What I Wish I Knew...Reflections from PR Professionals

PRSA Philly held a Twitter chat on April 11th and asked for advice from PR professionals of all levels.
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Liz Cies @lizcies
RT @prsaphilly: Let's get started...Q1: What advice would you give to those starting out in #PR? #prsaphl
Barbara Link @barbaralink
A1: Be a sponge - listen, learn, and ask smart questions! #prsaphl
Stephanie DeViteri @stephdeviteri
Find a mentor. Someone you might like to emulate in your career and learn frim them. #prsaphl
PRSA Philly @PRSAPhilly
@stephdeviteri Great advice! What criteria should you use when selecting a mentor? #prsaphl
Liz Cies @lizcies
A1: No task is too small or below you. There's always an opportunity to learn more. #prsaphl
Brendon Shank @bshank
@PRSAPhilly I'd say: find what you enjoy about the job and explore it. Get known for it. #prsaphl
Stephanie DeViteri @stephdeviteri
Read industry pubs online for free! My faves are PR Week and PR Daily. Some content is locked, but good place to start. #prsaphl
Liz Cies @lizcies
@PRSAPhilly Identify transferable skills in your current job/position, and practice practice practice. #prsaphl
Brendon Shank @bshank
@PRSAPhilly A2: not having a job shouldn't prevent you from dev'ing a portfolio. Volunteer. Network. Create your own projects. #prsaphl
Alana J. Mauger @alanajanelle
@PRSAPhilly Talk to people who are doing your dream job. Ask for their advice. Ask for the opportunity to work on a project. #prsaphl
Stephanie DeViteri @stephdeviteri
For mentors, consider senior colleagues you don't directly report to or well connected profs from college #prsaphl
Mimi @_missmichelle
@PRSAPhilly Information interviews are a great way to get insider info & make connections that could pay off later #prsaphl
Yasheaka O. Owens @YOakleyPR
RT @PRSAPhilly: What advice would you give to those who may be looking for a job in #pr but don't have one yet? #prsaphl
Brendon Shank @bshank
@PRSAPhilly A2: people notice people doing interesting things. Job search time = time to experiment w your career. #prsaphl
Barbara Link @barbaralink
A2: Ask for informational interviews at your ideal employers, even when a position isn't open. #prsaphl
Liz Cies @lizcies
A good exercise is to read the news, then imagine how the story was developed/landed from the PR side. #prsaphl
Alana J. Mauger @alanajanelle
@PRSAPhilly @stephdeviteri That's good advice. I work at a college & often hire students or recent grads in a freelance capacity. #prsaphl
Stephanie DeViteri @stephdeviteri
Be patient in the job search! Don't settle if you don't have to and when you find the right fit for you, you'll know. #prsaphl
PRSA Philly @PRSAPhilly
@alanajanelle Great point. Anyone else have luck starting out freelancing and then moving into full-time? or vice versa? #prsaphl
PRSA Philly @PRSAPhilly
RT @stephdeviteri: Be patient in the job search! Don't settle if you don't have to #prsaphl
Barbara Link @barbaralink
A2: Internships are an amazing way to gain valuable experience, and get your foot in the door! #prsaphl
Brendon Shank @bshank
@stephdeviteri totally agree. Settling for the first job can be a tough career mis-step to rebound from. Esp early on. #prsaphl
Liz Cies @lizcies
Ditto on internships! Don't be afraid to take one post-college. It's how I found my first job. #prsaphl
PRSA Philly @PRSAPhilly
@barbaralink, can you talk more about the value of freelance work? #prsaphl
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