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If you have questions about your job search, turn to our career experts and get the edge you need. Members of PRSA’s College of Fellows are ready and willing to help you with two programs:

Ask the Experts: Answers to quick questions about your job search. Examples include:

  • How should I respond to these types of interview questions: "Tell me about yourself” or "What are your salary requirements?”
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  • What am I doing wrong? I send out resumes but never get interviews.
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To ask a question, scroll down to the question form and fill it out. When you’re ready to submit it, click the "Submit Question" button at the bottom. Many of your questions may already be answered in the more than 300 responses listed below so you may wish to review them first.

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There are currently 631 questions posted.

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  posted: June 15,2015 05:37 PM -- submitted by: Matthew
Q11: Hello,

I currently work in a department that consists of myself and one other person, who is focused on marketing efforts - so, I am the only communications/PR-focused person in the company at this time.

My question is about how I can best find either a mentor or a way to better advance my career from both a learning and development standpoint. Would it make more sense to look outside the organization, at the communications department of our parent company, or another option?

Thank you!

A11: Matthew--

Check with the president of the PRSA chapter nearest you to determine if the chapter has people available to serve as local mentors. The advantage of doing that is that those people will be acquainted with the local market and should be equipped to work with you.

PRSA's national organization has members of the College of Fellows who have volunteered to serve as mentors. Go to http://www.prsa.org/jobcenter/career_resources/resource_type/strategic_advice/mentor_match/
Then select "Go to Mentor Match" and provide the information requested. That will put you into the College of Fellows' process to match you with a PRSA mentor.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 15,2015 05:28 PM -- submitted by: Dee Kreitsma
Q12: I am 54, and lost my job a year ago. I have tried everything, including looking for jobs out of my experience zone. I am 'overqualified' all too often; sometimes perfectly qualified in experience, but lack the actual education required to apply; lack recent experience (even in simple positions like a call center agent); etc. etc. Recently I was told by Work Source WA that 'over 50 getting a job is unlikely due to the cost of insuring therefore I should consider self-employment'. ADVICE!!??!!

A12: Dee--

This site is limited to providing information to public relations professionals. If you work in PR, please post again with more specific information so we can attempt to assist you.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 8,2015 03:06 PM -- submitted by: Annie
Q13: I just started a new job where the person I'm replacing is still in the job. I'm supposed to be shadowing her (which we did the first week) but now in the second week she hasn't shown me anything new. So I feel like a slob at my desk because she hasn't given me any work to do. I asked if she needed help with anything but she just says not right now. I would like to take on more responsibility. Should I just wait till she's gone to ask our boss for more work or can I go the boss now ?

A13: Annie--

Don't go "over the head" of your supervisor. Let her know that you want to learn from her experience. Ask her to teach you how to ____________ (one skill at a time).

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

  posted: May 27,2015 01:17 PM -- submitted by: Nick
Q14: What professional field will need the most people and have the least competition in the future? I'm trying to choose a career to study for, I have no particular interests and don't find that very important. I want the best opportunities to make the most money while on the design and planning side.

A14: Nick--

We are only human, and we have no crystal ball, so we have no way to provide the information you seek.

Best of luck in your search for the pot of gold.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: May 8,2015 11:59 AM -- submitted by: Bria Woods
Q15: New grad just 6 days ago. I still need an internship to complete my graduation requirements. I would like to get an entry level job in PR or event planning that can sign off on my 120 hour internship requirement.
What do you suggest !

A15: Bria--

Attend the next meeting of the PRSA chapter that's nearest to where you are. If you can't do that, go to www.prsa.org and locate the website of that chapter. Then contact some of the chapter's leaders and ask them the same question you posted here.

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

  posted: May 5,2015 10:59 PM -- submitted by: Rachel
Q16: Hi!
I am working on a project for my Graduate PR class and I was hoping you could provide me insight into a few things.

First, I was wondering what value you place on research and planning when it comes to your profession?

Next, I was also wondering your opinion on how social media is impacting and changing PR work?

Thanks!

A16: Rachel,
These are both good questions. I think you would benefit from having a discussion with a PR professional about both of these issues. My answering these questions will be pretty one dimensional -- if you were to talk with someone you would be able to ask follow up questions and get insights that you won't get from this exchange.

In addition, it is a perfect opportunity to network with PR professionals. I suggest you connect with your local PRSA chapter president or one of the other officers. You can find the president's name on this website -- look under communities.

Without knowing what your class project is, it's hard to know if these are really the best questions for you to be exploring. Both seem to have been asked and answered many times over. If you were to speak directly with a person, he or she could help you explore what questions really get to the information you want/need. Your results will be richer and your experience more beneficial to you.

Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA



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

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