How are we Supposed to Know?

Currently a young woman who is soon to be emerging into the professional PR world, I have found myself with a lot of questions. Most people have a stereotypical idea of what PR is, based off what we see on TV and such, but sometimes I find myself wondering what I am really going to be doing and where!

For anyone seeking a new position, especially one professionally, questions arise. So where’s the handbook? Most of my female classmates agree that we have so many questions but aren’t quite sure where to get the answers. I’m all for being adventurous and spontaneous, but the consistent feeling that you’re winging it isn’t exactly desirable.

In my blogroll, I supply several sites that are aimed towards young women in the professional PR world. They address some of the issues we are exposed to and also offer good advice and resources. Clearly, part of growing up and joining the work force is supposed to be nerve-wracking and confidence shaking, but it’s nice to have some sort of reference.

Recently, I found the site NYC PR Girls. This blog is backed by four emerging PR girls who have found themselves asking the same questions as I have. On their site they supply the NYC PR girls guide, (did I hear a hallelujah?)

In their guide, the NYC girls cover what they call, the basics. A few of which are the PR girl Do’s and Don’ts, how to learn and talk in PR Jargon, How to travel like a savvy PR girl and how to complete the perfect follow-up. The topics go on, but each is thoroughly completed and very helpful. I was quite relieved on finding this, because despite these girls are not published or professional speakers, they’re like me, and girls my age in this field, and therefore relatable.

So to all my fellow newbies in PR, I have found us our handbook!

The Best Part of the Super Bowl?

Every year millions of people get excited for the Super Bowl, the game, the competition, the adrenaline rush does it for them. But for me, it’s the commercials. I usually don’t know who is playing in the game until day of, and I certainly never make bets. Football is beyond me, quirky commercials are not.

This week in Linky Love, I was excited to find a link to an article titled, 12 Ads That Changed Super Bowl Marketing. This of course intrigued me, because thankfully it was not about sport statistics, but instead advertisement. Not all the ads were from the most recent Super Bowl, but I certainly remembered a few of them. It was exciting to see that others had shared my opinion in finding a Super Bowl commercial especially remarkable. Each ad played with a certain emotion and targeted a certain audience, it was about identifying with the consumers and making themselves distinguished from the competition.

It is a common human experience to be biased towards someone, and in this case something, most likely a brand, when you feel a personal connection to it. This was the aim of the ads, they wanted to achieve some factor that would make you pick their product when you walked into the store, rather than the similar product sitting next to it.

Some of the most moving and memorable ads have been those where there was no dialogue, but instead silence with the focus on the product. Whether it was special effects, scenery or the jaw dropping endeavor, something clicked in people’s mind as they watched it, making an ever lasting mark.

I eagerly await this year’s Super Bowl, well let’s be honest, I eagerly await the commercials.

The Public Relations Adventure

As a 21 year old woman close to entering the professional public relations world, I have been trying to get a better grasp of what is out there careerwise and where I will and can fit in.

As they say, the world is your oyster, and I am on the mission to learn as much as I can and to broaden my horizons with everything I do. One can travel on many different paths in the professional world of PR and I am on the search for mine. Despite the large numbers of emerging PR professionals, resources aimed to help us out, give us a clue, and introduce us to the world we are entering, are far and few between.

Through this blog, I aim to accumulate content aimed at directing us PR newbies in the right direction with the right information! I will search and gather tips, recommendations, advice, and resources where we can find the answers we need.

xo.

PRnewbie