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Comments for Practicum April 23, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 6:19 am

1.)    Meghan Beytagh

Hey Meghan! I really enjoyed this video that you posted. It really does make social networking seem so easy. The concept is an easy one, but some people just can not get it. I think this video would hell a lot of those people out. I wish I would have seen this video before I posted my blog on Social Media Friend or Foe? I believe it would have helped me because it really does break down social media to the bare essentials. By breaking down social media it can really show the positives. Great video! Thanks for sharing!

2.) Candice Hall

Great advice! If I could only count the amount of times that I have not checked my email and it has messed things up in one way or another. Don’t worry you are not the only one. In honesty though it is very good advice. I have not interned yet and I am planning on it. After I read this I will seriously make sure to check that email over anything else. I am already bad about checking my own email so because of your post I will be checking anyone they give to me first. Even though you made a mistake at least you can share it with people and help them out in the long run. Besides I am sure you are still doing amazing!

3.) Meghan Beytagh

Meghan!! I love this video. I used it as one of my PR connections for social media too! I first viewed it in Professor Nixon’s PR research class and loved it. It is pretty amazing the facts that they put in the video. I was so impacted by the video when I thought of a PR connection this video is exactly the one I thought of. I made sure I went on youtube and found it. It really shows how social media is in fact a revolution and not just a fad. People always think that social media is going to fade away, but in all honestly how can something fade away that has become such a part of so many people’s everyday life. I am glad that you found the video too and are spreading the word of how cool of a video it is!

4.)    Meghan Beytagh

I love Kell on Earth! I first started following her from the television show The Hills when Lauren Conrad and some other girls on the show started working for her. I like the way she handles situations. It is pretty much get it done or get out. I feel like it is a good look into the PR world. It seems fast paste, which is something that I think I would like. Another observation is that a person in PR may want to make sure that they have pretty tough skin before entering into something as intense as Public Relations for the fashion world. I really like your comment also about how schools with PR programs see a growing amount of students in the field. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing for us. More competition? Or an industry that is continuingly growing that we want to be a part of.

5.)    Lawzta

I am the same way. I live on Facebook. If I am not on the computer, I am on my phone. I actually use Facebook more on my phone than anything else. I am interested too to see how this “like” thing goes. I am glad you brought it to my attention haha. I know that sometimes between the fan pages and the events and the groups I get a little lost so making it where it is just something that people “like” I think will be a lot easier. Let’s face it, Facebook is not what it once was. It has grown to middle schoolers and parents friend requesting us. I definitely agree the simpler the better. Great idea for a PR connection! You can talk about something that you love!

6.)    Candice Hall

This is so true. For the longest time I would not let my father have a Facebook page. Finally, I gave in and now he is in love. Even though he is older than the age group of parents that you are discussing he is still right in there and loving it. Social media is such a great thing. People of all ages can enjoy it. People as my father’s age are being able to connect with people they have not seen I decades. It is also great to hear that private schools in Savannah are using social networks to their advantage. I went to a private school in Savannah and they were always playing it pretty, “old school.” Glad to know they have joined the world!

7.)    Candice Hall

Candice! I get this all the time. I am always like how do you not know what Public Relations is! Then I think to myself well??? It is relating to the public right? No, but really I am in the same boat as you are. It is really a hard major to describe because it is so many different things. It can get confusing as well with all the different courses that we take. There is a mix of journalism, marketing, advertising, and then not to mention communication studies. It can get pretty exhausting. Thanks for the definitions though. I will definitely refer to them next time I am asked, “Well what exactly is Public Relations?”

8.) Sarah Kemp

Careers in Public Relations are endless! I feel like one could go to so  many different directions with this major there is anything from entertainment PR to PR events to what I know you want to do and do some sort of PR for a college. I am glad that you addressed this issue in one of your PR connections. The common theme that keeps arising when talking about jobs in Public Relations is writing. By reading other people’s blogs, having a interview with a PR professional, and watching videos as this one, I feel like writing is going to be extremely important once we get jobs. Better keep those APA books!

9.) Sarah Kemp

You have got to love those women at the phon-a-thon! I should have known that they were up at the front using twitter! This is pretty neat though. I am glad that you brought it up. It is hard to believe that someone’s job could consist of them sitting back and twittering. With technology these days they could be anywhere they wanted as well. They could be sitting on the beach using twitter to update people on their mobile device. Now that is the kind of internship that I want. The only thing missing in your post is where can I sign up?

