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Master’s Degrees And Opportunities: Measuring The Value Of An Advanced Degree In Communications

We’ve all seen it, read it— “Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required”— it is the cornerstone of the qualifications section of the majority of job postings. We can clearly see the value of an undergraduate education as we peruse job boards for our next opportunity, that much is undeniable in today’s corporate economy. However for […]

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Internships: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The topic of paid internships comes around each year like Labor Day.  Yet despite the frequency, companies still insist on internships that include no compensation or academic credit even though the Fair Labor Standards Act requires compensation. I have often written about the internships on behalf of the Public Relations Society of America and have […]

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Preparing for APR — Starting Now!

Grab your phone. Set a reminder for five years from today: “APR time! I can do it!” The APR or Accreditation in Public Relations is a voluntary certification program for public relations professionals. The distinction of those three letters after your name sets you apart as a PR pro who has demonstrated broad knowledge, experience […]

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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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