March is approaching; it’s time for students to seek internships or jobs again. Yet, chances are only given to people who are well-prepared. Please use this article as a guide and a resource to better your chances of getting hired. As a journalism student studying Public Relations at the University of Oregon, this post is specifically tailored for students who are seeking journalism or PR based internships. With that being said, the rest of you might find this article useful in general.
1. Update Your Resume And Make It Public
If you have a blog, place your resume in your blog along with your writing samples. Through this way, people can easily check out your articles and work experience when they visit your site or blog. It’s vital to point out your writing skills as a journalism student.
However, don’t worry if you do not own a personal blog. There’re many sites like VisualCV that you can post your resume. You can also rate specific skills that you have when creating your online resume. One thing to keep in mind is to always be honest. Overrating your skills may hurt your credibility in the long-run.
2. Maintain An Online Presence
a) Group your friends on Facebook and make sure you check all the privacy settings. I can safely assume most students do not want their potential employers to see themselves playing Farmville or Mafia Wars all the time.
Here are some articles that may prove useful:
The first two posts are a bit dated because Facebook has changed its outlook a couple of times. However, you can still get the gist of it if you haven’t done so.
b) Tweet regularly and have professional conversations with people.
It’s understandable that time to time students may be busy with school work and are just too busy to tweet. What you do not want is to have your potential employer find out your last tweet is from a month ago. Retweeting others too is another awesome way. It shows you update regularly as well as you appreciate others work.
c) Update your LinkedIn profile and join groups that related to your study and interests field.
In my opinion, as long as you have an up-to-date profile on LinkedIn, you don’t need to constantly spend your time on the site daily.
3. Find Niches To Networking
a) Seek out companies that are hiring interns and the companies that you are interested to work at; make a list.
b) Become a fan on the companies’ Facebook fan page so that you up-to-date in the case that they are hiring or sourcing out for interns.
Some fantastic fan pages that I found are perfect for PR students:
c) Find people who work for these companies through LinkedIn.
Follow them on Twitter or place them in your Twitter list if they have a Twitter account. Through this way, it’ll ensure that you stay ahead of other candidates because you “know” or have a social connection with the people from the specific company.
And with that good luck!
Mengwei grew up in Chengdu, China where the capital of Shu was during the Three Kindoms era of China. She currently reside in Eugene where she’s studying Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon. Mengwei is a social media addict who uses social networks to maintain relationships, especially with friends who live on the other side of the world. Follow her on Twitter and her blog.