M and I are super excited to announce the date of our next Twitter Party. We’re hosting alongside every PR girls life support – Cision. We’ll be answering all of your PR questions as well as talking about how PR pros can exercise content marketing – the next step in social media marketing. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 27 at 8pm ET and follow along using #prchat.
I was awarded an amazing internship opportunity as a public relations coordinator for the student-run radio station on campus at the beginning of the summer. However, I had several life events happen this summer that caused me to perform very poorly at my internship, resulting in my being fired today without notification.
How can I bounce back from this? Are there ways that I can get other internship opportunities for the fall? What other activities can I do or organizations can I join that can help me recover from my epic summer failure? Any advice would be very helpful!
Thanks in advance,
Looking for a silver lining
First off, don’t let this get to you. Not every internship works out and sometimes our personal lives have to come first. Don’t look at it as a failure – look at it as a learning experience. First make sure you keep a good relationship with the radio station on campus and send them a thank you again for even giving you the opportunity.
You can quickly bounce back from this by pursuing other internship experiences – once you feel you’re in a good place with your personal life. Speak with your adviser and ask about any fall or spring opportunities. Look to join any communications organizations on campus such as PRSSA. Or consider rushing a sorority – which helped me grow immensely in college. It’s important to get involved with campus activities to grow your resume and network with other students.
Bottom line, don’t let this get you down. One bad internship experience won’t effect your future PR career. There is a silver lining.
When I was first interviewing for internships and my first job, my BIGGEST fear was how to answer a question in an interview I didn’t know the answer to or couldn’t respond eloquently to. I was worried my experience wouldn’t be enough, or I wouldn’t share my most important and valuable qualities, or I would completely trip up and babble on without making sense.
This is a pretty common fear with all young professionals, but when you get into PR you quickly learn that this fear is pretty much an every day reality. Clients and team members ask the hard questions all day long – and it’s our job to handle them. I had to get over any nervousness I felt with hardball questions if I wanted to stay afloat, and now I can “PR” my answers with the best of them.
If you're headed out to interview of a new job or internship, here are a couple things in mind when you're thrown an "out of left field" type question from a client or potential colleague:
Breathe - The question is not meant to be an attack, so don't take any hard questions personally. If you're in an interview, the employer may want to see how you do under pressure. If it's a client, they're looking for the truth and your help in leading them through the dark
Never lie - While a white lie or a fib might feel easy to get out of a tough spot ("Oh I ABSOLUTELY rubbed shoulders with media while working backstage at Fashion Week" is not the same as "Assisted team with logistics for large events"), avoid telling a non-truth or overexaggerating
Do brag - This is potentially what felt the oddest to me. Don't feel about talking about how amazing an experience was, how you succeeded, or past examples of how you handled a problem. It might feel like you're being a braggart, but you're really offering valuable real-life experience to the table
But be humble - Speak to key learnings and how you can do better for next time. It's okay to admit defeat if you came out of it with the right mind set
Clear voice - and smile! - Don't be afraid of the question, it's a natural part of conversation and team work. You got this.
Exceling in PR isn’t always easy. Some people quickly get overwhelmed by the stress and high demands. If you’re just starting your career or are struggling with your job, here are a few simple ways to excel in PR.
Over communicate. With your co-workers, managers, teammates, everyone.
Think ahead. Try and predict what your manager will ask you to do next – and get started on it.
Make new contacts. Read new publications and research new media contacts to share with your team.
Bring forth media opportunities. Exercise your media contacts to find new opportunities your agencies clients could fit into. Even if it’s not your own accounts.
Be social. Attend after work events and get to know your colleagues personally. Super important.
Turns out I didn’t miss too much weather wise while away from New York this week. The cooler weather has people already talking about football season and getting into fall, and I am so far removed from that. I still have a trip to Montauk planned, and some epic Labor Day festivities I am extremely excited for. So today’s Deskside Distraction led me to continue to celebrate summer.