Archive for March, 2012

Agribusiness Intern opportunity at Padilla, Minneapolis

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Padilla Speer Beardsley is looking for a full-time public relations intern to work on a wide variety of projects with our agribusiness and environmental science team.

We are looking for recent grads who are available to start immediately. This is a paid, three-month internship.

Responsibilities may include:
• Writing news, product and personnel releases.
• Providing research.
• Supporting onsite events.
• Coordinating vendors.
• Creating and editing media lists.
• Making media-verification calls.
• Organizing clips.
• Tracking incoming trade publications.

Candidates must have excellent writing skills and media relations experience, as well as one or two previous internships or volunteer experiences in public relations, journalism or marketing communications.

Q: Can I put that I’m good at criticizing films on a resume?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

(I know that it sounds silly, but it is a skill that a lot of people don’t have. I’m fresh out of high school and have no experience so don’t be answering that it goes in experience. I’m also good at explaining why movies are good or bad. I can go into deep analyses and I’m able to write well.)

A: I feel that you can put this on your CV or your resume.  Why do I say that?  It is vital to show the whole you, the organic you on a career-related document.  I am very aware that most in my field, resume writers, that most resume LOOK and SOUND the same.  I put a quote on my resume, do a lot of extra items that add to the whole person and look of the resume.  How does putting down that you are a runner on a CFO resume add to it?  Well,  you could interview and see that the person you are talking to (the HR manager or hiring manager) loves running.  It is a talking-point.  And that is where you want to get to be, on an interview is a talking point that breaks the natural tension between interviewer and interviewee.  There is a point when you first interview it is all formalalities.

When you have a talking point like that you are into movies that can make for a very engaging conversation.  That is what you want.  A very engaging conversation at the desk of your hiring manager.  I don’t care that you are entry level right now, but in the end, you might be a CEO in the next 30 years coming up, but give it a go.  Try it out and see what happens that shows you are very good at movie reviews.  There is so much out there you can blog out that.  Make yourself a blog and try to monetize it.  You might find that you are more into the movies, writing it up and then have your own shop to hire other writers 5 years from now.  Never ever second-guess yourself. 

-Jason Stauffacher

What to say when giving a hiring manager my resume?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

by Jason Stauffacher


Q: Okay, I applied online at this store but I’m going to turn in my resume tomorrow morning. What should I say to the hiring manager when I take my resume and CV in? Should I ask for an interview or just give it to her and leave?


A: This is a great opportunity to do for a walk-talking interview without setting a proper interview time with HR.  And that may lead to a fast job offer than the other route of waiting for the response email or call on the phone.  Your are putting your body in front of the potential employeer and showing your stuff. 

I like to call this a ‘baby-step interview,’ and you need to dress and submit your resume like you are going to a REAL interview, mind you.  You are not just dropping off your resume, and maybe something will happen.  First of all, you don’t know who will be there, if the hiring manager will be in or the HR Director had a bad day and just wants to get this job filled ASAP.  That would be to your benefit.  So it’s just not going in and dropping it off your nicely printed off resume.  You need to ask to speak to someone who is related to the job.  Most, I would say up to 90% of applications are done by email now.  You need to do this and fast, as others are sending in their resumes and emails as fast as I am typing this Q&A response.  Ultimately, you really are short-listing yourself and making the process far easier for HR and putting the show on for yourself.  And this is a great way of getting things done in your career.

Here is a Twitter way of saying this: @RazorResume Dropping your rez off gets you in the door faster than just an email.  Who knows who’s watching when you walk in that door.