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  posted: October 7,2014 10:43 AM -- submitted by: Steve Hawkins
Q1: 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!

A1: 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

  posted: October 3,2014 05:09 PM -- submitted by: Veronica Spak
Q2: I am currently a senior communication major at the University of Maryland. I am looking to apply for entry level positions for my post graduate career. When should I start looking for positions and applying? Is it too early to start now? I have seen many positions that are of interest to me, but it is difficult to tell if they are looking to hire immediately or in the future. Any advice on when to apply?

Veronica Spak

A2: Veronica--

By this time you should have completed at least two internships and developed a "show and tell" portfolio that displays and explains the work you have done. If you haven't done that, you are at a disadvantage in the highly competitive job market.

Whether you look for an internship or a "real job," it certainly is not too early to get started.

Locate a professional organization in your specific field of communication and attend the organization's local meetings. Meet professionals and distribute copies of your excellently designed business card. Collect the professionals' business cards and follow up by email. Ask for a 15-minute informational session with those who work in areas in which you are interested. You can do this by telephone if you can't get a face-to-face session. Ask for names and contact information for people who might be hiring. Yes, this is called "networking," and it's the best way to get to know the local market and the organizations where the jobs are.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 3,2014 05:00 PM -- submitted by: Katie
Q3: It has been a challenge to find an entry level PR position since graduating this past May, even with 2 internships listed on my resume. I am considering going to grad school, but can't decide if it will significantly improve my chances of finding a job. Would it be beneficial to get a masters in Graphic Design? That is my weakest area of necessary PR skills and one of the most important. What do you suggest is the best approach to take to bettering my chances of landing an entry level job?

A3: Katie--

A masters in graphic design may enhance your efforts to find a job in design.

If you are interested in finding a position in public relations more quickly, here’s what I recommend:

You need to know each of the people to whom you send a resume and cover letter. The best way to do that is to attend PRSA chapter meetings.

Check the websites of the nearest PRSA chapters and put the dates/times/locations of their chapter meetings and other events on your calendar. Work out a way to attend some of them. Be there early, and take along a generous supply of business cards and hand them out to professionals whom you meet. This is not the place to distribute resumes. Collect a business card from each person, and send your resume to them by email.

If you can, volunteer to help with registration for a chapter meeting. That’s a good way to meet professionals.

If you haven’t already done so, go to and examine this 150-page Study Guide for Accreditation in Public Relations. Go through the study guide carefully, and check off those KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) where you have experience that you can document. Pay attention to the KSAs where you need to improve. Seek workshops, publications and so on that will help.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 3,2014 04:58 PM -- submitted by: Emily
Q4: I'm interviewing for a "PR & Communications Manager" role at a tech company with corporate HQ in San Francisco and operations in four large cities. Part of the job is mentoring/managing the four Marketing Managers in those cities in PR. Is it common for a corporate-level Manager to manage others with the title of Manager? It seems as though this position should be a Director role or at least a Senior Manager, with commensurate pay. It will oversee all PR and internal communications companywide.

A4: Emily--

Go to to see public relations position titles and job descriptions. While this document is out of date, it probably will provide answers to your questions.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 3,2014 04:55 PM -- submitted by: Gamu Kamhaka
Q5: I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Speech Communication and a Master's in Community Counseling. I am looking to transition into Public Relations and I wanted to know if I should get a degree in Public Relations or try to get into the field with my experience from my previous positions? What is the best way to get into the field?

Thank you.

A5: Gamu--

To determine whether you are prepared to move into public relations, go to Examine the 150-page Study Guide for Accreditation in Public Relations. Go through the study guide carefully, and check off those KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) where you have experience that you can apply. Pay attention to the KSAs where you need to improve. Seek workshops, publications and so on that will help.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 30,2014 04:45 PM -- submitted by: Eddie Godshak
Q6: I am working on startup that I invested over $400,000 of my own funds to build the unique technology, and now low on funds…. Looking for a way to get PRs, to attract strategic business partners/capital.

Given the above, the ideal scenario is to find a smart PR person, who can defer fees and get results. Possible equity based incentive.

Can I post on your website, or suggestions? How to find such a PR person?

Eddie G, CEO of Wiz Maps

A6: Thank you for your question. The purpose of our site is to answer public relations related questions; we don't post requests like yours.

However, I suggest you go to Internet, LinkedIn and Facebook for affinity sites. For instance, in Minnesota we have Other areas of the country have similar sites. They are a good way to connect with public relations professionals. You might want to talk with Ryan May who created the site here.

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

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