I was offered my dream job two days after I graduated college. It was a position I never formally applied for, which made it seem all the more magical and meant-to-be. I was promised opportunities to create vibrant community events and manage marketing moves in every form of media, all while having total creative control and three-day weekends. The first few months were a total thrill and not even the 6:30 am commute could bring me down. But after campaigns had been set in place and budgets reached the brim, I found myself answering phones, filing papers, and running errands for nine hours a day. I had become a glorified office assistant and the only creative control I had involved turning down the newspaper ad salesman that stopped by every few days. I started to dread waking up every morning and hated knowing that I was capable of more. I
We’ve all been there – frantically Googling “how to prepare for a job interview” the night before the big day, with sweaty palms and shaky hands, only to be greeted by obvious observations like “dress well” and “be on time.” Beyond the common sense suggestions, there are several insider secrets that will raise your confidence and help you stand out among the crowd. We’ve narrowed the list down to five that are sure to help you seal the deal. 1) The Elevator Speech It’s difficult for an employer to get a good sense of who you are when you’re stumbling through something as simple as “tell me about yourself.” Stay cool and confident by creating an elevator speech. It’s a quick summary of what you’re all about that should take the length of an elevator ride to deliver (about 30-60 seconds). As a basic rule, start with schooling, then past
To heat things up, I’m dishing some serious relationship… I mean business… advice! From blissful beginnings to the importance of communication, this whole “owning a business” thing probably isn’t as foreign to you as you might think! 😉 It’s totally okay to make the first move You can’t just wait around waiting for the perfect one to come along. You have to put yourself out there, figure out the qualities you’re looking for, weigh your options and know that you’re ready to take on the commitment. Once you’ve been flirting with the idea of starting your own business for quite some time and you feel ready to make the first move, we need to address… The blissful beginning Just like the beginning of a new relationship, the initial startup of a business is often filled with magic and passion. It’s all you can think about. You see potential in every angle. Butterflies are
Watching #ScandalABC could be the best career move you make in 2015. From Oval Office offenses to crazed crimes of passion (we’re looking at you, Jake Ballard), Scandal is packed with characters who could definitely use a personal brand boost. But not Olivia Pope. She’s brave, bold, and better at public relations than anyone else on TV. If you want to be the best, start by learning from the best. // // Trust Your Gut She wouldn’t be the ultimate fixer without that killer intuition and attention to instincts. Absorb all the information you can from clients and colleagues, but when it comes down to it, rely only on yourself. Listen to your gut and you’ll find everything you need to know. Wear The White Hat Good guys don’t always finish last! Olivia Pope & Associates strives to only leave clients better than they found them – no matter how
Gone are the days of stuffy cubicle walls, chilly morning commutes, and water cooler woes – remote work is here to stay! The flexibility, freedom, and fun of a work-from-home job is hard to beat, but we promise it’s not all daytime talk shows and comfy pajamas. Telecommuting requires serious dedication and we’ve got the secrets to help you rock it. Find a designated work space Curling up in bed with your MacBook is ideal for scrolling through Tumblr and catching up on your Netflix queue, but it’s a passionless way to approach your career. Find a space that inspires you. It could be a quiet corner in your apartment with great natural light or a cozy table at your favorite coffee shop. Pair with some mellow mood music and get to work. RELATED: 10 Empowering Office Accessories to Keep You Inspired Dress for success Can you work in an oversized baseball tee and ratty flannel pants?
I think we all can agree that a Public Relations professional has an incredibly busy life. Email and social media have essentially vanquished the 9-5, 5-day-a-week workweek. Your clients, co-workers, media contacts and also probably your boss are going to email you whether you’re at your desk or enjoying your Sunday brunch. So, how do you make sure not to get caught up in an unending cycle of stress? Remember, no matter how much you love your job, it’s not worth it to work yourself so hard. Here are some tips on maintaining balance and health in your career life. Sleep Yes, I know, obvious…or is it? Did you know that the Center for Disease Control has listed sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic? Adults need NO LESS than 7 hours of sleep per night. If you are routinely getting less than 7 hours of sleep, you are depriving
I’m sure you know exactly what it’s like: you’ve just found the most perfect job or internship on your job search-engine of choice. It’s a PR position with a company whose culture will fit you like a glove, and whose client list just happens to include some of your favorite brands. But guess what? Many other people have found this job opening, and many others will apply. So how do you make yourself stand out from a pile of cover letters? I’ve been through the crazy hunt of internship searching. It often feels like you are grasping around in the dark; and then in that ecstatic moment when you actually find something, it comes crashing to the ground. If you put your time and effort into it, though, you won’t be given all no’s. Here are some keys to a successful job search. 1.) Social media presence This is pivotal