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2014 Career Resolutions

It’s that time of year again and plenty of PR folk have laid out their resolutions for 2014 including Stuart Bruce, Matthew SchwartzAdrienne ErinCarm Lyman and CHA Group.

I’ve made a few resolutions myself: lose weight (ahem, I make this resolution every year but one year I’ll crack it, right?), write and publish two more books, and network with more PRs and academics.  It’s not a long list, but each of those things are pretty hefty goals and I work best when I have something to aim for.

If you’re still pondering your resolutions for this year you might want to consider making them career-oriented.  Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

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The secret to a great interview

I’ve guest blogged today over at the PRCA.

The secret to a great interview: don’t wait to be asked the right questions.

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PR books on Pinterest

I finally found a good use for Pinterest! Here’s my selection of PR books to add to your library:

http://www.pinterest.com/sarahstimson/pr-books/

Some interesting reads there, including a novel and a biography.

If you want to check out my other boards they’re mostly decorating/interiors/recipes – I was going through a “home” stage when I set up Pinterest.

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Why ‘How to get a job in PR’ includes PR practitioners AND academics

ImageI am just one person with one opinion.  I happen to think my opinion is valid when it comes to giving job hunting advice to entry-level job seekers – I have a lot of success of helping graduates securing their first PR positions – but it is by no means the ONLY opinion that matters.  That’s why when I was researching for ‘How to get a job in PR’ I decided that it was important to include the views of PR pracititioners.  Entry-level PRs need to hear from employers that the advice I’m giving them is sound, and it’s great to get tips from the horse’s mouth too.

But I didn’t stop there.  I decided to ask PR academics for their views too.  Very rarely do you see academics and practitioners quoted in the same article or book, but I think it’s absolutely essential that the industry pays closer attention to what academics have to say and that practitioners and academics work together to attact great talent to the profession. Continue reading

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Why I chose to self publish

The world of publishing is complex and seemingly difficult to break into. We’ve all heard the stories of how successful authors were turned away by agents and publishers dozens of times before they were signed up – including writers like Stephen King and JK Rowling.   Continue reading

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How to get a job in PR – Launch date announced

About a year ago, I started thinking looking around for a careers book to recommend to graduates and other entry-level job seekers.  Something that would tell them all about PR, and how to go about getting a job in the industry.  A quick search on Amazon revealed that there actually isn’t any useful books on the subject – so I decided to write one. Continue reading

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How to prepare for a PR job interview

interview prepThere are lots of articles around on interviewing skills, including mine here and here.  But what should you be doing to prepare for the interview before you even walk through the door?  Here are my top five tips on preparing for PR job interviews: Continue reading

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