PR Girls Do’s and Don’ts

One of my favorite magazines, Glamour, has a notorious “Do’s and Don’ts” section that they blow out for the summer. While hilarious, it’s also a little disturbing that some women will actually dress that way in public. This phenomenon can also be taken into the workplace, where we’ve heard of interns who have claimed never to have picked up a roll of packing tape (are you kidding me?). Here are a few of our Do’s and Don’t’s for the PR world, from our experience and some of your tweets:

PR Girl Do’s

  • Do offer a helping hand when a colleague is swamped
  • Do go to coffee/lunch/froyo every day, and offer your fellow PR girls a chance to get out of the office
  • Do spend your paycheck on acquiring a classic PR girl wardrobe
  • Do feel okay to take some swag if your client offers it, and use it!
  • Do master the art of a perfectly formed gift bag, tissue paper and all
  • Do brag about how fabulous your client is to your friends (hey, word-of-mouth is still PR)
  • Do use your awesome daily experiences in public relations as a way to pick up guys   (well we just did this event at Chelsea Piers with Derek Jeter…)
  • Always do ask questions, but make sure you’ve thought it through on your own first
  • Do show off your creativity and style, even as an intern. Own it!
  • Do love your job

PR Girl Don’ts

  • Don’t dress up like you’re going to the club/dive bar/beach/ballgame for work, even if that’s your favorite style (leggings are not pants. Try a disco ball necklace!)
  • Don’t take a PR career as a chance for you to finally indulge in gossip.   Karma still exists
  • Though you may think you’re in a position to, don’t turn your nose up at composing media mailers and gift bags.   No, you didn’t go to college for this, but you will always have one to do
  • Do go to drinks with your superiors (great bonding experience), but don’t take that as an invitation to get wasted on their dime.   PR girls naturally like to drink, but they don’t like to see you drunk
  • Don’t send an email to a client without re-re-reading it, aloud
  • Successful PR girls don’t whine.   If you have to cry, go outside
  • Don’t settle for your position.   Always work at the level above yours

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