10.) Sarah Kemp

In response to this post and Jeremy’s comment. I was next to Allison when she received this call from Ethel. Ethel had forgotten her check book and wanted to donate one million dollars. Oh Watruba is so silly. As much as I complain about taking 4 hours out of my busy week to do phone-a-thon it was actually really fun. It is so exciting to get another Phi Mu on the phone who wants to donate. The Phi Mu on the other line can be as far a California and they are actually happy to talk to you. I even spoke to a woman who donated 100 dollars and she told me all about her new born baby girl. It was neat making that connection over the phone.

11.) Sarah Kemp

that is too funny. I wish I could get Bitsy and Buddy to do that! Anyone reading they are my two miniature dachshund puppies that are still learning EVERYTHING! I am so glad you shared this video. It is funny because just the other day I was writing a blog on what makes viral videos so huge. All I could come up with is the humor in the video that is so funny. It is always great when something like that is captured on a television show and turned into a viral video. This way for people that missed it like me can still enjoy and laugh over the funny experience. Once again thank you social networks!

12.) Sarah Kemp

AHH! That is so scary. I have heard about this going on before. It is so terrible how people will use sites that are helping people to harm people. It is people like that in the world that gives social networking sites a bad reputation. I suppose you are right people do just need to be smart. The sad part is that people are so trusting because they would never do something like that. I hope that the publicity that this story gets is enough for someone to never do anything like this ever again and for people to watch out for this sort of thing!

13.) Allykup123

Hey Ally! I am going to have to agree with you on this. Even though there are so many things on social media networks that employers could see and cut you right then and there, there are so many positive aspects to social networks as well. I am glad that you posted that website. I think it is something that everyone should look at and try to follow when trying to get a job. It is hard enough to get a job these days and all anyone needs is one bad picture following them around for the rest of their lives.

14.) Marilyn Lintel

Hey Marilyn!

That is too cool that they responded to you. I always saw them on the Kardashians and I think it is so great that they got their own show. Entertainment Public Relations is such a neat industry and I know it is something that you are very interested in. What a great way to get your foot in the door by using a social networking site that Twitter. You never know where one tweet could lead you. I agree with you that social networks are so great for entertainment PR. I think that is one of the greatest things about Twitter. Not only can you network, but you can also find out all the celebrity gossip at the same time! Not a bad deal!

15.) Marilyn Lintel

I love that you posted all the safety tips on your blog. HAHA. Really though it is a good thing to share with the world. The one that caught my eye the most was the number that talked about if someone is in the back of the car with a gun to your head. This always scares me and I constantly am checking the back seat of my car because of these types of emails. The best thing about this is I have never thought or heard to run your car into something. It is a much better idea than to having driven off with a man with a gun. I would rather have my life than a car!

16.) Marilyn Lintel

I am going to have to agree with you. I saw this movie in theaters with my mom and dad. We saw the Di Vinci Code together as well and decided to try this one out too. I actually enjoyed this movie a lot more. I agree again that it had more action and not to mention it had me guessing until the very end. I also like that you have some fun stuff on your blog. Kudos to you for it not only being topics of the week. I feel like I have read too many and I am really enjoying you blog! It is fun commenting on other stuff like this. Maybe I will do some more entertainment blogs like this when school is finally over!

17.) Marilyn Lintel

Celebrities can really be so powerful. It is crazy how people will watch a show just because their favorite celebrity is on it. I am guilty as well. Just as I know that you watched “Ellen,” that day just because Robert Patterson was on the show. Celebrities are a big part of Public Relations. The best part is how many celebrities will use their power for good. With so many natural disasters going on in the world today it is great to see celebrities stepping up and helping out. Though people should want to donate even if George Clooney isn’t answering the phone it does help people to call. I think this is really cool.

18.) Jeremy Watruba

Ever since you showed me this video I believe that I have posted it on a couple people’s Facebook walls. I guess that is what we have been talking about, what makes viral videos grow so large. There is a perfect example. What attracts me to the video is not only is it hilarious, but the kid can actually sing a little bit. I mean he sure tries to hit those notes at least. A lot better than what I would be able to do. Another highlight in the video are the little, “don’t pay attention to this part,” parts. Too funny I am glad you shared it with others as your PR connection.

19.) Jeremy Watruba

This is a perfect idea for a PR connection. Not only is the video funny, but it also provides the viewer with valuable information. For example, “Public Relations 101, do your homework.” This is so true. Even if the person one is interviewing is not a well known individual at least try to make them feel special and if not for that reason it is your job and you should be professional. It is pretty funny that he admits that people in the media have egos as well. It definitely helped the video that there were some clips as Ron Burgundy too!

