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Positions at HKDP – deadline July 21

The consulting firm HKDP is looking for 2 new consultants – bachelors degree in PR (I’m sure the equivalent would be considered), bilingual written and spoken, 2 years’ experience (again, I’m sure they’d stretch this for the right person), knowledge of media. Asset: consulting firm experience.

The must-know formulas (continued): the importance of a solid network

Attendees at the McGill Young Alumni Networking event on May 3, 2011.

Tired of “doing the math” yet? Then it’s time to put on your PR shoes to get to your local 5 à 7 or PR networking event!

Traditional recruitment channels (through HR units and job websites) are one means of getting hired, but industry professionals agree that you’re more likely to be hired through valuable contacts.

Strategic networking, in Carol Titelbaum’s words (Exec. VP of Bath and Body Works), is extremely important. “It’s about keeping as many doors open to new opportunities as possible… and walking through the right ones”.

Make sure you don’t miss your next chance to network with McGill’s students and alumni! Please visit the McGill Alumni events page or contact me directly for upcoming events at alumni.conted@mcgill.ca.

Continuing Studies Grads Can Receive Alumni Library Membership Privileges!!

All graduates of the McGill School Continuing Studies can receive exclusive alumni membership privileges, including use of the McGill library (both in person and virtually).

Alumni can visit any of the Library’s branches and use their resources on site, free of charge. To borrow items, you can get a six-month membership for $50 or one year for $100. Alumni also have access from home to a range of online resources on various disciplines from the McGill Library website.

For more information and to obtain these services, visit   http://www.mcgill.ca/library/library-support/alumni/ or contact  Peter Martinek (peter.martinek@mcgill.ca ; 514-398-4690 ext. 00864).

Public Relations Position Open with AGC Communications!

AGC (www.agccom.com), a specialized public relations consulting firm, is currently seeking a full time public relations consultant.

Applicants must be able to communicate (oral and written) in French and have a good understanding of the English language. In addition, candidates must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree in public relations, publicity, marketing or administration
  • minimum of two years’ work experience
  • the capacity to work independantly, fast and efficiently
  • experience with Microsoft Office and social media 

For more information, see the “AGC Communications Position” page.

The deadline to apply is July 1st, 2011. Applications can be submitted to the attention of: Ahmed Galipeau,  President, AGC Communications – ag@agccom.com

Become an IABC Member to participate in a free webseminar on May 25th!

Here’s a great opportunity for students and alumni who are, or want to become, members of IABC. IABC is holding a free Web seminar for members on “When the Headline is You: An Insider’s Guide to Handling the Media” with Jeff Ansell (author, journalist, media advisor and MIT-Harvard instructor) on May 25, 2011 at 12-1:30pm (EST).  You’ll learn to reveal inside secrets to help executives deliver messages that would influence the public and persuade skeptical stakeholders, as well as learn key principles for building trust, what to do when bad news happens, and a how to craft bad news messages that emphasize practical action.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.iabc.com/ctt.cfm?c=357&e=ZWxpemFiZXRoLmhpcnN0QG1jZ2lsbC5jYQ%3D%3D&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eiabc%2Ecom%2Feducation%2Fwebseminars%2Ehtm>

PR without Borders (PRWB) is looking for summer interns!!

PR without Borders is looking to fill two summer internship positions.  Although they are non-paid internships, candidates can expect to gain extensive experience in various aspects of PR and Communication including website development and maintenance, managing their donation system, writing and editing (French is an asset but they can work with English-only interns), photo and video projects, event planning, and board and committee planning. This will prove to be a rewarding experience, as the selected candidates will be involved in every aspect of this growing organization’s functioning and development. For more information and to apply, email Deanna Drendel at info@rpsf-prwb.org

Montreal Neurological Institute needs a Research and Development Assistant!!

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro – a unique research and teaching institute of McGill University dedicated to neuroscience is looking for a Research and Development Assistant. Reporting to the Development and Strategic Operations Manager, your role would be to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospective donors, and coordinating the delivery of fundraising activities to increase awareness and encourage philanthropic support of the mission of The Neuro. The successful candidate will be bilingual, energetic, enthusiastic, flexible, organized and a highly motivated team player.  Refer to the page entitled Montreal Neurological Institute – Research and Development Assistant for full job posting. For additional information, you can contact karen.mitchell@mcgill.ca or call 514-398-5785.

