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Silence Your Phone

We’ve all been there, sitting in a movie theater and *buzzzzz* *buzzzz* goes someone’s phone. Followed by the blue glow of a screen allowing you to located the perpetrator. Who is it usually?

Did you say teenager?

Yeah that’s usually my experience. It’s sad that at movie theaters, churches and graduation ceremonies they have to request that people silence their phones. But it’s our society today apparently.

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Staying Professional On LinkedIn

Sometimes I raise an eyebrow at the things I see on LinkedIn. I’m talking about grammar/formatting and Twitter.

I’m not an expert but I have very specific views on how I think the network should be used. I was one of the first few in my college class to created a LinkedIn account, so my first connections were professors and professionals. I feel like that it was a good move because I got to see how the “real grown ups” did it.

Grammar/formatting

A friend and I were chatting about social networks and I was telling her about LinkedIn (she’s not currently on it) and some of the weird things I’d seen on it.

“You may think I’m really weird,” she said to me. “But sometimes I type things up in Word before putting them online to make sure I don’t look stupid.” Read the rest of this entry

Sometimes I miss college

I’m not the type of person to dwell on the past and I’m very happy with where I am in life… But sometimes I do miss college.

Historic Chapman Hall

I miss:

LinkedIn Recommendations vs. References

Can a LinkedIn recommendation replace a job reference?

I’m actually hoping for some feedback on this.

I think that it would be possible. I have a few recommendations on my LinkedIn profile… it’s ok if you want to go look, the blog will be here when you get back. For those recommendations, I approached the same people that I would ask for job references and asked that they recommend my work. And they wrote what I would imagine (and hope!) they would say to someone inquiring about me for a potential position.

Typically you provide three references when asked during the application/interview process for a job. Well if I were to supply three references, I’d pick three of the people who have recommended me on LinkedIn.

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Should have minored in engineering/chemistry/biotechnology….

I’m a communicator. I communicate… obviously.

 

I communicate on behalf of engineering, chemical, biotech, automotive, construction (and other) companies. My job is to write things at a level that anyone can understand, which usually isn’t hard.

 

Thursday, it was hard.

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Before they called them virtual internships…

… I did one.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that I started seeing the term “virtual internship.” They seemed so rare that people didn’t have a clue what they were!

My junior year of college I found myself connected to a fantastic non-profit organization that needed an intern. They just happened to be about 200 miles from where I was going to school.

But other interns had gone before me and it worked out well for them, so we arranged a work-from-do

rm internship. This worked out extremely well because they needed me to do social media which requires flexibility. I was also doing a lot of writing, which can be completed at any time of the day.

My virtual work station

Virtual internships in the communication field are beneficial for student and organization. Read the rest of this entry

The Relationship between Social Networks and Smartphones

If you missed me at Scholar Day, here’s the whirlwind tour of my 3 semester-long research study.

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I have a credit card and I’m not afraid to use it!

Ok, sometimes I’m not afraid to use it.

The Story (If you just want the point, skip to the bottom!)

The week of my 18th birthday my mom and I strolled into the bank and took her name off of my bank accounts and I applied for a credit card.

I was denied because of limited credit history… limited? How about none? I had just turned 18. So my mom and I met with the bank lady (I don’t really know her real title) to see if we could apply with her as a cosigner. This made sense to everyone but the bank who said, “no, no one can apply with a cosigner.”

So I asked her, “Exactly how am I supposed to build a credit history if I can’t even get a credit card to start establishing my credit?” Which is when she recommended I apply for a department store credit card and build credit that way. Not being thrilled with that answer, I went outside of the bank and started reading up on independent credit card acceptance rules. Which lead me to apply for my very own card with Discover… and was accepted for a student card, on my own, without a credit history.

The Point

It was so hard to actually get a credit card at age 18, but it was a very wise decision because I knew how to use it. Most college students find that credit cards get them into trouble and stay away, but thanks to having and actually using one I have a history to be able to get a car loan or buy a house some day.
Ok college students here’s what you do:

Use your card to buy what you need (gas, groceries, books, etc). Then, you PAY IT OFF.

What not to do:

– Buy things you don’t currently have the funds for

– Make minimum payments only

– Pay late

Not only has having a card given me a history, it’s actually saved me money and PAID me to use it. Yes, you read that right. I get cash-back rewards and special shopping. For instance, thanks to timing and the rewards program just for paying for our honeymoon on a credit card, we got $100 back (which is going toward said honeymoon).

I’m not a financial adviser by any stretch of the imagination, do not consider me one. I was taught well and have learned through my experiences and simply want to share my opinion.

What do you do?

I’m a senior in college, so I’m very familiar with a typical series of questions that starts with, “What are you going to school for?”

Although not entirely sound in grammar, the question is fairly easy to answer: Public Relations.

The following question is a little more difficult. “What exactly is public relations?”

As much as I try to sterilize the field to a point that I can explain it to people, especially people who don’t grow with technology, I feel that they don’t really grasp what I want to do.

My marketing professor told us that he has two definitions for his career, the cocktail party one and the long boring one. So maybe my overly simplified, short answer will suffice as my cocktail party definition. When I know that I really have someone’s attention and they actually care about what I’m studying then I can define it and I think that sort of person will also notice the passion for the field in my explanation.

The next question they ask is, “Where can you work with a degree in that?”

They noticeably leave out “public relations” because they have most likely forgotten my answer to question #1. I think one of the best things about PR is that it is a really versatile field. There are PR people in agencies, corporations, nonprofits, government, educational institutions and medical providers (did I leave anything out?).