Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
- Go to Google image search.
- Type in your answer to each question.
- Choose a picture from the first 3 images.
- Use this website to make your collage.
- What is your name?
- What is your favorite food?
- What is your hometown?
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What is your favorite drink?
- What is your dream vacation?
- What is your favorite dessert?
- What is one word to describe yourself?
- How are you feeling right now?
- What do you love most in the world?
- What do you want to do when you grow up?
Okay, so I cheated a little bit... when I searched "Public Relations," I picked the 4th image instead of one out of the first three. I couldn't resist the "create some buzz" chihuahua!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- Use your network! HR departments get hundreds of resumes and cover letters a day, why should they read yours? Talk to professors, other students, family friends - see if anyone has any connections that might be useful to you. This may sound like you're just using people, but based on my experience people are more than happy to help if they can.
- Do your research. If there is a company you're interested in working for, know them inside and out. Read their blog, follow them on Twitter, find out everything you can about them. Being knowledgeable about a company will set you apart from other candidates when applying for a job.
- Be proactive. After living and interning in NYC last summer, I knew it was where I wanted to be after graduation. So, in December, I flew up for a few days for informational interviews with a few companies I researched and was interested in. Just showing your face and talking with someone shows your interest and can teach you a lot about a company, more than you could ever learn from their website.
- Be open-minded. Don't just look at big agencies, research smaller companies and internal communications positions. There are a lot of opportunities in public relations, so look outside your comfort zone to find other jobs than you had imagined you would be looking for.
- Intern! By now, we all should have internship experience, but you can never have too much. There's nothing wrong with interning after graduation, and you never know where your connections with a company may lead you.
- Immerse yourself in the industry and keep up with the trends. There is so much to learn about public relations outside the classroom, it's almost intimidating. Spend time every day reading relevant news articles, follow the latest social media trends. I learn so much every day just by clicking through links on my Twitter feed. There are so many knowledgeable professionals out there with great information, so follow them!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A few weeks (months?) ago, the layout of Facebook drastically changed, and it seemed that nobody was happy. All of my friends' statuses lamented the new format and hundreds of groups started popping up petitioning for the old Facebook. But of course within a week or so everyone quieted down and resigned themselves to the new layout. We all got used to it, and I can barely even remember what the old layout looked like.
So now that everyone has gotten used to the new Facebook, Mark Zuckerbeg has done it again. The layout has completely changed, I can't find anything, and everyone is confused all over again. Why, Facebook, why are you doing this to us? What was so wrong with the original Facebook that it needed two makeovers in the last six months? Facebook has been hugely successful since it was introduced in 2004. Are the people at Facebook just bored, so they keep switching things up on us?
Whatever the reasoning is behind it, I'm sure this new layout will get just as much flack as the previous "new Facebook." Maybe it's time Mr. Zuckerberg started sorting through the inevitable hate groups and realized the value behind the phrase, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Whenever I see things like this, I can't help but wonder (sorry, techie Carrie Bradshaw moment) what people will think of next. Sure, it's cool to see a big mosaic of all the people who follow me on Twitter, but who sat down and developed this application? I can't even begin to count how many times, when I mention Twitter, people ask "but... what's the point?". There are so many useful things you can use Twitter for, but things like Twitter Mosaic prove that for each useful tool there is a pointless one (Tweet Like a Pirate... seriously?).
I actually googled applications and toys for Twitter, and was shocked at how many hits came up. There are hundreds of thousands of blog posts, wikis, and articles about different applications but the best resource I came up with is the Twitter Fan Wiki, which has a comprehensive list of desktop applications, web applications, and mobile applications. You can also click here to see Twitter downloads available.
Oh Twitter, you never cease to amaze me.