Help Your References Land You the Job

An agency recruiter called me last week seeking a reference for a former colleague. I get a lot of reference checking calls, but this time I was surprised. I hadn’t heard from the applicant in more than a few of years. I honestly didn’t know where she was currently working, nor if she even stayed…… Continue reading Help Your References Land You the Job

First Steps In Starting Your Own PR Business

By Christina O’Connell Amidst the pandemic, we have seen a struggling economy and high unemployment rates that for many young and mid-level professionals, are part of an unknown territory. As major PR leaders such as Edelman and Weber Shandwick laid off staff due to COVID-19 implications, many are searching for new full-time roles. However, now,…… Continue reading First Steps In Starting Your Own PR Business

Emerging Leaders Offer Tips for Pandemic Life—Professional and Personal

By Will Bradley With the summer officially kicking off — albeit masked, socially-distanced and mostly home-based — the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations recently launched a new online panel series, streamed live on the Center’s Facebook page and titled “Plank Summer Sessions.” The series, focused on topics relevant to the current world of…… Continue reading Emerging Leaders Offer Tips for Pandemic Life—Professional and Personal

Ways to Make Ends Meet if You Lose Your Job

The coronavirus pandemic has hit everyone hard, especially those in the restaurant and hospitality industries. However, people across all sectors — including public relations — have experienced job loss as a result of COVID-19. If you’re stuck without a job right now, you’re probably already looking for ways to trim your budget and save money.…… Continue reading Ways to Make Ends Meet if You Lose Your Job

Creating Successful Work-From-Home Internships

Recent graduates and students lucky enough to land internships report a wide range of experiences, none as fulfilling as in-person assignments. “I’m just happy to have a job,” a recent grad told me, adding that the position saved her from having to move back home with her parents. “While $15 an hour saved my mental…… Continue reading Creating Successful Work-From-Home Internships

This is Not the Time for Generic Resumes: Customize

By Haley Lyles Setting out on a job hunt can be daunting. Depending on how widely you cast your net, you may find hundreds of job opportunities that each have different application requirements. Some jobs have lengthy application forms, cover letter requirements and even skills tests. After completing all of these time-consuming tasks, it can…… Continue reading This is Not the Time for Generic Resumes: Customize

6 Helpful Phone Interview Tips

By Christina Stokes In-person interviews take a lot of time away from busy people and require more resources. Beyond your application and résumé, most companies will arrange a first-round phone interview with you to evaluate your candidacy before lining up a visit. Take this just as seriously as an in-person interview — the recruiter or…… Continue reading 6 Helpful Phone Interview Tips

COVID-19 Emails: Set a Strong First Impression

By Ron Culp and Steve Johnson Your inbox got a beating these past couple of weeks from any company or organization that happens to have your email address. Everyone is getting letters about COVID-19 response plans and recommendations as the pandemic sweeps across the U.S. None of us can honestly say we’ve seen a single…… Continue reading COVID-19 Emails: Set a Strong First Impression

5 Actions You Can Take to Make Your Workplace Authentic

By Cedric Brown Everywhere you go, you hear conversations about it. Every so often online, you see an article about it. It’s a topic you can’t escape from, and one that you shouldn’t even if you could. Diversity (and in some cases, inclusion). Many of you are likely either in search of your first public…… Continue reading 5 Actions You Can Take to Make Your Workplace Authentic

What It Takes to Get That Job After Graduation?

By Chris Komisarjevsky No doubt, there are rising seniors at colleges and universities throughout the country – including some set to graduate next semester or even next year – who are asking themselves: “What career is right for me? And how am I going to get the job I want?” There’s no simple answer. Competition…… Continue reading What It Takes to Get That Job After Graduation?