While attending past chapter meetings, many of you have probably listened to presentations with a smile, thinking about how great it will be when you can apply this new-found knowledge at your workplace. But with the economy being the way it is, it’s just as likely that some of you listened and thought “How useful this information would be, if only I had a job.”
In an effort to help those of us without a job find their way back to the office, PRSA Suburban Chicago will be hosting two events: a career workshop in October, and a job fair in March. The first of the events will feature presentations on all the job-hunting essentials, including networking, organizing one’s portfolio and how best to appeal to recruiters. Following three panels on these subjects with speakers of varying specializations, attendees will get the chance to interact with speakers directly as they present their resumes for review, take part in mock interviews and pitch their elevator speeches to a PR pro.
With their resumes polished and their padfolios full of diligent notes, attendees of the career fair will be fully equipped to take on the chapter’s next career-focused event: the March job fair. With invitations going out to employers as far north as Milwaukee and as far south as St. Louis, the job fair committee is looking to stuff the fair with enough recruiters and hiring managers to fill the ballroom of the Sheraton Suites.
The advantage of the job fair is that it will be exclusive to PR and marketing jobs; no sales, no customer service. For attendees, this means that there is potential for a job that matches their background and interests at every table in the room. For the benefit of the employers, attendees must also have a background in communications in order to attend.
However, the required background is the only restriction placed on job fair attendees. Anyone seeking a PR job, be it a current college student or an experienced professional, a member of PRSA or not, is able to attend both the fair and the earlier career workshop.
Both the workshop and the job fair will take place at the Sheraton Suites in Elk Grove where our monthly chapter meetings are held. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 and will last until 3 p.m. An exact date for the March job fair is still being finalized.
Register now for the PRSA Suburban Chicago Career Workshop. Until then, happy job hunting!