What is HAPPO? Oh, how quickly one forgets!
Here’s a reminder of how HAPPO started, but in a nutshell, it stands for “Help a PR Pro Out,” and is an initiative that uses social media to connect public relations job seekers with those who could employ them.
I’ve been part of the core group since Arik Hanson and Valerie Simon launched the initiative, and think it’s absolutely fab.
Tomorrow, a little over one year since HAPPO was launched, there will be several events taking place throughout the country to help job seekers with all sorts of things: rÃ©sumÃ© reviews, advice, as well as connecting them with potential employers.
Here’s a quick rundown (all times local to that time zone):
Fun and networking at Front Page News, 6-8 pm. RSVP here.
Networking and a panel discussion featuring those who recruit and hire PR pros, including Karen Bloom of Bloom, Gross & Associates, at the Arment Dietrich offices, 5-7 pm.
RSVP at the bottom of the post; Gini Dietrich is your Chicago champion as well.
Also, she is very cool, so you should go to meet her, if nothing else.
A live, informal networking and rÃ©sumÃ© critique session, hosted by PRSA/Detroit and for which Identity Marketing & Public Relations is providing refreshments: 5:30-7:30 pm.
In addition, a copy of Be Your Own Best Publicist (see NYC info below) will be given away.
An evening of advice, networking, good spirits and hopefully a few job leads, at Tarpon Bend in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 6-8 pm.
Check in with John Sternal if you’d like to know more.
Fast Horse is hosting a face-to-face event, from 5-7 pm. What to expect: informal networking, free drinks & munchies, feedback on your rÃ©sumÃ© and meeting some great folk.
A networking event from 6 – 8 pm at Connolly’s Pub in Times Square. Here’s where you can RSVP.
Special guests: Meryl Cooper, managing director of the Home & Lifestyle practice at DeVries Public Relations and author of Be Your Own Best Publicist, along with her her collaborator Jessica Kleiman, Vice President of Public Relations at Hearst Magazines, will share career tips at the event.
A copy of the book will also be given away.
Meet, greet and tweet at the Ardmore, Pa., offices of Buchanan PR, from 4 – 6 pm.
Who you gonna call? Anne Buchanan.
A networking evening beginning at 5 pm, that will then join with the #Buzzcation at Morton’s Phoenix…
… and a copy of BYOBP will be given away.
A very informal event from 6-8 pm at Bar Louie Station Square… as well a book giveaway of BYOBP.
Networking, advice & rÃ©sumÃ© critiques (don’t forget to bring yours) at Ping Pong Dim Sum’s Gallery Place/Chinatown location, from 6-8 pm.
A copy of BYOBP will be given away here as well.
Who you gonna call? Mike Schaffer, who’s the DC champ along with me (but Mike is the power behind this event, so definitely ping him).
Can’t make the live action?
Follow the fun – and job-hunting tips – on Twitter, using the #HAPPO hashtag (check with your champions for city-specific hashtags) from 5-7 pm ET.