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Communications students: Are you being recognized for your great work?

Although I’ve learned *SO MUCH* since graduating from the PR program at Algonquin College in 2006, I still miss those days every now and again!

Also the sad fact about working is you simply can’t execute every project to its fullest potential the way you might have as a student (maybe that’s just me, I was a good student!).  Reflecting back I worked on some amazing (and real!) projects as a student that I never thought of applying for awards.

IABC Canada has posted its Silver Leaf Awards 2012 Call for Entries  with a deadline of September 7. The student rate is exceptionally reasonable. However I also remember being a student and having a hard time spending money on seemingly intangible benefits like award submissions.

That’s why I am offering to personally sponsor a student’s submission. I will also volunteer to review your submission and answer any questions you have while preparing it. I have written many submissions before (some successful, and some not, but you learn from all of them!)

The deadline is September 7. Let me know via comments or by email (kellyrusk(at)gmail.com) if you’d like to be sponsored and give me an overview of the project you’d like to submit.  I will pick a winner on August 1. Sept. 4!

Finally I want to put the challenge out to other communicators to consider sponsoring a student entry. They are our future employees and colleagues, let’s help them achieve early and often.

Using social media (and networking) to find a job

One thing I’m really passionate about is teaching others is how to use social media to find a job. I’m passionate about it because I *know* it works–I’ve had many job offers and opportunities come to me through social media–and I know a lot of others have too. This is a presentation I’m delivering to a group of students tomorrow…

While I’m going to share my own personal story, I didn’t want to make the whole thing about me. After all, one of my best attributes is having a strong, close-knit network of awesome people, it’s only fair that I put it to use once in a while? So instead of making my own list of tips. I simply tweeted:

And within seconds, the tweets started pouring in! I got *so* many great responses,  I wish I could have included them all! I did make a point to thank everyone (and give the students a good starter list for smart people to follow on Twitter!).

Anyway, here is the slide show, of course you’ll have to just imagine me talking around it (or bring me in to speak to your group)!

I’d love to hear your thoughts.. Any other tips to add? Any advice for students?