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  posted: July 13,2015 09:11 AM -- submitted by: Courtney
Q6: Not specifically asking for an informative answer-just some advice.
I'm an A/A* student and feel this massive amount of pressure to choose to go into a top paid profession not only put on me by myself but family members also.
At the same time, I'm passionate about a career in books or a health related career e.g. midwifery. But unfortunately, their paycheques don't exactly meet up to the expectations placed upon me.
I can't decide...the big salary/comfortable living or my passions?

A6: Only you can answer those questions because only you know the situation intimately and, ultimately, you have to live with the decision.

You are asking the right questions. You might want to talk with people in those professions you're considering and learn more about the day-to-day work life to give you greater insight.

You friends and family will have contacts in many organizations. Let them know the type of professionals you want to talk with and they will be happy to give you contacts. Then request a 20-minute informational interview to learn more about the person, his or her chosen profession and the organization.

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

  posted: July 13,2015 09:06 AM -- submitted by: Essence
Q7: Hello. I am a recent graduate and I am having unfortunate luck with getting a job. I am looking for an entry level position or even an internship. I have submitted my résumé and cover letters to jobs that I am interested in but I am not getting any interviews. Any advice? Thank you.

A7: Have you been networking in the profession? The best way to find a position is through contacts you know or friends and family know. This opens the door. You, of course, must do the work of selling yourself once you are with the potential hiring manager.

Also, are you using the network to conduct informational interviews with companies you're interested in working with? Begin by creating a list of potential companies who have missions and value consistent with yours. Search your connections to find people in those companies and request a 20-minutes interview to learn more about the person's position and the company.

Also, if you're a PR professional, attend local PRSA meetings and meet people.

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

  posted: July 10,2015 03:54 PM -- submitted by: Olivia
Q8: I am interested to know is there anyone works in manufacturer company as Public Relations Specialist with MPA degree?

A8: Olivia--

Interesting question, but we don't have an answer to it.

People with all kinds of degrees work in public relations. I know a leading writer and university teacher who has a degree in accounting.

Public relations is a broad and varied field, and I suspect the kinds of degrees held are just as varied.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: July 7,2015 02:18 PM -- submitted by: Claire
Q9: I want to transition to working for a PR agency. Job titles seem to vary widely from one agency to the next. What is the difference between an account executive, a public relations specialist, and a public relations manager? Is there a hierarchy to these positions? Related to this - what are the median salary ranges for these positions? Some places I look say a PR specialist position is $50-60k. Others say $90-100k. Do salaries for the same level position really vary this much across agencies?

A9: Claire--

Yes, there is a hierarchy. Generally “public relations manager” is a title used in a corporate PR organization, although it could be used in a PR agency. “Specialist” is a title that has a broad application. In some organizations it’s used for a beginner, but a specialist in investor/financial relations, for example, is a highly respected and rewarded position.

“Account executive” is a title most commonly used in an agency and is given to a person who interacts on a daily basis with representatives of an agency’s client or clients. An “account supervisor” manages a group of account executives. A common hierarchy might be specialist, supervisor, manager, director, vice president.

Here are links to the best salary information I have available:

Note that salaries vary considerably from market to market.

Hope this helps.

expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

  posted: June 29,2015 11:33 PM -- submitted by: Dasha Odom
Q10: My name is Dasha Odom. I have a partner that i am working with in our own Public Relation business. At this time She knows all the major contact. I was getting to know most of them during the last seven months that we have been working on our business. As of last week she has stressed to me that she will not be able to concentrate on the business because of her family and full time job that is taking her time and energy. My question is "would it be a bad idea for me to work with the contents wit

A10: It seems your question was cut off for some reason. Could you please resubmit your question?

Thank you.

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

  posted: June 19,2015 10:39 AM -- submitted by: Robert Z.
Q11: I and the others in my office at a large company were laid off more than four years ago, and though I've been on literally dozens of interviews since, I haven't yet found a new job. My predicament's now complicated in my opinion by my being older, and feeling that I can take on more rewarding challenges (even with the gap in my experience). I agree a sensible answer is new training & education, but from what I know of friends' & others' careers, it's not a game-changer. What should I focus on?

A11: Training, of course, would be a good activity, but knowing what to train for is difficult. Social media is the “going thing” right now, but younger people are graduating from college well equipped to fill the need in that area.

Many of us who have been laid off have chosen to go into business for ourselves. Call it “free-lancing” or whatever you wish, but putting your experience to work can, well, work. Instead of looking for a full-time job, think about opportunities for “filling in” by taking on a writing assignment or perhaps the management of a project. Get exposure by attending the luncheon meetings of the nearest PRSA chapter. If money is tight, attend without paying for lunch; most chapters allow that. Offer to write articles for the chapter’s newsletter (whether it’s online or on paper). You might conduct a workshop for chapter members and offer to participate as a panel member when that’s appropriate. By involving yourself in such activities you can remain current in your specialty while seeking opportunities that, hopefully, will lead to employment—either part time or full time.

Here’s hoping this will help.
expert response from: Jim Haynes, APR, Fellow PRSA

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