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Meet Kylie M. Munoz

16 Sep 2013, by Kylie Munoz in IABC/SD News, Meet our Members, Member Profiles

A former account executive for Tehama Group Communications – a student-run public relations firm at Chico State – and a news room intern for KHSL-TV in Chico, Kylie M. Munoz currently works as a Sales & Marketing Specialist for Granite Gold Inc. Additionally, she is a recent college graduate and new resident to San Diego. kyliem__100x120 When she is not working, you can find her running, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

About Me

Birthplace:
Newport Beach, CA

Current Residence:
San Diego, CA (Point Loma)

IABC Member Since:
2013

Favorite Quote:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Running; lounging on the beach; traveling; checking out cool, new places in San Diego (Gaslamp District, Liberty Station and Sambazon Acai Cafe in Encinitas are my new favorite hang outs); and spending time with my family and friends.

Three words that best describe me:
Thoughtful, Whitty, Enthusiastic

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
Almost everything about my new job has been a challenge! You don’t realize how much you know and how much you still need to learn until you’re really forced to put your communications skill-set to the test. I remember my professors diligently telling me, “when you get into the real world, you’re going to need to know this.” I’m glad that I took my professors’ advice, but there is still so much room to grow and learn. I’m constantly being challenged and learning new things everyday.

My favorite communications memory is…
Working with my amazing team when I was an account executive at Tehama Group Communications, and getting my first “real” job offer over the phone was a great memory…I was so excited I accidentally said, “really?!”

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
Opportunities to really shine in your career (and in life), often times look like really hard work. Furthermore, never say no to an opportunity given to you, and always know that no matter how difficult it may seem, you will most likely learn the most in that experience.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Internships and building my professional network has been the most useful resources for me. Internships are where you gain the most experience for your future career. Also, it’s always important for me to stay connected with people because they could be “bridges” to potential future career opportunities. LinkedIn has been a great way to network with fellow alumni and professionals in the area. Make sure your profile is up to date with your most current experience! Also, having an online portfolio of your work, experience and resume will help set you apart in your job search. Additionally, IABC, PRSA, the AP Style Book, Facebook and Twitter are also resources I frequently tap into.

The most valuable thing about my membership with IABC is…
Having the opportunity to be the director of web content and to meet and network with the best communications professionals in the San Diego area. Also, the variety of professional development events and career resources that are available to members have been extremely valuable.

You should know this about me…
I’m a firm believer that with an education, ambition and a positive attitude, anything you’ve hoped for in life is possible. I also think laughter is the best medicine, and everyone should get up and dance when the occasion is right. Lastly, spending time with my family and friends gives me the greatest happiness, and I drink iced tea more than any other beverage.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Sales & Marketing Specialist, Granite Gold Inc. 2013-present

Previous Jobs
Account Executive, Tehama Group Communications (student-run public relations firm at Chico State)
Intern, KHSL-TV in Chico
Intern, Deer Creek Broadcasting in Chico
Features writer, The Orion (student-run newspaper at Chico State)

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LinkedIn
Twitter

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