Six Signs PR Isn’t the Job for You

A while back, we wrote about 10 signs PR is the right job for you. But what about knowing if it isn’t? It’s not uncommon for graduates to enter a career they’re not sure is a definite fit for them. It’s also not uncommon for people to ramp up their PR career and start reevaluating it several years in. In reality, PR isn’t for everyone. Here are six signs that PR isn’t the right job for you. Don’t take it personal – it’s just business.

Six Signs PR Isn't For You

  •  You’re constantly feeling burnt out. Those times when you’re overly exhausted, experienceing an extreme lack of interest and just aren’t feeling motivated. The PR job is all about having high energy and being on your toes. It’s the only way to please client and in reality, this job isn’t a 9 to 5.
  • You don’t take criticism or rejection well.  If you take criticism too personally and aren’t willing to absorb feedback, the job isn’t a fit for you. PR pros are constantly being criticized on their writing, contacts, strategies, placements and more.
  • You hate writing. It isn’t a good sign if the thought of writing a pitch, plan or press release makes you cringe. Yes, we all get annoyed at times, but our job is about communicating and constantly evolving our writing. We send hundreds of emails a day, so if you don’t enjoy writing, we have a problem.
  • You don’t care about the news. If you have a sincere lack of interest in the news, media and digital landscape this definitely isn’t the job for you. We’re expected to stay on top of what’s going on in the news constantly –  especially what reporters care about. The media landscape changes every day and if you don’t care about what’s going on or your placements, big red flag.
  • You don’t like working with people. Not much of a people person? Big problem. PR is all about teamwork and relationships. Relationships with your colleagues, clients and media contacts.
  • You crumble under pressure. Just like media, we’re charged with deadlines and constant client demands. In order to make it to the other side, you must stay organized and focused in order still function under pressure. If you constantly breakdown and crumble, you’re toast.

What are some other signs PR isn’t the job for you?

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Why PR Girls Make Great Matchmakers

Everyone has that friend – the one that goes out all the time, seems to know everyone and is always talking about who they can set you up with if you’re single. More than likely, she’s a PR girl with a rolodex of single men and women constantly thinking about who she can set up with who to make a match. Here are a few reason why PR girls make great matchmakers and why you should automatically take the date.

Why PR Girls Make Great Matchmakers

PR girls…

  • Work in a business were personal connections mean everything
  • Meet everyone in all different industries at events and meetings
  • Come across hard-working, successful, eligible people everyday
  • Have a second sense for who’s being real and who’s being fake
  • Can quickly tell if the other person would you be genuinely interested in you
  • Will scope out a person before they set you up – on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram
  • Won’t set you up with someone that could hurt their credibility
  • Enjoy bringing people together
  • Will not be offended if it doesn’t work out – we often deal with rejection
  • Aim to make you happy so they can tell a success story

Have you ever set someone up on a date?

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Six Office Beauty Blunders

One of my best workplace friends did something drastic this week – she chopped off her hair and dyed it bleach blonde. Her concern? Was this office appropriate. There’s always chatter around what beauty risks are office appropriate and which should only happen on the weekends. Here are a few office beauty blunders to avoid.

Office Beauty Blunders

  • Chipped nail polish. It happens, we forget to get our nails done. Just try to avoid it. Either have them nicely polished, or leave them with no color at all. Gels help with chipping.
  • Too much makeup. When you’re wearing makeup you would apply for a night out at the club, you have too much on. Dark eyeshadows, penciled in eyebrows and fake lashes. Go for the more natural look in the office.
  • Bold colored streaks. Blue, pink and red streaks. All hair colors that should happen over the weekend and washed off before Monday.
  • Smudged mascara. When it’s left under your eyes, people might assume you had a wild night. If you’re going for the all natural, no make-up look, make sure the mascara is wiped from under your eyes.
  • Wet hair. This happens from time to time but try to avoid it. Wet hair in the morning can come off as unprofessional – especially in client meetings.
  • Lipstick on your teeth. Oops. To avoid this by keeping a mirror at your desk so you can watch yourself apply lipstick. Nothing is more distracting than seeing this during a meeting.

What are some other office beauty blunders?

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PR Twitter Tips: February 2014

Happy March! We saw this morning what we hope to be the last of snowfall in the New York City area for a long time. But that might just be wishful thinking. Below are some of our favorite #PR101 tweets from the month of February. Thanks to all that contributed.

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@PrettyLivingPR: Think of each client as YOUR own business and brand. In many ways, they are.

@MrsMego_B: If you don’t know the answer or don’t want to give an answer….pivot.

@SDGreenall: Marketing is full control, PR is released control.

@CFDA: “Work to be authentic and avoid overplayed words and stories.”  @AlexanderWangNY‘s Leslie Rubisch

@MBAprgirl: Perfecting the pitch: Have a point. Make it fast.

@Thee_PR_PeaRl: You are only as strong as your media list.

@MairaNieto4: Goals need to be measurable.

@MBAprgirl: “If you don’t tell your own story, someone else will.”

@UrCoffeeBreak: Work hard and be nice to people.

@KJPuncorked: There’s a huge difference between being in charge and being a leader.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @nycprgirls for more #PR101

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