Businesswoman, Miriam Hanna, is open to offering graduates valuable advice to help those who need to define a “checklist of things that are important” while job-hunting. Miriam expresses how important it is to be genuine while approaching employers and to always stay mindful of the connections made every day. You never know what will happen in the future – a person you meet on LinkedIn, for example, could end up offering you a job if you build a strong enough relationship with them.
Read this inspirational Q&A to benefit and personally develop yourself, so that you offer above and beyond other candidates in the same position as you.
1.What is your full name, the company you work for and your position within the company?
My name is Miriam Hanna, I am a Director and co-founder of a specialist PR recruitment business called MadlinHanna Consulting. We support with the hiring of PR professionals in the London area.
2.In what ways does the company you work for accommodate for graduates?
We give a lot of advice to graduates. PR is a top 3 choice for those looking to enter the world of work but it can be a bit overwhelming if you know nothing about the industry. Whilst we don’t handle roles at that level, we help with whittling down your checklist of things that are important to you.
3.What is the current market like for internships, long-term careers, and other opportunities? Please describe.
Really strong. Our industry membership body the PRCA has a fantastic internship scheme with over half being retained by their employers for permanent roles. PR is a lovely industry. It’s relationship based so you open doors for yourself quite quickly when you make friends. It’s also a good industry to progress in as agencies particularly are quite good at providing training. Outside of that, it is a very social industry! You don’t have to be a big drinker or anything but it can be long hours so you get to know your colleagues quite well!
4.Do you have any advice you can give to the current graduate market in your field?
Be proactive, don’t just send a CV and hope for the best. Write a succinct and specific covering letter and follow up with a phone call.
5.Do you have any tips for students studying in your area of expertise?
Get as much work experience as you can. Internships are always looked on favourably by potential employers as it demonstrates your commitment to the industry.
6.Any final words/inspirations for students and graduates in relation to the world of work?
Always put your best foot forward and be conscious that you never know which relationships are going to pay off for you. Keep building bridges and getting yourself out there but be genuine.
Interviewed by Gemma Smith
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Thinking about going into PR? Maybe you should. “PR is a lovely industry. It’s relationship based so you open doors for yourself quite quickly when you make friends. ”
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