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12 Tips Every Graduating College Senior Needs To Know

By: Abriel Cousineau

Kill that interview with your dream PR agency with these 12 tricks up your sleeve.

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Source: Abby Cousineau

As graduation quickly approaches, the anxiety of job searching becomes more real day after day. Job searching is stressful, no doubt, but with proper preparation, you can nail that interview and land the job of your dreams. Here are a few interview tips to keep handy while you embark on your search for the perfect post-grad job.

  1. Know the details beforehand

Research the company, know their history, what they do, what products or clients they work with and any other interesting details you can dig up. Also, try to find out who you will be interviewing with, find them on LinkedIn if you can get their name. Also, try to find out if you will be in a one-on-one or a group setting and research everyone you will be meeting with.

  1. Practice in Front of a Mirror

Practicing in front of the mirror will help you see yourself from the interviewer’s perspective. Pay attention to your facial expressions, eye contact, hand gestures and any nervous ticks that may be distracting. Practicing also helps you be prepared for the hard questions you are sure to be asked.

  1. Check Your Social Media

This is a no-brainer. Double and triple check your social media and make sure there is nothing incriminating for interviewers to stumble upon. The last thing you want is for their image of you to be you drunk in a revealing club outfit.

  1. Get Directions

The night before make sure you look up the address and figure out how long it will take you to get there. Consider traffic and weather. Save the address and print out directions in case your phone malfunctions the morning of.

  1. Early. Like. Seriously.

You will seriously set a bad impression if you arrive late to your interview. Plan to be in the office lobby at least 15 minutes before your interview. Not only will you seem prepared in the eyes of your interviewers, but the extra few minutes will allow you to ensure everything is organized.

  1. Turn Off Your Phone

Don’t let a text from your BFF ruin the flow of your interview. Even a buzz in your pocket can throw you off, so just turn your phone off to make sure you have zero distractions.

  1. Dress to Impress

Wear something that makes you feel confident, but also be sure it is business appropriate and fits the job you are applying for. You did your homework already, so you should know what the work environment vibe is.

  1. Be Friendly to Everyone You Meet

You never know who you may run into during the interview. Be friendly to everyone, even the secretary or custodian. People will definitely notice if you are approachable and kind.

  1. Bring Hard Copies

Print out copies of your resume and sample work that your interviewers can look at during and keep after you leave. Bringing hard copies not only makes you look prepared but also gives you specific points to reference.

Ask Good Questions

At the end of the interview, don’t just let it fizz out. Be prepared with questions and make sure they are GOOD. Salary and time off are no-nos. Consider questions such as: How would you describe the ideal candidate? What have you enjoyed the most about working here? How would you describe the company culture here? Here is a great list of other questions you could ask.

  1. Send a Personal Note

Nothing stands out more than a personalized thank you note in this digital age. Don’t just write a generic one beforehand, wait until after the interview and reference specific things you talked about. Send it as soon as you can after the interview ends, preferably the same day so they get it within a couple business days. An email can be sent as well since mail does take a bit longer.

  1. Be Yourself!

Preparing for interviews can seem draining and make you feel like a cardboard cutout of yourself. It is important to let your personality shine through. At the end of the day, you can have all the qualifications in the job description, but you still have to seem like a person they want to work alongside every day.

Did you find these tips helpful? What else would you add to this list?

Abby Cousineau is a senior at EMU majoring in public relations and minoring in graphic design and marketing. She is currently serving as president of EMU PRSSA and is excited to be leading such a creative and dedicated group of individuals. You can usually find Abby outside anytime the weather is nice or otherwise spending her time behind a computer screen, working on one of her design projects. Connect with Abby on Instagram @abcattt.
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4 Things I Learned from my PR Internship at Make-A-Wish

By Abby Cousineau

“School can teach you a lot, but nothing beats real-world experience.”

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Source: Abby Cousineau

I’m sure you have heard this phrase more than a few times in your life. And while it sounds cliché, there is a ring of truth to it.

This past summer, I spent my days working for an awesome non-profit, Make-A-WishÒ Michigan. While I learned a ton about PR and communications at a non-profit, here are the top four things I got out of my internship:

  1. Being a good writer is crucial

I can honestly say I wrote something every single day at my internship. Whether it was an email, a press release, a feature story or social media copy, it felt like I was literally always writing. At most non-profits, Make-A-Wish included, there is a small communications department that is responsible for pretty much everything PR/marketing related, so being a strong writer is important. You learn a lot of these writing skills in school, but nothing truly prepares you for your boss telling you she needs social media copy, a feature story and a press release by the end of the work day. Being able to write well, write quickly and being capable of taking one topic and translating it into multiple stories fit for different mediums is essential.

  1. Having solid research skills is almost as crucial as being a strong writer

During the summer, there were many times where I had to write about something I had no clue about. Being able to gather information and apply it to your project is a very good skill to have. Your boss will expect you to be able to find out what you need to complete the task on your own, and they will want you to be able to take that information and put it into something organized & clear.

