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  posted: September 23,2016 05:56 PM -- submitted by: Sue
I recently applied to a position as a scientific writer/editor, however I obtained my graduate degree in 2011 in MGT and Public Relations and have not had extensive scientific writing experience. I was advised to contact PRSA with help on elevating my KSAs in the following:
-Write and edit internal and external communications, including articles, blogs, media relations, design and revision. Contribute to the overall communication strategy development and implementation. Please advise.

A16: Sue--

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals and can be of great help to you.

PRSA provides many and varied opportunities for professional development. A calendar of programs is available at In addition, the society’s chapters throughout the country conduct local seminars and workshops. Professional Interest Sections offer more opportunities. See for more information.

Studying for and achieving Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is a process that demonstrates one’s mastery of today’s strategic communications practice and commitment to lifelong learning and ethical standards. Information on the process is available at,

To assist candidates in studying for the APR Examination, the APR Study Guide is available online without charge at You could use information in the study guide to assess your proficiencies, and weaknesses, then set out to improve any weaknesses through reading and participating in professional development programs.

Hope this helps!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: August 22,2016 03:45 PM -- submitted by: Leesa Kelley
Q17: Hello -
I am looking for a resume writer/linked in coach who specializes in PR/marketing communications. I have 27 years of experience, the last 20 at the same company. So, I'm rusty in this area. Cna you recommend anyone? Thanks

A17: If you are a member of PRSA, we have a special member benefit for you. A member of the College of Fellows will engage as a mentor with you and help you with your resume, discuss job search techniques, even introduce you to public relations colleagues.

You can find details on the PRSA website.

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

  posted: August 16,2016 11:23 AM -- submitted by: Brian
Q18: Is it possible to work as a mechanical engineer in traditional industries, such as manufacturing and construction, without having to listen to Obama derangement, passive-aggressive racist sarcasm, and the right-wing script about Clinton's emails? In other words, is it only older, white, male conservatives in this field?

A18: This site is intended to provide information for public relations/communication professionals. You must look elsewhere for the information you seek.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: August 13,2016 04:51 PM -- submitted by: Mariah
Q19: I interviewed for a position a few weeks ago. I have called the recruiter who referred me twice regarding updates. Monday he stated they were interviewing the last candidate Tuesday and I should have a response at the end of the week. I don't want a pest, but 1) This is my dream job and I am very anxious about hearing back and 2) If I don't get this job I will continue my college courses instead, but with tuition due Monday, my decision is time sensitive. What should I do?

A19: Use email to let the recruiter know how enthusiastic you are about the job opportunity and how excited you were expecting to hear about your application by the end of last week. Let the person know about your tuition deadline. Of course, keep it professional, but let the person know it's "either/or" for you.

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

  posted: August 11,2016 04:36 PM -- submitted by: Shoyeb
Q20: Hi sir,

My Qualification is in electronics and communication and i have also did the professional diploma certification course in Embedded system. and i want to work in embedded company.

Right now i am working as software engineer . My work is to develop game for set top box.
So i would like ask you that this work experience will help me in my future. if i continue in this work so what is my chances of fields.

A20: Thanks you for your email. It appears to me you are in another area of communications which doesn't fall under our expertise.

We work with public relations.

Try looking on a engineering/software professional organization's website for assistance within your field.

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

  posted: August 11,2016 04:34 PM -- submitted by: Abigail
Q21: Hello,
I have a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication and I have been in the broadcasting field for four years. I was a reporter/anchor/producer/editor for the past four years but now I am looking at starting a career as a Public Relations Manager. What would be some great steps that I can take to achieve this? I never had an internship in Public Relations and usually you need some college credit to do so. Also I don't know which route to take as far as a Master's Degree? or a PR job?

A21: Have you any formal abilities, knowledge and skills training in public relations? Many of your skills from other areas will likely be a great help to you in a PR role, but you'll need to help interpret them for hiring managers.

Here are some ideas. Visit the APR section of the PRSA website and download the APR Study Guide. It will give you good insights into many aspects of PR and Communications. It's written for people planning to earn their APR credential and I think you will find it informative.

Are you networking? Look into the local chapter of PRSA and IABC. Find out when they meet and how you might attend. When there talk to PR professionals about how they started in PR, what their training is like, etc. Don't ask them for jobs at that venue. They too are there to see colleagues and network, not as hiring managers. Collect business cards. If you don't have personal business cards, have some printed. After meeting some profesionals, see if you can meet for coffee or on the phone for an informational interview so you can learn more about them and they can learn about you. They will know about resources in your community and be able to answer your questions, maybe even look at your resume with you.

Also, if you're a PRSA member, one of the benefits is mentoring with a College of Fellows member. That person can give you more specific information related to your skills and help you learn more about our profession.

Good luck in your transition.
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA
expert response from: Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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