Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Make “Non-Related” Work Experience Work for You

Millennials have a tendency to bounce from job to job. We may start out in one career field then do a complete 180. This is fine until we find our “dream job” and realize we have no experience. Or, we’ve been working in fast food joints all through high school and college, then when it’s time to get a job in the real world we’re made to believe we have no experience. This is not true!

Every job you’ve ever had can contain relevant work experience. You simply have to know how to look. For instance, let’s say you worked at Starbucks during college (that would be a dream job for me) and you now want a job in PR. There are a lot of relate-able skills you can list on your resume.

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Works well under pressure
There is a lot of pressure to create a customized coffee drink, especially early in the morning. People get angry if you mess up their grande soy milk latte with 1 shot of espresso. Bring the same dedication and hard work to your new job. In the world of PR there is always pressure from the clients, your boss, etc. But when the going gets tough take a deep breath and hone in on those skills you learned as a barista.

Ability to multi-task 
If you’ve worked at any coffee shop multi-tasking is almost a prerequisite. From making coffee, to taking orders while making coffee you have to be able to focus on more than one task at a time. This is true in PR as well. You may have to proof a pitch while on a client call all while you are checking the stats of your latest Twitter campaign. Trust me, if you can’t multi-task you won’t get very far.

Communication
This one is huge! Just like you have to communicate your customer’s coffee order, you must also be able to communicate with clients. When writing a pitch or press release you have to ensure you are getting the client’s vision or product across to the public. With social media now being such a crucial part of PR you need to get your point across and sometimes you only have 140 characters to do it. 

Knowing your product/pitching
If someone comes up and says “What kind of coffee do you recommend?” You have to know your product! At the bare minimum you should know the difference between a latte and a mocha so you can provide your customer with an honest answer. You could even ask a few more questions to get a sense of the customer’s coffee preferences. The same can be applied to PR. You should be able to verbally pitch your company to a potential client or describe, in detail, the services your company provides. This is also a skill you should learn for yourself. Think elevator pitch.

I’m not saying this alone will land you an interview at your dream PR company. You should still intern and make sure your writing skills are up to par but it will help you feel more confident in your abilities and help your future employer see your potential.

Don’t let anyone tell you your experience isn’t valid. The jobs you’ve had have taught you life lessons and it’s shaped you into the person you are today. Don’t let anyone take that away from you. Use it to your advantage and blow them away in your interview!

Good luck! 


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Dating Chronicles - Distance Makes the Heart

