More than a College Student / Recent Grad!

I am faced with a challenge, a big, big, big challenge. The challenge is that employers may be viewing me as a college student / recent grad. Now, what is the problem with that? I am MUCH MORE than a college student / recent grad. I have an extensive resume and work history that separates me from other college students / recent grads.

Take a look at few of the task I’ve completed:

•Traveled on business to L.A. (four times) , Las Vegas (five times), Miami and Chicago (two times).
• L.A., Calif., four times for an intentional convention, iPOP, a five day convention that required me to work the entire time. The convention required me to manage a group of people (30-40) the entire process from departing Tampa to arriving in L.A. and while at the convention. The position also required me to do a great deal of networking and relationship building.

• Las Vegas, Nev., four times for the above international convention, iPOP.
• Las Vegas, Nev., one time for the major buyers convention,  Magic Market, Pool and ENK. This trip was far different then any other as it was my first time exposure to a buyers conventions and all of the logistics. I had to network and build relationships while at the convention, negotiate with vendors on the best price point of sale and learn how to say no to a vendor when I really wanted to shout yes! I also had to manage the boutique while at the convention to make certain the employees handled the operations correctly.
• Miami, Fla., for the Coast Show, same responsibilities as listed above
• Chicago, Ill., one time for the buyers convention, Chicago Market, same responsibilities as listed in the fifth trip Las Vegas, Nev.
• Chicago, Ill, one time for a major company interview. Process required a meet and greet and extensive interview.

•Terminate an employee. Yes, I had to terminate an employee. This was not done immediately but after many coaching sessions with the employee. The employee was not the right fit for the organization, was not passionate about the roles and responsibilities and was a risk to the organization as the employee did not operate the point of sales system correctly. It was not fun terminating the employee as I had a working relationship with the employee.

•Created events from the beginning to ending stages! The main mission of one of the events was to create awareness among the target public. The event was a fashion show of which I coordinated from fitting the models with the proper outfits to working with the venue. In fact, one of the models did not show up to the fashion shoot of which the images were supposed to be used for promotional collateral. Guess who had to fill the spot, me!
•I have coordinated several other fashion shows and events. All of which required a real ‘all hands on deck’ participation.

•Spoke at company rallies to motivate and inform peers of the Ella Moss brand. I even created a game for partnering departments employees to increase sales of the brand. Within the first month, I had the #2 increase in the company.

Photo of the promotional collateral for the fashion show.

Photo of the promotional collateral for the fashion show.

The original image used in promotional collateral.

The list could go on and on but what I really want the reader to understand is that I am much more than just a college student / recent grad! I can build relationships with peers, I can negotiate, I can train peers, I can lead and above all I can complete all of the tasks while displaying a professional manner at all times.

Until Next Time,

J.J.

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Healthy Mind, Body & Soul

The main purpose of creating the blog is to show potential employers who I am. Not just another resume that has entered their database and not just another candidate who has an adjective filled letter of recommendation. A real sneak peek of me, my personality and my professional skills.

With that being said, this blog post will focus on my core values of a healthy mind, body and soul.

MIND: I do my best to keep an open mind to learn something new. Not just text book study materials about communications and campaign case analysis (PR Newswire) but study materials on leadership skills (The One Minute Manager) or personal freedom (The Four Agreements). It is important to me that I maintain a positive energy and thoughts! Besides, life is so much easier when you focus on the positive instead of the negative! I suppose you could say that I am a peace maker or a hippie at heart. Or, as Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King say ,”Hakuna matata!” (A problem free philosophy!)

BODY: I do my best to eat healthy and exercise. I mostly eat fish, veggies and chocolate.  I suppose I could be tagged as a pescetarian but I am not the type of person who follows that diet 100 percent. I will eat chicken every now and then but do not eat a lot of  other land animals. This is actually interesting because I grew up on a ranch and totally understand the food chain. I became more interested in eating only fish and vegetables because of the harmful and inhuman ways slaughter house kill and treat the animals. I wouldn’t call myself a ‘runner’ because I have only participated in one 5K but I enjoy running to clear my mind and as a main source of cardio. I always run a mile before lifting weights and my goal is to run a mile in 10 minutes or less! I try to exercise at least four to five times a week! I always say, “20 minutes of exercise is ahead of any coach potato!”

SOUL: As much as I believe in staying healthy and such…. I believe it is good for the soul to indulge in chocolate! I am a proud member of Godiva chocolate company and I get one free piece of chocolate a month! Of course, I visit the boutique at least two to three times a month! I believe it is also good for the soul to go on vacation and always have a new outfit for your birthday and holidays. If one does not take a vacation, at least once a year, then they are working way too much. I am not talking about a vacation to another country (although that would be super) but a vacation to release work stress. A vacation to focus on the number one person… YOU! The new outfit thing is great because it makes you feel better about yourself and extra special!

I hope this provides more an insight as to who I am!

J.J

Liebster Award Nomination

I am delight to say that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Christine. The Liebster Award nomination is special…  it is a special way to ‘shout-out’ to your fellow bloggers =) Mandi at All My Happy Endings provided us with the origins of the word Liebster. “Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

As Christine explained…. its all about getting to know each other!

