At the conclusion of my integrated strategic communication course, I’m thankful to have taken away so much useful information. Now that I have all of this information about public relations and how things work in the industry, I have to be able to apply it to something useful: my anticipated career!
The question is, where do I get started?
The following tips, found in the concluding chapter, “Launching a Career,” seem quite helpful. I will certainly keep these skills in mind when entering the job market in the near future.
- Take charge!
Seitel refers to taking charge when talking about organizing a job interview. Don’t wait to be interviewed. Take the initiative to interview someone within the chosen organization. Companies like to see genuine interest in their company.
Take charge also refers to preparing for a career in general. Knowing that I want to pursue a job in public relations, I must take charge. I must keep my blog updated, especially to include it in my interactive resume. I can tweet effectively, @mentioning organizations to get their attention. I can’t sit back and wait for my job to choose me. I must take charge and find as many promising opportunities as possible.
- Consider your interests
Luckily, the public relations industry provides a wealth of job opportunities in many different areas. People work most efficiently and effectively when they’re doing what they like to do. Public relations seems even more attractive, especially since I can choose what I want to do.
- Get a name for yourself
In public relations, professionals communicate messages to different publics. What better way of showcasing your skills than through illustrating how well you communicate. Therefore, I will continue to contribute to, and perfect my blog. I will familiarize myself with as many social media sources as possible. I want to assure my future employer(s) that I can communicate well.
Seitel, Fraser P. “Launching a Career.” The Practice of Public Relations. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall/Pearson, 2011. Print.