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  posted: October 28,2014 06:55 PM -- submitted by: Sharon
Q1: Hi Mr. Haynes,

I am currently exploring opportunities and had a salary question. I have 8 years experience, a combination of in-house and agency PR. What would be the appropriate title and salary range in NJ?

Thanks in advance!

A1: Sharon--

Here are links to the best salary information I have available. The first one is specific to New Jersey.,16.htm

Hope you can find what you need.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 27,2014 06:39 PM -- submitted by: Julia Denhoff
Q2: I am a senior at the University of Delaware graduating in the Spring of 2015. I have had 4 internships and have a good size portfolio of my work. UD doesn't have a great network for PR jobs in NYC and although I've made connections through my internships, I am struggling for advice when it comes to when I should start applying for jobs and how the best way to go about finding jobs that will be fitting for a recent graduate. Any advice?

A2: Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

You're right to be using your network to look for a job and to focus your search.

Have you signed up for the daily job listing through the PRSA Job Center on our website? PR News and several other groups have similar job listings. If you haven't registered for several, do so.

Attending local PR programs, sponsored by groups like PRSA, IABC and other communication groups, is another way to network with new groups.

Your college's placement center should also have some support for you. Have you connected with them?

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 27,2014 09:40 AM -- submitted by: Catalina
Q3: I am interested in working in PR and marketing with a particular focus on consumer brands. I have considered going to grad school, but how much more beneficial is getting a master's for a career in PR? Is it worth doing, and what type of master's degree would be a good fit for the field I want to get into?

Thank you.

A3: While marketing and public relations are related, they are different disciplines. You might want to explore where your greatest interest lies.

Determining what is right for you requires far more information than you're able to provide here. Are you an entry level or experienced professional? What is your undergratuate degree? What work experience do you have? What is your passion?

Once you're clear on your elevator speech, begin networking. Attend local professional meetings -- PRSA, IABC, other communications and marketing related groups. Meet people, ask about their backgrounds, how they entered the profession, what they look for when hiring people, etc.

One caution: don't ask for a job in this setting and don't take up too much of one person's time. The professional is there to network and talk with colleagues, just like you are. Ask instead if the person has 20 to 30 minutes at a later date to talk with you about his or her career. Email or call to schedule the time.

Good luck networking,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 27,2014 09:28 AM -- submitted by: Lala
Q4: Hello! The job market today is getting so competitive, especially when it comes to the field of communication. I was wondering if it would really help to get a doctoral degree in communication if I wanted to become a consultant or hold a manager/executive level position in an organization? I do not really want to teach, but I do want to advance my career beyond entry level.

A4: Lala,
We do work in a competitive environment and job searches can be a challenge. Knowing what is right in your case is difficult with so little information. Are you a member of PRSA? If you are, I recommend that you seek a College of Fellows mentor, free to PRSA members. This mentor will be able to look at your existing education and work experience, ask you questions and coach you on areas which need strengthening, etc.

If that avenue isn't available to you, talk with the counselors and advisers at your college/university to gain greater insight.

Good luck,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 26,2014 04:15 PM -- submitted by: Abhishek
Q5: I am currently working in a small IT company as developer (still under training period) , i have got selected in renowned company for the profile of IT operation. So I am confused, for what should i go, developer profile in a small company or a big company with IT operation as a profile ? please help me out

A5: Abhishek--

This site is intended to assist people in public relations as they seek employment or promotion. We are not equipped to assist IT personnel. Please seek assistance from IT web sites or local IT organizations and personnel.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 7,2014 10:43 AM -- submitted by: Steve Hawkins
Q6: I am 65. I want to work. I like to work. I have extensive experience -- former journalist, corporate PR executive, agency executive. I am interested in part-time, contract, fill in or even full-time work. My age seems to be a negative. How can I get past the age thing? I still have much to offer and I enjoy working!

A6: Hi Steve, There is something to say for us boomers who still want to work. My response to your questions is, "It all depends..." How much money do you want to make? What do you want to do? Where are you located? What kind of work do you want to do. I put myself in your shoes and asked myself where I might find work. I would say that I could be a free-lance writer, strategist, consultant. I would find work by networking at my region's public relations meetings. I might look at state and federal contracts that are being deployed in your region. With technology, you are not really restricted by geography, but you might not want to do a lot of travelling. Or, that could be a plus. And by getting on a board or two, you meet your region's leaders and opportunities most likely will open up. If you would like to discuss further, contact me off-line.
expert response from: Deborah Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA

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