It may seem like the school year just began, but it’s never too early to get started with your summer internship or post-grad job search. As a UNC student and PRSSA member, you have access to great resources and networking opportunities that can help you get started on the path towards your dream career in public relations.
Revamp Your Resume
Take some time before you get bogged down with midterms and papers to update your resume and make sure it is in top shape. If you’re not sure about yours, schedule an appointment with Career Services to have a counselor look it over with you.
Create an Online Portfolio
There are plenty of free sites where you can make an online portfolio to showcase your work, whether it’s from past internships, clubs or PR classes. Check out this PRSSA Progressions blog post for a step-by-step guide to setting up your portfolio.
Schedule a Mock Interview
You know the saying “practice makes perfect?” Well it definitely applies to interviewing! Most of you will be busy interviewing for summer internships and jobs in the spring, so now is a great time to make sure your skills are up to par. Schedule a mock interview with a UNC career counselor here.
Browse PRSSA Resources
PRSSA members have access to a number of resources through both PRSSA and PRSA, including the PRSA Jobcenter. Visit PRSSA’s career site to learn more about how you can take advantage of these tools and resources.
Attend Upcoming Events
Friday, Oct. 3; 2-4 p.m.
Hosted by the UNC J-School Ambassadors, this event gives students the chance to talk to UNC students who completed journalism & communications internships over the summer. This is a great way to learn about how students landed their internships and what their experiences were like. Added bonus – a photographer will be there from 1-2:45 p.m. taking professional headshots!
Careers in Marketing/PR/Advertising Panel & Meet-Up
Tuesday, Oct. 7; 5:30-7 p.m.
Come hear from top marketing, public relations and advertising professionals as they discuss their careers and give advice to students. Stick around after the discussion to network with the panelists. Professionals in attendance will include account execs, marketing directors, PR directors, and social media specialists. Business casual attire recommended.
Undergraduate Library, Room 124
Need to beef up the skills section of your resume? The Undergraduate Library hosts tech workshops in everything from Photoshop to HTML coding. Attend one of the hour-long sessions to sharpen your skills and make sure you stand out on your next job application.