You’re already on social media: make it count! Here are some ways to use your networks to get connected.
As a PR student, I usually have anywhere from 2-3 projects in the works, not to mention an internship and full time classes. That being said, busy-ness is no excuse for slacking on getting involved! I want you to take a look at your resume. How much experience do you have? Realistically, will that be enough to set you apart from the crowd? For most of us, the answer is probably no. This is where getting involved comes in handy.
I will be the first to admit that I, in the past, have not made many efforts to “get involved” on campus. I came up with plenty of excuses as to why I couldn’t or didn’t need to, but in the end, none of these excuses were valid. We all have a finite amount of time to use the resources at our disposal on campus, so it is imperative that we do so! In this post, I am going to lay out some basic advice for getting involved and campus, why you should get involved, and lastly, how to use social media to make it all happen.
- What is “getting involved?” So at this point I have probably used the phrase “getting involved” several times without clarifying. Let me do so now; getting involved means making yourself a part of a community on campus.
- Why should you get involved? Whether it be joining a student publication or group, every extracurricular is an opportunity for an updated LinkedIn page, more experience to add to your resume, potential portfolio work and networking. This stuff is important! Especially as you are getting ready to graduate and begin your job search. Every bit of experience counts. Also, for some information about why extracurriculars are important to you as a student, read this study by Erin Massoni at the College of DuPage that details the benefits.
- How do I get involved? This is where social media comes in. No matter what the organization, chances are that they at least have a Facebook page. Do some digging and see what you can find: are they looking for anyone to manage their social media? Are they looking for public relations or marketing representatives? If you can’t find this information-reach out. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even Pinterest to form a connection. And don’t count out LinkedIn! Social media is an excellent way to connect with organizations or businesses, and this is especially true for campus organizations.
By taking a little bit of initiative, you can create connections that will form into resume and portfolio enhancing experiences while still on campus. Don’t get lazy! Use your weekends for free time and dedicate your weekdays to school, work, and being involved!
Until next time,