My Causerie

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Making the “list” February 17, 2014

Filed under: ACS 213,ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 1:00 pm
Photo Credit: sam_churchill via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: sam_churchill via Compfight cc

In our society, “lists” tend to capture our attention. We make “to-do lists;” we make “shopping lists;” David Letterman has a “Top 10 List.” We like lists.

In this competitive job market, we often read stories that headline with “lists.” Top 5 qualities employers are looking for in their workers; 10 recession-proof jobs;  and this just out, “Six careers that pay more than $50 an hour.” These lists are informative and encouraging for students studying public relations.

Public relations made both the “10 recession-proof jobs” list and the “Six careers that pay more than $50 an hour” list, which is obviously an encouraging sign for future public relations professionals. However, I think young professionals should take note of the “Top 5 qualities employers are looking for in their workers” list because it is there they will discover the tips that will land them one of the jobs on the other two lists.

The qualities on this list are qualities students can and should master now…I know, I know, my students are saying, “We’ve heard this before!” Ok, fine; but see…I’m not the only one saying it! Committing to life-long learning, bringing value to the table, having outstanding communication skills, being a team player and showing excitement and enthusiasm for your job (aka assignments), this is a list of qualities that can be demonstrated through college coursework. Develop these qualities now, and I am confident they will serve you well in your job search…not to mention make your college life, and mine for that matter, much more enjoyable!

So what are you doing to ensure you “make the list?”

Pull up a chair and let’s talk.

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