20.) Jeremy Watruba

I too need a website that is user friendly. I am learning here and becoming quite impressed with my blogging skill is I may add. Just a joke still have plenty to learn, but I have come miles since where I begun. I am glad you found this website and that you found it useful. Dr V.’s claim about PR involving into ethics, technology, and education I will have to agree with. Technology is a huge part of PR and without the education one may not be able to access all the technology available. Ethics also come into play with technology with items as social media sites. It is all related in one big PR world.

21.) Kati Ann Wright

Love your blog post Kati Ann! I have been following Jessica Simpson’s show and I say rock on! She has been through a lot and I think she is on the right track with this show that she has and trying to find inner beauty. I also have to agree with the Dove campaign. I love them. After the first one aired a couple super bowls ago I wanted to cry because the commercial was so sweet and I wanted to donate money right away. Society can have a distorted image of beauty, but people have to realize that it is what we teach the younger generation that can change how people view beauty. With campaigns like Dove’s and shows like Jessica Simpson’s seems like we are on the right track.

22.) Kati Ann Wright

This website seems great! I am so glad that you mentioned it in a PR connection. I feel like there are so many different cool things on the internet and it is great that we can all share them with one another through blogging. I know I am going to need all the help that I can get so this website sounds perfect. I know that you stated that is was a growing website, but with such a great idea and Public Relations growing so rapidly like it is, I am sure the website will grow in no time at all. I will definitely continue to look at it.

23.) Kati Ann Wright

I am about to become alumni too L It is crazy how people can come to college and meet so many amazing people then have to walk away. When you meet people from all over it isn’t like high school. High school all your friends live around you, but after college some of the people that I met from Phi Mu will be dispersed throughout the country. I am glad that you shared all your experiences. I know I have had too many to count, as you probably have to. It is sad leaving this chapter behind, but it is interesting as well. I will be filling out my alumni forms for Phi Mu next week so I know exactly what you are going through. It seems like just yesterday we were all going through rush.

24.) Kristin Bixby

Hey Kristin! I read your blog on internships and I want to thank you so much for helping me with mine. I know you know that I haven’t had an internship yet, but thanks for giving me some time for you to talk about yours. From everything that you told me and this blog post it seems like you had a great time and got to participate in some really exciting things! I hope I am as lucky as you are when I intern. I know that you took a lot away from the experience and that is exactly what I want to do as well!

25.) Jessica Cameron

Love your viral video picks! I am going to have to say that, “Scarlet takes a tumble,” is one of my personal favorites. I watch so many of them and then I forget about them. Thanks for reminding me about this classic video. The clown Beyonce one I have seen before too. It is pretty funny, but I will say it is a bit scary. Haha. I think we must have the same taste in viral videos. In my blog and in yours we both mention that it is humor that makes viral videos such a big hit. I think we should share more viral videos with one another in the future!

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Career Fair April 16, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 3:24 am

Career service seminar event that I attended was the Eagle Expo at the RAC. The career fair was just like any other, the difference was me. Before I had attended the career fairs and was just walking around to se what was going on. Now I go and I am on a mission. Now the career fair seems so much more intimidating. Everyone must be on their “A” game. I made sure to take all of the information that I learned in Practicum and apply it to what I was doing there. After blogging about interviewing, what to wear, what not to wear, and what to bring, I let these items guide me. I really needed to be prepared as if the career fair was a job interview.

Another thing that this class really prepared me for when I traveled to the career fair was I had an edited resume ready. After this class I know now what a cover letter is and what exactly needs to go into a resume.  I was confident in my resume when I handed it to people because now I know that I am well educated in the subject of resumes. The new resume that I am working on is the social media resume. I am excited to have this just in case a business wants to see it when I apply. Social media resumes are great ways to stand out in the crowd and showcase any work that a person is especially proud of. Technology is a big deal in the area of Public Relations and a social media resume is something that illustrates that a person knows how to use technology.

Another item that I gathered at the career fair is to take notes. For any person who has never been to a career fair always bring a note pad. It is a great way to jot down names and emails or just information that you may want to remember. It even adds to the professional look that everyone should be going for. There are some note pads or clip boards in the school book store that is perfect for this time (a regular will do just fine, but may look good to have a school one.)

