Social media infographics

Love it or hate it, social media is everywhere these days. And with new platforms popping up all the time it can be hard to keep up with it all. There’s a lot of useful resources out there, but here are my favourites that help explain the platforms.

What should you post on each platform?

Let’s start with the basics. Every platform is designed for a different purpose and this infographic explains what you should be posting. It is a bit of a old one, so not all the platforms are there, but you get the idea…

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How to find work experience

I’ve had a few people ask where I’ve found my work experience placements, jobs and volunteer roles. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, so I thought I’d share my tips in this post.

Use the university resources

One of my paid social media roles was found via uni. A local company wanted to take on a student and I found the job through Sunderland futures – easy! 

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What I think of Facebook Live

Last week I had my first experience of watching a video via Facebook Live.

I got a notification from Facebook that Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox fame was playing piano requests live. (If you’ve not heard of PMJ before, I strongly recommend that you check them out. A fantastically talented bunch of musicians! Visit their YouTube page to hear more.)

Anyway, fan-girling aside… As well as how much I liked watching him play, I found that the new feature from Facebook was something that enjoyed too. Here’s why:

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I wish that I knew what I know now…

At the start of studying PR, I had no idea what to expect. But now, nearing the end of final year, there’s some things that I wish I could tell my 19-year-old self back in first year.

Don’t buy all the books

This makes me sound like a terrible student but hear me out. Some books I have bought and picked up only once to use one chapter to research and quote in an essay. Others I’ve read cover to cover and they are covered in notes and post-its.

Don’t buy every book on your reading list on day one. Start out by taking the recommended books out the library and invest in copies of those that you use often. You could always buy different books to friends on your course and swap copies too!

stack-of-books

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Be social media smart

Social media. How could we live without it now?! And speaking as a budding PR pro (she says hopefully) I know how integral it is becoming to PR campaigns. But it is also key that your personal social media profiles portray you in the best way.

So I’ve thought about some tips to make your social media profiles their best.

Keep one of your profiles purely professional.

If you follow me on Twitter (and you can do so here) you will see that majority of my posts are PR related, or something similar, and you don’t have all the details of my social life (you’ve got to allow me the odd tweet off topic!). As it stands, my Twitter and LinkedIn stay fairly professional, then my Facebook and Instagram are kept for posts my friends and family will care about. I think this avoids boring any professional contacts with the photo album of your last holiday!

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My placement journey

If you’ve read my blog before, you may well know that I have spent the last two weeks on a placement with Press Ahead (and if you don’t know, check out previous blog posts here and here). Sadly, my time with the team has come to an end, but I have had a great time and feel a million times more confident in what a career in PR will be like.

I’ve used all the skills that I have learnt in my university lectures, added to these a nice list of new ones and I have created a wealth of different resources. I’ve really enjoyed working on live projects with the team and I feel so grateful for the trust they put in me when assigning me tasks. I didn’t expect to get as many different experiences and have the chance to be so ‘hands-on’ – thank you PR team for trusting me with some interesting jobs and testing my skills! Top tip: When going into a placement, if there’s any tasks you want to try out – ask! I’m sure they will be more than happy to help with any requests, just as Press Ahead were.

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