I am sitting at Henderson Library going on my 8th hour here. And the more I think about it the more I cannot wait to NEVER have to set foot in this place again. Yes, we had some good times together, but mostly my memories consist of long nights running on coffee and energy drinks and feeling like I was never going to past the test that I was studying for or get the work done that needed to be done.

So Zach Henderson, come July 2010, I will bid you a very happy adieu and hope that I will never see you again : )

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Just got done reading some recent tweets and saw Professor Andrew’s comment about a blog post topic, “Should students be allowed to fire members of their research groups?”. For some this may be a controversial topic, but for me I see it being very black and white. You either do the work that your group asks of you or you don’t. And if a group member is not pulling their slack their should definetly be the option of firing them.

Although it may seem easy to fire someone , I feel that their should be stipulations to this “firing” process. There should be solid proof that this group member was either not doing their work, not showing up for group meetings, or causing problems within the group. The instructor of the class should also have a say in whether or not this member should be fired or not.

We got our groups for my research class on Tuesday and I am proud to say that I think our group is going to be one of the strongest in the class. Although we only have three members (other groups have four), the members of our group are hard working and seem to want to do well in this course. What more could I ask for?? I had two AWFUL experiences last semester with group projects so I was very hesitant going into this project. Yet it seems that this time around my group project experience is going to give me a whole new outlook on working in teams!

So I JUST finished my resume…Man what a task! I never figured that sorting out the past 4 years of my life would be so difficult. I mean don’t get me wrong, it excites me that I am preparing a document that could decide where my life goes after Georgia Southern, but it also saddens me that I am going to be leaving a place that has helped to shape me into the person I am now.

I also did’nt think that by creating this resume that I would be flooded with so many memories from the past. I still remember moving into my dorm at Auburn my freshman year, I know this sounds so cliche but I REALLY do feel like it was yesterday. The thought of graduation back then was a mere idea in the back of my brain and now its almost here. YIKES!

As excited as I am about getting out of Statesboro, finding a job, a new city, a new life, I still ponder the question, “Where did all the time go?”

“Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn’t have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves for growing up” -The Wonder Years

Comment # 1:  Cover Letter and Resume Tips By: Sarah Kemp

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  • Commented on Jan 29, 2010
  • LOVE THIS POST!!! I really liked how you set it up. I will admit I get so bored sometimes when I have to read posts because they are just one long paragraph. But the way that you bolded and bulleted different topics really helped me to keep reading and stay engaged. As for the actual information, I thought you had some very interesting and insightful stuff for us bloggers to use in the near future! The image was also a great boost to show us exactly what it should look like. Overall, a WONDERFUL post! Look forward to reading more of yours!

Comment # 2: Body Language and Nonverbal Communication By: Marilyn Lintel

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  • Commented on January 29, 2010
  • I really got a lot out of this post, the video was great and all your information was very helpful! I think this topic is really important to write about because I would estimate that almost all people do not realize how important your non verbal communication really is, especially during something as important as a job interview, meeting with colleagues etc. When you fidget and act nervous you are sending out a signal that you are either not confident in what you are saying or that you are unprepared and neither of those things are feelings you want to give off. Anyways just wanted to let you know I thought you did a great job with this post. Keep them coming!

Comment # 3: Body Language and Nonverbal Communication By: Lauren Lee

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  • Commented on Feb 8, 2010
  • This was a really informative post. When I was doing my non verbal post, I had a hard time deciding how to lay out the post… But you did a really great job laying it out in an easy way for readers to understand! Also, I liked how you related your post back to Dr Graham’s class. Not only was that a cool way to make an example out of what you were trying to say but I could relate because I have taken a class with her and am going to be taking Interpersonal Comm. with her this summer and LOVE LOVE LOVE her! I think maybe a few photos would have spiced up the post, but overall I think you did a great job! Keep them coming

Comment # 4: Body language and Nonverbal Communication by: Kati Ann Wright

  • WOWZAAA! That is all I have to say for this post! You did an amazing job going into so much detail to really explain what non verbal communication really is. Your post is the first one that I saw that had a of things you could use to improve your body language. I thought that was really neat and is something that I imagine EVERYONE could use at least a few times in their lives : ). Loved the video too! Overall Kati Ann, you did an amazing job with this post! You can definitely tell you took your time to make it worthwhile for us bloggers to read! Great job!

