Young PR Pros

This week we answer a listener's questions about the big leap from student to professional on social media.

Katie Charbonneau from Thornley Fallis writes in:

How do you transition from a student on social media to a professional on social media?

Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent talk about their own personal experiences transitioning between student and professional on social media. After sharing their experiences they come to a very important conclusion. Listen in to find out more.

Kristine also explores the different social networks and how the transition may be different with each platform. For example, the person you are on Twitter may not be the same as the one on Pinterest.

But, regardless of how the transition is done, both Kristine and Julia express the importance of professionalism on social media, as stated in many previous episodes. Because you never know who is watching. Just like Amy Bishop experienced when she got a job through her Twitter presence.

Sarah Bustard (@sarahbustard) joins us yet again for another one of her Outrageous Minutes. This month she shares Amy Bishop's story in Carmel, Indiana and how she landed a job as a digital media strategist with Cru, a large nonprofit. You can follow Amy on Twitter @AmyL_Bishop.

Tell us your experience of making the big leap from student to professional on social media?

Leave us a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_22_FINAL.mp3
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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent debut a new series called "Who to Follow" where they showcase someone on Twitter that is follow worthy got young PR professionals.

Our first star is Jacqueline Gallagher, a senior recruitment consultant at David Aplin Group in Halifax Nova Scotia. Her job is to find top talent in the areas of accounting and finance and executive search. If anyone knows anything about the recruitment process, it is Jacqueline.

Jacqueline is also the creator of the hashtags: #interviewtip, #recruitertip and #resumetip. These hashtags are full of great advice for the young and young at heart pros in the process of finding a new job.

You can follow Jacqueline and all her hashtags at @RecruiterJax.

Thanks Jacqueline for being so awesome.

Do you want to nominate someone to be profiled on our new "Who to Follow" series? Leave us a comment on our blog or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or in our LinkedIn group, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_21_FINAL.mp3
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This week, Kristine Simpson and Julia Kent explore the importance of asking questions at a variety of steps in a young PR professionals career life: networking, interviewing and accepting your first job.

Networking is where is all begins. As you network, you build relations with other professionals, eventually leading to job opportunities (more about networking tips in a later show). So, the questions you ask while you are in conversation with other professionals are important to building a network. We review Forbes' article called Non-Awkward Ways To Start And End Networking Conversations and highlight the best questions to ask when networking.

Then we move on the interview stage. The opportunity door has been opened, you just need to survive the interview and you will be invited in with open arms. But, it is not easy. It is more than just answering questions, to really impress your potential employer switch the roles and ask them questions to show your interest and eagerness to work. To help us determine the best questions to ask we review an article from Mashable called 13 Questions to Ask During Your Next Interview.

And finally, once you have made an impression on the potential employer, you receive the offer. But, before you accept the offer there are a few questions you should ask to ensure this is the right job for you. We review an article posted on Resunate.com called 8 Questions to Ask Potential Employers Before Accepting a New Job. Although the majority of questions are good, we highlight two questions we would NEVER ask.

To wrap up the show, Kristine shares a very important lesson and the reason for this episode... never assume anything. However dumb a question may sound, never assume anything, always ask questions.

We want to hear from you. What other questions do you think a young PR pros should ask while networking, during an interview or before accepting a job? Leave us a comment on our blog with your question, or ideas for the next episode. Or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or post a comment on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_20_FINAL.mp3
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Well, it is official, Kristine Simpson has been overuled in the handshake debate in episode 8. The results are back in from our Facebook question asking "Do you judge people on their handshake?"

The verdict: 3/4 of people said yes.

The lesson learned: a good handshake is important.

Julia Kent and I then switch over to a topic not spoken about often enough, PR ethics. We discuss the ethics behind the story about OK! Magazine Editor Accepts Thousands of Dollars From PR People After Her Dog Dies. A debate started in the #PRintern | #EntryPR LinkedIn group. We give our two cents on the subject, but here is a hint: we think it is bad PR.

The debate quickly moves in to the ethics behind pitching. We discuss how it can be hard to pitch journalists as young professionals, but we must not fear the silence and ensure to always pitch using quality stories and not just aim for the most amount of hits. It is always quality over quantity. We mention Jeannie Clary's article called The Sound of Silence on PitchingNotes.com to give some tips on how to properly pitch.

We want to hear from you. What is your opinion on the OK! Magazine story? What are your tips to pitching ethically?

Leave us a comment on our blog, or on our Facebook Page, or on our Google+ page, or send us an email at youngprpros@gmail.com, or send us a message on Twitter @youngprpros@kristinesimpson or @kentjulia.

Direct download: YPP_19_FINAL.mp3
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