By: Jess Frezza, Director of Public Relations
With 2017 rapidly approaching, it’s another year closer to strive to be the best young professional we can be. Learning from the past, there are a few important goals to keep in mind, especially in the Public Relations field.
Especially in public relations, it’s so important to always know what’s going on in the world around. Following your preferred news outlets on Twitter or Facebook can help you stay in the current events loop.
Step out of your comfort zone
Take that class you’ve had your eye on but doesn’t fit into your major, apply for that job that you’re not perfectly qualified for, go to that speaker that has nothing to do with your academics. Stepping out of you comfort zone will help you be comfortable with taking risks and help you diversify your knowledge outside of your expertise.
Don’t be afraid to treat yourself
If that blazer or tote will make you feel more confident going into an interview, splurge. Confidence is the most important thing to remember in an interview. Think of it as a long-term investment.
The age old saying, “it’s not about what you know but rather who you know,” still has validity. Making connections and networking as much as possible through events, academic clubs and even classes can help you in the long run. You never know when someone in class is going to end up working for your dream company one day. Networking events are so important because it helps a professional in your field put a face to your name.
Carry business cards
A business card is a lot more convenient to carry around for recruiters and it helps you stick out more. Since resumes are large and you typically don’t carry them around often, it’s so easy to keep a few business cards in your bag or even your phone pocket. You never know who you may run into on a plane or waiting for your coffee.