At the particular career fair I went to there were all different types of booths set up and it is great to talk to everyone if there is time. It is a smart idea to find all the businesses that will be at the career fair before and try and find them while they are there. This way you can get plenty of time to talk to them. For example the first career fair I ever attended I enjoyed talking to Target and the Westin hotel. When I went back this year I made sure to find them first and have my resume ready to give to them. Even if they are not hiring at the moment, if you make that connection with someone then you can email back and forth with them creating a network connection. If a job ever opens up maybe they will remember you and inform you about the position.

To find a career fair near you use National Career Fairs.com

 

Learning from Interviewing others in the PR world March 30, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 12:51 am

For this interview I chose to interview Amy Jacques. Amy is an associate editor of publications for Public Relations Society of America. She graduated from the University of Georgia for undergraduate and then went on to Syracuse to complete her master’s degree. The interview was done on the phone and she really focused on the importance of writing and technology in the Public Relations world.

  • What’s a typical week like? (If no week is typical, then what was last week like?) No week is typical. Last week I went to an event for PRSA. The silver anvil award is the highest award in PR and last week went to the meeting that the judge presented the PR cases of who should win the award. I was in charge of interviewing people. Then I also attended a conference for PR companies where they talked about PR and all the technology that was important.
  • Tell me about a project you worked on that you are especially proud of. For my job I get to interview a lot of cool people at various media events and interview them about news and technology. I interviewed Meredith Vieira, Campbell Brown and Dany Levy who does “Daily Candy”. That kind of thing is very fun because get to meet people up close and have a conversation with them when usually you just see them on television.
  • What do you do to keep current in the PR industry? Attend lots of networking events even if you just go to a concert or art opening. Every event has a pr person and meeting them and making that connection is very important. I read PR blogsevery day to see what people are saying about PR. I also read the New York Times and other newspapers. I even will read a lot of blogs just to see what people are saying. It is also important to attend several different conferences that people have that involve the heads of general media.
  • What do you wish you would have known before starting your career in PR? How important writing is and how much you have to write all the time. When I was in school I never paid much attention to the PR writing classes or new reporting and writing, but what you learn in those classes is really what you do every day. I also wish I would have known more about technology and how important it is in the PR industry.
  • How important is writing in your career? Extremely important. I have to write all the time. There are press releases and people corresponding constantly. Professional emails one must know how to write because they are important. People all day are sending emails back and forth. It is important also to know how to write for twitter. When writing on twitter is needs to be a tight headline that grabs people’s attention.
  • What three tips would you offer someone just starting out in PR? One would to be ethical.  Second make sure whenever you read or hear about new technology look it up online immediately because one must know. People will bring up new technology all the time in conversation and you need to be prepared on what they are talking about. Maintain good relationships with reporters in the media because they will keep in touch with you and that is a good connection to have.
  • After interviewing this person, are you (the student, not the practitioner) more or less likely to want to have a career in PR? Why?

I am more likely to want to have a career in PR because she seems to have a lot of opportunities to do many great things. It is a busy business though. Our phone interview had to be done right after work because she even had an event to attend that night. It seems like many of the classes that we have taken as students really will help when we start to work at whatever jobs we may receive.

  • When your company is hiring for an entry-level PR position, what makes a candidate stand out? Technology. All older people in PR want to hire new people who know and work with technology. The better the understanding of new technology the better chance one has to get a job because they want you to teach the older people all the new technology. This includes everything as podcasts and editing and using blogs, twitter, and facebook. They will even have people make a campaign about how these technologies can help in other PR campaigns.

 

Amy Jacques

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/amy-jacques/9/ba/261

PRSA

Associate Editor of Publications 

 

Interview-What to Wear? March 24, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 2:17 am

Everyone is always worrying about what to wear. There is always a time or a place to wear something. Whether it is the perfect little black dress for a cocktail party or the perfect pair of shoes to go with your outfit everyone worries about what to wear. The most important time that people should ask themselves what to wear is when they are going on a job interview. One must look professional and presentable, but yet show a little of their own style because this reflect their personality. Any job interview from the smallest after school job to a big time corporate position people should always look their best when going to a job interview.

Jobsearch.com presented an article about what both men and women should wear to a job interview. The men list includes:

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women list includes:

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Now that it is clear what to wear a few points of what not to wear should be touched on. Careerbuilder.com gives people a list of twenty things not to wear to a job interview.

1. Carrying a backpack or fannypack instead of a briefcase or portfolio: Some image consultants suggest women ditch their purse, too!

2. Sunglasses on top of your head or headphones around your neck: Be sure to remove all your “transit gear” and tuck it in your briefcase before entering the lobby.

