Wait A Minute… That Can’t Be Right

So, if you have entered my site anytime between 4:30 p.m.-6: p.m. CT, you may have noticed that my website is saying weird stuff or looks different. Well, that is because I am taking a web design class. He is having us work on WordPress and I figured that it would be better to use my own blog than to create yet another blog to add to the list that is not being used. Why am I taking web design classes? I’ll reveal that in the next post.

Chau!

ETA: Corrected spelling mistakes and added “or looks different.”

Hold Your Pinkie High! 5 Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

I have never taken an etiquette class. My school always offered them, but as much as I wanted to, I never went to a class. I encourage college students to attend one at least once. Believe it or not you will need to know how to eat properly at the table, that is, if you expect to work in corporate America. I didn’t think I would until I attended the 2011 PRAM conference. It was the first formal dinner I had ever been to. When I sat down this is what I saw:

*Scooby Doo gasp*

I didn’t show my perplexity on my face. I did what my mother always taught be: Be aware of your surroundings. I looked at what the professionals did before I did anything. Luckily, I came out of it without a scratch and with a lesson to spread to all. Here are five tips that will help you.

  1. DO place your napkin in your lap as soon as everyone else at the table is seated. When you wipe your mouth, wipe delicately. At the aforementioned conference dinner I attended, a student, who shall remain nameless, did not put her napkin in her lap when everyone was seated. I did so because the professionals that were seated with me did so. Next thing you know, a waiter comes by and puts it in her lap for her. Try to avoid this embarrassing moment so others won’t mentally shake their head at you.
  2. DON’T start eating until everyone else has been served.
  3. DO pass items such as butter, bread baskets, salad dressing, etc. to your right. When passing something with a handle, pass it with the handle facing the person as you would if you were handing someone a pair of scissors.
  4. DON’T allow your utensils to touch the table after they have been used. You will make a nasty mess around you and you don’t want to look like a messy eater.
  5. Finally, DO thank the food servers. I have worked in a restaurant before and there is nothing worse than serving ungrateful people. Be the person that gives them a reason to like their job.
I’m sure there are more do’s and don’ts, but these are things I have observed and what I feel are common sense. Below is the same diagram above, but with a legend of what each utensil is used for and when you should use it. This doesn’t mean that since you see this you shouldn’t attend an etiquette class. There’s nothing like real life experience. Bon appetite!

PRAM Writing Workshop for Professionals

The Pine Belt Chapter of PRAM, Public Relations Association of Mississippi, is having an Associated Press Style and Writing Workshop Tuesday August 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.  The workshop is open to all community members. The AP Style and Writing workshop is perfect for business professionals, journalists and journalism students, radio, television, and media representatives, non-profit workers, web designers, newspaper advisors, and more.

If the Lord says the same, I’m definitely planning on attending this. Registration in only $35! Hopefully I’ll be able to attend. As a PR professional, I will need to know how to write effectively. You can never learn too much in this profession. I’m seeking out as much information as I can that will make me an invaluable practitioner. If anyone is in the area, I hope to see you there. Early registration ends July 26.

Here’s the link: www.pinebeltpram.com

My First Phone Interview: How It Went and What I Learned

I received an exciting phone call Monday. It was a PR agency responding to my application to become their intern! I was way to excited. They wanted to have a phone interview with me, which was today. I did all the things that I know I’m supposed to: write down the answers to the common questions that interviewers ask you and have my own questions prepared. Yes, in an interview not only are they trying to learn about you, but you need to learn about them. Actually, you should research the company before hand because they will ask you “What do you know about our company?”

The interview went well. There were parts that I stumbled on. I was so focused on not saying “um,” especially at the beginning of a sentence. I don’t think that’s attractive. What did I stumble on? Well, it was enough to make me slap myself in the forehead. First, she asked me what my hobbies were. I wasn’t expecting that question. Out of the hundred job applications that I have filled out and the few interviews that I have been in pre-recent grad life, I have never been asked that question. I like that the interviewer asked that. It shows that they are interested in you as a person, not just an employee. Who wants to work with someone who’s boring? Well, I blanked and forgot what my hobbies were. I think i kept saying traveling which is a hobby of mine. In case you were wondering, I LOVE to read, I play the piano, and I blow in a flute (notice I didn’t say play. Long sad story). The next question that I stumbled on, which I advise you strive to do the opposite of what I did, was the question “What do you know about our company?”Now, I looked at their website for 30 minutes and wrote down all that I wanted to remember. Why when she asked I completely blanked? Don’t ask because your guess is as good as mine.

