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Find a PR Job This Month

Unfortunately, there are a lot of talented PR professionals out of work right now. It’s a sign of the times. When revenues are down, organizations have to layoff talented people. It’s one of the hardest things a manager has to do, but things are much harder for the professional that finds himself/herself out of work.

I get at least a couple of resumes per week right now, and I don’t know of any open positions in the Atlanta market. I really want to help these people in their job search, but there’s only so much I can do beyond passing them along to other contacts in my network.

The good news is hiring seems to be on an upswing for the first time in the past year. It looks like client budgets are opening up, which means organizations and agencies can start staffing up again. This could be an excellent time to dust off the resume and start looking for that next opportunity.

For this reason, I couldn’t be more excited about the Help A PR Out day idea cooked up by Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon, two of my favorite Twitter-savvy PR friends. On February 19th, PR professionals from across the country will converge on Twitter for the specific purpose of helping out-of-work PR professionals find their next opportunity.

The Help A PR Out (or HAPPO – love the play off HARO’s popularity) will take place between 12pm-4pm EST, and will involve a “who’s who” list of PR professionals active on Twitter. Arik and Valerie have assembled an incredible team to help people connect through Twitter. If you want to get involved, follow the posts on the official HAPPO blog or follow the conversation on Twitter using the #HAPPO hashtag on the 19th.

How Can You Take Advantage of This Promotion?

Leading up to the 19th, job seekers, employers and anyone interested in joining the cause you gear up for a lively and interactive discussion and networking fest. Here are some tips for each group participating:

  • For Job Seekers – create a blog post pitching yourself and share a link to the post on Twitter, using the #HAPPO hashtag. HAPPO ambassadors will be “on duty” on the 19th to share the link with their followers. If you’d prefer to be more discrete, reach out to one of the HAPPO project members on Twitter so they can help you get the word out through the backchannel on Twitter.
  • For Employers – if you’re currently hiring PR talent, share a link to your job posting on the 19th with the #HAPPO hashtag. Our group will pass the opportunity along, and we guarantee you’ll get some great responses to your request.
  • For Employed PR Pros – do you already have a job, but you’d like to help out? Monitor tweets with the #HAPPO hashtag and do what you can to spread the word. There’s no better feeling than helping somebody in need connect with their next opportunity.

Of course, all job seekers should polish up their resumes by the 19th. Feel free to reach out to one of the HAPPO team members for advice in advance if you need some help. Employers should also have their job listings up on their website or blog to share a link via Twitter during the event.

Who Should You Follow?

The following is a list of people who have already signed up to participate in the HAPPO event. If you’re not already doing so, I suggest you follow these people via Twitter leading up to the event:

Atlanta

Boston

California

Chicago

Dallas/Forth Worth

Kansas City

Minneapolis/St. Paul

New York

Ohio

Toronto

Washington, DC

TIP: Don’t limit your list to the people above. Use Twitter search to find people interacting with the #happo hastag to discover dozens of other PR pros dedicated to the cause.

Some Specifics on the Atlanta Market

I am partnering with Kellye Crane to help professionals in the Atlanta market find new opportunities. If you’re not already following us on Twitter, I strongly suggest you do so. Reach out to us and let us know what you’re looking for and how we can help.

In case you’re not already familiar with the following, here are some Atlanta-specific resources you’ll want to monitor for new opportunities:

  • PRSA Georgia Chapter Job Openings – don’t rely on job boards alone; head out to an event and network
  • AMA Atlanta Job Openings
  • Atlanta Day Book – a great resource for what’s going on in Atlanta
  • BMA Atlanta – another local marketing association with great events for networking
  • TalentZoo – a job search site for advertising, marketing and digital
  • LinkedIn – search for job opportunities in Atlanta and see who you’re connected to
  • TheLadders – a job search site for $100K+ jobs; ideal for management positions
  • Google – search for Atlanta public relations agencies and reach out and connect

Don’t overlook the value of networking. While a lot of people dislike being bombarded by job seekers at events, there are an equal number looking for talented professionals to add to their teams. You’ll never know who you’re dealing with until you try.

Conclusion

The HAPPO event is the perfect opportunity for you to jumpstart (or re-energize) your job search in 2010. It’s also a great opportunity for employers to find that perfect candidate you’ve been looking for. Use the comments section of this blog to let us know if you’re looking for a job or have an open position. Or as mentioned above, join the conversation on the 19th to help us Help a PR Out.

