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PRSA Tampa Bay Mentors Future PR Pros at Resume Review

By Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, and Joseph Priest, APR

Whether you’re a new grad, young professional or seasoned veteran, for many of us, one thing that never ceases to amaze is how working with the next generation of PR pros can re-energize our passion for our profession.

This was our experience on April 3, when, for the second year in a row, our Public Service Committee and Students Committee held a résumé review session and mixer with USF’s PRSSA chapter at the main Tampa campus.

Our effort consisted of reviewing assigned student résumés about a week in advance and then meeting with the students at the USF Marshall Student Center to discuss our impressions. We talked about everything from résumé content  selection to writing quality to organization to formatting. More broadly, though, we were able to spark some deep conversations about PR and offer real-world advice and personal anecdotes about the best ways to start and succeed in a PR career. Then, to reward everyone for their hard work, we hosted a mixer with light snacks and drinks so we could get to know each other even more.

Our team included 11 volunteers who dedicated almost an hour of their time beforehand as well as several hours of a Tuesday evening to help prepare eight students begin their first chapter in their careers. Team members included both seasoned professionals who were able to share lessons from the breadth of their careers, as well as younger professionals who were able to offer some insights from their recent experience on what to expect in the early part of a PR career.

  

We offer a special thank-you to these members for lending their expertise to this event:

  •          Betty Carlin, APR
  •          Bart Graham
  •          Mary Haban, APR
  •          Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA
  •          Mary Margaret Hull, APR
  •          Curtis Krueger
  •          Paula MacDonald, APR
  •          Joseph Priest, APR
  •          Jenna Stock
  •          Liz Taylor
  •          Kelsy Van Camp

Ultimately, the event involved 19 PRSA and PRSSA members and lasted a few hours, but the contribution it makes to the future of our local PR community is almost incalculable. We were able to provide up-and-coming PR practitioners with firsthand insight from a diverse mix of pros, tap into a pipeline of the latest talent to consider for our organizations’ hiring needs, and strengthen our relationship with our area’s largest PRSSA chapter. It was a rewarding experience in every way.

 

The event builds on last year’s résumé review and mixer that we held with USF PRSSA, and it lays a foundation for a similar effort that we hope to plan soon with the University of Tampa’s newly formed PRSSA chapter.

The Public Service Committee and Students Committee are also working on other ideas to keep our chapter involved in the community and engaged with college students this year. Please stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for more on our upcoming events and ways in which you can participate.

 

 

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