In the end, I’m confident that the answers that I gave were good enough to make up for that. Plus, I know that if I am meant to have this job, it’s already mine. I just pray about and put my confidence in the Lord that He’ll make up for what I messed up. The position is in Oklahoma. The good news is that’s my hometown (GO SOONERS),  and I have someplace to stay if I get accepted. All I need is the phone call, a time frame, and I will hit the road!

Here are some questions that I was asked so you can WRITE DOWN the answers you would give:

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are your pet peeves?
  • What do you see in the future for this industry?
  • What made you want to go into PR? Did you study it all through college?
  • What other experiences in public relations that are non-academic?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • Do you prefer to work independently or with a team?

Here are the questions that I asked the interviewer:

  • What is your history with the company
  • What do you look for in an intern or employee?
  • How is the working environment at ________?
  • What do you like about your job?
  • What opportunities would be available to me in the future, if I were hired?
  • What is your advice on the best strategy for an incoming intern?
  • I see that ________ has a lot of achievements and I see recently in the news that the company did (event)? Is the company working towards other achievements or is it focusing on this event right now?

The answers to these question are highly beneficial you learn so much about the company and the person who is interviewing you. I wish I had remembered to ask the interviewer if there were any improvements that I could make on my resume, cover letter, and website. Make sure you add that to your list of questions.

What questions have you been asked? What questions do you ask interviewers? What mistakes did you make in an interview that we should all be warned about? Comment below and let us know!

PR: The Dream Job

I certainly found a treasure. I’m not even sure how I found this. I find a lot of things from just surfing the internet. Before checking the recent news articles (something I do before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning), I found a website called the Levo League. The whole website screams awesome. Within the website I found their post entitled ‘Discover: Public Relations.’ Click the link and comment below telling me that you are just as excited as I am about working in the incredible field of PR. If you’re wondering, yes, I am excited about working 10-11 hours doing all the duties that will be expected of me. Aren’t you?

 

 

 

 

Growing Up and Getting Older

I decided to visit my family for Memorial weekend. I haven’t really spent time with them since I got married at the beginning of this month. Throughout the wedding planning process, my mother always joked about taking my room over and making it her own. I responded with, “Yeah right. You wouldn’t do that.”

A couple of days after we got married, I moved into my husband’s apartment that he’s had all three years of law school, which has one bedroom, one bath, and the kitchen and living room are one room. Because of lack of room, we’ve had to keep over half of my stuff and some of our wedding gifts at my parents house. When I arrived to my parent’s house yesterday, I went into my closet to look for a shirt. I didn’t find the shirt, but I did find some of my clothes missing and replaced with my mother’s clothes. I also saw a clothes rack with wheels in my room with her clothes on it. I then looked at my floor to find more of my things in boxes.

I’m not complaining. I know that all of this is just me growing up and starting a life with my new husband. I’m not trying to cling to my parents as a way for me to be able to keep my stuff there forever. But good grief! Could’t she wait just a little longer before she began the process nesting into what was once my space for eight years?!?! Can she at least pretend that she misses me?

Sigh. Well, I’m an adult I can take it. I’m actually embracing this new chapter in my life. I love seeing growth in my life. When I look at others that I have gone to school with and compare our lives, I don’t mean to sound prideful, but I’m darn proud of myself. I no longer live with my parents, which means that I am actually wanting to grow up. I graduated from college while most of them are still attending two year colleges and not showing ambition to make a change in their life. Most have not gone to college and have children, which is something that I’m not planning on for YEARS. I said all that to say that I’m happy that at the age of 21, I embrace responsibility. I have a ambition. I strive for change and I am pursuing my purpose.

So, turn the page with me as I start this new chapter in my life.

I’m a PRSA member now!

Tuesday, I was reading recent tweets of the special people that i follow, and a tweet from @PRSSANational that said:

“Hello #prssa recent graduations – @PRSA Associate Membership is the best way to launch your career! Learn why –http://cot.ag/mrG

How could I ignore such an intriguing invitation? I immediately went to the website and registered and received a very nice discount. I immediately went to the ‘New Professional’ blog and I have almost read every post. It has already helped me. I especially loved the ones on “Intro to Sports PR’ and ‘Intro to International Relations.’ I then tweeted that I officially became a member and was welcomed with open-armed responses. So far this membership is paying off. If it’s doing that with just the little things, where else will it assist me? If you are a recent grad who received a degree in Public Relations, I advise that you take advantage of this opportunity. Why not? I know we all learned the history of PRSA and its benefits from at least one of our classes and at least two of our teachers. No need to wonder if you need to do it because you do. I’m sure your future career will thank you.