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You knew how that headline was going to end. 
 We’ve all heard it before, but does distance truly make the heart grow fonder? 
 With the overwhelming presence people have online, is it possible to develop a meaningful connection with someone you’ve never met in person? Perhaps someone who lives across the country or in a different country entirely?
We here at The Dating Chronicles have been asking ourselves that very question. And to be completely honest, it’s a difficult question, one without a cookie-cutter response, so the only reasonable outcome was for us to write about it ;-)
The circumstance has yet to present itself to us, but all things are possible, so we won’t rule it out from ever happening. One gal we know, on the other hand, is going through this exact thing right now. This is her story – 
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I jumped on a dating app, not really thinking much of it. Honestly, I was just trying to find fun people to go grab a drink or two with and keep my time, not spent at work or with friends and family, occupied. I didn’t expect anything to come of it. And, if I’m really being honest, I didn’t even want anything to come of talking to or meeting anyone. I figured, if I met someone cool, I’d go with it and see where things went from there. But, again, I didn’t expect that to happen - or even want it.
So, when I did meet someone and we seemed to click right away, I wasn’t sure what to think. Especially because he doesn’t even live in the same state I do. Right away I thought, ‘Who cares. Could be fun to chat with this little hottie. He’s pretty funny and sweet, and I like talking to him.’ 
The more and more we chatted and shared info and stories about our lives, I started developing a little crush… then my mind started going. I tried to stop it, but that mind of mine wouldn’t stop badgering me with the questions of, ‘Yeah, you like him but where could this go?' 'What if it starts to feel like more than a silly, fun crush?’ etc. etc. etc.
{You know the drill, ladies. Not so fun.}
So, I blocked out all those questions the best I could and chilled out, and it worked. Until I met him.
The entire time we spent together was nothing but fantastic! It didn't feel weird or awkward. At all. I still can’t figure out if that was a good or bad decision. First of all because I have no idea when, or even if, I’ll see him again. And second, we don’t live anywhere near each other… {cue annoying thoughts running through my mind again.)
I kept questioning myself. Was it a good idea to meet him, to answer my wondering of what it would be like to see him face-to-face, or should I have left it all a mystery and someday just move on? I’m still not really sure. But, there's not changing it now, can only move forward from here.
We have continued to talk since I last saw him, but I think it has only made my mind ask even more questions I don’t think it should be pondering. I’m stuck in this limbo of what to do or think. This isn’t a situation I ever thought I would be in. 
 What’s a girl to do? Stick with logic, especially when there are many eligible guys here in my own city? Or, throw caution to the wind and see what happens with my, seemingly  great, ‘mystery man’? 
 I'll be sure to keep R + A and all your Dating Chronicles readers updated on what happens, so stay tuned...
Rachel and I could see where she was coming from, and we both didn’t know what to tell this girl because ultimately, we’re not her. What works for us, won’t always work for everyone else.
Now, I just happened to read an article on Huff Post Weddings back in September about an engaged couple who first “met” on Instagram, and I thought of it right away when this topic was chosen. My first thought reading it wasn’t, “That’s weird,” my first thought was, “Aw, that’s so cute!” With the expansion of digital mediums, more and more people are finding connections in places that never existed just a few short years ago.
In fact, these connections expand beyond romantic relationships and extend into friendships, as well as different types of partnerships. I know this column is usually about dating, but I beg your indulgence while I make my point. 
Take me and Rachel as an example. She lives in the Midwest; I’m on the East Coast. A friend sent me a link to one of her blog posts about breaking into PR. I read it, liked it, and decided to send Rachel a tweet about how much I appreciated the post.  Not only did Rachel tweet back, but before I knew it, I had a DM from her, asking about my writing and if I’d be interested in contributing to this blog… a connection and working partnership was born!
What about you? Have you made a connection with someone far away through a media platform or dating app? We’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts, so please share in the comments section below or mosey on over to Twitter and tweet us, @AlyssaNRomeo & @rachmariepr!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Overcoming Blogger Burnout

It has been pretty clear that I have been neglecting this blog for quite some time now. It isn't something I love to admit, but I have really pushed this to the back and always seem to skip over anything on my to-do list(s) that have to do with blogging.

There are a few reasons for my absence in the last couple months... work has been busy (but awesome!), heartache, and just life in general.

But, I'm back! 

Since I write a lot at work, sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit down and write out even one blog post. So I figured, that might actually make a great blog post: how to make time for blogging when you don't feel like you have it. ('It' being any creativity left for the day, or 'it' being the time? For me, it's a little of both a lot of the time.)

But, I'm sure that's me getting into my own head and just being a tad lazy from time-to-time. So, what should you do when you are hitting a creative block or how can you find the time to push out a, still quality, blog post when you're busy?

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1. Write in advance. We all know this one and we all know it doesn't always work. I'm going to start making this work for me again by cutting down how often I want to start posting again. Instead of trying to get a post out 3-5 times a week. I'm striving for up to three posts. Writing three posts throughout the week, or on a weekend, is definitely manageable!

2. Sit down and start writing. It's exactly what I did with this post. Honestly, I posted a story to my Snapchat and one of my favorite East Coast gals, Sara, messaged me right away telling me to WRITE! To just do it! I told her maybe I'd start a post tonight (and didn't honestly think I would). I do love how motivating and inspiring she has always been for me, so I did as she said and started writing. (I knew she was right when she said, "it will make you feel better." And you know what, DUH! She was right.)

