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  posted: October 28,2016 07:37 PM -- submitted by: Nelson
Q6: Hi sir
I'm 27 year old man and I am having 2.5 years of experience in sales & marketing in hotels. I did MBA in HR and Marketing, Bsc in Hotel Management.Now I'm doing my MSc tourism hospitality at American university,it will finish on 2017. Could you tell me which will be the right way for my next employment and career?
Regards;
Nelson

A6: This website is designed to provide information on careers in public relations and communications. It looks as if you need experts in the hotel and hospitality industry. Your questions are outside out field of expertise.

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

  posted: October 24,2016 10:58 AM -- submitted by: Sarah Z.
Q7: Hello. I have a bachelor's degree in world literature. I have an on call substitute teaching job in the midwest. The job pays 1 time a month. The state where I live does not have more job opportunities. I thought about going to graduate school for an English degree, in a different state but my financial situation is not good. I do not know what to do.

A7: This site is intended to assist public relations professionals in seeking jobs. If a public relations practitioner were in a situation similar to yours, I would recommend that the person move to a market where jobs are more plentiful. That probably would be good advise for you as well.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 5,2016 12:17 PM -- submitted by: Jessica
Q8: My company hired an offshore team that is larger than my onshore team. We have been asked over the last year to train this offshore team and rate each of them. There has been zero transparency or communication as to what the intent of these offshore resources is. Should I anticipate a layoff? I have another job offer on the table but am really only interested due to fear of my current job going away.

A8: Jessica--

Because you have no information about the intent of your company in hiring the offshore team, you can imagine all sorts of reasons. The most professional approach would be for you to ask your boss what’s going on. If that person is evasive, that’s an answer: you’re not supposed to know. Whatever the reason, my suspicion is that your company’s management intends to rely more on the offshore team than your onshore team once you have trained the offshore team.

If I were you I would be quite interested in that other job opportunity!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: October 4,2016 08:13 AM -- submitted by: Mary
Q9: Hi! After being at my current position nearly 19 years, I'm ramping up a new job search. I'm going on an informational interview next week and was hoping for a few tips - things to ask, what to say (or not say!) about myself, etc. I'm sure things have drastically changed since my last interview!

Thank you so much.
Mary

A9: Networking is a good start to a job search. An informational interview is a chance for you to learn about the profession and about how another professional entered the field and conducts his or her daily business life. You're there to learn, rather than to interview for a specific position.

Be prepare to listen more than to talk.
Build a relationship with the individual. He or she may contact you if a position opens based on your conversation.
Ask for 2 or 3 additional people with whom you can talk.
Send a thank you note (ha

Good luck in your job search.
Regards,
Margaret Ann Hennen, APR, Fellow PRSA

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

  posted: September 23,2016 06:29 PM -- submitted by: Alison Borris
Q10: I'm looking to switch industries, I have 11 years of PR and marketing experience, I worked in tech (mostly B2B) for 7 years and now I've been in footwear and apparel for 6 years. Ultimately I'd like to break into medical/health PR, or go back to tech, any thoughts/suggestions for how I can get out of my industry and into another? Is this common? I would think having a diverse background would be a good thing, but am open to hear what you think. thanks!

A10: Alison--

While moving from one field into another is possible, it's not easy. Certainly your experience in PR and marketing will help!

Each field has its own "language," and medical/health certainly does. Your learning curve would take quite sometime, and you might not be willing to "start at the bottom" of the salary scale.

Your moving back into tech seems to make a lot of sense to me. You already have experience there, and you probably know the language.

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

  posted: September 23,2016 06:24 PM -- submitted by: Lisea
Q11: Hi I'm currently a undergraduate student who is majoring in Psychology ,I was wondering could I still have a career on Public Relations with that being my major.I also would like to know what steps should I take while in college (I already write for the schools newspaper),like classes and if I should go to graduate school?

A11: Lisea—

Public relations practitioners begin their careers with various backgrounds and degrees. It’s possible to succeed in public relations regardless of your beginning.

Having said that, let me hasten to point out that students who graduate with public relations or corporate communication degrees have distinct advantages in the competitive job market. They have been taught to write for various kinds of communication outlets, including the mass media and social media, and they know how to plan and execute a strategic plan to accomplish specific objectives. In most university programs that teach public relations, an undergraduate student is required to complete one or more internships in which the student works for an organization under the direction of a professional communicator. All of these factors mean that without them, you are at a disadvantage in securing a position in public relations.

Should you decide to aim for a career in public relations, you should take at least a course such as Introduction to Public Relations and a journalism or public relations writing course. More public relations and journalism courses will help. What you learn in psychology can be a great help along with sociology courses, but you certainly will need to understand the basic skills of the PR field.

If your university has a chapter of the national Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA.org), you should join and participate.

Best of luck to you!

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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