As my Social Media as Professional Tools class (#SMPT16 for the tweeters among us) rolls along, I’ve been tasked with selecting a blog topic to focus on for the remainder of the semester. Here’s an outline of what I’ll be talking about moving forward, and where I’ve drawn my inspiration from:
I’ll be focusing on career preparation advice for college students studying communication or a related field.
Instead of broadly speaking to all college students, I’ll be focusing on career preparation and guidance for students looking to enter a communication field. While some advice, such as resume writing, may be generally the same for most college students, communication students can still benefit from personalized guidance.
WHO IS MY AUDIENCE?
I’ll be aiming to reach college students studying communication or a related field, because I fall within that audience and can speak from my own experiences. I know what it’s like to research career fields, apply for internships, write cover letters and resumes, create a portfolio, interview and network – all from a communication student standpoint.I believe I may also be able to reach a secondary audience of general college students seeking career preparation advice, since some items do overlap.
WHO ELSE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS STUFF?
A quick internet search of “communication student career prep” resulted in a lot of college sites describing their communication programs. While not surprising, I was hoping to find more sites written from a communication student perspective. Ultimately I ended up with mostly career professional perspectives, and their advice is certainly golden nonetheless:
Specializing in millennial workplace topics, Pollack’s blog covers numerous topics including getting from college to career, career advice for young professionals, networking and personal branding, and much more. She also caters to organizations looking to hire young professionals, which means you can put yourself in a job recruiter’s shoes and see how you measure up in their eyes.
JHU Communication Career Blog
This blog aims to help people, “looking to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to work in the communication field.” Offering plenty of details into various roles for communication students, this blog is a great resource for communication-focused career brainstorming and development.
The InternQueen Blog
The brainchild of author and speaker Lauren Berger, this site is a goldmine for students and professionals seeking advice on achieving internship and career goals. Personally I’m a huge fan of Berger’s seamless use of YouTube videos, speaking events and books in addition to her blog posts in order to maximize her audience reach.
Careers Done Write
Aiming to provide, “tips for interviewing, networking, job search strategies and how to create a winning resume and cover letter,” this expert blog is penned by certified professional resume writers and career coaches. The posts are well organized and consistent, offering weekly guidance for job seekers and those that have actually entered the workforce.
Ms. Career Girl
In addition to lifestyle, fashion and even relationship guidance, Ms. Career Girl has a great section dedicated purely to job searches and work life best practices. Although some topics are aimed more at the future lady bosses, guys can definitely benefit from many of the posts regardless.
WHAT ARE SOME FUTURE POSTS YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE FROM ME?
How to Network Without Leaving Your Dorm Room
Career fairs aren’t the only networking option around. There’s plenty of ways to connect with others especially in this digital world, and I know what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t).
Q&A with a Recruiter for Communication Jobs
I’ve had great experiences working with recruiters from Creative Circle, a nationwide staffing service for creative jobs that often fall within the communication realm. Any communication student would benefit from learning some insider tips from a staffing recruiter that works directly with like minded individuals.
Checklist for Building an Online Portfolio
I learned a while ago that a solid online presence may be one of the first impressions I make on a potential employer. Learning how to put your best digital foot forward and keep it clean online does wonders for your career preparation.
10 Ways LinkedIn Can Help You Choose a Career Path
LinkedIn has been a goldmine for me, from networking to job offers and even figuring out what type of jobs I’m interested in. There are numerous ways to use LinkedIn during career preparation and exploration.
5 Reasons to Job Search Before You Need a Job
I know quite a few people who didn’t really start searching for a job until they were a few months away from graduation. Personally, I found that starting my job search early was a more beneficial choice.