How to Take Advantage of LinkedIn Groups

With more than 18 million companies currently using LinkedIn, it can be difficult to make yours stand out. Luckily, Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) offers a way to break down the masses by industry, interest, and intent with LinkedIn Groups.

 

LinkedIn Groups are virtual hubs on LinkedIn that provide a “place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.”

 

There are nearly 2.1 million groups on LinkedIn – which is still a LOT – but when broken down by industry, it’s much more manageable.

 

Unsure how to get started? I’ve rounded up the basics below to help you begin to take advantage of LinkedIn Groups.

 

Joining groups is fairly easy – as long as you have a LinkedIn account. Just visit www.linkedin.com/groups and select ‘Discover.’

 

If you’ve already filled out your profile, LinkedIn will automatically suggest a myriad of groups based on your industry, experience, and more. For those of us in public relations, you may see suggestions like: PR Professionals, Social Media Today, or your local PRSA chapter, to name a few.

 

By clicking ‘My Groups’, users can see a full list of the groups they are a member of, sort based on name or industry, and view the groups they’re waiting to be admitted access to. Once inside each group, users can view and connect with other members, solicit feedback on relevant topics or participate in existing conversations, and even view jobs available in the related field.

 

So now you know how to join, but maybe you’re still not convinced. Here are just four of the major benefits you’ll see after using the LinkedIn Groups feature:

 

Engage.

Joining LinkedIn Groups allows users to engage with other members through topical and industry-related conversations. Whether it’s liking a recently shared article or sharing your two cents on an ongoing discussion, LinkedIn Groups facilitate additional networking opportunities with fellow industry pros. They also give you a chance to show ‘em what you’re working with!

 

Share.

Another benefit to LinkedIn Groups is the ability to share relevant content and solicit feedback. Working on a new proposal or just trying to get some advice on your recent blog post? Share it in various groups to get constructive criticism. LinkedIn Groups are also a great place to find sharable content for curation!

 

Connect.

Not only do LinkedIn Groups allow you to engage with other industry pros, but they can help connect you with potential clients, employees/employers, and more. This networking platform offers a deeper dive into each industry, allowing users to familiarize themselves by reviewing expert opinions, content, and more.

 

Influence.

By regularly sharing content and participating in group discussions, users will begin to make a name for themselves as industry leaders. Other group members may privately message you for advice, and leaders in other industries might look to you for expert advice in your field. Either way, you’ll be getting your name out there in the best possible way.

 

As you can see, there’s no shortage of advantages when it comes to using LinkedIn Groups to expand and showcase your industry knowledge. Interested in getting help? Set up a consultation with us today!

How To Turn An Internship Into A Full-Time Job

Take it from us at Dittoe PR: internships are a great way to score a full-time job. With much of our office boasting the title of former Dittoe PR intern (myself included), it’s no wonder our program is one of the top in Indianapolis.

 

After interning for nearly a year, I quickly recognized that internships are mutually beneficial for both parties, with interns gaining valuable professional experience, networking and building their portfolios, and employers obtaining much-needed assistance, receiving a fresh perspective, and recruiting future employees. The “trial period” an internship offers allows employers to discover how much potential a student or recent graduate has and whether they’re ready to take the next steps towards becoming a #PRpro.

 

If you’re looking to make your internship into a full-time job, here are a few tips to increase your chances of getting hired.

 

Demonstrate a strong work ethic and engage.

 

Between exams, parties, and friends, interns can get easily sidetracked by outside distractions, but demonstrating a strong willingness to work and to showing up on time every day goes a long way. Some interns only work to check a box in their resume or satisfy school credit, but those students are missing out on a great opportunity to turn an internship into a full-time position.

 

Interns should realize it is engagement, not just a strong work ethic, that can help guarantee a full-time job offer. Demonstrate your enthusiasm to learn by taking efficient notes in meetings, attending non-mandatory company outings, and going above and beyond in what you’re asked. The best interns don’t simply complete the project – they find different ways to become a valuable resource in the office.

 

Solicit feedback.

 

In order to continue growing and developing a master PR skillset, interns should solicit feedback from supervisors and those they directly work with on a day-to-day basis. Seeking input will not only improve your skills, but it will prove you’re worth hiring. BONUS – it also shows you’re eager to advance.