Comment # 5: Public Relations History-Videos by: Professor Nixon

  • This post was so cool! I really enjoyed watching these videos and getting a peek at what Public Relations was like back in the day!Bernays– I remember learning about him last year in your Intro to PR class so it was cool to be able to hear about him and actually know who and what I was watching! And then the video that was set in the present time was pretty interesting too! To be honest, it is nice to be able to WATCH blog posts instead of always having to read page after page of things that you sometimes, do not really care much about. Always enjoy reading your blog! Keep it up, even though I know you already will!!

Comment # 6: Interview By: Sarah Kemp

  • Commented on March 27, 2010
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  • Loved this post! I always love reading about interviews but I especially liked reading this one because you asked a lot of great questions. I liked that the questions you asked were geared towards Public Relations graduates who are going to be out looking for a job in the near future. My two favorite questions that you asked were the tips on starting out in the public relations field and the things people should know before going out and applying. I am loving keeping up with your blog, keep the great posts coming! They are all not only entertaining to read, but extremely informative!

Comment # 7: What to wear to an Interview By: Kristin Bixby

  • Commented on March 27, 2010
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  • I really like reading your posts. They are all written a lot more formal than the other blogs I have been reading but I like it because they are simply and straightforward! This post was especially intriguing to me because I really got a lot out of the information that you wrote about. Your sources were really helpful as well! To be honest, this is only the second time I have looked at your blog but I am glad I have started, you have some great insight into the world of Public Relations! Keep them coming, I look forward to reading more of them in the near future!

Comment # 8: Looking for Internship advice post By: Kristen Kelly

  • Commented on March 30, 2010
  • http://kris10ly.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/looking-for-internship-advice-youve-found-the-right-place/#comment-6
  • I really enjoyed reading this post. I can definitely tell that you spend a lot of time on it and it shows! I liked how you grouped together the things that were alike and I really really liked the pictures! Your sources were extremely helpful as well! That is awesome that you got to intern with CNN, I live in Atlanta and drive by that building all the time and wonder what it would be like to work there! Did you end up getting a job offer from them? How was it interning for such a well know company?

Comment # 9: PR Professional Interview By: Jessica Cameron

  • Commented on April 6, 2010
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  • I really enjoyed reading this post! First of all I want to say that I loved the way you color coded the questions and answers. This made it so much easier for me to follow along. I thought it was awesome how you went above and beyond the required number of questions, I really felt like I got a lot more out of reading this interview because you asked some really good introductory questions. The best part of this article was seeing that even in a small town like Metter, GA, public relations exists just about everywhere! You really don’t realize how much public relations really affects our everyday lives. Thanks for the great post, keep them coming!

Comment # 10: Learning from interviewing others in the PR world By: Emily Roche

  • Commented on April 6, 2010
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  • This post was great! I thought it was really cool that you were able to interview someone who went to school somewhere other than in GA. Your interviewee’s tips were really hepful too! She definitely seems like she knows what she is talking about and is on top of he game! I also think it is so funny how so many responses to the importance of writing were that it is SUPER important. I know I did not believe my professor when she said this but after all these interviews, I am very aware of just how important writing really is in public relations. Great post!

Comment # 11: Interviewing a PR Professional By: Kati Ann wright

  • Commented on April 14, 2010
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  • Kati Ann! I loved this post! You can definitely tell that you took the time to get some really great answers to all of your questions. I also noticed how you asked several different questions than just the ones that were required. I really got a lot out of these and thought that you did a good job of thinking of some questions that are actually going to benefit people that are reading your blog! I am doing an internship this fall with an art gallery in Marietta, GA so I really enjoyed reading this post because of where Brandi works! I love the art scene and would like to maybe work in it for awhile after college. Thanks again for the great post! Keep them coming!

