Many people stop looking for a job when the holiday season arrives. They figure that there isn't much activity at this time and "why not take a break."
I'm suggesting that now is a great time to pursue those informational interviews and contacting people already working in the business. The reason is this, people want to help others and at this time of year there are opportunities for you to tap into the "feel good" days on the calendar.
One of the best things you can do for your job search is to expand your contacts. People will will be more receptive to helping others and why shouldn't that be you. While other job seekers are trimming the Christmas tree why not be meeting and evangelizing professionals in emergency management to convert them to being enthusiastic supporters of your job search efforts.
Now is not the time to hold back and down-shift the job search. Put the peddle to the metal and work the phone!
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I'm sure you have noted that public information is very closely allied with emergency management. The Public Information Officers (PIO) I know have come from a variety of professions and backgrounds. Many are former reporters from television, radio or print who have moved over to the government side of media.
If you are looking at journalism as a profession (a drastically changing one--I'd add) then you might find the Top Journalism Schools site helpful when it comes to looking for colleges to attend. I'd be sure and go somewhere they are teaching the impact of social media and how journalists are having to adapt.
Pam Parker complied the information for this site.
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