I’ve done my fair amount of research on different public relations agencies/firms throughout the area and even worldwide. I visit their site, browse through their client list, familiarize myself with their practices, and lastly, visit the job vacancies, in hopes that there is something available and suitable. More often than not, there isn’t a job opening in your area or for your level of expertise. My question to you all is how do you begin building relationships with firms or agencies that you may not have any association with? More importantly, how do you establish a connection with an international firm? What suggestions do you have as students, practitioners, and professors on building a relationship. I’m confident in that although possible job opportunities may be an ocean away, our dependancy on online networking can solidify any potential relationship.
Now for part two of this post. How and what can you do to make yourself stand out? Especially in an international setting, what as a foreigner, will make someone an appealing candidate to an international office?
As well, how do you balance that relationship between taking a risk for your ideal job and taking a job that at the time satisfy your temporary needs. In a society where our economy is at risk and unemployment rates keep increasing, is it better to play it safe and secure a job or should we move to cities, take unpaid internships, and hold out for the ideal job?
When do we draw the line between idealism and realism?
I came across a wonderful post from the Brazen Careerist on Smart decisions to make when graduation college. My favorite recommendation provided by Penelope Trunk is to take pride in making bad career moves. In this post she states, “The truth is that even when we think we have a good understanding of our preferences, we totally overestimate our ability to control our lives in relation to our preferences. The only way to have a perfect, straight and narrow path is to not open yourself up to your own irrational decision-making process. And if you are not making decisions for yourself, then what are you doing in this life?”
As you can see, I’m in a world of questions and am intrigued by curiosity. Let me know your thoughts and share stories of courage, risk, and success.
We all need the inspiration every once in a while.