Career Advice

Why PR Pros Should Remove Selective Listening from Their Repertoire

September 12th, 2019 by

Social media has made listening easy, right? Not so fast. There’s listening and then there’s critical listening. It’s not hard to figure out which kind is more advantageous for communicators. Tips and thoughts about listening will help your career blossom.

How PR Pros Can Create Successful Internship Programs

September 10th, 2019 by

Interns can contribute to your PR effort, hurt it or be inconsequential. The key to a successful internship program, argues PR pro Michelle Mekky, is to treat interns with respect, have enough work and guidance for them and avoid viewing interns as cheap labor.

The Differences Between a Social Media and Community Manager

September 9th, 2019 by

With the continual introduction of new platforms and instant response, management and moderation becomes a key skill for any brand. Contrary to popular belief, the titles social media manager and community manager are not interchangeable. Both work towards the positive promotion of a brand underneath the direction of the marketing department, but the similarities really stop there.

Avoiding Short Cuts and Inside References: Managing a PR Client-Agency Friendship

September 1st, 2019 by

PR pros and the company executives they collaborate with often become friends. After all, working closely on everything from brainstorming to crisis communications can be incredibly bonding. The questions arise when colleagues becomes friends and then find themselves working together. Can friends transcend the client-PR firm structure? These tactics will help.

5 Ways to Do LinkedIn Right

August 29th, 2019 by

Most of the time you should just say no to Facebook, target tweets carefully and, most importantly, embrace LinkedIn and its tools. LinkedIn exists to help people and businesses connect, and an effective strategy will put your story in front of a large audience. It is best used as a platform to highlight your thought leadership, announce the good stuff you’ve got going on, and put your savvy people up front to let them shine.

QUIZ: Are You PR Career Savvy?

August 23rd, 2019 by

Fall is right around the corner, and while it marks a new school year on the calendar for many students, parents and teachers, it may also inspire a change up for your current job situation. Whether you are just starting your career, wanting to move up the corporate ladder or just expand your network, there are right and wrong ways to go about applying for jobs and the interview process. Take this quiz to see if you are on the path to success, or need a little brush-up on your job-seeking skills.

Lessons Earned: How Shortfalls Can Become Strengths

August 20th, 2019 by

There is a proverb that says, “Failure is the mother of success.” And we, as business professionals, know this to be true. Struggle is the best educator. And innovating and failing fast has become a top business strategy. In this PRNEWS series, in partnership with the Institute for Public Relations, some of the most successful leaders in the industry will share the lessons they have learned from failure.

How to Career Jump from Journalism to Public Relations

August 16th, 2019 by

Journalism remains one of the most volatile careers due to industry mergers, political attacks, and the gutting of resources to maximize profits. In the past month we’ve seen GateHouse Media announce an incorporation with Gannett and CBS combining its assets with Viacom, withering away an already sparse news ownership scene. While an important and exciting job, for some the pressures and layoffs are too numerous and frequent, and enough is enough.

7 Ways to Protect Your Sanity When Your Clients Are Making You Crazy

August 15th, 2019 by

Let’s face it: You don’t have to be running PR for Donald Trump to find yourself mired in the muck with a difficult client. This is a common situation for those in PR and communications and it causes a lot of stress and anxiety. So it’s important to know how best to deal with challenging clients, both to minimize the psychological impact on you and also ensure you deliver quality results for the client.

How to Identify Emotional Intelligence in a Prospective Employee

August 12th, 2019 by

A candidate’s resume doesn’t tell the whole story. Emotional intelligence is not quantifiable on a CV but it has been identified as the number one quality you need in a new employee. So it’s important first to understand what EI is, and then use your interviewing skills to suss out clues. Here’s how.