What Should I Ask in an Interview? (#PR Edition)

What Should I Ask in an Interview? (#PR Edition)

PR Job InterviewIt’s always fun to read the crazy interview questions that companies like Google and Facebook ask during the hiring process; but, some of the most important questions actually come from the interviewee and not the interviewer. After all, the interviewee has to make sure the company is right for them, too!

So, as the class of 2015 prepares to graduate and interview for jobs, here are some questions they may want to arm themselves with that are often overlooked. And, while this is the PR edition, many of these questions apply across any industry. Read more

On the Hunt with Social Media

On the Hunt with Social Media

Many people have been touting the great benefits of social media recently as a means to network, grow your business, or market your products/services (myself included); but the current economic crisis is highlighting where all this effort can really pay off – in the job hunt.  It’s important to note that most job leads come from good connections and social media… the old adage has never been more true, the best jobs are never advertised.  A recent article in ComputerWorldJob Hunting? Use social networks to make crucial connections, by David Ramel, stresses the importance of using social media like LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter to network and make new connections.

Social media tools can be highly beneficial, if you know where to look.  For instance, yesterday @BostonTweettweeted asking if anyone was graduating and looking for a job in the Boston area on Twitter.  With such a large following, @BostonTweet was able to retweet replies and get more coverage than people would have normally gotten had they just tweeted to their own followers.

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Social media sites are also a great way to market yourself to potential employers.  Creating a twitback for your Twitter account allows you to provide a brief bio and links to your website, company, or blog, along with more detailed contact info.  LinkedIn allows you to show off basically your entire resume while joining relevant groups for your area of interest – on these groups, you can then post job queries, etc. to help get your name out there.  Hint: responding to other queries also helps!  Facebook is also in this same vein, but also lets you search for company profiles (as does LinkedIn – though Facebook may give you more of a feel for the work environment – check out March on Facebook).

Though these all sound like great outlets to get moving with your job hunt, David Ramel also gives some advice on what not to do:

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Social media, when used smartly, can be a great tool!