Excerpt found in New York Women In Communications e-Newsletter
ALOUD: STUDENT CAREER CONFERENCE
November 4, 2011
Already November – we’re less than three weeks away from the Foundation’s annual Student Communications Career Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
With Ann Shoket, editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine headlining and moderators, panelists and speakers from companies including Google, NBC Universal, O, The Oprah Magazine, SELF Magazine, The Knot, Entertainment Weekly, WABC-TV and Madison Square Garden – this year’s conference is stacked with driven and successful individuals. These established communications professionals know the in’s and out’s of the industry, experienced their shares of up’s and down’s and have succeeded through it all.
As students and young professionals are very aware of the dire economic time in which they are entering the workforce – the opportunity to meet and speak with thriving and passionate professionals is not only optimistic but also empowering. The conference is truly an opportunity for panelists and speakers to meet the next generation of professionals and provide them with the advice and opportunities to kick start their careers.
What valuable advice can you give to the next generation of communication professionals? What are your tips and suggestions for students and young professionals to kick start their careers?
My top 5 tips for the Student Career Conference:
1. Come to the conference with GAME ON.
2. Dress in your most “confident” and professional clothes.
3. Make your body language match those confident clothes:
bright face, head on straight, sit or stand tall, leaning slightly forward when you speak or listen.
4. Know what people know you for, like you for and value you for. Develop true stories around those, so when people ask you to “tell me about yourself” you won’t stumble, fumph or farrumph!
5. Ask for what you want. If you’re not sure, use the conference as an opportunity to narrow or help define your target. Bring business cards with your contact information, so if someone wants to continue a conversation with you, they’ll know how to reach you.
Founder & President
Ginny Pulos Communications, Inc.