Are you looking for a PR job right now? Are you looking to hire a PR professional? Let us know by commenting on this post. If you can’t publicly announce that you’re looking for a new opportunity, reach out to us through Twitter and let us know – we can still help you out.

(Image Credit: Help Wanted, No Bullshit by sekimura)

About Jeremy Porter

Jeremy Porter is co-founder and editor of Journalistics, a lively blog about public relations and journalism topics.

  • http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-5725-Public-Relations-Examiner Valerie Simon

    The PR community of Atlanta is fortunate to have you and Kellye Crane leading the Atlanta HAPPO effort- Thank you!!!

    • Jeremy Porter

      Well, thanks. We’re lucky you guys came up with this idea and reached out to us.

  • http://twitter.com/Sam_Reaves Sam Reaves

    Forwarded to my PR professor and joining in! Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer Sturgeon

    LEAD: Well-Known Restaurant Seeks Manager, Media & Communications

    One of the nation’s most popular and successful restaurant enterprises seeks a Manager-level professional to join its dynamic team of communications pros. Emphasis is on issues and crisis management, media relations and executive support (including presentations, speeches and message development). Must possess: abilities to triage, inspire confidence and professional maturity; and will oversee PR agency programs and team.

    Ideal candidate will be passionate, intellectual and open minded. Independent, but collaborative style is needed and will be accustomed — and able — to demonstrate how to use communications to solve business problems.

    PR agency or corporate background is welcomed. Relocation package to Florida location is offered. Top tier experience with well-known packaged goods company is desired and restaurant industry background is a plus, but not required. 7-10 years of specifically related experience is required in corporate communications arena.

    For more information contact: Tina Dugas at tcdugas@bloomgross.com

    • Jeremy Porter

      Yes. That’s what I’m talking about. Day one with this post and I’ve already got a job opp and a job seeker. I hope both of you will tune in for the #happo event as well. I’ll promote the comments too, to try to increase the response. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Jennifer Sturgeon

    Thank you, thank you for such a wonderful idea and your willingness to pay it forward!

    I’m currently searching for a mid-level PR position in the Atlanta area. My background and 10+ years of experience is with a local PR agency, working with both consumer and business clients in a variety of industries. I’m open to agency or client-side. Any leads or suggestions may be sent to jsturge@bellsouth.net, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jsturgeon or @jensturgeon.

    Also, I posted an opportunity in FL with the recruiter’s direct contact information.

    • Jeremy Porter

      Thanks for reaching out. Be sure to join the conversation on the 19th and share you link with the #happo hashtag then. That’s when the greatest number of people will be tuned in. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me via Twitter too.

  • http://www.gotostrategic.com Chris Parente

    Jeremy — can you double-check that DC Twitter handle, @mikeshaffer? That guy doesn’t look to be the right PR dude.

    • http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-5725-Public-Relations-Examiner Valerie Simon

      Hi Chris,

      Your intuition is correct! Mike’s Twitter handle is @mikeschaffer http://twitter.com/mikeschaffer

      • Jeremy Porter

        Sorry about that. I copied it off Arik’s list (spelled name wrong, but I copied that over to the link). Fixed now.

    • Jeremy Porter

      Good catch. I fixed it. That’s what I get for editing a post after the Super Bowl.

  • Julie Cook

    Great idea. After all, why should we only help out reporters? ;-)

    Hopefully there will be a place in HAPPO for freelance pr pros. I’m not looking for a job per se, but seeking clients. I just started my own PR/communications business after years of corporate and non-profit work and want to build my base. It will be interesting to see who participates and how HAPPO shakes out. Thanks Valerie & Arik for coordinating, and Jeremy for passing along the info.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SportsandaLatte Deandra D.

    This is a wonderful, wonderful idea and I’m glad people are willing to help put others back to work. It’s exactly the kind of initiative needed to get the momentum going. Thank you to you and all of the other regional champions!

    I’m currently seeking PR opps in sports and entertainment. I’m located in Atlanta, but I’ve lived up and down the east coast, so I’m not opposed to moving again. I have years of experience and education in the sports business industry in marketing communications both in professional and collegiate sports and am interested in taking my career to the next level. website: http://www.deandraRduggans.webs.com
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/deandrarduggans
    Twitter: @SportsandaLatte
    I’m not sure if you all know of any opportunities onthe sports/entertainment PR/MarCom side, but if you do, that’d be great. I’ll be sure to join in on the conversation on Feb. 19th!

    Thanks again :-)

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylynreve Kaylyn Crawford

    I am thrilled to tune in next Friday! Thanks for all you are doing to Help a PR Pro Out!

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