Comment # 12: Career Services Event By: Eryn Pond

  • Commented on April 14, 2010
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  • This was a really cool seminar that you went to! I wish I would have known about it so I could have made it. I have a linkedin account as well, but after reading this post I realize now how important certain things really are. Like making sure you have a profile picture or being sure to make your profile filled out to its fullest! You never know what an employer is going to be looking for so you want to make sure that you put everything that you have to offer on there! This was a really interesting post and I am so glad I read it. Thanks again!

Comment # 13: Informational Interview Recap By: Kristin Bixby

  • Commented on April 14, 2010
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  • Great post! I know Allie Burrows and she is such a cool girl! She LOVES public relations so she is definitely someone that was a good choice to interview! Reading your post made it all seem so much more real that I am going to soon be out in the real world, working a job and having to support myself. It is a very scary thought but also really exciting!!! Overall, I got a lot out of reading this interview and would say that you set it up in a really cool way. Instead of doing it in a question and answer format, you used more of a story line and that made it interesting to read! Keep up the good work!

Comment # 14: Eagle Expo Career Fair By: Allison Almond

  • Commented on April 19, 2010
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  • This was a really great, informative post. It definitely sounds like you did your homework in relation to this career fair. I wanted to attend this fair but with all the school work piling up, I unfortunately was not able to make it. But it sounds like got a lot out of it which is awesome! I would have been so nervous going up to these big companies and trying to strike up a conversationg without stuttering or making a fool of myself. I probably would have asked the companies questions that did not even relate to them. Anyways, great job on your post! Good luck with the end of your semester!

Comment # 15: Shadow Project By: Meghan Beytagh

  • Commented on April 19, 2010
  • http://meghanlane.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/shadow-project/#comment-53
  • This was such a fun post to read! I loved the powerpoint and all the information that you included in it. I had never heard of this Public Relations firm and was so excited to learn about it since it is so close to Statesboro. I would love to be able to shadow a fellow PR practitioner and learn all about the in’s and out’s of the field. It looks like you really got a lot out of being her shadow and that you learned a lot too! After reading this I cant help but think that I need to find someone that I can shadow so that I can start brushing up on my PR skills! Great post!

Comment # 16: Mmmm…Delicious! By: Meghan Callahan

  • Commented on April 19, 2010
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  • My knowledge of delicious was about as much as yours was before reading this post! I have never heard of this website and am so glad that I read this post and learned about it. I think it is so amazing how the world of social media has taken off, especially in relation to the Public Relations field. It seems like it would be an extremely useful site when trying to conduct research and find websites that pertain to your needs. I have gotten SO TIRED of having to use google and leaf through all the useless sites that they give to me. This site seems like it is extremely efficient! Thanks again for the new discovery!!

Comment # 17: Interview with Paul Floeckher By: Jeff Carter

  • Commented on April 19, 2010
  • http://jeffcarter3.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/interview-with-paul-floeckher/#comment-51
  • This was a very interesting post to read. I would have never thought to interview somone who was involved with Media Relations within the Georgia Southern University community. This was really insightful into what it would be like to to the public relations and image management for a large college. I loved the three tips that you got. They really are so true! Public relations is NOT all glitz and glamour, its hard work and if you do not truly love it, DONT GET INTO IT! Great post, this was the first time I had read your blog and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good work!

Comment # 18: Eagle Expo and Career Fair By: Phillip Edwards

  • Commented on April 20, 2010
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  • This was a really great post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading through it not only because of its great info but because you made it so interesting with all the cool graphics! I also really liked how you set it up as a list and explained each bullet in detail. It really forced me to read through it carefully and because of that I got a lot more information out of it then I normally would have if it would have been in a paragraph format. Overall, I could definitely tell that you spent a great deal of time on this post to make it the best that you could. Great job and keep up the good work!

