Nine Simple Strategies to Help You Land a PR Job

Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on Gini Dietrich‘s blog, Spin Sucks, a blog for PR and marketing pros. I know there are a lot of folks looking for a job these days and I thought her community (and mine) might be able to benefit from these tips (even if you’re not gunning for a PR job). If you’re looking for a job or know someone who is this post is for you!

We already have a nice conversation going on over at Gini’s place, so hop on over there to check out the original post and comment there.

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In the past few weeks, a number of people have reached out to me in search of PR and marketing openings and advice on finding a job in this tough market.

Although the economy has made finding a job difficult, there are number ways to give yourself the edge and help you land an awesome PR job:

  1. Ramp up your digital footprint. If you don’t have a website or blog, get one now. And, reserve a URL in your name (i.e. lauraclick.com). You want to own that space instead of someone else. It also helps to have a Google Profile and be active on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, which all rank really high in search results.
  2. Build a digital resume. LinkedIn offers a great way to showcase your experience. Fill out your profile completely and ask your contacts to write recommendations for you. Gini recently offered some great LinkedIn tips that will help. You can also use DoYouBuzz to build slick online resume or Carbonmade to create an online portfolio.
  3. Start blogging. More and more businesses are creating content through blogs, so you must know how to write for this medium. Look at what Christina Pappas is doing, for example. Blogging also offers great SEO benefits, which may help you get found when companies are searching for someone to hire.
  4. Read, read and read some more. Spend some time every day reading the news, industry publications, books and smart blogs (like this one). And don’t be afraid to comment on blog posts – it’s a great way to learn more about a topic and help you get noticed.
  5. Connect with industry leaders online. Connect with the leaders in your community by asking questions on blog posts, replying to them on Twitter or striking up a conversation on Google+. You never know where it might lead. In fact, my friend, Courtenay Rogers, recently found a marketing job in two weeks thanks to her Twitter connections. Pretty amazing.
  6. Go to meetups in your community. Although online relationships are fantastic, you can really cement those connections when you meet people in person. If your community is like mine, there are all sorts of after-hours events and meetups where you can can hang out with the people you talk to online. And the good news is that many of these events are free! Ask around or check out meetup.com to find events in your city.
  7. Do your research. Before contacting a company, prove you know what they’re about by thoroughly reading their blog (not just the most recent post) and following their brand and employees in social networks. You can also use LinkedIn to see if your friends have any contacts within the company you’re targeting. If they do, ask them to make the introduction.
  8. Pay attention to your social stats. Many employers are now basing hiring decisions on Klout scores and social media stats. Don’t believe me? Check out Mark Schaefer’s recent blog post. I’m not saying you should spend all of your time trying to get a high Klout score, but you should be aware of this growing trend and that many potential employers may consider this.
  9. Volunteer. Reach out to local non-profits to offer your skills for free. Not only does this help you flex your PR muscles, but it can also strengthen and extend your network of contacts.

What tips would you add for job seekers?

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About Laura Click

Laura Click is founder and CEO of Blue Kite Marketing, a Nashville-based integrated marketing firm. In addition to being the lead blogger on the Blue Kite blog, Laura is a proud Mizzou alum, avid runner and dog lover. You can connect with Laura on Twitter at @lauraclick, on LinkedIn or Google Plus.

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    Laura,

    Thanks for this! There are several people I know who are currently looking for jobs in Marketing, and this is some great advice I can pass along to them.

    • http://flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Excellent! I hope this helps your friends. :)

  • http://soulati.com/blog Soulati

    Great tips, Laura. I’d like to also add a few tips to your list — Ask for a meeting. I’m always happy to network with anyone who asks. In tandem, research the person you’re speaking with or go comment on their blog post prior to the meeting. This is highly professional and makes a wonderful impression. Lastly, follow-up with a thank you.

    I know you’re not offering interviewing etiquette here, but perhaps these are good reminders.

    • http://flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Good additions, Jayme! Handwritten thank you notes are a must! Every place I’ve ever interviewed has received one. I think it’s a nice touch that helps you stand out, which is incredibly important (especially right now).

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  • http://www.erjegrimbao.com Elpidio

    Additional tips for job seekers advertise yourself (blog) using social media network, post regularly and ask your friends to support you for your PR.

    • http://flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Absolutely! Good advice. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208232874 Todd Lyden

    Laura, this is good for ANY industry… 

    • http://flybluekite.com Laura Click

      Very true!