Can you believe I’ve had this blog almost TWO YEARS?!?!??! I can’t believe it either, it literally feels like yesterday I decided to make the leap into PR and decided to simultaneously feed my narcissism and start my own blog. Since then, I’ve got some AMAZING followers, amazing friends, graduated, moved to New York, and got a PAYING job in PR. Pretty good for a girl who stumbled into this career 2 years ago, huh?
So today, I decided to do a #ThrowbackThursday post, on a topic you, my dear readers, may be facing now that you are graduating: Phone interviews.
This time last year, I actually published my 2nd piece on phone interviews, “The Senior Chronicles, Part V: Phone Interview Realness” which was part of my “Senior Chronicles” series. I conducted several phone interviews last year and since then, I’ve thought about the topic a lot, more than I think a normal person should.
I wanted to quickly impart a bit of knowledge that I have gleaned since then:
- RESEARCH – Yes, research, because even though I’m pretty sure I’ve said it twice before, from what I’ve heard from hiring managers, y’all still aren’t about that research life! Know at least something about the company, please
- Your voice gives a LOT a way – You might be naturally soft-spoken, or even shy and timid, but NOW is not the time. The interviewer can’t see you, and furthermore, they don’t know you, so how would they know that your shaky voice is more about your level of comfort than the fact that they asked you a question you can’t answer? I know it’s easier said than do, but try and fake the confidence, if you don’t already have it. Purposely make yourself one octave lower and fixate on a (HIGH) fixed point, it may steady you, and steady your voice.
- Treat this like a in-person interview – Would you attend an in person interview lounging in your PJs, playing footsie while SpongeBob is playing in the back? No? Well then, maybe don’t do so while you’re on a phone interview. I’m not saying you have to put on your suit, but at least turn the TV off, get off of Twitter, go off by yourself and really put your ALL into this. Remember, you need to get past the phone interview to get to the in-person interview.
That’s it for me on this #throwbackthursday. Don’t forget Monday is an exciting post in your “Almost Post-Graduate” toolkit!
Posted in Entry-Level, interviews
Tagged career, entry level, entry-level, entrylevel, help, phone interview, phone interviews, PR, public relations, throwback thursday, young careerists, young professional
Hey peeps! I know, I know…I suck, I am quite possibly the WORST blogger ever. I mean it, I’m sorry…ANYWAY, now that we’ve got that out of the way. I have pretty big news, I’ve been PROMOTED, that’s right, yo girl is NO longer completely entry-level, she is now an “Assistant Account Executive” and has some experience under her belt (not much…but you know, some).
And as we come up on that time of year again – when millions of scared, poor and aimless young people walk across that stage, to the “real world” I know there are thousands in that group who are trying to break into the PR/Social Media field, so I was thinking of doing a four-part series on what YOU need to know about breaking into the PR field and I was thinking of bringing in some heavy hitters, like recruiters, hiring managers, etc…because let’s face it, what do I know?
So, here’s what we’ll do: I am going to release a new post every Monday for the month of May, leading up to June and let me know if they help! The first will be a post from my past experiences, “The Almost Post-Graduate Checklist” and then we’ll move on from there, sound cool?
Look out for Monday’s post! Until then…
Posted in Agency Life, Entry-Level, Post Graduation, Young Careerists
Tagged agency, Assistant Account Executive, career, entry level, entry-level, entrylevel, lessons, workplace, you inc, young careerists, young professional
Hey there! Did you miss me? You probs did, it’s ok to admit it. I missed you too. But, we need to get down to business: where have I been? Still working as an AC here in New York (which is freezing, BTW).
So, on to what’s really real about this blog post: what have I learned as Account Coordinator? Well, sit yourself down and I will tell you a thing:
- I cannot stress how important ORGANIZATION is: Seriously, you guys, organization is something I struggle with every day and when I was in university or reading blogs and they kept talking about organization I was like, “OMG who cares?” but like, everybody cares. And once you’re on 3 (or more) accounts, juggling agendas, reports, coverage, and pitching and securing opportunities? You’ll care, too.
- Take ownership of your tasks: What does this mean? Well, let’s say that you are in charge of ALL client agendas (which you probably will be), make them yours. Let your team know that you’ve got them and rock those agendas. The further up you move, the more you will have to take OWNERSHIP of things, so learn this now.
- Volunteer to take on additional projects, but don’t take on more than you can handle: Hey, I get it, you want to show people that you are proactive and up for a challenge. BUT if it gets in the way of doing your assigned duties, it kind of negates the desired effect. Make sure you have your job down and then reach for another project
- It is OK to be lost/stuck/overwhelmed/whatever: This is a tough business, and contrary to what Kelli Cutrone says, you can always be tough and not ask for help. ASK FOR HELP. Wait, let me repeat that: ASK FOR HELP. If your day is too packed, you don’t know where to start on a new project or you are just plum on your last string, then ask. Let it be known that you need more support. Because keeping your mouth closed won’t help in the end, trust me
- The biggest lesson I learned? Don’t every give up! Can I be honest with you? December was a very rough month for me; lots of client expectations, lots of long hours and I honestly felt like I was at the end of my rope. But I was honest with my supervisors and asked for additional support, and at the end of the day I pushed through and did not just throw my hands up. It will get better, I promise!
