I need some help down here at the bottom of the young PR professional barrel. I just realized that I’m graduating in four months. Sixteen weeks. Four courses. The freak-out has officially begun. I’m not alone, either. Many of my peers are starting to get that throat-closing, palm sweating, head pounding anticipation of entering the real world, and we could use all the help we can get. If you are in a philanthropic mood, please take the time to answer some of these tough questions. I promise I’ll share with my classmates.
- When should students graduating in May start sending out resumes?
- Are job finder websites like Career Builder and Monster worthwhile tools during the job search process?
- If you want to work in a city different than the one you live in now, what is the best way to build a long-distance network?
- What and how much should go into a portfolio? Should we anticipate leaving copies with prospective employers?
- Are digital portfolios replacing traditional ones? Should we have both? Which is better?
- What type of writing tests are used in job interviews?
- What is the best outfit to wear to a job interview for both genders? Is a suit the best option?
- How can you negotiate salaries tactfully?
- Are e-mail thank you notes acceptable? How do you know if a standard letter will get to the company before it makes a decision?
- Do you have to have internships with big-name companies/agencies to land a job with a prominent firm?
- What if you don’t know anyone at an agency where you are applying? Do you still have a chance?
- If you have ever interviewed someone, what is the BEST and the WORST thing that a candidate did in an interview?
- What other questions should we be asking?
Please feel free to answer any of the above questions in the comments section. I’ll appreciate it!