Register for Mediacamp Montreal!

This is a fantastic networking and learning opportunity for all students!  Journalists, citizens, businessmen and businesswomen, communications specialists, and marketing professionals are invited to attend, provide their opinions and share their observations. Several renowned experts will also be present to moderate the various discussions.  The event will be taking place on Saturday, May 28th at the Coeur des sciences building at UQAM.  Tickets are only $30! Register early as spots are filling up fast. The registration link is http://mediacampmontreal2011.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn.

For more information, visit http://mediacampmontreal.org/

Media and Communications Assistant, Summer Internship Opportunity in Toronto

Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto is looking for a full-time social media savvy graduate student for an internship opportunity this summer in Toronto.  You will be mentored by a seasoned publicist and working musician who is committed to helping you achieve your goal of becoming a Marketing/Publicity professional in the Arts & Culture field. The selected intern will work to enhance the online social media presence of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall through a variety of online technologies including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog Soundboard.  This will be particularly interesting for those with an interest in and general knowledge of music is required. Refer to The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall page for more information.

Register for Spring/Summer 2011 Courses

Interested in getting more PR courses under your belt during the warmer seasons? Registration is open for the Spring/Summer 2011 session that begins on Monday May 2nd.

Courses on offer  for the PR certificate or diploma programs include: ‘Fund-Raising and Philanthropy’, ‘Project Management’, ‘Cases in Public Relations’, ‘Communication Planning’, ‘Behaviour in Organizations’, ‘Marketing Principles and Applications’ and ‘Law 1’.  You can find more information on the Continuing Education Timetable Page.

And remember, if you register by May 2nd, you will avoid a $25 late registration fee. That’s money you could use towards your required course readings. Or an ice cream, a jazz fest ticket, a cool drink on a hot summer day…you get the picture.

Don’t forget the Career Workshop this weekend – March 5!

The half-day workshop, ‘Public Relations – the Next Generation’ on Saturday, March 5 is just around the corner. We hope to see you there and to entice you to come, here is an overview of what’s in store:

 Bruno Guglielminetti, Manager, Digital Communications at NATIONAL Public Relations – will discuss blogger relations and how social media is now a must in today’s integrated PR plans.

 Gary Arpin, Consultant, Media Training at NATIONAL Public Relations – will discuss media relations, how the newsroom has changed and what makes a credible spokesperson.

 Rodrigo Lima, Account Executive at Canada’s leading Newswire service CNW Group – will present the new trends in social media releases and new considerations regarding the traditional news releases.

 There will also be a special presentation from the non-profit organization PR Without Borders and Procure.

 50 tickets are available for the event and can be purchased directly online at: https://cce.mcgill.ca/cce_shop/main_menu.asp?forms=PRworkshop&dept=cms&lang=EN

Junior consultant position

The consulting firm HKDP is looking for a junior public relations consultant, deadline July 16.  See the page at right for further details.

Financial Post recognizes value of public relations — and seems to know what it means!

A recent article in the Financial Post, by Hollie Shaw, talks about the increasing need for organizations to have good public relations people working for them. The chief case in p0int is, not surprisingly, British Petroleum. I found this encouraging, not only because of the truth of it, but because the term “public relations” was not being used to refer to publicity alone, but to strategic public communication.

When I mentioned this at lunch today to former instructor Doris Juergens (a partner at National PR) she concurred, saying that clients are becoming much more savvy about what PR professionals do — and one of the reasons is the large number of PR graduates being produced out of Montreal universities. (Insert cheer here!)

Volunteers needed – Public Relations without Borders

The newly formed NGO, which provides free communications assistance to NGOs in underdeveloped countries, is looking for volunteers to help on both organizational and mission-related tasks.  See the page posted at right. Lots of great learning opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers

Habitat for Humanity’s Montreal office is looking for volunteers for a project that is starting in September 2010.  Interested volunteers should get in touch with the organization as soon as possible, as they will need time to learn the ropes. Check out the page in the right-hand column for details.

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