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#PRStudCast Episode 12.3.10

A simple solo episode today on the importance of learning and re-inventing yourself to continue to grow in 2011. Hope you’re able to take something away and please leave or tweet your comments! Would love to hear some feedback


“HAPPO” Thanksgiving (How you can Help a PR Pro)

This Thanksgiving there is a lot I am grateful for. Family, friends, health, a home, those in the military working so hard to keep us all safe, great teachers for my children, and a career  I love working with people who inspire me every day. I believe that a great career is not something to be taken for granted. My philosophy is to work hard, really hard. Strive to learn something new every day. Listen, contribute, and don’t ever cease to appreciate the opportunities you have; demonstrate your gratitude with an effort to pay it forward.

Last February, after watching so many talented students and seasoned professionals struggle to find a position in a challenging economy, my friend Arik Hanson and I decided it was time to do something. We both knew of employers who were looking to hire, as well as those seeking jobs, and thought that there must be some way to leverage our two most valuable resources (time and relationships) to make a difference. “HAPPO” (Help a PR Pro Out) was born.  An impressive team of PR industry leaders (including #PRStudChat’s Deirdre Breakenridge) joined the effort as “champions” turning the campaign into a veritable movement.

PR professionals, students, educators, and recruiters can all participate in the HAPPO community. Whether you are looking for a job, need to fill a position, or simply want to pay it forward and be that person who helps make a difference, I’d encourage you to get involved. Here are a few steps you can take to “HAPPO”

  • Become an active participant in the HAPPO LinkedIn group. Take a moment to post a job, you’ve seen. Know someone who has posted a position? Leave a comment or refer someone in your network who seems like a good match.
  • Follow the #HAPPO hashtag on Twitter. Share opportunities you know have and introduce great professionals to the many recruiters and hiring pros who follow
  • Be a part of the live Twitter event on December 8th from 8-9 p.m. CT. Our past events have succeeded in connecting people with new jobs. Talk about making a difference! The theme this time is New Year’s Resolutions for PR Job Seekers–How to land a job in 2011. HAPPO champs from across the country (we’re at 35+ now!) will contribute to the discussion sharing tried-and-true job-seeking tips, resume building suggestions and interviewing advice. Look for posts from some of the HAPPO champs across the country in the weeks ahead sharing personal stories and advice and share the suggestions
  • Volunteer or participate in our first-ever online and offline “HAPPO Hour” event. The idea? To get job seekers, mentors, recruiters, agency/corporate PR leaders, and folks generally interested in helping the HAPPO cause, together in person for a couple hours in a number of U.S. cities to talk about job search strategies, resume tips and other job-search-related issues. Arik and I working to organize this event right now. If you’re interested in hosting an in-person event in your city on Jan. 27, please contact Arik or I right away!

Deirdre and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!