I’m in the last semester of my corporate communications and public relations program at Centennial College and it’s interview season! Apart of my program, I have to look for an internship. It’s kind of nerve-racking applying to places liked MuchMusic and Sony Music Canada because those are the organizations where one day I dream of working.
Since 2012 I have gained much more experience and knowledge in public relations, so my resume took a drastic change, but for the good. Sending that first email hoping you persuade the employer to email you back is stressful; so you want to get to the point and show some excitement in that email. The key to get an interview is an awesome cover letter and resume. You really want to capture the employer’s attention within the first few sentences in the cover letter. For your resume you want something that’s easy to read and nothing more than two pages of relevant experience and skills.
I could always use some helpful tips on how to create an effective cover letter and resume and I came across this awesome infographic (attached above). The infographic was created by NowSourcing which is an internet marketing services firm. If you’re stuck on your cover letter or resume maybe this will help you out.
If you have any tips on how to create an effective cover letter or resume leave a comment below and I will post it on another blog post!
Probably the biggest and important night in the music industry is the Grammy Awards. It’s where all the artists, producers, DJs, A&R’s, basically everyone important come out and celebrate. The 55th Grammy Awards took place on February 10, 2013 and it was ok. It wasn’t the best Grammys I’ve seen. The performances weren’t that spectacular (except for Justin Timberlake’s), LL Cool J kept making the show about him, and most of the awards were handed out during the pre-telecast.
Being such an important night in music, this was the perfect time for artists to announce new projects that they’re working on. The media from all around the world is on the red carpet, all music bloggers are glued to their TVs, and their PR practitioners are in full force. Here are some of the big announcements that were announced at the Grammys:
So as you can see, these are some pretty big announcements coming from artists of this high calibre. Being a music blogger myself, I was excited to hear album dates and future projects coming from my favourite artists. Looking it at a PR perspective, the 55th Grammy Awards brought in 28.4 million viewers, so it was the perfect time make a big announcement like an album release date. You’ll also have thousands of people tweeting during the night, so when Drake told us the name of his new album, fans were already talking about it and bloggers writing posts about the name.
Unless you have wardrobe malfunction, or a shaky performance, it’s all good publicity for an album/tour announcement during the Grammys. Now if only Jay-Z and Kanye West announced their new albums!
Ok, first off Lupe Fiasco is one of the best lyricist of our times. When he releases a song, you can clearly hear his message. I love the hip-hop culture and I’ve listened to Fiasco’s music for years. I know that his content is sometimes controversial, so it wasn’t a surprise to me when I heard that Fiasco’s set got shut down at an Inauguration party for President Obama.
I can’t believe four months have already passed by during my time at Centennial College! It feels like just yesterday when I was sitting in the corporate communications and public relations (CCPR) orientation with Barry Waite and a room full of PR hopefuls.
Coming into CCPR, I had knowledge in digital marketing with Roots, XTM Inc., connecting with brands through blogging, and developing relationships with the media. I was looking for a career and applying to PR agencies with no real PR past was a struggle.
I had a vision on where I wanted to go after finishing the program, but after the hardworking four months and PR exposure, my vision is changing. I got exposed to media relations, learning the corporate language of PR, how to properly edit Canadian Press style (#PAOLO), and putting together a charity event with no budget. Yup, all this and much more in just four months! CRAZY!
Some of the highlights of my first four months were:
One Night Kickoff – Girls On The Run Ontario Charity Launch
CPRS Passport to PR
UNIFeist: Feist Album Launch & Tour (four month project)
Let me roll up my sleeves for this intro. First off, my name is Tushar Bharadia (@tusharbharadia) and I’m a current post-grad Corporate Communications & Public Relations (#CCPR) student at Toronto’s Centennial College. Before I started this program, I started my own music blog called Heroin Tracks which focuses on the latest and hottest in hip-hop and R&B. The way I made my website stand out from the rest was with my Heroin Tracks: Get To Know features. Long story short, I gained respect with fellow DJs like Toronto’s #1 DJ Lissa Monét, who gave me the chance to write album reviews on her official site. As you can tell, I have a huge passion for music!
I have also worked with Roots Canada by being apart of their Digital Marketing team. I handled Roots’ official Facebook page, Twitter handle, and the blog Roots Buzz. Being there I learned about SEO, email marketing, how to put together a digital campaign, and online customer service. Oh, I also got 50% off everything Roots, so my closet is stocked up with sweaters!
On this blog, I want talk about my love for social media and soon to be career, public relations, and covering events that I will be attending. While I may have gone “corporate” the rebel in me will share occasional new music.
So far I’ve learned that PR a lifestyle. If you want to work in this industry you have to keep on top of the latest headlines and adapt or die!