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  • Our Top Tips for a Great Performance Review - El Blog - Snackbox
    had two performance reviews since I started at Snackbox The first performance review happened while I was an intern and the second time was as an Assistant Account Executive On both occasions I learned a lot about Snackbox and about myself I learned that even though I am dedicated I make mistakes from time to time The most important thing however is that I learn from my mistakes and I always try to excel in my craft At Snackbox we love to provide valuable information that you can carry with you throughout your career Getting hired is one thing but proving yourself time and time again to earn that promotion or raise takes a lot of effort and skill The following is a list of our top five tips towards achieving an excellent performance review Be On Time Everyone knows that being a great verbal communicator is crucial but your nonverbal communication is just as important By showing up to work on time you are communicating responsibility and you are showing your team that you care Learn from Your Mistakes Are you a perfectionist like me If so you might need to remind yourself that as humans it s only natural to make mistakes The true test is admitting to your mistakes and overcoming these obstacles by performing better as an employee An employer will know whether or not your mistakes are making or breaking you Be a Team Player At Snackbox we always try to help each other from proof reading a document to suggesting pitch ideas Make sure your team knows that you are as dedicated to your job as they are this will reflect beautifully on you and your entire workplace Take Your Work a Step Further Dedication is a key determinant to a great performance review

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/5/20/our-top-tips-for-a-great-performance-review.html (2016-04-25)
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  • The Ins and Outs of LinkedIn - El Blog - Snackbox
    field for you to join Inside these groups are job seekers employers or other professionals in your field that read and share knowledge on a daily basis Becoming active and making connections in these groups will only help you gain exposure in the field that you work in Make comments or share articles from groups you join in order to get your name out Bulk up your profile You always hear the phrase keep your resume to one page but LinkedIn has no limit Don t assume that filling your profile with everything you have ever done is the right move but take advantage of LinkedIn when it comes time to writing job descriptions or describing volunteer opportunities in depth Since LinkedIn is often accessed through a computer scrolling through isn t as painful as flipping through resume pages during an interview It also gives you a free opportunity to showcase what you have achieved in a space for anyone to see Connect Connect Connect The more people you connect with on LinkedIn the more of a chance you have of running across a job opportunity or hiring manager Whether you connect with old college classmates or the boss you used to intern for building your profile with people who are familiar with your work ethic will only help you when it comes to endorsements or reviews Be sure to connect with people you have had positive experiences with or have learned something from This is a key tool in growing your LinkedIn network Stay Updated LinkedIn is a beneficial tool if you are consistent in using it The only way to build connections with people is to remain active on the site If you are too busy to check your profile or get involved in a group every day

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/5/13/the-ins-and-outs-of-linkedin.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Conference Call Business Etiquette - El Blog - Snackbox
    are on a business call you are in a more controlled situation whereas when you are on a conference call you are trying to juggle a conversation with multiple people that may all be as talkative and attentive as you are Whether you are experienced or not conference calls can be intimidating for several different reasons You may get easily distracted during these calls or you may have the bad habit of calling in late and so on and so forth These happenings are quite common but learning how to successfully participate in a busy conference call can make a world of difference in the way you present yourself during a business meeting By following the guidelines below you can soon enough handle your upcoming conference calls like a pro Be prepared Have your alarm to set to remind you 15 minutes before your call begins and set up a second alarm 5 minutes before that way you can get situated and you can prepare all of your documents in front of you and you can also avoid feeling unprepared or embarrassed for stepping out to get something Call in to the conference line early Try your best to avoid being late especially if you are expected to contribute to the discussion You don t want to be the reason for holding up a call or keeping people waiting Be courteous when you call in late If you call in late and you hear someone speaking wait until they finish to introduce yourself and apologize for running late The callers will appreciate your actions much more than if you were to suddenly jump in during a discussion and say Hi this is David Build an agenda Whether you are the leader of the call or not it s always smart

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/5/6/conference-call-business-etiquette.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Casual Friday Fashion Tips  - El Blog - Snackbox
    rock it read on Team Snackbox loves stylish but professional work clothing and we have a few pointers that will help you rock casual Friday and transition right into the weekend 1 Jeans Jeans Jeans If you work somewhere that allows you to wear jeans on Friday consider yourself lucky A good pair of fitted jeans is key in making any outfit work Investing in one pair with a good wash and that fits your body well is important for your wardrobe Make sure your jeans are at a length that looks great with flats heels or boots depending on the time of year Usually you want a good dark wash pair of jeans that allows you to look casual but professional at the same time The more put together your jeans look the more fun you can have with a colorful or patterned top Pro Tip Steer clear of holy jeans when it comes to the workplace Just because it s called casual Friday doesn t grant you the ability to look grungy 2 Blazers Blazers are no longer just for corporate executives Not only do blazers look good on everyone s body type but they come in every color imaginable to make any outfit fun Blazers are great for during the week meetings but pair them with your great fitting pair of jeans on Friday and prepare to look casual but polished at the same time Investing in blazers of different lengths also benefits your wardrobe since they can be worn with dress pants dresses jeans or skirts Pro Tip Blazers that are too tight are often uncomfortable and not easy to move in Blazers that are too large usually make you look a little less put together Aim for one that s fitted to your body but

