There is nothing I love more than social networking being used for a greater good. In these hard economics times we need to stick together and help each other. Thus was born helpaprproout.com. Help a PR Pro Out Day, or #HAPPO on Twitter, is a day for job seekers and employers in the PR field to connect. It’s all happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 19. The idea is for job seekers to pitch themselves in a blog post and advertise it using the #HAPPO tag on Twitter. Employers will be searching by the hash tag and also posting openings in their companies. So far, there is a growing list of PR pros on the HAPPO site who will be helping to connect job seekers with employers in their prospective areas.
The sentiment that seems to be the most common with job seekers, from entry level to ultra-experienced, is the problem of getting noticed in a sea of applications. For many positions in journalism and public relations fields, candidates are vying for one position against 200 to 300 other people. In these cases, it’s often not about what you know but who you know. With HAPPO, employers are pledging to give prospective employees a chance by reading their pitch. It’s suggested to be creative and showcase your talents when participating. The best way to keep up to date on this event is to follow the HAPPO Twitter or Facebook page. I hope to see more of this kind of thing happening in all the fields where social media is such a crucial tool.
It breaks my heart to hear of people without work, putting out hundreds of applications and hearing back from none. Here’s to #HAPPO and to everyone finding a job in 2010!