What does a day in the life of the digital public relations professional look like? Today, your practice can be described in two simple words: you are “always on.” When the Internet became our stomping ground for public communications, reaction time had to be much more immediate. Of course, social media continued to fuel the “always on” feeling even more because networks don’t rest and brands have to be prepared. When you accept a position in PR, you quickly learn the nature of the job requires attention at all times of the day or night, and new skills and practices are constantly in development.
The lines between marketing, public relations and technology departments are blurring, as digital platforms have revolutionized the way we communicate. Employers struggle to recruit and retain professionals qualified for positions that did not exist even three years ago.
The job market is changing, and new professionals need to change with it if they want to succeed in a new world of marketing. More and more, organizations are seeking hybrid professionals who are highly proficient writers, analytical, creative and tech savvy, with strong competencies in business, IT and human behavior.
Today, the New Professionals Section hosted a tweetchat to celebrate the second annual New Professionals Week. We discussed resumes, portfolios, LinkedIn and more. In case you missed it, see below for a recap via Storify! Thanks to our programming chairs, Elizabeth Rhoads Greenaway and Brendan Hughes, for hosting.
Career expert Peter Weddle advises job seekers to always work on their career fitness. We expect it of ourselves and so do our employers. Just because new professionals are no longer in school, doesn’t mean you can’t take some time this fall to go back to PR school and learn more about the burgeoning industry to which we belong.
To be a successful public relations practitioner you need to know everything from social media, search engine optimization, reputation management, marketing and more. But how can you be all things to all people?
Defining yourself as a public relations professional will be one of the most important tasks you will begin while starting your career. As we’ve evolved into the age of digital and social media, these networks have forced enabled individuals to create their own personal brands by creating the opportunity for us to share specific content to audiences that ultimately shape who we are, or striving to be.