3. Too-short skirts: Forget what some of those gals on ‘The Apprentice’ are wearing. Your skirt should cover your thighs when you are seated.

4. The wrong tie: Ties should be made of silk, no less than three and a quarter inches wide with a conservative pattern. Image consultants say the best colors are red or burgundy.

5. Overly bright or large-patterned clothing: With the possible exception of creative fields like advertising or computer programming, it’s best to stick with navy, black or gray.

6. Heavy makeup on women (or any makeup on a man)

7. Earrings on men: In fact, men should avoid wearing any jewelry unless it is a wedding ring, class ring or metal watch.

8. More than one set of earrings on women

9. Facial piercings, tongue jewelry or visible tattoos

10. Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things straight off the rack. Spending a little extra to have your garments tailored is a worthwhile investment.

11. Long fingernails, especially with bright or specialty polishes. Nails should look clean and be trimmed to a length that doesn’t leave an observer wondering how you keep from stabbing yourself.

12. Unnatural hair colors or styles. Remember, Donald Trump was a billionaire well before he began wearing a comb-over. If you’re balding, try a close-cropped cut like Bruce Willis or Matt Lauer.

13. Short-sleeved shirts, even worse when worn with a tie

14. Fishnets, patterned hosiery or bare legs (no matter how tan you are). Women should stick with neutral color hosiery that complements their suit.

15. Men whose socks don’t match their shoes, or whose socks are too short and leave a gap of flesh when they are seated

16. Rumpled or stained clothing: If interviewing late in the day, try to change to a fresh suit beforehand.

17. Scuffed or inappropriate footwear, including sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes and sandals

18. Strong aftershaves, perfumes or colognes: Many people are allergic to certain scents. For a subtle fragrance, use a good quality bath soap.

19. Belts and shoes that don’t match: Shoes and belts should be made of leather or leather-like materials and the best colors for men are black or cordovan.

20. Telltale signs that your wearing a new suit. Remove all tags and extra buttons — and remember to cut off the zigzag thread that keeps pockets and slits closed!

Now that everyone is aware of what to wear and not to wear to an interview it is important to remember what a person brings with them when they are looking their best. Free-resume-help.com  suggests a few things that everyone should bring with them to their interview.

Extra copies of your resume.

Samples of your work.

References

Makeup (ladies only)

Brush and comb

Performance Reviews

Extra Tie/Dress shirt/blouse

Breath mints

Driving directions

I hope that everyone has learned something today. I think I touched every topic of an interview and what to bring, wear, and not to wear.

 

Talking to friends on interning! It helps! March 11, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 2:55 am

Internship advice is something that I really need and something I think that a lot of people in the PR field could benefit from. I am planning on doing an internship this summer and really want to get a lot about of the experience. Sometimes the best advice a person can get is from a friend. People can read articles about interning, but it may not stick unless a person that one knows is very forward and honest about the experience.

After talking to a friend of mine that interned last year, who does Public Relations, this was his advice to me. He asked that the place that he interned and him self be kept anonymous. He really wanted this because his experience was not the best of any interning experience. He did not learn much and really all they did was make him answer he phone. All in all the experience was a bore for him in his summer. The upside of the situation is that he got a really great reference to put on his resume and work experience. Some tips that he recommended were:

  • Make sure where you intern is an establishment that you could see yourself working in.
  • Try and find a place that you can get great work experience.
  • If you find a place you really like try and develop connections so maybe after it is all said and done you can get a job there.
  • Send a thank you note after your internship is done. This is professional and could provide a good reference for you in the end.

I talked to another friend of mine, Kristen Bixby, and her experience was quite the opposite. Kristen interviewed did advertising management and event planning and coordinating at a pilates studio in Los Angles. Kristen enjoyed the experience and even got to plan real events. Her experience was different from my other friend because she chose something that she was interested in and got to really get a feeling of what a job in Public Relations would be like. Some information that Kristen shared with me that everyone else may find useful is:

  • What people learn in their classes really does matter. Especially the writing classes that we take at Georgia Southern University. When a person interns if they are asked to write a news release they need to know exactly how it is done.
  • Do something that you like! It is a great chance to see what the business is really like. If you realize it is something that you don’t like then you can go a different way in Public Relations.
  • An internship is pretty much like a job.
  • It is a great place to really test your knowledge and show people what you have learned.
  • Pay attention! You are there for a reason!

