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April 27, 2010

Job-Hunting Lessons from #PRStudChat

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Guest post by Brittany James

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During February’s #PRStudChat, and announced they had picked me to be the #PRStudChat Tweetheart because of how through chats I’ve reached out to other PR students and pros and developed relationships. In addition to being named Tweetheart, Deirdre and Valerie announced I would be moderating a future chat. Finally the day came on April 21, I guest-moderated the Twitter chat with the topic helping spring graduates with their job search.

As the day got closer to the chat, I became a little worried, mainly because I thought I was going to make a mistake. It did not help that on April 14 (the originally scheduled date for the chat) Twitter decided to have technical difficulties. Luckily, my fabulous Twitter family has so much confidence in me that I was able to calm down.

Six HR and recruiting reps joined the chat to form our very knowledgeable panel. Throughout the hour, I asked five questions I am sure every other soon to be graduate, like myself, constantly has running through our minds as the big day draws closer. , , , , and all provided their insight on how college graduates should approach a company when applying, interviewing, and post interview.

During the chat, summarized each question based on the general theme of answers our panelists provided, which was a big help if you missed a question. Here are the some of the major points from the questions asked.

  • Tailor each resume and cover letter for every job. One panelist received a cover letter for another company.
  • Do your research on the company and network beforehand.
  • LinkedIn is a vital part of the job hunt. If you are not on it then you need to be.
  • Dress to impress and highlight your work for employers.
  • Highlight and detail all of your internship experience and go for the job if you fit the description.

Overall, the chat was extremely helpful and a huge success that could not have come at a better time. Since the chat, I have seen many people that joined in or listened say how beneficial all the information was whether they are job hunting now or will be in a year or two. I am glad Valerie and Deirdre presented me with this amazing opportunity to moderate one of my Twitter chats (I get oddly excited each month over it). Also, the panelists were absolutely amazing and I don’t think we could have asked for a better group. Thanks again, ladies.

Brittany James is a senior at Quinnipiac University, where she is currently an active member of the university’s PRSSA chapter and held the VP of Fundraising position. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. You can find all of Brittany’s social media platforms on her Flavors page.

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