  1. Event planning is tedious

Make-A-WishÒ Michigan puts on multiple fundraising events every year and I got to be part of & observe one of their largest events: the Wish-A-Mile Bike Tour. This event lasts three days, participants ride over 300 miles and there are multiple “mini” events that take place over the course of the weekend. I won’t get into the whole thing, but I got to see first-hand how event planning works at a non-profit. SO much goes into this process & it is extremely tedious. Communication between team members and extensive preparation has to be more than solid to pull off large-scale fundraising events. The weeks leading up to the Wish-A-Mile tour were hectic, but seeing everything come together in the end was truly magical and made all the stress feel worth it.

  1. If you want to work in PR, you have to be passionate about the company you work for

I think this is especially true if you choose to work for a non-profit, but working in PR in general can be exhausting. At my internship I saw my supervisors put in 15 hour days, push themselves physically and mentally for three days during the Wish-A-Mile Tour, and spend countless hours planning events, writing stories and working on design projects. PR can be draining, but if you work for a company you truly believe in it makes everything easier. There were a few times where I questioned why I was going to school for PR, but when I saw a kid get their wish granted, or talked to a parent on the phone and heard them cry about how grateful they were for the wish experience, it made me realize how powerful and meaningful the jobs we do every day really are.

Abby Cousineau is a senior at EMU majoring in public relations and minoring in graphic design and marketing. She is currently serving as president of EMU PRSSA and is excited to be leading such a creative and dedicated group of individuals. You can usually find Abby outside anytime the weather is nice or otherwise spending her time behind a computer screen, working on one of her design projects. Connect with Abby on Instagram @abcattt.

Internship alert! Whitmer for Governor, Comcast

Whitmer For Governor Fall Internship Program

Gretchen Whitmer’s Gubernatorial Campaign is looking for a fall intern to help with various roles in Lansing. Placements include Finance Team, Field Team, and Communications Team. Interns should expect to work 15-25 hours a week.

According to the job post, “eligible candidates must demonstrate progressive values, be committed to building a movement in support of Gretchen’s vision for change, and have the ability to learn and grow in a high-activity environment.” (source)

To apply for the internship, email your resume and availability to josh@gretchenwhitmer.com and jeremy@gretchenwhitmer.com or call 484-332-9704.

Comcast

Comcast is looking for an intern in Plymouth, Michigan.

According to the job post, interns will be responsible for “providing routine clerical support for functional groups. Under direct supervision will provide support such as copying, distributing mail, performing simple calculations, and maintaining records and files. Follows standard procedures for all assigned work.” (source)

To learn the job;s responsibilities and apply, visit the job description here.

Straight from the Recruiters Part 2: Nailing your Interview

By: NinaMaria Badalamenti

In my previous blog I explained a little bit about my experience at Global Team Blue’s “The Dirt” and some insight I got from their recruiters on what they like to see in a resume. In this blog I will continue but giving you tips on what they said they like to see in an interview. So here are 3 tips on how to nail your interview.

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Source: bluesignal.com

 

  • Do your research.

 

This is a big one. Doing research on the company ahead of time is very important. Having knowledge on the company going in shows your dedication and passion for the position. The recruiters will be able to tell that you spent the time to research and want know about your prospective place of work. Just take a little bit of time to explore their website and study up on their work and achievements. This shows that you’re excited to represent the company.

 

  • Ask questions.

 

When preparing for an interview you usually brush up on clever answers to common interview questions that you expect they might ask you, but what you don’t think about is questions to ask them. By asking the interviewer questions you are showing them that you are interested in them and the position. The recruiters of GTB made a point to emphasize this step because it means a lot and they don’t see many people do it.

 

  • Follow up.

 

Following up after an interview is a very crucial step that many of us may skip. The best way to follow up is to send the interviewer a thank you email within the next 48 hours. Make sure you actually put some thought into this and not pre-write it. Make it personalized to show that you really care and appreciate the time they spent with you.

NinaMaria Badalamenti is a senior studying Communications. This is her first semester serving as VP of External Relations for EMU PRSSA.

Internship alert!

If you’re a PR/marketing student seeking an internship opportunity within the health care field, an avid learner who’s interested in building a social media/email marketing campaign, with basic-intermediate skills in content creation, please email Ava for inquiries: ava@hospiceadvisors.com

Internship alert! DTE Energy

DTE Energy is now hiring a co-op (multi-term intern). Consider applying if you’re a junior/senior, have excellent writing skills, and have previous experience. This is a PAID internship. For more information and to apply, click here.

Job Summary

Responsible for working in conjunction with communication specialists and assigned business units to write, edit, and proofread various internal and external communications programs, including, but not limited to: feature articles, publications, brochures, investor/public relations materials, presentations, advertising, press releases, speeches, etc.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Work with Corporate Communications team and leadership to develop and execute effective communications to support and help achieve the enterprise and business unit specific priorities.
  2. Write, edit, revise, and proofread various internal and external communications.
  3. Manage information and conduct research.
  4. Meet with business unit clients to gain understanding of communication objectives and campaigns. Develop and executes communications plans.
  5. Research media coverage and industry trends.
  6. Assist with and contribute to communications strategy for the company and assigned business unit.
  7. Make recommendations on further development and advancement of electronic communications and media.
  8. Actively involved in the content development process, including generating story ideas, managing deadlines, design, and production.

Internship alert! Identity PR

If you are a junior or senior looking for a PAID internship, Identity PR, an integrated public relations firm located in Bingham Farms, Mich., is currently hiring summer interns, one candidate for their media relations and marketing team and one candidate for their social media team. Click here to apply!