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  posted: September 28,2015 10:12 AM -- submitted by: Gary O'Neil Youngblood Jr.
Q1: I am a senior communication major specializing in Public Relations and would like to ask a career related question. This is to be my second career, as I am also a certified, licensed and practicing Paramedic. I am really interested in Crisis Communications/Disaster Response. As graduation nears, I am looking more and more at potential employers.

My question: What type of employer/industry (if any) would utilize aspects of my Public Relations skills in addition to my history in healthcare?

A1: Wow! What a great combination—healthcare, public relations and crisis communication/disaster response! Many, many healthcare-related organizations need your services! This website lists 100 of them:

Perhaps that will give you an idea of the wide range of possibilities, but don’t overlook government organizations at the local, regional and national levels.

Check out PRSA’s Health Academy, which has 750 members, at

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 28,2015 09:37 AM -- submitted by: Jasmine
Q2: I got an offer for my first job after college. I spoke with HR over phone today. I was given a summary of the compensation (including salary) and was asked what I thought. I blurted "Yeah, it sounds great". I then asked about vacation policies, start date and relocation assistance (which is not typical for them). I'm waiting for the offer letter. Did I miss my chance to negotiate salary, or can I negotiate after reviewing the letter? Can I say that I waited to negotiate until reading the letter?

A2: You would have been in a better negotiating position if you had not responded the way you did. However, you can negotiate until you actually "sign up."

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

  posted: September 22,2015 12:10 PM -- submitted by: NYC Law
Q3: I am waiting to hear back from a non-profit employer about a position. I had three interviews including a final interview with the big boss who uttered the words "congratulations" and said I would hear from them in two weeks. I checked in for several months and they only finally got back to me three weeks ago and checked my references. Now I followed up again and I have not heard back in a week and a half. What is my next move? What are they doing right now?

A3: You probably should contact the "big boss" who congratulated you.

Answering the question "What are they doing right now?" would require us to speculate on a situation about which we have no knowledge.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 22,2015 11:58 AM -- submitted by: Vlad P.
Q4: I have just recently obtained a Master's in Strategic Communications and P.R. at an American college in Europe and will also be finishing a 3 month internship at an United Nations office (in Europe) in October. The only real job experience I have is in sales while obtaining my Bachelor's. I have been applying left and right to communication positions all over the United States (I am a citizen), but I feel I am just shooting blind so to speak. With my min. experience what should I look for?

A4: Vlad—

Congratulations on completing your degree!

Sales experience is good. Truth be known, public relations people are salespersons, or they should be. We try to convince people to “buy” our concepts, as well as products and services.

Finding a position in the USA while not living in this country is difficult, as you have experienced. That is especially true when you have little or no “real-life” experience. Public relations position are quite competitive, whether the position is called public relations, corporate communications, public affairs or another title.

Do you have a trip to the USA planned? If so, focus your attention on organizations in the cities you will visit. Try to attend a meeting of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter in one or more of the cities. (See to find a chapter.) Meet PR professionals; exchange business cards; follow up immediately by email or phone. Ask for 20-minute meetings (in person or by phone) to get overviews of the market and contacts. Finding a job is much easier if you KNOW the person whom you are contacting.

Otherwise, I suggest that you try to locate a job where you are. You’ll probably find that locating a new position is easier when you are employed and gaining experience.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 20,2015 04:32 PM -- submitted by: Al
Q5: Hi there, I am a German national with work experience in German media and in PR in G. Currently I am working as media relations manager. However, I might move to the US. Therefore I am looking for a Masters program that will make me fit to continue my career in PR in the US. Can you recommend any specific program? How important is the reputation of the university and what do you think of so of so called master in professional studies programs? Thanks Al

A5: Al--

I will respond to your question by email.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 3,2015 05:56 PM -- submitted by: Kiersten Woglom
Q6: I graduated this August with my B.S. in Communications from ASU. I've completed two PR internships where I was able to gain a ton of experience and insight into the public relations industry. Now that I am graduated, I am ready for more. I just moved from Phoenix to Houston and am having trouble getting noticed for my PR skills. I seem to get more attention from recruiters for my previous experience in retail and sales. How can I better sell my experience to help me land interviews for PR jobs?

A6: Get to know the PR community in Houston. Most jobs are found through networking -- so get started. Join the local PRSA chapter, attend events, talk with people, ask if they would be willing to set up an informational interview with you -- call after the event to arrange this. Get business cards and hand them out. Don't monopolize any one person, remember they're also there wanting to talk with friends and socialize.

You might also want to volunteer at a prominent non-profit to get that exposure to the local community.

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

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