Happy Friday! Take 10 to reflect on your work!

Work Place Survey for Academic Study What better time to reflect on your feelings about work than the weekend? My colleagues and I are conducting a study and would love your input!   Please complete this short survey which is confidential and should only take about 10 minutes. Submit before 2/24 to be eligible to win a $20 Starbucks gift card.   Thank you in advance for sharing your perspectives about this timely topic.  WORKPLACE SURVEY LINK Continue reading Happy Friday! Take 10 to reflect on your work!

Season of Giving: Volunteer to Build Career Skills and Benefit Society

Volunteering is good for your community, society and your soul.  It also is a way to continue to build professional skills and resume friendly experience, while doing good.    Following is a step by step guide to identifying and securing a meaningful volunteer or civic engagement position.  Carefully select an organization based on your interests and capabilities. These may include: ·         Non-profits and Advocacy Groups ·         Non-government organizations ·         Schools ·         Religious Organizations ·         Chambers of Commerce ·         Convention & Visitors’ Bureaus ·         Municipal offices ·         Economic development centers ·         Hospitals Once you have targeted an organization, … Continue reading Season of Giving: Volunteer to Build Career Skills and Benefit Society

New Jersey Social Media Summit! April 10, 2015 Free Admission!

New Jersey Social Media Summit Engaging Initiatives: Transforming Social Media Research and Practice  William Paterson University Friday, April 10, 2015 • 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. University Commons Ballroom C, Wayne, New Jersey This academic summit for students and prospective graduate students, scholars, and business professionals offers the opportunity to network with others in the exciting and growing field of social media research and practice. Learn about the latest social media research and trends that can help you succeed in your career. Our distinguished panel of social media scholars and professionals will share their finding on topics including: The state of social … Continue reading New Jersey Social Media Summit! April 10, 2015 Free Admission!

M.A. in Professional Communication – Apply Now For Spring

As graduate director of William Paterson University’s M.A. in Professional Communication program, I’m excited to unveil our spring 2014 course offerings, all of which are designed to provide career-ready skills and knowledge to help you achieve your professoinal and academic goals: STRATEGIC MULTI-PLATFORM WRITING   —  CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY  —   STRATEGIC PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT — SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION Professional Communication (MA) Tracks in Corporate and Strategic Communication, Digital Media and Professional Writing Program Description:  The master of arts in professional communication at Willia m Paterson University helps students develop knowledge and proficiencies to seek professional advancement and increase their marketability in … Continue reading M.A. in Professional Communication – Apply Now For Spring

Ten Simple Steps for Career Success

Are you an achiever or someone who unwittingly self-sabotages your career?  As a former public relations agency executive, mentor and now professor I love to hear success stories from graduates and former agency colleagues. I am also contacted frequently by panicked graduates and executives who are struggling professionally. Over the years, I’ve noticed several commonalities between those who achieve success and those who flounder. Here is what I’ve learned: 1. Grades matter, but not as much as you’d think. Students with the highest GPAs aren’t necessarily those who are the most successful. In fact, those who solely focused on earning the best grades, while forgoing … Continue reading Ten Simple Steps for Career Success

Interns Sue and WIN!

As a university internship coordinator, I frequently see companies providing meaningful internship experiences for our students. Unfortunately, there also are companies who take advantage of the “free” labor of qualified students. I hope the trend towards PAYING interns continues, as we as educators have created rigorous internship programs and academic curriculum where we prepare students to not only learn and their internships, but to immediately contribute to an organization’s success! As such, they should be compensated accordingly! Another issue is the economic implications on students. Some students cannot afford NOT to get paid. I.e. if they are paying for their … Continue reading Interns Sue and WIN!

8 Ways PR is like parenthood!

Summer break is nearly here. This mean’s school’s out soon.  Here is my friendly reminder how public relations is not unlike being a parent.  Enjoy! View this article on PR Daily too: http://prdaily.com/Main/Articles/10991.aspx I chose to switch careers from the fast-paced public relations agency world to higher education after I became a mom. However, two kids later, I’ve realized that being a parent is much like working in public relations. Here are some similarities: 1. Both are 24-hour jobs. In public relations you work many late nights and weekends to develop proposals, help clients meet their deadlines or respond to … Continue reading 8 Ways PR is like parenthood!

Five Mistakes New Managers Make (and how to fix them)

Now on PR Daily: http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14240.aspx Mistakes New Managers Make (and how to fix them) Motivated and capable young professionals may get promoted quickly into supervisory positions. However, many companies fail to provide adequate relationship management or leadership training.   New managers frequently make significant errors which not only undermine their authority, but hurt company morale and productivity. 1)      Snarky syndrome.  Many new managers are overwhelmed with their own work.  Supervisory and client management responsibilities add addition stress which often results in the manager interacting with colleagues in an abrupt or condescending manner.  While not intentional, the tone and nature of interpersonal communication … Continue reading Five Mistakes New Managers Make (and how to fix them)

PR WEEK Virtual Career Summit: FREE April 30 Event

The PRWeek Virtual Career Summit Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013  Time: 11am-8pm EST   Where: Your computer  Cost: FREE   http://engage.vevent.com/rt/prw~vcs  Don’t miss your opportunity to take your career to the next level. Going into its third year, the PRWeek Virtual Career Summit, which has drawn 2,000-plus registrants in its first two years, presents an innovative environment that offers numerous benefits to communications professionals at all levels interested in taking the necessary steps in advancing their careers. You will have the chance to… Network with hundreds of fellow PR pros Search/apply for jobs Listen to expert advice from industry leaders on the … Continue reading PR WEEK Virtual Career Summit: FREE April 30 Event

Ten Tips to Be Taken Seriously As a Young Professional

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/12524.aspx   A version of this article now appears on PR Daily.  Enjoy! I frequently receive calls from young public relations executives about their frustration with clients and colleagues who treat them as a kid sister, daughter or possible date rather than an associate who is responsible for moving forward major account initiatives.  Highly-capable young professionals are often given tremendous responsibility to help agencies achieve client objectives in this lightning fast paced industry.     Managing the pressure and high demands of associates and clients can sometimes be overwhelming for even the most seasoned professional.  For a young professional, these pressures are often paired … Continue reading Ten Tips to Be Taken Seriously As a Young Professional