3. Write down your ideas. There are so many times that I come up with a great blog idea but am in no position to actually sit down and write the blog. That's when I put it into Evernote. That way when I am ready to start typing my heart out, I have a list of ideas to go to if I am hitting a creative wall.

4. Remember why you started. For me, it feels great to hear from all of you gals about how much you appreciate these posts and how helpful you find them. I love to be able to share my thoughts, experiences and insights, and connect with you all! And, of course, for all the posts that are not PR+career related, it just feels good to write. Just like Sara said, "Do it! It will make you feel better."

Now, I want to hear from you! Jump over to Twitter and tell me, how do you make sure you carve out time in your week to keep up with your writing? And, if you start slacking as hard as I have, how did you get motivated to jump back in?

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take it from #GIRLBOSS

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It’s finally fall! There is something about cooler weather that makes us say goodbye lazy days and hello productivity. I always seem to get more done because there isn’t the distraction of lying by the pool or the whisperings of a warm summer breeze.

A great way to get back into the groove is to read a book. There is nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket with a cup of coffee and reading something that inspires you. Choose a book you’ve always wanted to read, but never had the time, or re-read one of your favorites.

I recently chose one I've been wanting to read. Sophia Amoroso’s, #GIRLBOSS. One word, amazing.
 Being a #GIRLBOSS doesn’t apply only to businesswomen. She is someone who follows her dreams, makes them happen, and then busts her booty to hold onto them. Amoroso created Nasty Gal at the age of 22 and lived on Starbucks and burgers. 

She had no experience and no degree but she had grit and stubbornness and with that you can accomplish anything. So whether it’s landing your dream internship, starting a blog, or moving across the country, #GIRLBOSS you can do it! 


 Here are a few words of wisdom from Amoroso to get you started:
“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.” 
Just because you didn’t succeed at something doesn’t mean it was a waste. Maybe you learned a skill or discovered something you didn’t like. Apply that to your next job. Always look for the silver lining and never make the same mistake twice.
“Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”
Don’t expect to have your dreams handed to you. You need to put in the time to make your dreams come true. The harder you work for it the sweeter the success.
“Bet on yourself.”
If you don’t believe in yourself how do you expect other people to? There will be tons of people telling you why you can’t do something. All you need is to keep telling yourself that you can.
“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously.”
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Show you are serious by coming in early and staying late. Be the first to volunteer for a project. Pretty soon people will take notice.


What are your dreams? Share with us below.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Dating Chronicles – Guilty as Charged

One of the three definitions on Merriam-Webster.com for Guilt is, “feeling bad because you have done something bad or wrong or because you believe you have done something bad or wrong.”

There have been a lot of standards set when it comes to dating and relationships, and it’s beginning to feel like if you don’t adhere to those “standards,” you’re guilty of doing something wrong.

 I’m here to tell you the truth – you’re not!


This is the time to figure yourself out, make mistakes, take charge of your life - and a big part of that involves who you become involved with. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the dating game isn’t easy, it’s never been easy, and it’s never going to be easy, {Tried and true, the things worth having in life aren’t.} but if you want to be in a relationship, you’re going to have to play the game. You’re also going to have to live with the choices you make, so make the best decisions for you {the other person will get over it} and NEVER feel guilty for making those decisions.

 1. Long-term Love – Despite the fact that a lot of people do it, there isn’t a rule stating that you have to date around in your twenties. If you’ve been with someone since your teens/early twenties, don’t let the comments of, “Have you ever thought about who else is out there?” and “You’re too young to settle” impede on your happiness. Not everyone is destined to date 3, 5, 8, 10 or even 15 guys before finding “The One.” Your happiness is what matters, so don’t let anyone make you question or feel guilty about your long-term relationship.

