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Monday, May 24, 2010

Journey to My Job: Sarah Haverkamp

Given that the job market can make it a bit challenging to get a job these days, we at Minnesota Public Relations Blog are taking a look at the path to success of people who recently have landed full-time public relations positions. The first person highlighted in the "Journey to My Job" feature is Sarah Haverkamp. Sarah recently started as an associate communications specialist at HealthPartners.

1.  Tell me the path that you took to becoming associate communications specialist at HealthPartners.

I started out at HealthPartners as a corporate communications intern. During my internship, I had the opportunity to gain experience in employee communications and media relations. A full-time position opened up while I was an intern, and I was offered the job.

2.  What worked well for you in your job search?

I reached out to the professionals I knew in the industry. I kept in touch with supervisors and colleagues I had in previous internship positions. I let them know I was looking for a job and I shared my resume with them. By keeping in touch with my contacts, I was able to find job opportunities and let people know I was available if anything opened up.

3.  What would you have done differently in your job search?

I would have attended more professional conferences, like PRSA conferences, to network more with people and to learn more about the industry to better prepare me for interviews.

4.  What advice do you have for job seekers?

The best piece of advice I have for job seekers is to keep in touch with old supervisors and colleagues. These individuals are your best advocates in your job search. They have worked with you in the past and know what type of worker you are. They are able to recommend you to their friends in the industry. People are more likely to hire someone who came recommended to them. Also, never think you are too good for a job. Employers are looking for people who want to learn and be team players.

Connect with Sarah through LinkedIn.

-- Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC / Risdall McKinney Public Relations