15 PR Grads to Hire in 2010
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I’d like to first apologize for missing a public deadline. In the world of public relations, as you will soon find, there is no typical day. Priorities shift, change or are trumped by a communications or client emergency. Now, on to the good stuff…
Thank you to everyone who submitted a response (there were A LOT). It took a long time, but I narrowed submissions down to 15 I felt demonstrated creativity, insight and honesty.
Employers – Each student was asked to describe in 100 words or less a day in the life of their dream job. If you’re interested in contacting one (or more) of the participants, please click on the link to their online bio.
A day in the life of my dream job goes like this…
#1: Amanda Pinto (@AmandaLPinto)
N-Not knowing what each day will bring and having new adventures.
E- Everyone will support each other.
W-Work will always be fun.
Y-Yes, I would love to plan that event!
O-Ordinary is not accepted.
R-Running down to SoHo for lunch.
K-Kind bosses that want to teach their craft.
C-Clients will be given the most creative ideas.
I- I dream of an office overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge or Central Park.
T-To wake up every day LOVING my career.
Y-Yelling for a cab to get to a meeting.
#2: Lauren Sandelin (@lmsandelin)
A day in the life at my dream job is unpredictable – where each day is different from the last and I never know what will happen next. A day in which my creativity is not only needed, but appreciated and encouraged. Where my colleagues are more than just coworkers. Instead, they are people I learn from daily and a source of inspiration – professionals I can aspire to be like (with my own personal flair, of course). A day filled with passion for the industry and a general love for the job. There you have it, that’s my kind of day.
#3: Mandi Lindner (@msquarter)
Wake. Coffee. Commute.
Office. Headlines. Good Morning.
Email. Meeting. Plan.
Comet Branding. Team.
Sara. Al. Mandi, too.
New PR account.
Plan for #SM strategy.
Make clients happy.
Work. Blog. Twitter. Work.
PR. Branding. Marketing.
Engagement. Smile. Home.
#4:Bethany Cramer (@bethanyrc)
A day in the life at my dream job goes like this… Coffee and smart phone; check. Email and Twitter; use it. The opportunity to try new tactics, connect with the media and grow within the Public Relations industry; want it. Afternoon of client calls, blog posting, PR stunts and connecting with others; need it. A chance to share my voice, make an impact and deliver results; must have it.
#5: Sara Goodman (@sara_goodman)
I wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy… because my dream job requires the energy of Puff Daddy to get everything done. Combining the fashion world, public relations and social media, the job requires a creative and humorous approach to promoting lifestyle and fashion clients. Most of all, it requires writing skills. Extreme writing talent that creates hilarious tweets, innovative pitches, eye-catching Facebook posts and memorable blog entries. Work is fun, simply because I love what I’m doing. It’s about reaching consumers in an interesting and unforgettable way. That’s PR. Did I mention we have Fridays off?
#6: Courtney Curran (@courtneycurran)
My perfect day at the office would start with the sun shining brightly and a cup of coffee. I’d get to the office early to sort through my e-mails and make a to-do list before the office starts to bustle with coworkers. After I’m settled, I’d set up a news conference for a nonprofit event, call magazines to place a consumer product and attend a meeting for a tech-based client. At the end of the day, I’d head to the airport. A branch in Europe needs help with a product launch and I’ll be there in the morning to help!
#7: Melissa Masson (@mkmasson)
A day in the life at my dream job goes like this- Music in the background, surrounded by hardworking, down-to-earth people, I smile as I type the latest social media strategy for a client that “gets it.” My boss comes over to congratulate us on landing a multi-million dollar client who represents the good in the world and wants us to communicate just that. My Mac is raring as I send out beautifully written messaging to our web designers for a client’s new site. We celebrate a victorious day with drinks and 8 hours of sleep. You said dream!
#8: Mariam Shahab (@mshahab)
I wake up to the buzzing of my phone’s alarm without hitting the snooze button. When I log on to my email at work, I am genuinely interested in client, team and industry updates inundating my screen; I am information hungry. After attending a team meeting, my creative juices are flowing. I proceed to combine my design-centered mind and grasp of the written-word to create a powerful presentation for a client. Next, I check social networks for relevant conversations pertaining to my client and craft message responses. After I get home, I’m ready to do it all again tomorrow.
#9: Mac Slavin (@macslavin)
- Writing print and broadcast copy for clients with some basic design involved
- Monitoring social media accounts and the social media world
- Helping clients understand social and having some great analytics to prove it (makes my job more fun if we succeed)
- Researching, brainstorming and discussing new social, traditional and viral strategies and tactics
- A dance party in the office that may or may not end up on YouTube
- Clients that are enthusiastic; the actual product doesn’t matter that much as long as the clients are jazzed up!
- A bike commute to the office
#10: Samantha Grosz (@samanthagrosz)
A day in the life at my dream job starts with a drive to my office with the windows down and the sun shining. I then join my team for a meeting. We will be presenting the plan to our client who wants to launch their newest product with a bang. We hit every note and can’t help but smile as we imagine our brainstorming sessions coming to fruition. Our client loves the idea and is excited to execute it. We smile and shake hands after the presentation, beaming with the thoughts of our client’s future success.
#11: Tiffany Boyte (@Tiffany_Boyte)
Walk in the office with a bright smile on my face, greeting everyone with my regular cup of joe, getting updates, chatting, and anticipating the day ahead. We are researching, pitching stories, checking editorial calendars, media monitoring, drafting press releases, blog posts, and other press materials. However, there is never a normal day in Public Relations, as every day brings something new. We build relationships and connect well with others. We are creative, driven, organized, and always looking forward to learning something new the next day.
#12: Emilie O’Toole (@eotoole)
My dream job would fuse my passion for public policy, social media and public relations into one. Advocating for issues or positions that I support would be a dream. Each day would be new and exciting, filled with brainstorming sessions, policy discussion, strategic planning, media outreach and implementation of persuasion campaigns on behalf of clients. Creating new and innovative ways to leverage social media and other new technology for public affairs clients would be a must. Overall, the opportunity to use strategic communications to influence public policy would make every workday exciting for me!
#13 Keegan Shoutz (@kshoutz)
The day in the life at my dream job consists of a culture that encompasses the “work hard, play hard atmosphere.” Working hard is essential to my being but along with that, so is making the most of every opportunity thrown my way. I enjoy situations where I am able to showcase what I can do while taking suggestions and feedback to make it even better. Opportunity for growth is another key aspect within my career. It’s important to me that supervisors come to me with important tasks to be completed. I thrive on being the “go-to” person when someone is in a bind and enjoy witnessing the final product.
#14: Brittany James (@bitty_boop)
I would travel from my apartment to a PR agency in NYC where I work with a great group of people. My work would consist of the typical public relations tasks but also some social media to help clients, which would include but are not limited to Facebook fan pages, Twitter pages, and blogs. Teams would hold brainstorm meetings to discuss the different new and innovative ways to get their clients’ names out into the public. They would also help develop creative ideas for events relating to product launches and other celebrations.
#15: Chad Waite (@dailyderbi)
8:50 Sit down in my designated yet customizable workspace (complete with pictures of family, Hawaii, and car).
9:00-1:00 I work really hard in the morning because I am invested in the company and believe in where they are going. Of course, I take care of the company’s social media, so a bit of online interaction is sprinkled throughout the day.
1:00-2:00 Lunch. A delicious lunch.
2:00-4:30 I’ll attend meetings where my ideas are taken into consideration and my opinion are valued.
5:00 Pick up my paycheck and buy that car on my designated workspace.
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