Comment # 19: Learn from my mistake By: Candice Hall

  • Commented on April 20, 2010
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  • Aw do not be so hard on yourself! Everyone makes stupid mistakes and all you can do is learn from them. It sucks when you work so hard on something only to have it fail because of something so minute. At least you will be much more aware of it the next time around! Is it hard having an intership and doing school at the same time? I am doing my internship this fall because it is the only thing I have left after summer classes. I was nervous about trying to take classes and complete an internship especially because I get stressed out so easily!

Comment #20: I love PRSSA By: Haley Higgs

  • Commented on April 20, 2010
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  • This was a great post. I have heard the PRSSA name before but have never been able to really learn what it is all about. After reading this I definitely was much more knowledgable on the subject! It also made me want to look further into the PRSSA program here at Georgia Southern. You never realize that there are so many opportunities right in front of you! Although I will not be able to join PRSSA (I am getting ready to graduate) I still really got a lot out of this post and would recommedn PRSSA to anyone in the Communications department here at Georgia Southern!

Comment # 21: Are you Linkedin? By: Kristin Kelly

  • Commented on April 20, 2010
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  • I really enjoyed looking through this post. I have just recently been introduced to linkedin and created my first account a few months back. Now I am addicted! It is such a great sight to find contacts especially now that I am getting ready to graduate. In my advertising class last semester there was a group who did their entire presentation over linkedin and how it worked. Whoever came up with the idea for this site had to be someone in the public relations field that knew how important it was to have contacts. Your post was great and gave me even more information I did not know about before. Great job, keep up the good work!

Comment # 22: Interview with PR Pro By: Lauren Lee

  • Commented on April 21, 2010
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  • I really liked this interview! A lot of my family owns Chick-fil-a’s in Georgia and I have always thought of maybe pursuing a public relations career with them. I have heard that they are a great company to work for and that you really learn a lot! One of my cousins actually got to go live out in Newport Beach for a year when he was training to work his way up! St. Simons would be such an amazing place to be able to live and work! And to have a job that she loves so much. This was a really good post, thanks so much!

Comment # 23: PR Reality TV Finally By: Marilyn Lintel

  • Commented on April 21, 2010
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  • Ha ha I loved reading this! My roommate just introduced me to this show and I think it is absolutely hilarious. Kelly is such a stickler and I do not think that I could ever work for her, but watching the way she handles things cracks me up! She really knows the ins and outs of the business and does not let anyone take advantage of her. I guess that is probably why she has done so well! Although I do not think people should be a pushover, I also think that Kelly may be a little to intense. People do not really respect her, they are scared of her!

Comment # 24: Career Services Event Reaction By: Stephanie Medlin

  • Commented on April 21, 2010
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  • This was a very entertaining post! I LOVED how you utilized all the different cartoons so tht readers would stay interested in reading the post. I wish I could have attended this event. Everyone I have talked to said that they really met with a liot of great companies and got some good contacts. I think that GSU has done a great job of putting on different career services fairs for each different major at the school. It really opens a lot of doors for up and coming graduates to get their foot in the door of some great companies!

Comment # 25: 10 things I learned in PR Practicum By: Lauren Parr

  • Commented on April 21, 2010
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  • I always love reading these posts at the end of the semester. Although we all learn the same key concepts, we also all take a little something different with us when we are done. This is the third class of Professor Nixon’s that I have taken and I still have all my power points of all the things I learned. I like to go back and look at them from time to time when I am trying to remember certain things that I am using in different classes now. It makes it a lot easier to remember when you have it in a list format like this. This was a great post, thanks a lot!

Being able to understand and use nonverbal communication is a great tool that will help you connect with others, express what you really mean, be proactive in challenging situations, and build better relationships at home and work. No one really understands just how important nonverbal communication can really be. Some people may think that communicating through words is the most important type of communication, but when it comes down to it, being able to express yourself through body language is what helps your words create a deeper meaning.

