurettes! The NFL has its referees back and the MLB pennant race is in full swing.

Let your sports-freak flag fly!

This month's constructive distraction is: Deadspin.

Deadspin is a must read for anyone wanting to work in sports. It's a one-stop shop for all the latest sports news, gossip and opinions. The site's tag line is, "Sports news without access, favor, or discretion," and they're not kidding.

This site is great about presenting the facts as unbiased as possible. It also keeps the mood light, and sometimes snarky. It's a refreshing take on what's happening in sports.

If your interested in or want to work in sports, add Deadspin to your daily reads. Sign up for the daily newsletter for more convenience.

Until next month...


Your Girls Under PRessure