In case you missed it: Scripps PRSSA 9/16/13, RECAPPED!

By Melissa Clark

Monday night was an amazing start to week four with yet another great turn out at the Scripps PRSSA meeting. We were glad to see many new faces in the crowd, as well as our returning members!

If you have signed up for the Mentor/Mentee program, International Education Week Committee, Social Affairs Committee, or the PR and Social Media Committee, you should start receiving emails shortly with more information. If you are still interested in getting involved with any of these committees, make sure to let us know at next week’s meeting.  Also, if you are still interested in attending National Conference in Philadelphia, please email ASAP!

The University Communications and Marketing Department spoke first at our meeting and left us PRSSA kids with so many ideas and opportunities to expand and build our portfolios right here on campus with Ohio Compass News. If you are interested in writing for Compass News, please email Todd Stone, the Senior Manager of Internal Communications at

Also, we had the privilege of hearing from a group of international students from Leipzig, Germany. It was remarkable to see how PR can eliminate international boundaries. Ann Marie, a speaker from LPRS, did a fantastic job in explaining the similarities and differences of PR between the U.S. and Germany.

We hope the Leipzig group members are enjoying their stay here in the States!

Travis Kessel, Director of Recruitment at Edelman, joined PRSSA as our keynote speaker this week via Skype. Not only did Travis open the floor for any and all questions, but he also left us with some helpful interview tips. He especially stressed the importance of taking notes during an interview because it shows that you are actively engaged and listening.

“When following up on an interview, send an email that night and a handwritten note a few days later,” said Travis. “Your persistence will make the company keep you in mind.”

He also added that if you’re trying to gain real-world internship and job experience, it is important to be engaged in clubs and volunteer during college in order to show active participation and incentive on your resume.

“Recruiters look for candidates who are an exact match for the available position,” he said.  “Read your resume. Read it again. And then have two more people read it before you submit it. One little error can ruin all your chances.”

Amazing insights, Travis! Monday’s meeting provided so much good advice to keep in mind with future interviews and applications.

Don’t forget to attend next week’s Monday meeting at 6 p.m. in Scripps 111! See you there 🙂

Travis Kessel from Edelman to speak at tonight’s meeting!

ImageDon’t forget to join us in Scripps 111 at 6 p.m. to hear Travis Kessel speak!

Travis Kessel, Vice President of Recruitment at Edelman, the World’s largest Public Relations Firm, has over eight years of experience in recruiting from an in-house to a third-party perspective.  Travis has focused his efforts on an executive level search for Edelman and oversees the recruitment function for the Central U.S.

With Edelman, Travis helped shape the recruitment function from a digital perspective and his team was recently awarded a “Best HR Ideas of 2011” distinction by HR Executive for their innovative approach to using social media driven Meetup groups, Google Hangouts and online video as recruiting, branding and passive talent engagement tools. Travis has also played a pivotal role in building the Employment Brand from an internal and external perspective; Edelman was recently named by the Tribune as one the Top 100 Places to Work in Chicago and was ranked #7 on Recently, Travis has spoken on topics from social media as a recruiting tool, millennial recruiting and resume writing with local associations and universities.

Prior to joining Edelman, Travis started his career in recruiting at Robert Half International where he quickly moved up the ranks to run two separate divisions for the Chicago office and spearheaded the full-time consulting practice. After Robert Half, Travis found his first position in internal recruiting at PEAK6 Investments where he was the Recruiting Manager. He is a member of HRMAC and is on the Associate Board for One Million Degrees. Travis is a graduate from West Virginia University.