If you are entering the public relations and communications job market, you may want the think again about the value of membership in your professional society.
It can be helpful to be matched with a professional mentor during this transition, for example. Networking with professional members can help you tap into the hidden job market. Participation in your professional association can also help to differentiate you as a job candidate.
CPRS helps students, new grads and new practitioners transition to work. We’re here to help.
Here are three tips to help you get the most out of our season opener on Thursday, September 27:
Know your objective. Would you like to make new contacts in your practice area? Are you looking for business intelligence or leads? On the hunt for an internship or job?
Work the room. Stay in any one group long enough to meet its members and establish the subject in discussion. If the topic is not right up your alley, bow out politely and move along.
Exchange business cards. Offer your card when you find a fit. Or, if you do not have a business card, inquire about the option to take a card from your new contact. Remember to follow-up afterward, too!
Further reading: Networking mistakes you don’t know you’re making, Networking is to easy as shouting is to quiet.