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Join Our Team: PR Associate

Join Our Team: PR Associate

Are you fast-paced and motivated to make a difference? Do you want to work with national brands without the hoops of a big corporation? Can you think outside the box? If so, we want you.

Dear PR Graduates...

Dear PR Graduates, In the next few weekends, thousands of you will cross the stage of your respective university and walk into the "real world." It can be a day filled with mixed feelings - excitement, relief, anxiety, anticipation... We've all been there.

There's no crystal ball to tell you exactly what starting a PR career will look like, but let me offer a few tips I wish I'd known when I walked the stage a decade ago.

1. The learning has just begun.  You may have walked out of your last classroom, but successful PR pros are committed to lifelong learning. In my career, I've had to become an expert on oil and gas, data centers, telecommunications, agriculture, utilities and more. If you like the constant pursuit of knowledge, you're in the right place.

When you start your first job, get ready to be an active learner. Ask questions. Read trade magazines and newspapers. Pick up a new book. Not only will it pay off at work, you can carry a conversation with just about anyone.

2. Your schedule will be rocked.  Gone are the days of Fridays free from class, 10 a.m. start times and afternoon naps. PR is more than a 9-5 job - but there's also room for work-life balance. Find a routine that works for you (and your employer).

Are you an early bird? Come in before everyone else to get a jump on the day. Work better when you have a break to clear your mind? See if your boss is cool with you taking a break to go exercise in the afternoon.

3. Invest in yourself.  Several people (parents, teachers, family, friends) have invested a lot of time (and probably money) to get you here. Now it's time to invest in yourself.

Take the job that may pay less now but gives huge career potential. Be willing to pitch in for professional development opportunities. Consider squirreling away some cash for retirement.

 

Most of all, enjoy this time. You've passed a major milestone, and you're ready to start the next chapter of your story. Take a minute to look back on all you've accomplished, and then look forward to all that's to come.

Congratulations and job well done,

A Nostalgic PR Pro

 

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Join Our Team: Public Relations Intern

* Are you a proactive, confident self-starter?* Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? * Want to work with big-name clients while building an awesome portfolio?

As an intern at Lewis Public Relations (LPR) in Dallas, you'll contribute to public relations counsel and execution for clients – from local to multinational – in a fast-paced and growing agency. We want a smart, motivated public relations student or recent graduate looking for agency experience. In addition to client work, LPR interns are included in strategy and new business pursuits, giving an opportunity to participate at all levels of the agency.

LPR is recognized nationally as a leading independent strategic communications agency, working with companies like ConocoPhillips, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and ALON/7-Eleven. As the Texas office of the Public Relations Global Network, we have international reach and collaboration with 50 agencies around the world. Our team combines the knowledge and experience of a large, multinational agency with the agility and value of an entrepreneurial boutique firm. LPR ranks #21 in the Dallas Business Journal's list of Largest North Texas Public Relations Firms.

This paid summer internship is 20-30 hours per week with opportunity to grow. If you’re up to the challenge, please fill out an application here. The top of the page will say “Lewis Public Relations Career Software.” Please follow the directions and complete the entire application process, selecting the Intern position, to be considered.

CORE TASKS and DUTIES * Drafting content for a wide variety of media, including news releases, marketing materials, social media, web content, etc. * Managing editorial calendars and media opportunities * Contributing to communications strategy development for broad programs and specific projects * Coordinating logistics for events * Conducting research and supporting new business activities for the agency * Collaborating with creative team to develop content for print, video and web collateral

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES: * Utilizes good judgment in all work and activities * Responsible for day-to-day client delivery activities * Keeps other agency members routinely informed of account status and actively engages other team members when client situations warrant * Recommends application of agency resources (people, facilities, relationships) to accomplish client objectives * Procures products and services needed to fulfill client requirements on approval of a senior staff member

AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES: * Contributes to discussions involving the overall direction of the agency * Contributes to development of and assists in the production of new business programs and proposals * Participates in the agency's social media efforts, with guidance from other team members * Takes on special projects, as assigned

All candidates must complete LPR’s career application at http://bit.ly/1tqGHk0.

Three Tips for Meaningful Networking

Photo Credit: Nan Palmero Networking… it’s become a buzzword in public relations and elsewhere. Last week, the Harvard Business Review published an article on “The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network,” and it got me thinking about my own networking experiences. While the article had some good points, here are a few more tips to ensure success before, during and after you make a new connection.

1.  Don’t turn a networking opportunity into a sales pitch

Before going to any type of networking event or meeting, I try to remind myself to leave my business hat at the door. As someone who works for a public relations agency, new business is important, but it’s also important to not mistake a networking opportunity for a business opportunity. While a networking opportunity can lead to future business, putting the cart before the horse can leave a bad taste in people’s mouths and cost you in the end.

