Throughout my time at Minnesota State University, Mankato, I’ve noticed how important it is to be able to showcase your abilities when majoring in Public Relations.
While many of you may think that there is no way to gain experience because you don’t have any; think again.
There are many clubs and organizations that are craving active and passionate members. One organization that I recently became active in is Society of Professional Journalists. This is a nationwide organization promoting the freedom of information and an exciting way to experience journalism through events and discussions. Find out if there is a chapter in your area or at your school, pay your dues and start developing great relationships with others that are eagerly involved.
Another organization that I have become actively involved in is the Public Relations Student Society of America or PRSSA. This is perfect for those of you that are interested in everything from public relations to advertising and event planning. Through this club, you will get the chance to experience public relations, attend tours with well-known companies or firms, help to fundraise and plan events. You will get the opportunity to meet people as enthusiastic as you are about the field; you will be able to learn, grow and develop contacts. Remember — networking is key.
The next way to get started is obvious; blog! If you are not tech- savvy, don’t worry, there are plenty of sites with tutorials to help you get started. I would recommend Word Press. This is where I began my blogging, it is simple and a great way to start building your professional career. Don’t forget to SEO, tag and keep at it even when you may not have as many readers as you would like.
Twitter is also key. It is a great way to network with possible future employers and share your blog and other articles you deem important. The best way to get noticed on Twitter is to find and create information yourself. While it’s important to re-tweet to your followers something you found helpful, don’t rely on other people’s information.
There are many ways to start building your resume. It’s never too early to think about your career and never too late to start! Time to start joining, blogging and tweeting!