The truth about employment references

I write about a dozen employment reference each year for the Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni.  A well written reference can take some time to write and can make all the difference to whether or not you are offered a position.  Usually new employers ask ex-employers for a reference once they decide to offer you a job and often the contract is sent to you ‘subject to references’ – meaning that they have the right to withdraw the offer if the references don’t come up to scratch.

So, how should you go about getting a good reference? Continue reading

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20 Useful Articles for PR Job Hunters

1. What does a PR agency do? 

2. The future of the PR industry 

3. Why I deleted your PR job application

4. How to start a career in PR

5. The three Rs of job applications Continue reading

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2014 Career Resolutions

It’s that time of year again and plenty of PR folk have laid out their resolutions for 2014 including Stuart Bruce, Matthew SchwartzAdrienne ErinCarm Lyman and CHA Group.

I’ve made a few resolutions myself: lose weight (ahem, I make this resolution every year but one year I’ll crack it, right?), write and publish two more books, and network with more PRs and academics.  It’s not a long list, but each of those things are pretty hefty goals and I work best when I have something to aim for.

If you’re still pondering your resolutions for this year you might want to consider making them career-oriented.  Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

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The secret to a great interview

I’ve guest blogged today over at the PRCA.

The secret to a great interview: don’t wait to be asked the right questions.

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How To Get A Job In PR – OUT NOW!

I’m delighted to announce that How To Get A Job In PR is out now!

Buy it here by clicking on the book over there >>

And here’s the video promo!

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PR books on Pinterest

I finally found a good use for Pinterest! Here’s my selection of PR books to add to your library:

http://www.pinterest.com/sarahstimson/pr-books/

Some interesting reads there, including a novel and a biography.

If you want to check out my other boards they’re mostly decorating/interiors/recipes – I was going through a “home” stage when I set up Pinterest.

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How to get a job in PR – 10 preview copies

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I’m very excited to be launching ‘How to get a job in PR’ early next month.

The book will officially launched at a party in London on 3rd December and will be available internationally on Amazon in paperback and on both Amazon and Apple in e-book format.

I’d like to invite ten people to receive an early e-book copy. You’ll also get an invitation to the UK launch party at a swanky Shoreditch art gallery and the opportunity to ask me anything you like about the book and careers in PR. In return, I’d like you to review the book on Amazon (and/or your blog) and share the review using social media.  You could be a journalist, blogger, academic or PR practitioner. Graduates or students who are active bloggers are also welcome to apply.  In the event that more than ten people apply for review copies, I’ll ask my current PR trainees to select names from the list.

To apply for a preview copy please drop me an email at stimsonsarah@gmail.com

If you don’t want to be an early reviewer, but would like an email notification when the book is out then sign up here.

 

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