I got blessed with an internship in the summer of 2016 that turned into a Junior Publicist position. My internship was my first “real job” where I was able to build towards my future career. I am a business management major so working in public relations was completely new to me. However, I fell in love with marketing, PR, and social media the minute I started my internship and now I am hooked.
Question of the day: Are you looking into a PR job and how do you know it’s right for you?
A Media Junkie? These days most PR Pros are bi-lingual – social media is usually their second language. Media teaches the importance and power of influence, engagement, and how to help your clients become a leader in whatever they do.
Always looking at your phone? Because you love social media you are also in love with your phone. PR pros have some serious FOMO… they always have their phone on them for checking emails, phone calls, texts, and of course lets not forget social media.
Thriving on deadlines? Pressure does not affect the PR pros like it does the average person. We thrive off of deadlines and are motivated to solve problems by being innovative.
A lover of writing? You know the difference between your and you’re, their and they’re. You get punctuation and see how it can easily change the meaning of a sentence. PR is all about relationship building and you can’t do that with bad communication skills. Whether for print, TV, radio or live interviews or speeches, digital and blogs, marketing collateral and/or social media messaging – writing and having a way with words will take you far in PR.
Able to build relationships? Even though not all PR pros are extroverts, that’s ok because their focus is always the behind the scenes prep, promoting, connecting, relationships, etc. PR pros should be successful communicators and great at creating relationships with their clients, media, partners, vendors, the community and others.