At our last meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming Gaylord College graduate, Larisha Hunter, senior account executive from Candor PR to speak to us about her career path to success and agency life!
Starting out as a journalism major, Larisha had a strong passion for writing and was even published in the Norman Transcript! She eventually made the transition into public relations, where she flourished. After college, she landed a job at the State Chamber of Oklahoma after being reached out to from a recruiter. Larisha eventually transitioned from her position with the State Chamber into what turned out to be her dream job at Candor. She was able to be apart of Candor when they first opened a small office in downtown Oklahoma City and has since helped the them grow into the the award-winning agency they are today!
After the recent shooting in El Paso, Texas, Larisha was contacted by Candor’s client, Walmart, to be apart of the ground team that would manage media after this unspeakable tragedy had occurred. She spent time working with different media outlets, tracking memorial events that were taking place and tracking social media for important tweets and information. Larisha notes that it’s important to be ready and available to your client at any minute of the day, especially when a crisis occurs.
“If you’re considering going into agency life, take part in an internship beforehand”
In Larisha’s eyes, it’s “all about the hustle” when it comes to agency life. She always looks for individuals who work hard and can be a “jack-of-all-trades,” just like her, when hiring. She also suggests “doing your homework” and not waiting until the last minute if you’re looking for an internship. It’s always impressive to compliment an agency on its recent accomplishments in an interview! Don’t forget that you should be asking the interviewer the “hard” questions too! This shows your interest in finding a job that is a good fit for you and your personality! Larisha also looks for people who have, what Candor refers to as, the “GSD Factor”. The GSD (Get Stuff Done) Factor is important at any job, and is a key factor in becoming your agency’s star player.