Lauren Portlock

Lauren Portlock

Summary

Hello, and welcome to my visual CV. I am a recent graduate from Longwood University where I received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and Public Relations. I am an eager, motivated and creative self starter, looking for a career where I can utilize my talents in this field while benefiting and advancing the organization or company I work for.

Objective

To obtain a position in the Public Relations and Event Planning Field that will utilize and improve upon my skills in marketing, public relations, crisis communication, promotions, event planning and organizational communication.

Work History

Work History
May 2012 - Present

Assistant Communications Director

Norfolk FestEvents
  • Responsible for assisting the Communications Director in contacting media partners
  • Assist with creating and distributing promotional materials
  • Assisting the Communications Director by proofreading and fact checking press releases and other public materials
  • Responsible for ensuring interns are on task and helping train them into the organizations rules, regulations, and climate
  • Responsible for assisting in setting up, running, and breaking down large scale events with thousands of guests
May 2011 - Aug 2011

Sales/Marketing/Public Relations Intern

Norfolk FestEvents
  • Conduct surveys and gather guest feedback during events
  • Set up for large scale events ensuring everything runs smoothly
  • Distribute and create advertisements for the company and upcoming events
  • Ensure that guests were well taken care of and trouble shoot any problems that occurred
May 2010 - Aug 2011

Server/Hostess

Surrey House Restaurant
  • Utilized interpersonal skills to engage with customers in a friendly, professional, efficient way in order to up-sell and ensure satisfaction
  • Maintained good energy level and positive attitude during busy shifts and long nights
  • Utilized problem solving and negotiation skills to deal with difficult situations
  • Used superior interpersonal skills to identify customers needs and provide outstanding customer service

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Proficiency in Public Relations

Throughout my four years at Longwood University, I have used and become very proficient in all aspects of Public Relations both within the Communications Department and other organizations I am affiliated with. I have promoted via events, pamphlets, t-shirts, banners, flyers etc. As Recruitment Vice President for my sorority, I have become an expert in putting together recruitment events and utilizing all aspects of Public Relations such as advertising for these events, ensuring they run smoothly, following up after the event and recruiting for future events. Through my various organizations and group projects, I feel that I have a great understanding about the creativity and collaborative efforts that entail Public Relations.

Social Media Knowledge

In both my personal and professional life, I have created and maintained various social media accounts. I have maintained a Facebook on behalf of many organizations, a Twitter for a class, and several blogs used for both research and writing articles.

Research

Throughout various courses during my undergraduate years at Longwood University I have had the opportunities to conduct personal research for the purpose of completing assignments and responsibilities.  This includes but is not limited to use of online catalogs, survey distribution, data analysis, focus group facilitation and interviews.  I have experience using APA, MLA and Chicago styles of writing and citation and am very confident in my research abilities.