How to Get a Job as a Public Relations Specialist
"A public relations specialist job requires writing skills, critical thinking ability, fast turnaround, patience, a thick-skin mentality and creativity," says Corbett, who adds that you should be able to demonstrate real accomplishments in the field and have broad networks. And wallflowers need not apply – public relations specialists must have an outgoing, self-confident and friendly personality.
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Public Relations Specialists
"Why would you be the best person for this job?" - US Postal Service Public Relations Specialist Candidate (San Francisco, CA)
"Do you have experience building and managing an online community of social networks?" - NetSuite Senior Public Relations Specialist Candidate (San Mateo, CA)
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What is the Job Like?
Some days are spent at a desk all day, while others can have you on your feet from early morning until the wee hours of the night. Much depends on your job and your employer. "Be prepared for a higher level of stress than normal, be flexible in your work hours and have a relationship that can endure late nights, early mornings and occasional weekends," Corbett advises. "Managing the rigors of the job will require flexibility in work-life balance, which can be made easier by a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise of some sort." In terms of professional development, Corbett says you can expect a fast track for advancement if the company is expanding and employing a wide range of communications methods and tools. According to Corbett, "Public relations professionals who can write well, have mastered social media infrastructure as well as traditional communications methods, are well-grounded in the art of networking, are cool under pressure and can work at the speed of the Internet can do very well in this profession."
Last updated by Kimberly Castro.