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Lessons Learned When Trying to Find a Career Path

April 10th, 2012

career path, Angee Linsey

by Angee Linsey

If you’re like many students who are looking forward to a career in the communication or marketing fields, the more you are exposed to different paths within the field, the harder it is to decide exactly which direction you should take with your first post-college job.

Here are three lessons I learned early in my career that may help you find your way.

1. Try it On for Size

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Free Web Seminar: How to Build and Maintain Your Personal Brand

February 13th, 2012

How to Build and Maintain Your Personal Brand
7 March 2012 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
presented by Heather R. Huhman

Standing out in today’s job market is tough, particularly as a new graduate. Building a strong personal brand — and regularly maintaining it — can be key to your job search and career success. Not only does a personal brand help you stand out among other job candidates, but it also helps to forge new relationships with others in your field, ultimately leading to new opportunities.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Establish the power of personal branding and why it’s important
  • Determine the best websites and social networks to leverage and why
  • Discover how to craft your own personal pitch
  • Determine your unique selling points and how to share those with others Read the rest of this entry »

Connect Outside the Classroom

February 7th, 2012

by Kate Payne

As kids we are told that in order to succeed in life we need to get good grades at school. Now that I am about to enter into the communication industry, I have learned that good grades aren’t the only things you need to prepare for the workforce. These days, employers want to see what you can do outside the classroom; they want to know that you are a well-rounded individual who would be a valuable asset to any communication team.

Volunteering can provide you with invaluable experience that adds to your portfolio and gives you great practice in communicating in the “real” world. It also looks great on your resume. Although employers look at grades to see how competent you are at completing tasks, this is not the only aspect of your resume that they examine. Volunteering has become very important to employers as it shows that you are not only interested in honing and furthering your skills but that you also take an interest in the community. Adding to your portfolio with activities other than schoolwork, networking and using contacts from professional associations like IABC are also extremely important. Read the rest of this entry »

New Student Connection Twitter

January 24th, 2012

Introducing the Student Connection Twitter @IABCstudents. Content that helps you prepare to enter the communication profession, internships/jobs, events and IABC student chapter news.

Free Web Seminar: “How to Create an A+ Resume”

January 9th, 2012

Watch our free web seminar:

“How to Create an A+ Resume” presented by Heather Huhman
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After watching, let IABC help your resume stand out from the crowd! Students join IABC at 80% the cost of a professional membership with all the same benefits to your resume:

Join IABC and Be Heard! Contact member_relations@iabc.com or call +1 415-544-4700 for more information.

How to Create an A+ Resume

There is more to creating an A+ resume than throwing your information on a page. A resume that rocks (an A+) is what it takes to give you the edge over the competition in the job market. When compiling your resume, you need to take into account the adaptability, reader-friendly format, as well as the way to lay out the information that is going to stand out most to your future boss.

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Make a judge happy: Make your entry a winner!

November 30th, 2011
Do you want to be recognized internationally for communication work you have completed in school, internships, or on the job and have a chance to win the $500 Sharon Berzok Student Award? Sue Johnston (Gold Quill judge from IABC/Waterloo) has written the following article to help you craft a winning entry for the 2012 Student Gold Quill Awards.

by Sue Johnston, ABC, It’s Understood Communication, Ontario, Canada
A judge opening a Gold Quill Award entry is filled with hope. Will there

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be a delightful display of strategic thinking, effective planning, good use of resources and creativity? Will the story be revealed in lively, uncluttered language? Will it be a winner?

Members of IABC Waterloo sincerely hope so. Once again, we’ll be judging the Student Gold Quill Awards. With three universities and a college in our community, we’ve learned to expect the best from students. We were disappointed when not one 2009 entry met the standards for winning an award. Aiming to change that, we assembled a few tips to help you impress us. It worked. We were impressed – even dazzled – by some of the entries submitted by students.

Since our judges love to see great entries and happy award winners, we’re providing those tips again: Read the rest of this entry »

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