I’m a recent graduate trying to land a dream job (or really any job…) in PR. I have had multiple internships throughout college and lots of experience. Since graduating, I have a constant stream of interviews and have been turned away five times, because I “don’t have enough experience” or because they’re “looking for someone with two to three years’ experience.”
I’m at a loss of what to do. I’m not in the position to take on another internship. I have had great experience with my internships, many of which are pretty prestigious, and don’t understand how I’m supposed to get experience…if no one will hire me. I’m currently job hunting in Texas and I’m not sure if it’s the PR market here or what, but it does seem to be competitive. Do y’all have any advice on what to do? I’m creeping up on 2 months of job hunting…I know it doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you move back into your parents’ house it’s a VERY long time. I’m desperate for any advice y’all can offer me.
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“Not enough experience”
Thanks for your email. So many recent graduates are in the same boat as you so please don’t get discouraged. First off, make sure you’re applying to the correct PR positions. Look for positions that don’t require any experience, not ones that say 2-3 years. Account coordinator or assistant account executive positions are what you should be looking for. They are generally for professionals out of college.
The harsh reality is that many recent grads end up having to take another internship after they graduate. I did, even though I already interned 3 other places. Look for a fall internship that’s paid. They are rare, but exist. Find one that has a good chance of leading to a full-time position. The internship will be worth it in the end.
If you’re still having no luck, consider broadening your search. Meaning, don’t just look for a position at a PR firm. Look for a PR internship or job at an events or advertising agency. Consider taking a starting position at a media outlet or publication. A year or so of experience at one of these places will be a starting point for your dream PR agency. Or you might find interest in another aspect of PR.
Again, don’t be discouraged and don’t put so much pressure on yourself to find the perfect job just yet. It will come with time. No one lands their dream job right after college. And if they do, they’re extremely lucky J
Best of luck.