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  posted: February 10,2016 10:31 AM -- submitted by: Caroline
Q1: I have been offered a job and am currently employed. My current position is part time, doesn't pay enough, and is not in my field (the arts), but has opportunity to advance to full time within the next three months and develops transferable skills. The new job is full time with great benefits and is in my field, but the commute is twice as long and the road to advancement is unclear. I'm not sure what to do.

A1: Caroline--

...Sounds as if your heart is telling you to take the job offer. It's in your field, is full time and has great benefits. Sounds good! If the commute is unbearable, consider moving closer.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 1,2016 03:31 PM -- submitted by: Deanna
Q2: I have a BSW but have had several personal and health related issues since getting it. My resume looks odd due to mostly short term contracts I took just to work and hope something would come up.
I have been terminated a few times and I believe its due to lingering deficits from chemo that prevent me from being able to complete the tasks required of the job
Im not sure where to go from here.

A2: Deanna,
Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear of your heath-related issues. I hope things have straightened out for you by now.

It appears your degree is in Social Work. This site works with people who are communications and public relations professionals. I recommend you go back to the Internet and search some social work related sites to seek advice from professionals in your field of study.

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

  posted: January 19,2016 06:43 PM -- submitted by: Michael
Q3: I have been a professional journalist for more than a decade and when I decided to make the leap to PR I decided to go back to school and have recently completed a second masters program to boost my skill set to include marketing, event planning and other aspects of the industry. I feel with my experience and background I should be getting more interview requests, however responses have been minimal. I've had my resume reworked, cover letters reviewed and still nothing. Am I missing something?

A3: Michael--

You need to KNOW each person to whom you send a resume. Check out the nearest chapter of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). Attend meetings and trade business cards with PRSA members who work in industries that interest you. Follow up by email and phone. Volunteering would be a plus.

How are your social media skills? That's important, along with experience in writing for a variety of media in addition to journalism.

Go to PRSA's Accreditation pages and download the (big) Accreditation Study Guide. Use the guide to be sure you're "up" on KSAs (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) necessary in the level of public relations you need. And be sure you don't overlook jobs in corporate communications, public affairs and other PR-related areas.

Best of success to you!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 12,2016 10:55 AM -- submitted by: Fortune Molete
Q4: Am interested in PR so I would like to know if there is a lot of opportunity to get a job after studying especially when I was studying in a college


A4: Fortune--

Public relations is an extremely diverse field, and it offers many opportunities. However, competition for positions are quite competitive. Excellent grades in college, a degree in communications, and the successful completion of at least one internship are basic requirements for employment in PR.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 5,2016 02:48 PM -- submitted by: Kelsey
Q5: I am interested in PR and international studies. Is there any way I can tie these two together and get a job from them?

Thank you!

A5: Certainly that's possible. However, you probably would need a university degree, preferably in strategic communication, perhaps with a minor in international studies.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: December 19,2015 10:30 AM -- submitted by: Sumera Primuswala
Q6: I have a question regarding job offers. I received offer from a company A and was waiting for an offer from another company B that I really wanted to join and a company C as well. In order to expedite their offers I emailed them saying I had received offer from a company A and I would like to know my status with company B and C , and when I could expect an offer. Both rejected me. Would my email have affected their decision on extending me an offer ?

A6: That's hard to say. I suspect that B and C thought you were trying to get them to increase their offers--to put pressure on them to hire you. So your emails probably affected their decisions.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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