Sunday, November 30, 2003

UM PRSSA Newsletter

UM PRSSA Newsletter, volume 4
By Melissa Greco, PRSSA Historian

PRSSA Fall Mixer -- This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Monday December 1st
UC International Lounge
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Free for members, $5 for non members

Bring a guest or come by yourself, just make sure to bring your resume and business cards!

A great way to:
# Meet fellow PRSSA Members
# Meet professional PR practitioners
-- drop your resume
-- pick up business cards
# Make contacts with professionals that can lead to internships or jobs

Light refreshments provided. Business attire is a must!

PRSSA is planning great events for next semester. As previously mentioned, are meetings are tentatively scheduled for Mondays. Please watch out for more information on exact dates and times. For our general meetings we are planning on having professionals come to talk about Fashion, Business, Health and Political PR as well as Investor Relations and Agency PR.

At our last PRSSA meeting, Dr. Hosmon, the Associate Dean at the School of Communication, gave his advice on writing resumes and cover letters. Here are quick tips and ideas that we learned.

Cover Letter:
@ Use good paper-no stationary, just a solid color and sturdy paper.
@ Design your own letterhead-this shows creativity and adds a personal touch.
@ Explain why you want to work for that particular company. Personalize it!
@ Be sure to include when exactly you are graduating or will be ready to work.
@ Highlight what sets you apart from other applicants-what do you bring to the table?
@ Conclude your letter with a “call to action”- allude that they’ll be hearing from you or that you will be following up to discuss opportunities.

@ Your resume doesn’t have to be one page.
@ Include name, addresses, phone numbers and emails. Note: When putting down your temporary address, put “temporary until ___ “so they know which address to contact you at.
@ In the Education section, you may also add interesting courses you have studied that indicate you are well-rounded. High school information is often not needed.

For more help, Dr. Hosmon has opened his doors to us. You may call to set up an appointment with him at 305-284-1870 or email him at


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