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There are currently 542 questions posted.

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  posted: February 20,2014 10:53 AM -- submitted by: Dawn
Q16: I have a BS in Marketing and have worked in Advertising for a local newspaper and media company for almost 5 years. I am really interested in the PR world, and would like to find out what it takes to get hired at a PR firm with my type of experience. Also, how do I get started in the right direction?

A16: Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations are related, but different functions and disciplines. Each has its own skills, abilities and knowledge. As you contemplate a switch, you should gain understanding of the public relations profession before attempting to "get hired at a PR firm."

Have you networked with PR professionals? Do you understand what we do and the preparation we have? Have you shadowed a PR professional or, better yet, several professionals to gain more information about our profession.

If you decide, after this initial exploration, that you want to make the shift, you might want to consider taking the APR exam to have credentials that would increase a PR firm's interest in you.

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

  posted: February 20,2014 10:41 AM -- submitted by: Wael
Q17: Dear: Sir/Madame

I ama ESL teacher. I have wroked as a translator for more than three years. I am now a bit confused for
I want to study higher education in a renown academic facility. My problem that most of the available master pogrammes mainly education ( managemental, or so). I am aware of their importance and usefulness. However; I am seeking to study something more into teaching another language.
Note: I am talking about scholarships.

A17: Our role is to answer questions related to public relations and communications. Your questions are outside our areas of expertise.

I suggest you connect with the Department of Education in your home state and with a professional organization dedicated to ESL work. They will both have information to help you.

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

  posted: February 9,2014 06:03 PM -- submitted by: vineetha
Q18: i am a final year b tech ece i want to do btech in civil engineering..any colleges provide part time b tech in civil

A18: As I understand your question, you are looking for colleges which provide civil engineering degrees.

Since the purpose of this site is to help people with communications and public relations career questions, your questions falls outside our area of expertise.

I suspect you could Google to search the Internet for the information you seek.

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

  posted: February 5,2014 09:27 AM -- submitted by: Jana Spaulding
Q19: I have extensive PR/CR experience all gained working for professional sports teams. I would like to find a non-sports PR position but most positions in my salary range require agency or brand experience. How can I get non-sports companies to get past my sports background?

A19: The simple answer to your question is networking. In the coaching mode, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Do you know people outside the sports industry? Do you participate in your local chapter of PRSA or other public relations and communications groups? Have you told people of influence who you know that you want to make a shift?

Have you done some self-reflection to determine where your passion lies and what industries would align with that passion? Have you pinpointed companies you would want to work at and gone through your network to find people who work in those companies? Have you call those people and talked with them about their companies, their positions and hiring potential in their companies?

You can begin to move past the pigeon hole you feel you are in by answering these questions and others like them and then by making some phone calls.

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

  posted: January 31,2014 02:22 PM -- submitted by: Adrienne D'Addrio
Q20: I am in non-profit communications/p.r. but am looking to transition to the for-profit business world. How do I connect with people and network for informational interviews when I am--in their eyes--new to their job market? I do I get them to take my candidacy seriously? Thanks!

A20: Adrienne--connect and network are the key words here. It doesn't happen overnight, but if you devote about three to six months to this, you'll start to see results. Best places to be seen and to network is with your local PRSA chapter. If you are not a member, I encourage you to join. Also, become active with your local chamber(s) of commerce and business organizations; join a committee. If cost is an issue, they often have events that you can attend at no or low cost. Become a familiar name/face. Use your experience by getting on non-profit boards that are often filled with community business leaders, i.e., United Way. Do your homework first, though. Find out where the large-company business leaders are, who is hiring, where are their leaders serving; then make yourself visible to them. "Those who know you well will think well of you."
expert response from: Deborah Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 30,2014 12:19 PM -- submitted by: Dave
Q21: I have a B.S. and an R.N. (NOT a BSN). My career experience has been mostly travel nursing, in prisons, but I am tired of travel and would like to stay put. I was let go from an ER job because of trouble keeping the pace and personality conflicts. The small town where I live has three colleges churning out nursing grads. I am over 50. Any advice on how to parley what I have, into a job I can make a living at?

A21: Dave,
Our area of expertise is communications and public relations.

You might want to consult with your state's workplace counseling services. In Minnesota it's the Department of Employment and Economic Development's Minnesota Works. Your state likely has something comparable.

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

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