Here are the rules:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

The 11 random facts of Jennifer L. Johnson: 

  1. Born and raised Florida gal.
  2. I am a Godiva member which is code for I am a chocolate connoisseur. 
  3. I love wearing colorful outfits. In the words of Kate Spade, “Live Colorfully”.
  4. Ever since attending my first merchandising convention, ENK, I’ve had a special passion for fashion.
  5. My office is decorated with a Giraffe inspired theme…. and lots of color!
  6. I have met several athletes while working at Brick House Tavern + Tap.
  7. The best way to get over a fear is to face it! I was once fearful of karaoke… that was until summer 2011.
  8. I have personal traditions such as: attending a concert once a year or going on vacation once a year. I believe that it is good for the soul!
  9. I can vibe with all kinds of music but my favorite would have to be hip-hop and country. …Drake & Strait.
  10. I do NOT like scary movies…. no thank you!
  11. I once won a game of poker with a royal flush.

Questions from the Nominator: 

  1. Why did you start blogging?  For the main purpose of creating a hub for employers to learn more about me. 
  2. Describe yourself in two words. Conversation Savvy
  3. What’s your all time favorite tv show? Friends… hands down.
  4. What’s one quirky thing about yourself? Punctuality ! On time is early!
  5. What’s your biggest inspiration? 
  6. Name three places you’d like to travel to? Paris, London, Ireland
  7. Have you ever sky dived? Would you?  I am sorry, but I do not favor sky diving. I am not one to take such risks.
  8. What’s your favorite quality about yourself? Organized to the max!
  9. What’s your favorite social media tool/network? Twitter!
  10. If you won a million dollar’s, what would you do with it.  Donate &  invest!
  11. What’s your all time favorite meal? Chocolate biscuits. Hmm… so delicious!


Who I nominate… 

The questions for nominations:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What is your favorite dish?
  3. How would you describe your personal style?
  4. What is your favorite season?
  5. What is your hobby?
  6. Are you a risk taker?
  7. Where is your favorite place to escape too?
  8. What is your favorite book?
  9. What was your favorite age?
  10. What is one of your goals?
  11. What does your name mean?

Have fun ! 

Jenn!

The Associated Press – Stylebook!

I would like to introduce you to the one thing I could not live without as a public relations student / aspiring practitioner, The Associated PressStylebook! After all, writing(…and editing) is a major component of the public relations industry!

About 90 percent of the core communication classes I have completed at the University of South Florida had AP style quizzes! The public relations (…and other relations) industries has grown over the last few years, it is easy to overlook  a couple of AP style rules.

Below are a few of what I found…. most shocking! 

Eight states not abbreviated: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.

Percent: Is written out, no matter what!

Peahen/Peacock: Female / male and together they are peafowl.

half-and-half: Just like that!

Dr Pepper: Trademark (…and no period after Dr)

I am certain there are a few that know and practice every rule. That is a goal of mine. Until I become the wise pro which is only built with experience, I always double check the content.

Cheers!

Re-tweeted = :)

I get happy whenever I get re-tweeted! Thought I'd share!

I get happy whenever I get re-tweeted! Thought I’d share!

I keep my Twitter (@JennLJohnson00) account 100% professional and public relation based. Most of the people I follow and those who follow me, have not actually met me. Oh technology these days! The account is my effort of self-branding! So, when I engage with public relation industry twitter accounts and they engage back (retweet me….) I get butterflies inside!

Call it nerdy, that is fine by me! I love it!

Not to forget to mention that crisis management is SO important!  During PUR 4700 I learned about reaction stratgies. Most public relation professionals frown upon the denial strategy! In most cases, it is pretty evident that the claim, which is being denied, is true. It is a recipe for bad publicity!

Read the story that PR Newser shared!

I am pretty sure, history shows that the only denial reaction claim that has ever worked, because it was true denial, was the Pepsi and the surgeon case. Pepsi made it clear that it is impossible for this time happen!

Peace, love and PR!

Personal Image & Etiquette

Personal image and basic etiquette are important traits of the professional world. The famous quote, “It takes someone 30 seconds to form an impression about you”, is ringing in my ears. I’ve decided to write my blog post on this topic as it is important when applying for industry jobs.

I remember when I taught image development classes at John Robert Powers. I would always tell the class, “be professional, be polished and be classy!” It seems like common sense but these are important actions in the real world / working world. Even if someone is NOT being professional, polished and classy, do not take that as an opportunity to slip up or act out of line. I emphasized to them that you never know who is watching or taking notes.

It sort of seems like common sense…. arrive to work on time, arrive to work in positive spirits, arrive to work ready to work, arrive to work polished, no cussing or swearing at work, have ethical standards all the time… the list could go on forever of do’s and do not’s in the work place.

It all boils down to personal image, how one want others to view them, and etiquette, how one behaves / acts. These traits are so important when  establishing industry relationships, personal reputation and much more!

By no means am I preaching that I am the most perfect person who has the best image and etiquette but want to let the reader know that I make a conscience effort to try my best!

-J.J.