I don’t remember how long ago it was, but I remember a friend telling me about the local newspaper having two openings at the time. They had 104 positions in the newsroom at the time. For those two openings, they received 120 resumés.
If you don’t already know it, resumés are not really for getting a job; they are for eliminating candidates. If you make it through to the interview stage, you are qualified for the job, and so is everyone else who makes it through. I’m not saying the skills are unimportant. I’m saying that if they’re talking to you, it’s a given that you have the skills (at least on paper). So the decision about whom to hire will hinge on other factors. Continue reading “Why communication skills matter to everyone”
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It’s easy to assume college students have social media all figured out. Experience shows, though, that while many are savvy about Facebook, they may not realize they need to build a social media presence in other avenues before graduation rather than after. Sue Murphy notes in her article Social Media Success Tips for Students two particular areas that seriously need attention while a student is still in school but looking to the outside world.
Many students believe they don’t need to worry about getting their profiles up on LinkedIN until after they graduate. But nothing could be further from the truth. You need to get on there. Now. LinkedIN is one of the best places to connect with the kind of companies and people you want to eventually end up working for. And the only way you’ll be able to find and connect with them is to start building your profile there.
She also builds a case for starting a blog–and she’s not talking about a chatty personal journal you share with the world.
Continue reading “Students need to get a jump on social media”
Intended or not, one of the side effects of the Digital Storytelling class for me has been to focus my thinking on the progression through the years of my relationship to media. For a ds106 assignment I put together a Prezi presentation that started exploring that, and the thought process has continued, enhanced in part by the current two-week-long assignment that has us participating in the dailyshoot.
Among other former jobs (my students are already a bit amused by how many former jobs I’ve had, but that’s part of the pattern in the mass communications industry), I was chief photographer for a small daily newspaper (photography was a big part of the job at earlier papers as well, and I also made part of my living doing darkroom work and owned an early one-hour photo-processing business). Photography was one of my early hobbies, begun in 8th grade when Mr. Culp, the yearbook sponsor, stuck his head out his classroom, spotted me in the hallway, and said, “You! Would you like to be the photographer for the yearbook?” Continue reading “Filling Human 1.5’s frame”
Kristen King (no relation to me, as far as I know) attended the Region 2 conference of the Society of Professional Journalists, and shared her summaries of several of the sessions. This is very useful information for information workers of any sort, but particularly for journalism and even PR students. This is boiled-down, pure, cutting-edge information. Take the time.
Jonathan Fields says you’re working two jobs, like it or not. Given the state of the economy, this is good advice for graduates to keep in mind as they tackle the job market, whether getting a job or moving up.
This blog is “not just academic,” as the flag shows. While we’re primarily interested in communication-related topics, and technology in higher education, we’re focused on application. Feeds show up in a couple of online classes, though, so I want to take an opportunity to post a link to an article that may spark some pragmatic solutions for students who worry about getting a job once they graduate, whether they’re journalism/PR folks or more general students who read this.
It also happens to be a good example post for speech students to show how expressing an opinion goes beyond merely expressing it, but also illustrating it and backing it up.
Columnist and consultant Peter Bregman tells CNN readers/viewers, “No job? Create your own!” Like anything else, it’s easier said than done. (Isn’t that true of everything? So why is that supposed to be a reason not to act?) The idea, or perhaps the attitude, is the value of this post.