A few months ago, the motions were set for a Public Relations Knowledge test (aka the PRK). Not being busy at the time, I volunteered to take the pilot test. The test, was a rather interesting time-consuming exercise in which I was able to reflect upon what I had learned while attending Centennial College for the Corporate Communications and Public Relations (CCPR), but also in my internship.
Somewhat forgetting that I taken part of that exercise, I thought about the PRK again earlier this week. I finally got an email regarding my results and I was told that I passed. I kind of wished my actual score was given, but a pass will suffice for now.
Here’s the actual email I got:
I am pleased to advise you that you passed the Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)TM pilot test and this is a good indication you would be successful if you decide to go ahead and write the exam either at the session
At this current time, I’m wondering if I should go ahead and take the full-on PRK exam. As I’m still looking for work right now, I can’t entirely justify the expense, but it’s definitely something I would like to do. It would certainly be a nice addition to my certificate from Centennial. By the way, I graduated from Centennial’s CCPR program with honours (obtaining a respectable GPA of 4.23 out of 4.5).
I may’ve not been born to do this stuff, but I’m certainly trained and equipped for it.
Truth be told, I really am. So, I’m not rather nonplussed that I still have yet to find a job in PR. I possess a very wide range of skills and abilities that are highly amenable to me being a true star in the PR world. I’ve several years experience in corporate communications, handling both regular press releases and social media releases. In fact, I was the first editor when working with Marketwire, to fully grasp the concept and processes required by social media press releases.
Naturally, with my current situation of looking for employment, I haven’t really got much time to devote to doing social media for anything other than for personal reasons. I mean, it’s really difficult to be able to focus on any particular passion when you spend your days searching for work, writing cover letters and resumes, trying to flatter yourself to a prospective employer by applying to a job. I do try my best to keep on top of things with Pinterest, Gentlemint, StumbleUpon, Google+ and a few others, but it can be difficult to keep track of trends when you’re trying to keep track of where you fired your resume off.
Hey, I just haven’t met you,
And this is crazy,
But here’s my resume,
So call me, employ me?
Nevertheless, if you’re reading this, happen to be a Public Relations Manager looking for a new Account Coordinator/Specialist and you’ve gotten this far, then clearly I’ve captured your attention. What else do I need to say? Hire me and I will come in every day to kick *** and chew bubblegum, but I’m usually out of bubblegum.
In all seriousness, what can I bring to the table?
– excellent written and oral communications
– strong copy writing and editing
– media relations and monitoring
– website & blog content and social media/networking management
– event coordination and management
– time management and organization
– familiarization with press release writing and dissemination
– project management
– presentation skills [Though I must admit that while I’m good at this, it still makes me a nervous wreck and I want to work on that]
– strategic planning and critical response
– extensive experience working with tight deadlines
– can use both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX, MS Office Suite (2011), Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Lightroom.
– able to manage/edit photos, video and sound (podcasts)
– can work independently as well as in teams; able to take lead and delegate tasks according to team member strengths
Cover Letters and Resumes are extremely limiting in letting me sell myself.
Note to self: Don’t listen to Jazz when self-aggrandizing, it leads to using clichés. [For the record: I was listening to Anita O’Day’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” when I wrote the previous sentence… as well as this one.]
Or do I resort once again to parodying Carly