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  posted: July 12,2016 07:22 PM -- submitted by: Gary O'Neil Youngblood Jr.
Q11: I am struggling to break into the field of public relations from my previous career as a Paramedic. I would love to combine the two but at this point, I have all but given up all hope of such luck. I continue to apply for PR related jobs but I feel like my experience in Emergency Medicine (10+ years) is overshadowing my limited experience in PR. Anyone have advice or suggestions on how to overcome this? What types of industries would be interested in someone with my credentials? Thanks so much!

A11: Jobs are frequently found through referrals. Are you networking within your local PR community? Look for professional organizations, such as PRSA. Attend meetings and events and get to know the professionals in your area. Exchange business cards. Later call or email those professionals and ask if they are willing to talk with you about the PR profession and their paths to their current positions. Let them know your career aspirations and ask for advice. Don't forget to send a thank you note.

Potential fields: health care, insurance, non-profit groups focused on a specific disease or condition.

Regards,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA


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

  posted: July 6,2016 04:38 PM -- submitted by: Ayelén
Q12: Hi! I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I'm 28 years old. I've graduated already with a 6-years degree in biochemistry but I became interested in PR studies. Would you recommend me doing a master in public relations right away, or would it be better to go for an undergraduate degree first, given that I have no academic background in the communications field? Could you recommend me any program or university for any of both scenarios? Thanks in advance!! Ayelen

A12: Ayelén--

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA.org) provides a directory of universities that offer educational programs in public relations. That directory is available at http://prsa.vendorguides.com/.

One of the universities is Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. You might want to see what that university offers.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:28 PM -- submitted by: azam
Q13: Sir.I am a btech graduate and I want to work in Saudi Arabia.i dont have any experience .few days back I have heard that expatriate engineers should have 3 years of experience to get the job Saudi.is it true?.plz reply.

A13: Azam--

This website is intended to provide information for those seeking positions and advancement in public relations. We are not equipped to answer international engineering questions.

Perhaps an engineering association can be of help.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:26 PM -- submitted by: Barbara Goodman
Q14: I just returned to DC last month after many years in LA and I would like to contribute my background and experience toward an administrative position at a DC PR Firm. I am having a hard time finding which staffing agencies are used by PR Firms for admin roles.

A14: Barbara--

You'll need to ask DC local PR professionals about staffing agencies that are used by PR firms for administrative services.

Your best source for information may be the DC Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, https://www.prsa-ncc.org/.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:22 PM -- submitted by: Con M
Q15: Hi

I will be graduating from a PRSA accredited program at Seneca College. I will have a Graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Toronto, Canada.

What advice would you give for finding employment stateside? Is it easier to find opportunities if you come from a PRSA recognized program? Thanks.

A15: Finding a position in the USA while not living in this country is difficult. 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.

If you visit the USA, 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 cities. (See https://www.prsa.org/Network/Chapters/Find/index.html#.VgF5apoQW1s 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.

Finding a position will be much easier if you have a resume that includes an internship during which you would work under the direction of a PR professional. An internship allows you to produce examples of your writing and other skills that will be attractive to prospective employers.

While graduating from a PRSA recognized program would be of interest to prospective employers who are involved in PRSA, your skills, experience, enthusiasm and outgoing personality are much more important.

Let me 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.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 6,2016 04:13 PM -- submitted by: Giselle
Q16: How can I get started in the PR field as a recent college graduate (communication and sociology degree) who has had mainly journalism, legal, and administrative experience? And do advertising and PR follow this same path, or do the two fields work closely together? Also, if it makes a difference, I currently live and work in NYC.

A16: Giselle—
You have a good start, with your experience in journalism and your degree in communication and sociology. And you are in the USA’s largest market for journalism and public relations.

The “common denominator” for journalism, PR and advertising is WRITING. It’s the basis for all three fields. Journalism and public relations writing are quite similar; advertising writing is very different. Marketing combines the three and relies heavily on research-based decision making.

A difficulty you face is that graduates who have specialized in public relations have been taught skills that you will need. And most of them have experience in PR writing labs and in “real life” internships, working under the direction of professionals. That experience makes them highly desirable to employers.

To “catch up,” you would do well to check out the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) process at http://www.praccreditation.org/apply/apr/. You might find that process helpful, whether or not you continue through the Accreditation process. You could use “2016 Competencies/KSAs Tested in Examination” to evaluate your own KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). If you find deficiencies, go to http://www.praccreditation.org/resources/recommended-texts/index.html and select a book or books that you believe will be helpful.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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