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PR PRofessional A Newsletter for entry-level PR job seekers

Spring 2014

What Your Clothes Are Actually Saying About You When You Go to a Job Interview

By Sam Metz So you scored the interview, congratulations! Your application was intriguing enough for them to want to meet you in person. And then reality sets in as you stare intently at a closet full of clothes thinking to yourself, “What in the world am I going to wear?” That little question usually comes with a lot of anxiety and worry. Before, suit and ties were the obvious go-to but times are different so where do we go from here? Sometimes, in order to prepare for an interview, it requires you to do a little research on the culture of the company or job that you are interviewing for. If the company is a Fortune 500 company, it’s still suggested that you stay as conservative as possible. In that atmosphere, you’re held at a higher standard and there really won’t be a day where you find an employee coming to work without a suit on. Where the lines get a little blurry and gray is when you ask yourself what to wear when applying for a job with a company that has that laid-back atmosphere. You want to show the interviewer who you are without stepping out of boundaries. “You need to wear your ‘power outfit.’ Have a favorite skirt that always makes you feel great when you wear it? Why not pair that with a blazer? It’s okay to show off your personality through your clothes, as long as you aren’t wearing a lime green mini skirt. Stick to business-professional looks.” suggests Jacquelyn Smith, of Forbes Magazine.

But it’s not always just what you wear, but how you wear it. Too short of a skirt or too much cleavage is never going to get you taken seriously and or how a wrinkled shirt or a scuffed shoe will never make you seem put together. Make sure when deciding on what to wear, you look comfortable but poised. The last ingredient to an interview outfit is simple. Confidence. Nicole Williams, LinkedIn career expert and best-selling author says, “The most important thing you bring to an interview is confidence. What you wear and how you wear it helps convey that. If you aren’t comfortable in your outfit – that will come across in an interview.” As there are so many different job opportunities and careers, the possibilities are truly endless on what to wear for your interview. The things to keep in mind is to do your research and really know the company culture. But above all else, wear your confidence and let it shine because that’s the best accessory you can choose!

“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good , you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” - Deion Sanders

PR PRofessional A Newsletter for entry-level PR job seekers

VP of W2 Speaks At Penn State

By Sam Metz Tom Resau, a Penn State Alum was welcomed back to Penn State to talk to two COMM 471 classes about his public relations experience and post-grad life. Resau graduated in 1999 with a degree in public relations. Resau gave students some insight on what it’s like to look at public relations beyond the sports and entertainment side of it. While those are two huge components of public relations, and what most students lean towards, Resau expressed how they should keep an open mind when looking for entry-level jobs. “Too often it is not what you want to do but it is what is needed in the job market,” said Resau during his lecture. He never told students to rule out the entertainment side of PR, but was suggesting students look deeper into the field. Resau went on to talk about his experience in where he works now, a cyber security and information technology company, W2 Communiations and how he ended up in his field of choice. As an undergraduate, Tom Resau thought his career would focus on politics because he had inherited an interest in military history from his father who was a career military officer. Tom completed three internships with his congressman because he thought he wanted to work on “the hill.” “If I had it to do over again, I would have diversified my internships. I would have interned in many different organizations so that I could have gotten a wide variety of experience,” admits Resau. “Understanding cyber security issues takes effort. It takes drive. It takes a person who is willing to read and digest information that might not be of popular because what is popular is easy,” said Robert Baukus, department head of the advertising and public relations program at Penn State.

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PHOTO: (right) Tom Resau addressing the COMM 471 classes at Penn State University on Wednesday, March 19th 2013.


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