After talking to my peers I think I have taken some great items to remember when I get to intern. I will remember all the items that they shared with me. Special thanks to my friend and hope that he has a better experience in the Public Relation world than interning. Thanks to Kristen Bixby too for taking the time to share this information with me! Hope it helped!

 

Social Media… Good for a job search? or Not?

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 1:51 am

There are many different elements that make social media both a benefit and a pitfall for someone searching for a job. Social media has created many opportunities for people and has really changed the way that we live everyday. Being a person that is going to be looking for a job in the near (too near) future I can see both the pros and cons of social media when I start to look for a job.

One social media network that can help people looking for a job is LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives people the opportunity to network with people everywhere and is free to join. According to the LinkedIn official site, “When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts. Through your network you can:

  • Manage the information that’s publicly available about you as professional
  • Find and be introduced to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts who come recommended
  • Create and collaborate on projects, gather data, share files and solve problems
  • Be found for business opportunities and find potential partners
  • Gain new insights from discussions with likeminded professionals in private group settings
  • Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
  • Post and distribute job listings to find the best talent for your company.”

LinkedIn provides opportunities for both companies and professionals looking for jobs a social network in order to connect. If a person is on LinkedIn they have a much better chance in finding a job then if they were not. This is one example of how social media benefits people seeking a job.

There are pitfalls of social media when a person is looking for a job. The social media network Facebook is one that helps people connect with people all over. One can talk to people that they have not seen in years and see what is going on in their lives. Facebook offers features as applications, which can be games or even silly quizzes. People can chat on Facebook and update what they are doing or what is on their mind. The feature that can get people in trouble when searching for a job is the fact people can upload pictures onto Facebook and anyone can view these photos. There is also a wallpost section and people can write whatever they choose. The Facebooker, of you will, can delete anything they do not like on the page, but what if it is too late and a future employer sees this information. The best advice that I can give for people searching for jobs on Facebook is to block everything. It seems like that would not be any fun anymore, but once a person is employed they can then monitor the book and no matter what a person is still connecting with others. Sounds like a win/win to me!

 

Body language and non-verbal communication in an interview March 1, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3711/PRCA 4711 — eroche1 @ 10:59 pm

Every day a person gives off a different body language to certain situations. Whether a person’s arms are crossed or they are twisting their hair, this is all part of body language. When a person is in an interview they want to appear at their best. People want the most presentable attire, but they also need to think about presenting themselves to the highest quality. To present a person to their highest quality everything about them must be included even their body language.

People all have a different conception of what is good and bad body language in order to draw the lines of what is bad I found a few examples of bad body language on Thesite.org.

 Body barriers

It’s natural to hide behind barriers when we want to protect ourselves, but an interview is not the time to come over all shy and retiring. Folding your arms across your chest conveys a nervous, negative and even aggressive attitude that will only get your interviewer marking crosses way down the clipboard. You could say the same about leg crossing, but most experts agree that it’s your upper torso that really says most about you. So aim to be open and honest, in mind and body.

Face touching

Children often cover their mouths when they’re telling lies, and this is a habit that extends into adulthood. It’s just as we get older so our body language becomes a bit more refined. Hand covering becomes nose touching or cheek brushing, but it’ll still invite suspicion on the part of your interviewer.

Shifty eyes

Don’t keep turning your attention to the floor or the ceiling. It might be a blank canvas for your thoughts, but it appears as if you’re evading a question.

Fidgeting

You might be tempted to lose that nervous energy through the floorboards, but watching your knee bouncing up and down is one distraction your interviewer doesn’t need. If you’re really finding it hard to sit still then channel it into hand gestures that back up what you’re saying.

Lint picking

Plucking dust from your sleeves or your knees conveys an element of boredom or distrust, because in some ways it’s an excuse to form another body barrier. Even if you’re certain there’s a speck on your leg, just leave it alone. Nobody else will have noticed it but you.

Body language is not the only thing that people should look out for when they are in an interview. Body language is a type of non verbal communication. Non-verbal communication, as well as body language, can be used as a pro. If I person acts extremely professional and avoids all of the bad body language elements then they should be fine in an interview. One thing to always remember is to keep a smile on their face and a good handshake. CNN.com posted an article about how a bad handshake can make a person lose any chance of getting a job. This makes a person’s hard work go right out the window.

When it comes to smiling in an interview jobfunctions.net believes that a smile is worth a thousand words. This was mentioned in the article “15 ways to sell yourself effectively in a job interview”.

I hope that everyone has learned a thing or two about non-verbal communication in a job interview and how very important it is. It isn’t always what a person does, but the manner that they do it in.