Tips for Successful Job Hunting

Integrate Public Relations is growing and currently has two job openings – one for a Senior Social Media Account Executive and the other for a Graphic Designer.  Since Integrate Public Relations is hiring, we thought it’d be great to share some job search and interview tips.

In general, searching for a job can be very stressful and overwhelming.  When applying for specific positions, be sure your resume is up-to-date and all information is correct. For tips on building a memorable resume, check out our three part resume guide from Mary! 

Remember to search for jobs and companies that truly interest you, and look for a company culture you think you’ll mesh with. Want to know if you’ll fit with the IPR team? Check out our Instagram where we showcase what we’re up to, behind the scenes. Everyone performs better when he or she is happy and comfortable so be sure to do your research and only accept a position that is right for you.

Writing is a large component of public relations and agency work.  Picking the perfect writing samples to send to a potential employer is important, and a great opportunity to show off your talent, and your knowledge in AP Style. In the public relations world, AP style is everything; we are admittedly AP Style junkies! We reach out to journalists at various media outlets every day, which means AP style must be used correctly on a daily basis. As PR pros, our goal is to have our client’s announcements covered by targeted media, so everything sent to media must be newsworthy, and we strive to make it as easy as possible to help reporters write stories about our clients.

Landing an interview means the light at the end of this job search tunnel is getting brighter.  Whether it’s over the phone, via Skype or in person, an interview can be simultaneously exciting and frightening. So study up! Do some research on the business before the actual interview to ensure you understand the work and company’s overall goals. It is also helpful to be able to reference previous projects or clients the company has worked with, so they know you are truly interested and have been staying up-to-date with what they’re doing.

When asked questions during an interview, use this as an opportunity to tell them everything you possibly can about the topic at hand. Elaborate (not exaggerate!) on your experience and skills; this is the time to sell yourself and your capabilities.  It’s best to relate your skills or past experience to the position you are interviewing for, or how your unique set of skills will help you ultimately benefit the company. Be sure you articulate and speak using correct grammar. As PR professionals, it’s our job to speak on behalf of clients, and grammar is of the upmost importance. Being able to communicate to and craft messages for different audiences is something our talented team has mastered, and any company will want to know that potential new additions to the team can speak eloquently on behalf of its clients and represent the company well.

To all you job seekers out there, we hope the search goes well and these tips provide useful insight. We wish you the best of luck and happy job hunting! Those interested in applying for open positions with Integrate Public Relations can send resumes to jobs@integratePR.com.  Be sure to stay up-to-date with our company’s growth through Facebook and Twitter, we have a lot of exciting stuff going on!