So you’re prepared to be the PRo of the future. Whoop-de-freakin-do. What if you still can’t find a job?
- Be patient: It takes time to find a job. The average time is three to six months, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes 2009 grads a bit longer (I know several ’08 grads who are still looking, too). Find a part-time job in the meantime doing something that’s not terribly painful – barista, retail, restaurant, or office – and just keep at it. The right job will come along.
- Keep the End in Mind: Constantly looking for work for three, six, even nine months can be awfully discouraging. Stay motivated to reach your goal.
- Volunteer: Especially if you’re a new grad, you have to keep your skills fresh and keep building your portfolio. Find a nonprofit that does something you’re excited about and offer to help with their PR or help build a social media plan. Even a few hours a week can help you add some good work to your resume and you’ll keep learning. And you never know who you will meet.
- Network virtually & in person: Most jobs are not found by applying to a help wanted ad. You need to be networking! Know what kind of job you want and tell everyone you know. This post from the NYT Career Couch column has some terrific tips. A good network is not all about you. Figure out how to make it reciprocal. Participate in Twitter, have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile (with recommendations!), and clean up your Facebook page.
- READ! READ! READ!: You must stay up to date with the goings-on in the industry in which you intend to work. Read PRWeek, subscribe to the bevy of smart PR bloggers (see my blogroll to the right for some places to get started). In addition, set Google and Twitter alerts for your dream job (company, clients, principals, industry, trends). That’ll give you something to talk about at the interview.
What tips do you have? How do you stay motivated and keep your PR brain working while you job search?
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