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City Series: Why Chicago is Second to None for Public Relations

Chicago did not earn its Second City moniker by measuring opportunities for public relations professionals. In fact, Chicago continues to be home to innovation in our field and home to top companies to work for across specialties and industries. Just looking at the companies based in the Chicago area, it is clear opportunity must follow. […]

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International Public Relations: Combining My Love for Travel and My Passion for Public Relations

Each morning I walk down cobblestone streets, board a trolley car, pass the royal palace and head to my internship where I can look out of my window to a fjord from the North Sea. Now let me start off by saying, I didn’t know anyone in the company prior to my start and I […]

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Looking Ahead to the Future of PRSSA

  “Membership starts with you.” That’s the first line of the PRSSA membership guide. After joining PRSSA in 2010, I quickly discovered that statement’s meaning. There were plenty of membership benefits waiting. I just had to take the initiative to access them. Now that I’ve begun my second year on National Committee, the meaning of […]

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Ryan Kahn’s Secrets to Landing a Job After Graduation

*Editor’s Note* A similar version of this article first appeared on Careerealism. Have a Unique Story One of the greatest assets you have when looking for your first job — and every one after that — is your life experiences. Who you are, and what makes you unique and interesting, is something all employers seek […]

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Skills Necessary to Succeed in Media Relations

After graduating with a B.A. in Communications with a focus in public relations, I began looking for entry-level positions at agencies in Chicago with media relations departments. I interned at a radio station and was a media connoisseur. I also liked being behind the scenes and liked understanding the ins-and-outs of the exciting newsroom environment […]

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Necessary Skills for the 21st Century PR Major

For public relations majors, the competition in the job market is fierce. An average of 250 résumés are received for every job posting, and the average recruiter spends only six seconds looking at each résumé before deciding whether it’s worthy of further review. In order to make it to the coveted interview stage and eventually […]

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Is Personal Branding All That It’s Cracked Up to Be? YES!

Over the last five months, the CEO of You series has taken off even more than I expected. The apex was appearing at last October’s PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia. The response from the students in attendance and on social media was way beyond any expectations. Was I an original adopter of personal branding? No. […]

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PRSSA Gives Thanks for Thanksgiving

As we all celebrate Thanksgiving today, PRSSA Chapter members, 2013-14 National Committee members and PRSSA alumni share what they are thankful for in the public relations industry. -Brian Price, 2013-14 PRSSA National President  -Heather Harder, 2013-14 PRSSA National Vice President of Member Services  -Erica Brown, 2013-14 PRSSA National Vice President of Regional Conferences -Jamie Lawlor, […]

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Part II: Another Chicken Dinner – 10+ Etiquette Tips at the Table

This is Part II of “Business Etiquette FUN-damentals,” a three-part series for Progressions.  In my last Progressions post about business etiquette, I shared some overarching explanations and underlying philosophies about etiquette and then shared six tips for networking at cocktail parties. In today’s post, I’d like to share 10 tips about attending those fabulous “rubber […]

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Changing Career Paths to Find Success

This post is part of a series of “Lives of New Professionals” guest posts for Progressions. When I graduated almost six years ago, I knew my career would not look as I had planned through those four years in school. As a new Navy wife, I knew that my husband’s career would often take precedence […]

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