How To Get A New Career in PR
Posted: Friday May 10 2019
By: Katie Mallinson
If you’re thinking about changing your career after maternity leave or having children, what about PR? The number of people who haven’t got a clue what it entails, is astounding. And then there are those who don’t even know it exists!It may not even be mentioned to excellent communicators and writers in the final stages of education as a potential career choice, and too many of them will think – or be led to believe – that a love of writing is suited to journalism. And although not incorrect, that certainly isn’t the only profession out there for those ‘word nerds’ among us!
5 top tips for gaining experience in PR…
Essentially, communications is just another word for PR. The world of public relations involves a broad spectrum of media-based activities, ranging from writing press releases and attending client meetings, through to regular posting on social media channels. It really is a varied, fast-paced and interesting choice of profession.
And whether you are dead-set on a career in PR, or you would just like to dip your toe in the water and decide if it’s for you, the best place to start is by gaining experience. This process is invaluable, so if you’re keen to know more, here are some top tips to help you…
Get work experience
Although this won’t be simple, it’s a sure-fire way to establish whether this is the path you wish to take, and will also be a great addition to your CV.
If you can’t strike it lucky at a PR agency, then try other word-based professions where you can get a feel for the media world, such as volunteering at the local paper – it all helps.
Update your CV
Your CV is the first impression you will give to an employer (and you don’t want it to be the last!)
As well as helping you gain experience in your field of choice, you can really show off your writing skills and sell yourself to the reader.
Crafting a great CV could be the difference between getting your foot in the door of PR or not – plus it will help you to perfect those all-important writing skills just mentioned!