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/5/1/casual-friday-fashion-tips.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Business Meeting Etiquette - El Blog - Snackbox
    is just one of many poor etiquette habits that commonly occur during a business meeting Not everyone enjoys sitting at a business meeting it can be long and boring but you have to display proper etiquette from beginning to end Sure mistakes happen and your colleagues may forgive the first one but ongoing mistakes can make you appear unprofessional To maintain a proper and professional image while in a business meeting you can follow these guidelines Arrive Early Make sure that you re on time and prepared with all of the equipment and documents you will need during the meeting you don t want to keep people waiting once the meeting has begun Make Introductions If you or someone else is not acquainted with the group members introduce yourselves Over communicate Tell your colleagues details like how you brought your laptop so that you can take notes or that you will have to run to your office for a business call after the meeting ends This way you avoid any negative attention to your actions as you type away or rush out of the room Silence or Turn Off Your Phone Keep your phone in your pocket not on the

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/4/28/business-meeting-etiquette.html (2016-04-25)
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  • El Blog - Snackbox
    pitching and planning when it comes to working with a monthly publication Click to read more Eric Comments Off Share Email in PR Snack News Friday Jan 23 2015 Adelbert s Brewery Names Snackbox PR Agency of Record Friday January 23 2015 at 12 19PM Team Snackbox loves a lot of different things but two things we are passionate about are food and drink With that being said we are ecstatic to announce our newest client Adelbert s Brewery This Austin based Belgian style Brewery is committed to brewing Belgian style bottle conditioned ales to seek savor and share with others Click to read more Eric Comments Off Share Email in Food Snack News Tuesday Jan 20 2015 Preparing for a PR Crisis Tuesday January 20 2015 at 12 00PM By failing to prepare you re preparing to fail We have heard this quote time and time again and unfortunately we usually hear it once something has already gone wrong If PR had a quote to describe it this would definitely be in the top three It s crucial to be prepared to deal with crisis situations in PR because they will happen more often than you expect Team Snackie brings you a few tips for preparing yourself and your team so that you handle that crisis like a pro Click to read more Eric Comments Off Share Email in PR Tuesday Jan 13 2015 Understanding Your Basic Copyright Rights Tuesday January 13 2015 at 12 00PM By Dana Sotoodeh As professionals in a creative field a lot of us have side jobs freelancing Weather you re a freelance writer graphic designer or you do both it s important to understand copyright rules so you don t get caught in uncomfortable situations where you re unsure about your rights Team Snackbox presents you How to understand and utilize copyright laws Situation You are hired by a business to design a brochure You create the product print it and get paid A couple of months later the business asks you for the Photoshop and InDesign files you used Tip 1 Just because a business has paid you for the work that you have done for them does not mean they are entitled to all of your files once the product is complete It s important to realize that some businesses believe it or not want this information so they can use it as their own for future projects With that being said an important thing to remember is that when you work as a freelancer you own the rights to your work This gives you the same rights that everyone has under basic copyright law such as the right to make and distribute copies etc The only way the business you free lanced for can have copies of your work is if you signed a buy out in which you sign a written assignment of your copyright Be sure to read the fine fine print if you sign any kind of

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/?currentPage=8 (2016-04-25)
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  • Media Alert vs. News Release - El Blog - Snackbox
    and a press release and when the right time is to use them Media Alerts Another name for a media alert is an invitation to cover Although you don t hear this term as much as you hear media alert it may help you remember exactly what its purpose is Media alerts are geared towards media that would be interested in covering your event For example If you have a sports related event you wouldn t send an alert to a food editor Their sole purpose is stated in their name To alert the media about an upcoming event or product The five basic components of a media alerts are the 5 W s Who What Where Why When Media alerts are meant to be straight to the point and extremely factual What s their goal To get the media to want to attend You often don t gain as many responses with media alerts as you would with a press release so the key is to keep an eye out for any reporters you think may cover the event and look for any coverage that could be gained from it News Releases Although news releases are also extremely important

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/4/1/media-alert-vs-news-release.html (2016-04-25)
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  • Writing and Formatting Tips for News Releases - El Blog - Snackbox
    Although news releases are mostly informative making a news release sounds sales like will never get anyone s attention No one likes to read sales sounding documents so stray away from sounding too pushy Make sure the news release is solely informative Proofread Proofreading is key to succeeding in any business but especially in PR Nothing sounds less credible than a widely distributed document full of spelling and grammar errors Check once check twice and check a third time You can never be too careful Formatting Headlines and Subhead s All news releases need a headline and sometimes a subhead depending on what you are releasing All headlines should always be bolded and larger than the font that makes up the whole news release Usually 14 or 16 pt font works for the headline and the font size under the headline works for the subhead Make sure your headlines are attention grabbing and they make a reader want to know more Media Contact Information News Releases NEED media contact information and that information usually pertains to the person writing the news release Without this information media has no idea who to contact if they want to move forward and that s important Media contact information usually includes a name the company name and either an email phone number or both These are usually writing at the top right corner of the news release and they often look similar to a header Keeping the media contact information at the top provides media with an easy place to find any information they may need Date Each news release starts with the date the news release is going out and the city in which the event is happening Most places format their dateline the same way The body of the news release begins

    Original URL path: http://www.snackbox.us/blog/2015/3/25/writing-and-formatting-tips-for-news-releases.html (2016-04-25)
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