2. Moving On – When things just aren’t working out with your partner, and you’ve tried to fix it to no avail, it’s time to move on. They might beg you to stay, friends and family may encourage you to give it more time, but you know you the best. You’re both going to be heartbroken, but time will stitch up the wounds for both of you, as will a new relationship. The biggest thing to remember is that if they’re still miserable months after the breakup, that’s not your fault/problem, they need to figure out how to move on.

3. Your Number – I can’t speak for everyone, but at least within my circle of friends, we’ve talked about past partners {be them long or short-term} and ultimately, our numbers. Look, here’s a truth bomb for you - it’s no one’s damn business! If you want to share, share, if not, that’s fine. But, if you’re sharing with friends and any one of you has a significantly higher or lower number than the rest of the group, who cares? {see two sentences above} Ladies, it’s your life, explore your sensuality however, how often and with whomever you want! {Be safe!!!}

4. Real Talk – This can go hand-in-hand with moving on, but I’m talking more about the we just started seeing each other, only been on a handful of dates experience. Trust your gut, and if you’re not feeling it, tell that person. Where real talk comes in is when they just don’t seem to get it. You tried being nice, letting them down easy, but the hint has seemed to fly over their head completely, even after you’ve stopped responding to texts. Now, it’s time to be the person you were hoping you wouldn’t have to be, and drop some truth on them. Be direct. Be precise. Be honest. Can it be harsh? Absolutely. Should you feel bad afterward? Absolutely not! If you approach the situation correctly, you shouldn’t hear from them again. Never feel like you did anything wrong by speaking your mind.

5. Life Outside of the Relationship – Maintaining your identity is extremely important, and both of you need to do it. Staying in and doing everything with him by your side is going to isolate you, and before you know it, you haven’t had a girl’s night in three months! Group dates are nice, but the two of you are still together. So, go out with your girlfriends, attend that office happy hour, and run errands alone. If he understands and does the same with his friends and coworkers, crisis averted. But, if you’re out and he keeps you glued to your phone by continuously texting or calling you, wanting to know when you’ll be home, there’s an issue, and one that if not dealt with can lead to major problems.

It’s perfectly fine to declare, “Yes, I’m guilty as charged, but I don’t give a damn!” And you know why? Because you’re taking charge of your life, you’re living it, and if that means you’re not allowing yourself to be molded into some societal norm, or allowing others to make you feel uncomfortable, then you should be extremely proud. You are taking strides others are afraid to, and you have the ability to help others see it for themselves as well.

What would you add to this list? We’d love to hear it!



{Image courtesy of Guilty Pleasures.}

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Intern PRofile: Jaclyn Gabel

 Meet Jaclyn

 

Tell me about yourself
My name is Jaclyn Gabel. I am twenty-one years young, attending Central Michigan University where I will be graduating this December. I am a lover of all things fashion and beauty related, a (self-proclaimed) socialite in the making, and above all, I am an aspiring PR practitioner. I majored in public relations for many reasons, but I chose this field primarily because it is a job that never really feels like “work” to me. I am outgoing, hard-working and I am a people-person.

Where are you interning?
I am a proud intern at Love Publicity, a Detroit-based PR Boutique. Love Publicity focuses on the branding of its exclusive fashion, beauty, film & hospitality clientele. The team at Love Publicity has one main goal, and that is to always make sure our clients get results they deserve, as well as results that they are going to love.

What is your favorite part of PR?
I once heard a quote that stuck with me; “ If you find a job doing what you love, you will never work a day in your life”. This quote is exactly what public relations feel like for me. Along with learning how to network, I love being able to be the people person that I am, as a job. I have enjoyed every minute of completing the tasks I was given as a PR intern, and even more than that, I have loved learning and constantly picking up new skills that I will be able to put to good use everyday this field. As learning is one of the few constants in this world that I know to be for sure, it is one of my favorite things about myself that I not only love to do, but also make sure that I never take for granted.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is any job that lets me incorporate my love for fashion and beauty into the PR field.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far? My favorite part of the internship thus far, has definitely been building a concrete relationship with the owner of Love Publicity, Teia. She has taught me not only a lot about public relations, and how to execute many of the tasks involved, but she has taught me things about myself as well. I know that with all she has taught me throughout the course of my internship, I would like to believe that I have also been able to teach her new things as well.

