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  posted: March 24,2016 10:44 AM -- submitted by: Darren Shore
Q11: I recently got a new job as a PR and Communications Manager position at a start up production company that specializes in Comic Books and will eventually move on to Video Games and Film. I've had the job for almost 2 months and I know what my job entails but I don't know how to make it reflect well on a resume. May I get assistance?

A11: Darren--

I have responded by email.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: March 20,2016 11:08 AM -- submitted by: gayatri
Q12: I am 2015 passout cse student from nit raipur got company through college but they not sent me offer letter i am currently in bangalore and searching for job i have lost many big opportunities for very good companies because of many misfortunes with me now i've tired to search job any one guide me what are the things me have to do , i'm unable to do course because of economical crises and what are things me have to do for my good career path after happening that things i can make my career in ri

A12: I recommend you talk in person with a career counselor in your home community. Such a person would be able to discuss your concerns, evaluate your education and skills and help you establish a viable career path.

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

  posted: March 19,2016 10:37 AM -- submitted by: Luke
Q13: Sales guy for yrs. Went to new company, excelled first 6 mo. Meanwhile, sales VP oversaw 2 groups local & national sales. Mgrs complained Sales VP local sales force not growing branch sales, Sales dir role created for me, pres/coo removed local sales staff from VP and gave to me to develop team grow branches. I did not report to Sales vp, to someone else. It was great. Few months after, my boss left. Then, I was placed under the sales vp! Awkward! Sales VP clearly out to get me, undermines

A13: Luke,
It seems you should talk with you Human Resources office.

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

  posted: March 19,2016 10:36 AM -- submitted by: Jess
Q14: I have a PhD in communication. I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, but I need to switch careers if I have any hope of living with my spouse. I am interested in PR, since I've had internships in this field. I have taught students in how to put together campaigns for local nonprofits (some of which were implemented by the partnering organization), and I've also done volunteer PR work for nonprofits myself. Do I need to get an internship before applying for full time jobs?

A14: Jess,
Every person and every organization is different. In hiring, an internship was never a requirement for me. I suggest you develop your portfolio including you nonprofit PR work and describing your teaching/coaching of PR students.

Then begin the process of networking. Join your local chapter of PRSA or another professional organization. Attend meetings, get to know people in your local community (beyond those you already know), ask for business cards and follow up in the following days with requests for informational interviews. Learn more about your local PR community. Ask advice.

Let family and friends know of your interest to change professions and even specific companies you're interested in learning more about.

To set yourself apart, you might also want to earn your accreditation. Connect with your local PRSA chapter to learn more about how they support members in this effort.

Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: March 10,2016 12:49 PM -- submitted by: Priscilla
Q15: I have been working in the Marketing Communications/PR field for almost 20 years. I have been debating on getting my Masters. Is it really needed these days? There are so many certifications in specific areas that one can do that I'm wondering if it is worth the time and money to pursue a Masters these days. Currently I am part of my executive team at my company. Am I better off continuing with additional professional development workshops?

A15: Priscilla—

If you work in the field of education, a master’s degree and a PhD are absolutely essential. In other fields that’s less true. However, as a part of your company’s executive team, an MBA should be quite beneficial.

Check out the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) process at You might find that process helpful, whether or not you continue through the computerized examination. Most of the resources listed on that website are available without charge.

You could use “2016 Competencies/KSAs Tested in Examination” to evaluate your own KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities). You’ll find that the competencies needed in PR are quite similar to those needed in marketing. Pay close attention to KSAs that are necessary to advance in your career.

If you find deficiencies, go to and select a book or books that you believe will be helpful.

Certainly PD workshops and seminars can be helpful, and a master’s degree may be exactly what you need. We hope you choose a route that will be the right one!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: March 10,2016 12:32 PM -- submitted by: Abe M
Q16: I could use some advice landing an entry-level PR job. I have two years of experience as a state regulator but this was just a job I took to pay my expenses during grad school. I have a M.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in English & Political Science. I have one PR internship from a year a go but those contacts are cold now. Do I pretty much have to leave my job and take unpaid PR internships, or is there some hope in marketing my "transferable" skills and landing my first PR job now? Thanks.

A16: Abe—

Let me suggest that you do a self-assessment by comparing your KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) with the KSAs necessary for an accredited public relations professional.

To do that, go to, select “2016 Competencies/KSAs Tested in Examination.” Work through the six objectives presented and assess your KSAs compared to each one listed in the guide. Where you find deficiencies, go to and select a book or books that you believe will be helpful.

You will find more information on KSAs needed for PR Accreditation in the APR Study Guide, which can be downloaded at

If you decide to apply for Accreditation in Public Relations, check the website for the PRSA chapter nearest you. You should be able to locate that chapter’s Accreditation chair and get involved with local PR folks involved in studying for Accreditation.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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