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There are currently 542 questions posted.

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  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

  posted: January 29,2014 03:53 PM -- submitted by: Diana Sullivan
Q22: I have been contacted by a company who is interested in flying me out for an interview. I am very interested in working for this great company but I have already made plans to take an advanced degree course overseas for 6 months. Flight ticket and part of tuition is already paid for. How to I go about asking the company if I can start working for them after my course or if I can be reimbursed by them if I accept their job offer. Also at what point of the interview do I bring this up?

A22: Diana,
Interesting dilemma for you to ponder. I would go to the interview. I had such an offer, didn't pursue it and have always wonder what might have happened.

Only you can judge when the best time is to talk with the company about your overseas plans. First you need to understand more about the opportunity to decide if you are interested in moving forward -- the interview will provide such insight. Next you need to know if you are invited to the next set of interviews. You will sense the right time to talk about conditions related to employment. Trust your instincts.

Good luck. Sounds as if you have an interesting future however this turns out.

Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: January 25,2014 11:39 AM -- submitted by: Tamara Sullivan
Q23: I am seeking employment as a investigative reporter. Ideally would like to work for a major broadcasting agency. I am just starting out in the field, however I have twenty years of law enforcement experience in training police officers. How do I go about finding contact information for the major bradcasting agencies. How much writing is involved, travel, and money.

A23: Tamara,
My apologies. I did not realize that this question was in my box awaiting a response. Your question may have been resolved by now, but if you would like to talk, please call me at 717-580-8160.

expert response from: Deborah Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 25,2014 11:38 AM -- submitted by: Amy King
Q24: I have a Bachelors degree in Paralegal Studies, I want to find a job that creates family law reform. I've been told that's what lobbyists do, but I have no clue where to find a lobbyist job, or what type of work a lobbyist does. Any advice on where to begin to look for family law reform jobs or where to begin?

A24: Amy,
My apologies--I did not realize this question was in my files. If you are still interested in talking about career development, please call me at 717-580-8160. I would be happy to talk.

expert response from: Deborah Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: January 25,2014 10:25 AM -- submitted by: Michelle
Q25: I have a BA in Liberal Arts; Humanities, Communications. Single mom of 34. Finding a career has been so difficult and incredibly necessary now more than ever with my current situation. I'd like to get myself into a counseling position. High school or college student guidance counseling, specifically. I reside in CA. Is obtaining a masters necessary and how long would the additional schooling take if enrolled part time and mostly on-line? Would placement be easily obtainable in my area?

A25: Michelle,
We exist to help people with communications/public relations related concerns. You fall outside of that area so I don't have the answers you need.

Contact your state department of education and inquire about the requirements for guidance counseling. Requirements vary from state to state. That would be the best source of information. They could also answer your question about position openings in the counseling field.

It's important work. School, and more importantly students, need good counsel.

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

  posted: January 25,2014 10:20 AM -- submitted by: Andrea Scott
Q26: I resigned from my job of 2 years after spending the past 3 months fighting false allegations for which I was not investigated & were based on one person's claims. The result was I was given a Final Warning for my alleged behavior. My technical performance was not in question and I continued to lead multiple high-impact initiatives, while the team I built was given to a friend of my manager who has no experience in my discipline. How best do I explain my resignation to future employers?

A26: Are you a communications/public relations professional? Are you a member of PRSA? If so, I recommend that you sign up for a mentor through the PRSA website; it's a free member benefit. Without knowing more about you specific situation or the allegations, it is rather impossible to give you specific advice.

Be truthful with your next employer, without badmouthing your previous employer. The new employer wants to know that you take responsibility and won't cast blame on him/her/the company if the time comes that you part ways.

Be clear in your head -- aside from emotion -- about the situation. Prepare what you want to say. Be short, to the point and transition to another topic.

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

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