2.  Carry business cards

We’ve all been there… You meet someone new, reach in your pocket for a card and come up empty. While some may argue that business cards are a thing of the past, I’d say it’s just the opposite. There’s a reason why we still carry cards, even in today’s digital age. Chances are you’re not going to give your phone number to someone you just met, and if you’re at a conference it’s hard to remember everyone. For me, business cards are a great way to keep the conversation going beyond the initial meeting. They also allow you to easily reach out in the future.

3. Follow up

Whether you connect with someone in person, over the phone or via Skype, ALWAYS follow up. Regardless of the reason for connecting, following up reinforces the initial meeting and establishes credibility. I’m usually more likely to stay in contact with someone who takes the time to follow up. It shows that they’re genuine and willing to go the extra mile. A follow up also gives an opportunity to continue the original discussion and look for ways to benefit each other down the line.

Remember, while not always at the forefront of everyone’s mind, your actions (right or wrong) say a lot about your personal brand and the brands you represent. Networking can create rewarding opportunities beyond the next piece of business, but as with all things in life, there are very rarely shortcuts. Networking can seem like a long process, but the personal relationships you develop can make it worth it in the end.

Photo Credit: Nan Palmero

Join Our Team: LPR Associate

Lewis Public Relations is hiring a full-time associate. Do you know a PR superstar who should join our team? Check out the Dallas job posting below with a link to apply at the bottom. Pass it along if you know someone who’d be a great fit!

Who's our next PR superstar?

* A proactive, confident self-starter * Thrives in a fast-paced agency environment * Has agency experience but wants better work-life balance

Dallas Public Relations Job - Lewis Public Relations

Our next associate at Lewis Public Relations (LPR) in Dallas will contribute public relations counsel and execution to national and multinational clients in a fast-paced and growing agency. We're looking for an up-and-coming public relations professional with 1-3 years of agency experience. In addition to client work, LPR associates are included in agency strategy and new business pursuits, giving an opportunity to participate at the macro level.

LPR is recognized nationally as a leading independent strategic communications agency, working with companies like ConocoPhillips, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and ALON/7-Eleven. As the Texas affiliate of the Public Relations Global Network, we have international reach and collaboration with 50 agencies around the world. Our team combines the knowledge and experience of a large, multinational agency with the agility and value of an entrepreneurial boutique firm. LPR also was just named to the Dallas Business Journal's list of Largest North Texas Public Relations Firms.

This is a full-time position with a base salary and opportunity for performance-based pay. Interested applicants can find more information after registering with LPR's career software here. Please follow the directions and complete the entire application process, selecting the associate position, to be considered.

Thanks for spreading the word!

(Know a great operations professional? We have an opening for an operations director, too.)

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LPR Makes Dallas Business Journal’s List of Largest PR Firms

A new report from the Dallas Business Journal has ranked Lewis Public Relations as one of the top largest PR firms in North Texas. Out of the hundreds of PR firms in the Dallas area, we’re thrilled to earn a spot as number 21 on the list.

3 Things All PR Students Need to Do This Semester

With a new semester on the horizon for aspiring PR pros, LPR’s Director of Account Service Christi Chesner shared some advice for communications students in the August issue of Texas Tech University’s College of Media & Communications Alumni Advantage newsletter.

Join Our Team: LPR Operations Director

Want to join our team? Lewis Public Relations is hiring a full-time operations director. Check out the Dallas job posting below and pass it along if you know of someone who'd be a great fit!

LPR Expands with New Hire, Promotion

Lewis Public Relations (LPR), a full-service Dallas public relations agency, today announced that Amanda Lewis Hill, MBA, APR, has joined the team as director of strategic development, and Christi Chesner has been promoted to director of account service.

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We're Hiring!

 IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITY

** Post-Graduate Public Relations Intern **

Lewis Public Relations is now accepting applicants for a paid public relations internship in the agency’s North Dallas office.  Interviews will begin August 1 with the successful candidate joining the team in mid-August.

Responsibilities

  • Write for a wide range of communications outlets, including traditional media, social media and the web
  • Develop and maintain media lists
  • Identify and manage editorial calendars
  • Develop and use pitch materials to create or respond to media opportunities
  • Participate in agency/client brainstorms
  • Monitor and track media
  • Develop and maintain clip reports
  • Participate in team and client meetings
  • Assist with research for new business opportunities and client presentations
  • Execute administrative project management responsibilities

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or related field
  • Experience in one or more previous public relations internships
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility to work on a variety of projects
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office; entry- to intermediate-experience in social media and media list management applications; capability to apply AP style to writing assignments essential

 

Future Opportunity

The successful post-graduate intern will be encouraged to apply for a staff position at the conclusion of the internship program.

Application Process

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@lewispublicrelations.com. Interviews will be held via the telephone and personal meetings in Dallas, Texas. Application deadline is 5 p.m. August 5, 2011.  Applicants must be available for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks to be considered.  No phone calls, please.

About Lewis Public Relations

Lewis Public Relations delivers public, media and community relations programs and services to a wide variety of clients and subject areas, including agriculture, association management, nonprofit organizations, real estate, risk management and insurance, technology, telecommunications and transportation. For more information, visit www.lewispublicrelations.com.

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