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  posted: September 22,2015 12:10 PM -- submitted by: NYC Law
Q16: I am waiting to hear back from a non-profit employer about a position. I had three interviews including a final interview with the big boss who uttered the words "congratulations" and said I would hear from them in two weeks. I checked in for several months and they only finally got back to me three weeks ago and checked my references. Now I followed up again and I have not heard back in a week and a half. What is my next move? What are they doing right now?

A16: You probably should contact the "big boss" who congratulated you.

Answering the question "What are they doing right now?" would require us to speculate on a situation about which we have no knowledge.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 22,2015 11:58 AM -- submitted by: Vlad P.
Q17: I have just recently obtained a Master's in Strategic Communications and P.R. at an American college in Europe and will also be finishing a 3 month internship at an United Nations office (in Europe) in October. The only real job experience I have is in sales while obtaining my Bachelor's. I have been applying left and right to communication positions all over the United States (I am a citizen), but I feel I am just shooting blind so to speak. With my min. experience what should I look for?

A17: Vlad—

Congratulations on completing your degree!

Sales experience is good. Truth be known, public relations people are salespersons, or they should be. We try to convince people to “buy” our concepts, as well as products and services.

Finding a position in the USA while not living in this country is difficult, as you have experienced. That is especially true when you have little or no “real-life” experience. Public relations position are quite competitive, whether the position is called public relations, corporate communications, public affairs or another title.

Do you have a trip to the USA planned? If so, focus your attention on organizations in the cities you will visit. Try to attend a meeting of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter in one or more of the cities. (See https://www.prsa.org/Network/Chapters/Find/index.html#.VgF5apoQW1s to find a chapter.) Meet PR professionals; exchange business cards; follow up immediately by email or phone. Ask for 20-minute meetings (in person or by phone) to get overviews of the market and contacts. Finding a job is much easier if you KNOW the person whom you are contacting.

Otherwise, I suggest that you try to locate a job where you are. You’ll probably find that locating a new position is easier when you are employed and gaining experience.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 20,2015 04:32 PM -- submitted by: Al
Q18: Hi there, I am a German national with work experience in German media and in PR in G. Currently I am working as media relations manager. However, I might move to the US. Therefore I am looking for a Masters program that will make me fit to continue my career in PR in the US. Can you recommend any specific program? How important is the reputation of the university and what do you think of so of so called master in professional studies programs? Thanks Al

A18: Al--

I will respond to your question by email.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: September 3,2015 05:56 PM -- submitted by: Kiersten Woglom
Q19: I graduated this August with my B.S. in Communications from ASU. I've completed two PR internships where I was able to gain a ton of experience and insight into the public relations industry. Now that I am graduated, I am ready for more. I just moved from Phoenix to Houston and am having trouble getting noticed for my PR skills. I seem to get more attention from recruiters for my previous experience in retail and sales. How can I better sell my experience to help me land interviews for PR jobs?

A19: Get to know the PR community in Houston. Most jobs are found through networking -- so get started. Join the local PRSA chapter, attend events, talk with people, ask if they would be willing to set up an informational interview with you -- call after the event to arrange this. Get business cards and hand them out. Don't monopolize any one person, remember they're also there wanting to talk with friends and socialize.

You might also want to volunteer at a prominent non-profit to get that exposure to the local community.

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

  posted: September 3,2015 12:02 PM -- submitted by: Aisha Laspina
Q20: I'm a marketing pro with 4+ years experience. I have an MS in PR and Corp. Comm. I'm in a tough spot: my current salary is above entry level, but my work experience in the PR and Comm. is limited and therefore I am not being considered for more than entry level positions. As I look for work, I have to be hesitant with any salary offers below my current. I'm being considered for a non-profit, but its a pay-cut. What's standard salary for comm specialist in a non-profit? How do i navigate this?

A20: Aisha--

There are no "standard" salaries. Generally, nonprofit organizations tend to pay lower salaries than corporations.

Here are links to the best salary information that I have available:
http://bit.ly/1esWIJi
http://bit.ly/1Dimywo
http://bit.ly/17DUw5U
http://bit.ly/1mDmjqr

We can't give you any advice on how to navigate. That depends on your personality and the "chemistry" with the interviewer.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: August 26,2015 03:52 PM -- submitted by: Zareen
Q21: I'm a 15 year Comms / PR specialist that has agency and in-house exp. I've recently left my job w Shell in Asia. In my last role I was country lead for stakeholder relations, crisis, strategy and corp affairs content. Am not American and currently in Boston on holiday. Im looking for new opportunities and a new env and have since decided to apply for jobs here. I've emailed int headhunters and submitted my cv to specialized PR firms.
Any advice on next steps and who to speak to on salary etc?TQ

A21: Zareen--

You have impressive experience, and I am certain that you would be perfect for almost any large corporation. That’s the good news.

The not-so-good news is that the American market for public relations practitioners is extremely competitive, and seeking a position “from afar” will be challenging. Sending a resume, even if it’s impressive, seldom attracts interest unless the job-seeker actually knows the person to whom the resume is sent.

How do you meet Communications/PR professionals? If you lived in Boston, New York or any other major USA city, I would recommend that you join the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), attend PRSA chapter meetings, and perhaps become involved in the chapter.

If you know Communications/PR professionals in the USA, you might seek their help in meeting other professionals, who could vouch for you and introduce you to others. But that’s difficult to do on a holiday visit.

What about salaries? Here are links to the best salary information that I have available:
http://bit.ly/1esWIJi
http://bit.ly/1Dimywo
http://bit.ly/17DUw5U
http://bit.ly/1mDmjqr

I will email you a copy of a 2015 salary survey that provides additional information. Be aware that salaries vary considerably from area to area.

Best of success to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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