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InterVIEW Your Strengths and Weaknesses (National Conference 2018 Session Recap)

National Conference Session Recap Session: InterVIEW Your Strengths and Weaknesses Presenter: Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, JKD & Company Inc. Recap: Applying and interviewing for a job can be a little stressful at times. In the session of “InterVIEW Your Strengths and Weaknesses,” Jane Dvorak reassures that there can be less stress by learning to […]

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Remaining Positive in a Cutthroat PR World

It’s not often this topic is talked about but we’ve all been there. A situation where it feels as though everyone is getting a summer internship except for you. In the field of public relations, it’s imperative to remain positive. For starters, if you’re outwardly salty about a peer getting a position that you applied […]

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Finishing Strong: Making the Most of Senior Year

This piece is part of the new series, New Pro? No Problem: The PRSA New Professional Guide to Success. You’ve been studying long and hard and you’ve finally made it to your last year of college. You’re on the cusp of the next chapter of your young life when it hits you: Senioritis. Symptoms include exhaustion, […]

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Your Skills are the Secret Sauce that Corporate America Needs

When I first met my cohort in my MBA program, I wondered how I fit. I was looking at start-up mavens, Big Data, business owners, “If I told you I’d have to kill you” government and military types, too many lawyers and a tiny sprinkle of C-Suiters. I have been in publishing, PR and communications […]

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Climb the Ladder by Saying These Six Things to Your Boss

I’ve spoken with a lot of college students over the years. One of my favorite questions they ask me is “what are you looking for in an ideal employee?” I love the question for a number of reasons because even the fact that they’re asking me a question like this is one of the things […]

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A Five-Minute Guide to Crafting your Five-Year Plan

“So, what’s next?” These words ring all too familiar. Whether you just completed the internship of a lifetime or said goodbye to a leadership role in a beloved organization, you’ve probably been asked this question. The power that these words hold, although most likely stemming from the good intentions and genuine inquiry of a beloved […]

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How and Why Students Should Grow Their Global Network

As a soon-to-be public relations professional, I am always looking to grow my network, whether it be at my university, my current internship or during my travels. I recently concluded my semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. While school was my main priority abroad, I also used my time in a new foreign environment to grow […]

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Tips for a Successful Phone Interview

The majority of my interviews during my search for a summer internship were conducted over the phone as was to be expected since I was interviewing from Iowa for positions in Washington D.C. One practice phone interview with my dad showed just how much preparation I needed so I decided to make improving my interview […]

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Four Unexpected Soft Skills to Develop Before Starting Your First Job

Congratulations! You got the job. Whether it’s a summer internship, a first full-time job as a post-graduate or you’re well into your young professional career, entering a new role is always filled with excitement and anticipation of what you will learn. While respect, punctuality, humility and professionalism are tried and true soft skills to bring […]

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Why I Started My Own Podcast Series

It began as a simple idea. I was at dinner with an old friend. She and I were laughing over some wine and a delicious meal while we exchanged old stories and memories we shared. Our conversation, while humorous, did not lack some profound comments. It was one of those conversations that I knew I […]

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