Perfect example. You are interviewing for a job and you are nervous, you are sweating and stuttering while answering your questions. Your interviewer will more than likely toss your resume off to the side and consider the interviewee who seemed confident, calm, cool and collected.

There are 7 types of nonverbal communication: facial expressions, body movement and posture, gestures, eye contact, touch, space and voice.

1) Facial expressions are extremely important. No matter how you may answer a question, your face is going to explain your answer more than your words. Try being honest, if you are asked a question tell how you are REALLY feeling instead of telling a white lie. If there is no avoiding it because you are scared of hurting feelings etc then try your hardest to keep a solemn face.

2) Body movement- keeping a straight posture, walking at the right pace and knowing how to sit the correct way are all important when it comes to nonverbal communication.

3)Gestures- when using gestures you must be careful. While people who “talk with their hands” may keep conversation more interesting it can sometimes be distracting. Try to keep hand gestures to a minimum in formal conversations.

4)Eye contact- This aspect of nonverbal communication is probably the most important. I do not know about you but I hate talking to people who do not look at me in the eyes. It is rude and it seems like they have no interest in what you are talking to them about. Make sure to look people in the eye when introducing yourself and when they are talking to you. Obviously do not stare at them intently as this would make them feel uncomfortable.

5)Touch- I would say that the only thing to really worry about when it comes to touch is having a firm handshake. My dad always told me that no one likes or respects a “limp noodle”. Grab their hand like you mean it. Do not give them a death grip but do give them a good shake, one they will not forget.

6)Space- when it comes to space you want to be sure that you do not get to close. People in todays world are very weird and protective of their “personal bubble”. Making sure that you give them that space will ensure them that you respect them.

7)Voice- maintaining a calm, cool, collected yet firm voice is important. Do not speak softly but do not yell. Be aware of your confidence and show it!

SOURCES:

Nonverbal Communication: The Power of Body Language

Communication Skills Training

Body Language and Nonverbal Communication

When applying for a job a cover letter should be sent or posted with your resume. If you are not sure what to write, review cover letters online or cover letters your friends or fellow classmates have done. Your cover letter should be specific to the position you are applying for, explaining your skills and experience and relating them to the job you  are applying for. Your cover letter is your first and greatest chance to make a good impression! 

There are several cover letter tips I found on about. com…..

1) Select the right cover letter type for the job you are applyling for

2) Start from a cover letter template

3) Write a custom cover letter for each job you are applying for

4) Format your cover letter to ensure that there are no mistakes

5) Make sure to personalize each cover letter

6) Send an email cover letter and be sure to follow all instructions as listed by the employer in sending the email

7) Explain any employment gaps that will be on your resume

8 ) Review and compare your cover letter to other examples

9) Check, check and recheck your cover letter before sending!!

There are also several instances when you will need to know when to send a cover letter and when it is unneccessary. These tips come from accent resume writing.

 The rule of thumb is if you are not shaking hands with the employer and introducing yourself, then you need a cover letter to introduce yourself and to increase your chances of getting hired.  If you are meeting face to face with the hiring manager, you are introducing yourself verbally and requesting an interview.  This is when you would hand them your resume without a cover letter.  If you are sending a resume by mail, if you give your resume to a friend to hand in, or if you leave your resume with the hiring manager’s secretary you need to have a cover letter with your resume.

There are 4 topics that you should cover in your cover letter and they need to be in this distince order. The employer will not only be grateful for this but will be impressed you took your time to do so.

1) What position are you applying for?

2) How did you learn of the position or the  company?

3) Why are you the right fit for the position?

4) Who will contact who?

It is usually found that covering points 1 and 2 in the first paragraph and 3 and 4 in the second paragraph works best for the employer reading the cover letter.
Being able to write a cover letter is crucial when job hunting. Employers will want to know the facts about you and when you cannot interview face to face, a cover letter is the next best way to tell the employer a little more about yourself than just what is on your resume. WOW the employer with an excellent cover letter and you can almost guarantee that you have a much better chance of getting the job!

For more great cover letter tips visit this site!