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5 Ways to Prep for PR Job Interviews This Summer

July 1st, 2016 by

With the spring fever hiring months behind us, PR job hunters might think it’s time to throw their resumes on the back burner until next year. Not so: according to a Bloomberg report, July and October were huge for job openings from 2010 to 2015, lagging just barely behind April for vacancies. Now is the time to look for open positions, and focus on presenting the skill set and demeanor to fit your on-paper selling points if you get called in.

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Your Half-Year PR Leadership Checklist: 7 Important Reminders for Communicators

June 26th, 2016 by

You still have another five solid months to make this your best year ever as a communicator. First, you’ll need to take stock of what you and your team have accomplished and perhaps reset priorities. Here are the seven most important areas of focus for PR leaders, according to Diane Schwartz, SVP, PR News.

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An Eclectic Summer Reading List for PR Pros

June 24th, 2016 by

Hopefully there’s time in the short months before the unperturbed seasons move onward to not only get sucked into a good story, but also to learn something new and better your professional self as well. The unfortunate reality is that on top of work, family and fun this summer there just isn’t enough time to cover everything. In the search for the perfect reading list, difficult decisions are sure to be made. In an effort to help you along the journey to literary enlightenment, here are six books from various genres that PR pros should check out this summer.

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Skills PR Pros Will Need for Success in 2020 and How to Build Them Now

June 20th, 2016 by

As target audiences change, the tools for engaging them evolve, and machines enable us to do our jobs faster and more accurately. Our core function remains the same, however. PR pros still will be responsible for creating stories that educate, influence and connect people with our organizations and brands. To thrive in 2020, communications professionals will need to become more creative, have strong cognitive flexibility, collaborate, be emotionally intelligent and develop the grit necessary to constantly challenge the status quo. Here are ways to start building these important skills now.

2015 PR News Salary Survey: PR Compensation and Benefits Report

June 15th, 2016 by

2015 PR News Salary Survey: PR Compensation and Benefits Report (click link to view)

2016 PR News Salary Survey: PR Compensation and Benefits Report

June 15th, 2016 by

2016 PR News Salary Survey: PR Compensation and Benefits Report (click link to view)

PR News Salary Survey: Despite Modest Raises PR Pros Satisfied With Pay, Career Choice

June 6th, 2016 by

39% of PR pros told us their salary increases were modest (1%-3%) (Figure A). In addition 32% received no salary increase or said salary increases did not apply to them. As in 2015, most PR pros (87%) in 2016 said they were very or moderately satisfied with their occupation and, believe it or not, their pay packages (68%) (Figure C).

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8 TED Talks That Teach Public Speaking (Infographic)

May 25th, 2016 by

Nervous about speaking in public and worried that it’s holding you back in your PR career? Help is on the way. Effective public speaking is the subject of PR News’ June 23 webinar, which will feature presenters Leticia Ebb of Northrop Grumman Corp., Jonathan Rick of The Jonathan Rick Group and Dan Weckerly of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.

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A Former Intern’s Guide to Making the Most of an Internship

May 13th, 2016 by

The ambiguity around the question of whether or not you’ll get the job after your internship isn’t really all that important. It’s great to get the offer, but what’s really important is making the most out of your time spent in the working world. For those out there who’ve already locked down their summer internships, or even if you’re still looking or considering making the jump, here are a few things I learned from my internship with PR News.

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Loving Communications: 10 Tips to Help Humanize Your Brand’s Message

May 2nd, 2016 by

Science is deceptively void of emotion. There’s a Big Bang, a periodic table and numbers. But they can get awfully dry, and so can technology—at least on the surface.