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Here is an awsome vid about twitter – I like it and all but this is hilarious!

I just stumbled across a podcast with a panel of 2009 graduating seniors talking about how to make yourself competitive in this job market.

Courtesy of Repman.com

http://www.repmanblog.com/repman/2009/03/lessons-from-the-front-line-how-todays-college-seniors-are-setting-themselves-apart-in-a-brutal-job-.html

Some of the things that were said:

– Joining Twitter helped in making contacts and provides updates by the people in the industry

– Some students said that their colleges did not prepare them to write effectively ( so practice and ask people about how to write, do those internships) , they also said that colleges did not prepare them for the job search process ( it is not easy, you don’t automatically get a job as soon as you get a degree)

– People said that they would have started networking earlier! For anyone who is a junior or below- start blogging, twittering, creating networks, and finding internship opportunities NOW!

– Do interview preparation, frequent resume updates, research-research-research the company,

-Read the newspaper and stay updated on current events

– Ask questions and show enthusiasm during the interview

-Use Facebook and Linked in to connect with people and expand networks:  try to clean up “digital footprint” – no drunk pictures!

A very good glimpse into the minds of other students and what they are doing to start their careers.

Hi everyone!

Today I have the day off because of Cesar Chavez day, so I wanted to update my blog and look at more internship opportunities. However, I found this article on the PRSA blog, PR SAY and it talked about the job outlook for 2009 graduates and how the “still employed” can help.

http://prsay.prsa.org/index.php/2009/03/23/would-you-trade-places-with-a-2009-college-graduate/

It is encouraging to see people with experience willing to help students starting out by giving advice and giving tips about how to weather this economic storm. A few weeks ago, I decided to google as many pr firms I could find and ask about any internship opportunities for the summer. Only one person called me back.

We had a long conversation about how to get in pr, what do do, starting a blog and other things. He asked me about who I was and what I am looking for in the industry.  I don’t think that person knows how much it meant that he called me back, internship or no internship.

When I wrote my pr ethics codes for my pr theory class, one of the things I included was a pr practioner’s duty to help underclassmen and entry level employees. While no one is obligated to help anyone eles, it is a good thing to do. I want to have the opportunity to help someone else once I make it.

It is tough out there. I can remember a time that I would walk by my school’s career center center poster board and see it covered with job opportunities. Now its practically bare and not filling up as spring approaches.

I am worried, like many of my peers .  Yet I must tell myself that it is going to be ok and I must do everything in my power to make myself competitive in this ever so tough job market.

Well, thanks for reading my post and I will write soon.

From the Roberts Report , I’m Sabrina Roberts- signing out

Hey everyone,

I guess this is carrying the theme from Sunday about bad interview but I found this site that showcases bad resumes , cover letters, and other things related to job interviews. This particular list is funny. It list some of the bizarre behavior that interviewers see from potential ( or not so potential employees).

Some Highlights -Curtesy of NotHired.com

-She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to the music and me at the same time.
-Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.
-Announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and French fries in the interviewer’s office.

-While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold.
-Wouldn’t get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the police.

http://nothired.com/2008/03/26/397/

I just woke up and started twitting. However I saw this video that made me laugh. As many of us start interviewing for those jobs and internships here are some things not to do , ever.

Courtesy of the Applicant Blog and Youtube:

Hey everybody,

I want to personally thank you for coming on my page. I am typing this on my brand new laptop and it took weeks to decide if was going to buy it or not.

Since you took the time to visit my page, I just want to tell you about myself.

I am a 23  ( going on 24 in a few months) year old college student, who is a communications (public relations) major and psychology minor. I have one younger brother and we live with our aunt.

Next quarter will start my final 5 classes needed to graduate. So for the next few months I will be on the grind with finding an internship, planning my future and planning a wonderful graduation party.

I started this blog for several reasons:

1) Every time I ask people in the public relations profession about how to start in the business, they often say start a blog.

2) I see that so many people have blogs, I want to challenge myself and see if I can create a successful one. If not, at least I can say that I have some experience

3) Finally, I find myself in this life transition with no way of  chronicling my thoughts, feelings and experiences down. I want to share what’s going on with me and communicate with others who maybe experiencing similar events. Possibly , I can learn from others’ experiences and they can learn from mine.

Thank you for visiting my blog, stay tuned for updates about current events, my life or other interesting things on the web.

Have a good remainder of your weekend

-Sabrina- The Roberts Report


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