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  posted: February 22,2015 03:51 PM -- submitted by: Kelly Long
Q11: I am a former federal law enforcement agent and public information officer for Dept of Justice. I left the field to pursue a teaching career (elementary ed) and now would like to get back into the field of public relations , community relations and crisis management. My advanced degrees are in Psychology, Criminal Justice and Education. I still maintain my contacts from the PR world which are primarily police and fire. Suggestions and advice?
Thank you!!

A11: What a great background you have for public information work in a government organization! I suggest that you visit with your police and fire contacts and learn whether they have suggestions for you. It's possible that you can reenter the public information field immediately.

If you want to check your public relations KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities), go to http://www.praccreditation.org/index.html and download the APR (Accredited in Public Relations) Study Guide. Use that guide to conduct a self-assessment. That should allow you to determine whether your KSAs are up-to-date. If not, check PRSA's local and national continuing education offerings and take advantage of those that can be of help.

If you decide to pursue Accreditation in Public Relations, or the Accreditation process (whether or not you want to seek Accreditation) contact the Accreditation Chair in the PRSA chapter nearest you.

Hope this helps!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 22,2015 09:27 AM -- submitted by: MIke Sartini
Q12: Hello, all! I am starting a motivational speaking and coaching business shortly. Would anyone happen to have any advice as to how to start such a venture or how to get places to hire you to speak? It's an unusual career path, I know, but I figured that I would ask in case anyone had an idea or two that I could use. Thank you.

A12: Mike--

PRSA is a great place to start. Volunteer to speak at chapter meetings, and offer to do a free workshop on a topic that's comfortable. Those are good, friendly places to spread the word and make your promotional materials available.

Do the same with IABC and other professional organizations.

Anytime a person starts a new venture, it takes time to build it, so be patient and do one step at a time. Don't count on having your speaking and coaching activities to support you for quite some time.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 7,2015 09:52 AM -- submitted by: priyanka
Q13: I'm a b.tech graduate from electronics;I am intrested to get into public relations field.pls do advice me i am totally confused .how can I get into this field?

A13: Getting into public relations without a journalism or public relations degree and serving in public relations internships would be quite difficult. You would face competition from college graduates with that kind of background.

To study the KSAs (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) commonly needed, go to http://bit.ly/1AByb4r.

Public relations, more commonly called corporate communications or public affairs, encompasses a broad swath of positions and responsibilities, so an opportunity for you may exist, but finding it will not be easy.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 30,2015 04:41 PM -- submitted by: Julie
Q14: I left the PR industry 9 years ago and want to transition back into the field, but I do not have recent PR experience. Can you tell me how to get employers to continue to read my resume beyond my most recent position to see that I was in PR in the past? I put in my cover letter that I left the industry 9 years ago, state what I have been doing and explain I am eager to get back into the field, but I feel employers see I have not been in the field recently and that is working against me.

A14: Julie--

You must KNOW each person to whom you send a resume. The best way to get to know PR people is to join PRSA and become active in your local chapter. Attend monthly meetings and trade business cards. Follow up by email. Find members who work in areas of your interest and ask for informational meetings with them--to give you "the lay of the PR land," so to speak. Ask each one for specific recommendations of where you should apply.

You might also make yourself available for project work as a free-lancer. That, too, is a great way to meet the right people.

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

  posted: January 26,2015 05:26 PM -- submitted by: Darrell Williams
Q15: I've just retired from a corporate PR position after 35 years and want to begin doing contract/consulting work from home. I need to determine how much to charge for my services. Are there guidelines for hourly rates to charge for different types/levels of PR services? Any suggestions?

A15: Darrell--

That's a challenge. This article provides a reasonable approach to deciding what to charge:
http://bit.ly/1BIgtyB

Hope it helps!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 21,2015 03:08 PM -- submitted by: Rebecca Bourne
Q16: I am about to graduate with my Master's degree in PR in May and have been starting the job hunting process, but I have been going back and forth about which type of resume to send out. Is it better to send out a resume that is colorful and unique or one that is more professional and standard? What is the best way to make your resume stand out among the crowd?

A16: Rebecca--

The type of resume you send depends on the organization to which it is sent. If you are interested in a PR position in a law firm, engineering firm or accounting firm, stick with professional and standard. On the other hand, if you are applying to work in entertainment or tourism, use the colorful and unusual approach.

Good luck in your quest!
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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