Well, that’s it in what seems to be the LONGEST post ever -_- Have you learned any lessons in your tenure at your new job? Let me know!
In other exciting news, I am going to sit down and write a few posts on landing your first PR job, because well, I guess I’ve done it and may know a thing or two…look out for it!
Posted in Entry-Level, Thinking Out Loud Thursdays, Uncategorized, Workplace Lessons, Young Careerists
Tagged agency, career, entry level, entry-level, entrylevel, Jess, lessons, PR, PR agency, pr career, public relations, workplace, young careerists, young professional
Where do I start? The thing is, lessons are hard to learn; that’s why they’re called lessons and not “cotton candy that teaches you junk” (or something like that). I recently learned a very hard lesson and I want to share it with you all.
I recently ended a work relationship the wrong way. It was abrupt and full of emotion, where it should have been calculated and professional. But it wasn’t and it might damage my future. I was upset and this was one of the few times when I let my emotion get the best of me and it clouded my judgment and I acted out of turn.
I learned ANOTHER valuable (albeit) painful lesson about this industry: you’re only as good as your last. Despite everything leading up to that point, all of the good, that ONE bad outweighed it and it sucks (for lack of a better word). Hindsight is 20/20 and we have ALL got to learn somehow.
The thing is: I’m human. I make TONS of mistakes and from each of those mistakes? I learn, I’ve learned where I want to be, where I don’t want to be, what feeling is okay, what feeling is NOT okay, etc. and I learned for me and you. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes, but if you do, take it from me; you can pick yourself right back up and keep going, just like I am.
So next time you “fail” or make a mistake, remember this: we NEVER learn from constant victory, but we do learn from a slip up or 2. I hope your week is good and I hope you chase your dreams.
Until next time,
I am feeling rather silly today…and desperate for a job, and so I present to you the entry-level PR job hunt in GIFS:
1. Finding a listing for a job you actually qualify for…that pays:
2. Researching the agency/company for more info…
to sound smarter in your cover letter because knowledge is power:
3. The phone interview:
4. When you’re asked in for an in-person interview…and the hiring manager likes you:
5. Waiting to get a call back/email response:
6. If you get the job…and you rock and you’re a superstar
and I hate you:
7. If you don’t get the job and…you know, damn:
Okay, I might have went a little OD on the sad GIFs…but it be’s like that some time.
Hope you enjoyed this and don’t give up on the job hunt, we’re in this together!!!
Until next time,
Posted in Entry-Level, Opinion, you inc.
Tagged career, entry level, entry-level, entrylevel, GIF, GIFs, Jess, job hunt, job hunting, post-graduation, PR, pr career, public relations, young careerists, young professional
Before you say it, I know I know…where the h*ll have I been? Well, I don’t know; getting ready to graduate (6 more weeks), gearing up for this move to New York City (queue Empire State of Mind) and just trying to stay sane.
Today, I have a short but sweet post continuing the “Senior Chronicles” series: this one is about phone interviews. Lots of agencies and companies are doing phone interviews these days and I think it’s important to have a few tips in your back pocket.
In fact, I am so committed to phone interviews that I already did a post on it (view here), but I decided to go ahead and do another post with 10 more tips from expert resources (like, that aren’t me…)
- Remember, this is much like an in-person interview: get dressed and research before-hand (including the agency and your interviewer, if possible)
- Pick a quiet place, with good reception
- Answer the phone with your name, this way you can straight to it
- Prepare a “script” with answers to commonly-asked questions (which I’ll write in another post)
- DON’T OVER-TALK, be the listener
- Stand up and smile-they can totes hear it in your voice
- Have your resume and cover letter in front of you
- Make sure you have questions to ask the interviewer (got a post on that for ya ;))
- Make sure to ask for a timeframe of when you should be hearing back, and when you can contact the interviewer again
- FOLLOW-UP! There are thousands of other hungry entry-level PR pros who are vying for that job, make yourself stand out by writing a follow-up email and maybe even a thank you note via snail mail.
Here are a few links to where I got this expert advice:
Ace Your Phone Interview: 21 Quick & Simple Tips
17 Tips to Ace Your Next Phone Interview
The New Trouble on the Line
And that’s all I’ve got people…until next time
Posted in Entry-Level, The Senior Chronicles
Tagged entry-level, interviews, phone interviews, PR, PR 101, pr career, PR101, public relations, senior chronicles, workplace, young careerists, young professional