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  posted: November 11,2015 05:50 PM -- submitted by: Kara
Q11: My work includes 6 years in economic development and 7 years as a business owner (construction and non-profit consulting). PR has been part of every job I've had, along with marketing, community relations & overall financial/ staff management. I want to focus more on PR by moving into an in-house corporate position, but am not getting much traction. (I've started going to PRSA meetings and am studying for APR). Any tips on how to best position myself and what job level I should be looking at?

A11: Kara--

You are doing exactly what you need to do! Use the free Accreditation Study Guide to assess "where you are" in PR (Download the guide at http://www.praccreditation.org/resources/documents/apr-study-guide.pdf.) Where you have weaknesses, as we all do, use seminars, books, and mentors to "fill in the gaps."

Look for PRSA members who work in economic development and construction and ask for their advice. Don't overlook nonprofits as potential employers!

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

  posted: November 10,2015 10:37 AM -- submitted by: Isaac
Q12: Hi, I am currently on my way to graduating in December. I have interned for a couple of agencies and would like to know if that counts as "experience" as it was for class credit. I have never applied for a professional PR job & notice right away employers usually want someone with at least 5+ years experience. As I am graduating, I'm not completely sure how to get any more experience post graduation. My preferred emphasis are music as well as entertainment. Thank you.

A12: Isaac--

Congratulations on nearly completion on your degree!

Absolutely your internships count as experience. Employers hire beginners as well as those with 5+ years of experience.

Focus on your writing and social media experience; include in your portfolio writing you did for classes (without the heading that shows the class number, etc.), during your internships and for organizations such as PRSSA, fraternities and clubs. Also include information about events you helped plan--concerts, competitions and so on.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: November 9,2015 05:17 PM -- submitted by: Amber
Q13: Hi, I'm looking to relocate back to my hometown of Philadelphia, PA. I currently live in Charleston SC. I have started to apply to jobs back in PA but whenever someone shows interest in me then seem to back away as soon as they find out I do not currently live in the state. Any advice on relocating and what the job searching process should be?

A13: Amber—

Yes, searching for a professional position “remotely” is tough. You need to KNOW the person to whom you send a resume or letter. The best way to do that is to attend chapter meetings of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The chapter’s website is http://philly.org/index.php. There, check out the Job Bank that the chapter supports.

But, as you already know, nothing substitutes for meeting professionals face-to-face. To do that, I suggest that you check to see when PRSA Philly conducts chapter meetings, professional development sessions and other events.

Schedule a trip to Philadelphia that allows you to attend one of their meetings so you can meet some people. Take along a stack of business cards (but keep your resumes in your purse or case) and trade card. Follow up by email and telephone.

If you have a relative or friend who lives in or near Philadelphia, schedule some vacation time from your present job and go for a week so you can, perhaps, schedule interviews.

For the best results, set a date to move to Philadelphia and let your contacts know about that. Otherwise, your trip probably will not yield good results.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 8,2015 10:19 AM -- submitted by: ruth wairimu
Q14: hi there!am ruth currently doing my bachelor's but one thing is that i dont know what to specialize in...have read about pr and am kind of intrested would you help me on that

A14: Ruth--

Public relations is a broad field and has many specialties. Go to www.prsa.org to learn more.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 28,2015 10:12 AM -- submitted by: Gary O'Neil Youngblood Jr.
Q15: I am a senior communication major specializing in Public Relations and would like to ask a career related question. This is to be my second career, as I am also a certified, licensed and practicing Paramedic. I am really interested in Crisis Communications/Disaster Response. As graduation nears, I am looking more and more at potential employers.

My question: What type of employer/industry (if any) would utilize aspects of my Public Relations skills in addition to my history in healthcare?

A15: Wow! What a great combination—healthcare, public relations and crisis communication/disaster response! Many, many healthcare-related organizations need your services! This website lists 100 of them: http://www.mhaprograms.org/organizations-to-watch.html.

Perhaps that will give you an idea of the wide range of possibilities, but don’t overlook government organizations at the local, regional and national levels.

Check out PRSA’s Health Academy, which has 750 members, at https://www.prsa.org/Network/Communities/HealthAcademy/index.html.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 28,2015 09:37 AM -- submitted by: Jasmine
Q16: I got an offer for my first job after college. I spoke with HR over phone today. I was given a summary of the compensation (including salary) and was asked what I thought. I blurted "Yeah, it sounds great". I then asked about vacation policies, start date and relocation assistance (which is not typical for them). I'm waiting for the offer letter. Did I miss my chance to negotiate salary, or can I negotiate after reviewing the letter? Can I say that I waited to negotiate until reading the letter?

A16: You would have been in a better negotiating position if you had not responded the way you did. However, you can negotiate until you actually "sign up."

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

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