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Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates who have studied public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business.Education
Public relations specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications, English, or business. Through such programs, students produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ability to prospective employers.Training
Entry-level workers typically begin by maintaining files of material about an organization’s activities, skimming and retaining relevant media articles, and assembling information for speeches and pamphlets. After gaining experience, public relations specialists begin to write news releases, speeches, articles for publication, or carry out public relations programs.Other Experience
Internships at public relations firms or in the public relations departments of other businesses can be helpful in getting a job as a public relations specialist.
Some employers prefer candidates that have experience communicating with others through a school newspaper or a leadership position in school or in their community.Important Qualities
Interpersonal skills. Public relations specialists deal with the public and the media regularly; therefore, they must be open and friendly to maintain a favorable image for their organization.
Organizational skills. Public relations specialists are often in charge of managing several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.
Problem-solving skills. Public relations specialists sometimes must explain how a company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.
Speaking skills. Public relations specialists regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to clearly explain the organization’s position.
Writing skills. Public relations specialists must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them in a short, succinct way to get the attention of busy readers or listeners.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Corporate Giving Specialist||Ocean Land Trust Ltd||Parksley, VA||Dec 16, 2011||$163,114|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Gain Nosca LLC||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2012||$97,500|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Nasdaq, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$90,000|
|Corporate Communication Specialist||Nasdaq Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2016||$90,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||The Louis Berger Group, Inc.||Washington, DC||Apr 15, 2016||$89,648 -
|Corporate Communications Specialist||The Louis Berger Group||Washington, DC||Jan 13, 2016||$88,941|
|Specialist, Corporate Communications||Al Jazeera America LLC||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2015||$80,000|
|Specialist, Corporate Communications||Al Jazeera America, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 16, 2015||$80,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||M S International, Inc.||Orange, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$76,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Gain Nosca LLC||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2012||$75,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc.||Coralville, IA||May 30, 2014||$74,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Kulen Law Firm P.C.||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2016||$73,045|
|Editor-Corporate Communications||LVMH Fragrance Brands Us LLC||New York, NY||Dec 01, 2011||$70,000 -
|Specialist/Corporate Affairs (Public Relations/Gra||Levi Strauss & Co.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$68,224|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Reebok International Ltd.||Canton, MA||Dec 19, 2011||$51,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Berricle LLC||NY||Jul 09, 2016||$50,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Berricle LLC||New York, NY||Jun 16, 2015||$50,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Sky Gaming LLC||Dania Beach, FL||May 27, 2015||$50,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Boojaa Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 30, 2014||$50,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Lenovo (United States), Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Sep 04, 2015||$49,500 -
|Corporate Communications Specialist||T31 Group LLC||Cedarville, NJ||Sep 30, 2013||$49,000|
|Corporate Communication Specialist||Strategic Wireless, LLC||New Hyde Park, NY||Feb 01, 2014||$48,919|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||American Meizhou Dongpo Group, Inc.||Baldwin Park, CA||Mar 09, 2016||$42,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Bottega Veneta Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2013||$42,000|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Us-China Business & Culture Exchange, Inc.||Fairfax, VA||Sep 14, 2013||$41,740|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Weiline E. & C. Associate Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 08, 2015||$41,740|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Factory 798 Media Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 02, 2013||$41,371|
|Corporate Communications Specialist||Ferrante PLLC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2013||$41,371|
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