 

After each completed task or project, ask your direct supervisor to sit down and discuss how you did. Find out how you can improve, or where you might have been lacking and how to make changes for the next go-around. While it might be difficult to hear constructive criticism at first, learning to seek it out will improve your interpersonal skills and show you’re thinking long-term.

 

Make use of downtime.

 

At Dittoe PR, we pride ourselves on the real client work we assign interns. No busy work or coffee runs here!

While that usually doesn’t provide for much downtime, should an intern encounter a lull in projects, it’s important they make good use of their time.

 

Instead of dwelling on social media or focusing on homework, interns should ask what additional projects they can help with. In this industry, it’s likely someone has a project that could use some TLC. Both the intern director and your colleagues will notice and remember that you took initiative and showed enthusiasm for the job.

 

Be honest about professional goals.

 

Let’s face the facts: no one’s a mind reader. If a full-time job offer is what you’re after in your internship, let your supervisor know.

 

Rather than being pushy, provide clarity about your goals. Make a point to tell them you’ve enjoyed your time at the company and would love to discuss any permanent opportunities. Even if the company can’t offer you a job, they’re more likely to keep you in mind should there be an opening.

 

On the flipside, if you’re looking to work in a different role post-internship, be honest about that too. Your internship supervisors serve as valuable professional references. Don’t let that opportunity slip away either.

 

Keep in touch.

 

If your internship ends before you’ve finished school, be sure to keep in touch with the company. Exchange contact information, add colleagues on LinkedIn, keep up with the company on social media, and find other ways you can stay connected. When you’re in town, consider dropping by the office or arranging a lunch to catch up with co-workers.

 

Also, if you say you’ll stay in touch, follow through with it. It’s not only courteous, but it will help to keep you at top-of-mind for any hiring decisions or requests for professional references.

 

Interested in an internship with Dittoe PR? Check out our career page here for more details.

Public Relations Summer Internship Call Out 2018

If you’re interested in experiencing PR agency life and gaining real-world knowledge and experience, then Dittoe Public Relations may be the place for you! We’re hiring public relations interns for summer 2018, and we want you to apply!

 

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Dittoe PR interns are responsible for assisting with the execution of strategic public relations and social media initiatives and contributing to the success of the firm’s clients, which span multiple industries. The internship position is an opportunity for detail-oriented, self-starters to develop a well-rounded public relations skillset in an energetic and challenging environment. The ideal candidate should have strong communication skills (both verbal and written), initiative, creativity, high energy and an outgoing personality. Interns will gain experience in media relations, research and analysis, reporting, writing and more.

 

Interns will be mentored by intern directors and work closely with the firm’s entire staff, from account coordinators to the company’s partners. Interns should feel comfortable juggling multiple projects and deadlines.

 

Responsibilities:

We are looking for paid interns to work with us on a wide variety of client projects, including but not limited to:

  • Drafting content including press releases, media advisories, media pitches, social media posts, byline articles, blog posts, monthly reports and other materials as directed
  • Carrying out special event planning tasks
  • Attending and participating in agency meetings, training sessions, presentations, and brainstorming sessions
  • Handling research and analysis projects in support of client objectives as needed
  • Delivering client-ready materials for each project assignment
  • Researching and developing comprehensive press lists for local, national, and trade media
  • Assisting with client, business development and management projects as needed
  • Assisting with administrative duties as assigned by staff

 

Qualifications:

  • Actively enrolled in or a recent graduate of a university journalism, public relations, strategic communications, marketing, advertising, or other related program
  • Previous professional and/or relevant internship experience (public relations experience is a plus)
  • An understanding of basic journalism and media relations skills
  • Solid, versatile writing skills in both creative and technical fields
  • An ability to be professional and personable in written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrates attention to detail and good judgment
  • Smart, creative, assertive, and innovative individual who thrives in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Flexible and willing to collaborate with teams
  • Proven ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines
  • Knowledge in social media, design, photography/videography are a plus

 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume with references, and three varying writing samples to Kate Stuard at kate [at] dittoepr [dot] com.

 

No phone calls please. Applications must be submitted by 5 P.M. EST on Friday, March 2.

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