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Top 5 Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Interviewing can be a very daunting task. Many times you are walking into a completely new environment with brand new faces. You have less than an hour to truly express who you are and what you bring to the company. Use this quick guide below to help you ace the most common interview questions.   Tell me about yourself. My …

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The Importance of a Thank You Letter

The first words a southern child learns are “thank you.” The South promotes the idea of hospitality and kindness, and maybe those southern mommas knew a thing or two about the importance of a thank you letter. In today’s busy world, we may forget the importance of a professional thank you letter. Thank you notes are not a thing of …

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Understanding and Applying Email Etiquette

When I first heard the expression “email etiquette,” it seemed like common sense. I had accepted that text could not adequately convey tone; there would always be times when it would be misinterpreted, and there was nothing I could do to influence or change that. However, there are guidelines to consider when composing emails that can assist with maintaining a …

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Safety first, meetings last

Last week, our e-board gathered at 4:30 for our bimonthly meeting held right before PRSSA meetings. We were going on about business as usual, when the TVs in the Holliday Forum flashed a message on the screens: “Tornado Warning in East Baton Rouge Parish. Take shelter.” We knew we had been under a tornado watch, and were watching the radar …

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What I Learned from My Summer Internship

I received the incredible opportunity to intern for University Communications (UC) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for five weeks this summer. I could not be more thankful to be able to work with such an insightful group of professionals. Most recently, the Southern Public Relations Federation awarded UC with several awards, including the federation’s top award The Lantern …

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The Three Misconceptions of Business Casual

If you’re an aspiring professional, college student or even a seasoned veteran of the business world, you’ve probably heard the term “business casual” before. This term is frequently used, and can even be disguised as phrases such as “casual Fridays” or “dress-down Friday.” Even though it is a frequently used term, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what …

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How to maintain a balanced life

Students are constantly swamped with schoolwork, internships, and trying to maintain a social life. At least one of these things often gets neglected throughout the semester for most students. Grasping the idea of a work-life balance can be hard, especially for public relations professionals as our work often comes home with us. Do you need help drawing a line between …

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Guest Speaker Q&A with Brandi Boatner

Brandi Boatner is the Digital Experience Manager for IBM’s Global Technology Services in New York City. Brandi is a New Orleans native born and raised in Metairie. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Loyola University of New Orleans and Masters of Arts in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University. Brandi is a true advocate for diversity and …

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Taking the Pain out of Group Projects …and how they will help you in the workplace

Group project: two of the most dreaded words in college history. Professors love them. Students suffer through uneven workloads, members who ignore emails and having to redo others’ subpar work. Here are three tips to help your group projects go more smoothly and three ways the skills you learn can apply to your future career.   1. Worship the Google …

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Resume Writing for the Underemployed

As if resume writing wasn’t hard enough, you finish filling out your past schooling, jobs and activities only to realize you have half a page of white space remaining. What now? Have no fear. These tips will help you fill that blank space and get you the job/internship of your dreams (or at least one that pays).   Include relevant …

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