Is there any advice you would give to future interns?
I would advise future interns to stay organized, and to practice self-motivation. I have learned that those two skills are IMPERATIVE to have when working in public relations.

Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Instagram: JaclynGabel, on twitter and Love Publicity’s Instagram page, and my new personal blog that I will be launching in the near future. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Prepping for Stress-Free Travel

Stephanie George recently wrote a guest post on travel essentials for the PR gal. So, since you now know the essentials of what you will want to be traveling with, you're ready for some travel prep tips!

The main goal of your vacation is probably to relax. Of course you'll want to get out and see the sights and try new things but this should be a stress-free time for you. A time where you mind can unwind and shut down a little from the every day hustle and bustle of your busy life.

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1. Start with a checklist of what you will be packing. Everything. Including your travel documents, ID, cash, etc. On this list I usually get a little Type A and indicate what will be in my carry-on and what will be in my luggage that is being checked. Once the item is packed, it gets crossed off the list.

2. Charge up those batteries. Seems like a no brainer, but it happens. You board the airplane and realize something (your phone, laptop, kindle, ipod, whatever it might be) is not holding full battery. I also suggest checking the battery levels before packing said electronics.  

(I once thought my Kindle was fully charged because I knew I put it away fully charged. Come to find out, the battery somehow depleted itself and when I pulled it out on the plane, there was ZERO juice left.)

3. Bring only the essentials. Especially if you're headed to the beach. How often do you honestly put on make-up or wear that super cute new trendy outfit you packed, instead of that cute, yet comfy and easy sun dress when you're hanging poolside or on the sandy beach all week?

I know you will still want the make-up and stylish threads for a dinner or night out, but be realistic and don't over pack.

4. Be versatile. Back to the over packing topic. When packing shoes, pack a pair of sandals for the beach, running shoes (only if you will be running or working out), a pair of flats for walking around and a pair of heels for the dinner or night out. To avoid bringing to many pairs, make sure each pair will match each (or at least most) of the outfits you have planned. (Now, I know just as well as you do, this can be hard when you want to stay fashionable and look fab at all times but it can be done!)

BONUS: Pack items that you can dress up OR dress down with a statement piece of jewelry. This also saves time and makes for an easy transition from day to night.

5. Take a look at what interesting places and activities there are around your location. Of course, you don't want to plan TOO much before actually arriving, but it is nice to have an idea of what will be around you. But really, don't plan too much. Get to your destination, explore and go with the flow. 

This is your time to do whatever you want. Relax, have fun and enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Get Ready in 15 Minutes or Less

We've all been there. Your alarm decides to have a mind of it's own and not go off to wake you up. Or, you meant to hit snooze and hit dismiss instead. Either way, it means you wake up late.

It happens. You open your eyes, realize your late and jump out of bed scrambling get ready for the day and {hopefully} make it to the office on time. Whether you're a morning person or not, this puts anyone into a bit of a frenzy.

So, what can you do to pull yourself together and look presentable when there is basically no longer any time left for your morning routine?

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1. Spray that dry shampoo in your hair and take advantage of your go-to hair do that is effortless and takes minimal time.

2. Wash your face with cold water. This will help wake up you and your skin. Don't forget the moisturizer to brighten and replenish your skin.

3. Dab concealer around your eyes to give them a brighter look.

4. Brush some powder on your face and blush on your cheeks. And, finish with a quick swipe of mascara and lip gloss. (I keep these essentials in my purse for days like this. It makes it easier for a quick touch up throughout the day or after work too.)

5. I'm sure you all have a few go-to outfits as well. (If you don't, figure out what they are.) Grab one of those. Throw it on and you're ready to go. (You just have to make sure that you are ahead of laundry day.)

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