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  posted: February 15,2016 07:14 PM -- submitted by: gagan
Q16: Hi
i have bachelors in IT but no experience in core IT field other than one year technical recruiting and then Masters in Business development but i have been self employed for 5 years in my custom engineering business performing business development duties . I recently moved to canada.what kind of jobs should i be focussing on which required less of corporate experience but more of real time experience ?
Any help will be appreciated as i am feeling very scattered right now .
thanks

A16: Thank you for your email. This site is designed for people in the public relations and communications field. We don't have IT backgrounds and cannot provide you with advice.

I suggest you look online for an IT professional organization which would give you access to IT professionals who understand your field and the experience needed.

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

  posted: February 10,2016 10:31 AM -- submitted by: Caroline
Q17: I have been offered a job and am currently employed. My current position is part time, doesn't pay enough, and is not in my field (the arts), but has opportunity to advance to full time within the next three months and develops transferable skills. The new job is full time with great benefits and is in my field, but the commute is twice as long and the road to advancement is unclear. I'm not sure what to do.

A17: Caroline--

...Sounds as if your heart is telling you to take the job offer. It's in your field, is full time and has great benefits. Sounds good! If the commute is unbearable, consider moving closer.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: February 1,2016 03:31 PM -- submitted by: Deanna
Q18: I have a BSW but have had several personal and health related issues since getting it. My resume looks odd due to mostly short term contracts I took just to work and hope something would come up.
I have been terminated a few times and I believe its due to lingering deficits from chemo that prevent me from being able to complete the tasks required of the job
Im not sure where to go from here.

A18: Deanna,
Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear of your heath-related issues. I hope things have straightened out for you by now.

It appears your degree is in Social Work. This site works with people who are communications and public relations professionals. I recommend you go back to the Internet and search some social work related sites to seek advice from professionals in your field of study.

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

  posted: January 19,2016 06:43 PM -- submitted by: Michael
Q19: I have been a professional journalist for more than a decade and when I decided to make the leap to PR I decided to go back to school and have recently completed a second masters program to boost my skill set to include marketing, event planning and other aspects of the industry. I feel with my experience and background I should be getting more interview requests, however responses have been minimal. I've had my resume reworked, cover letters reviewed and still nothing. Am I missing something?

A19: Michael--

You need to KNOW each person to whom you send a resume. Check out the nearest chapter of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). Attend meetings and trade business cards with PRSA members who work in industries that interest you. Follow up by email and phone. Volunteering would be a plus.

How are your social media skills? That's important, along with experience in writing for a variety of media in addition to journalism.

Go to PRSA's Accreditation pages and download the (big) Accreditation Study Guide. Use the guide to be sure you're "up" on KSAs (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) necessary in the level of public relations you need. And be sure you don't overlook jobs in corporate communications, public affairs and other PR-related areas.

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

  posted: January 12,2016 10:55 AM -- submitted by: Fortune Molete
Q20: Am interested in PR so I would like to know if there is a lot of opportunity to get a job after studying especially when I was studying in a college


A20: Fortune--

Public relations is an extremely diverse field, and it offers many opportunities. However, competition for positions are quite competitive. Excellent grades in college, a degree in communications, and the successful completion of at least one internship are basic requirements for employment in PR.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 5,2016 02:48 PM -- submitted by: Kelsey
Q21: I am interested in PR and international studies. Is there any way I can tie these two together and get a job from them?

Thank you!

A21: Certainly that's possible. However, you probably would need a university degree, preferably in strategic communication, perhaps with a minor in international studies.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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