Public Relations is not a glamorous industryWhile yes, sometimes there are fun parties or events, those probably will not be the majority of your job. I wouldn’t pick PR as a career because you think it is going to be fun. Like any job there are good and bad aspects. A lot of people’s idea of PR comes from what they see on movies or TV shows (ala Samantha Jones in Sex and the City). Unfortunately, that is not the life a publicist from day-to-day, so be prepared to work hard.
You have to create the PR-worthy news for your clientsWhen I first started pitching, I would just send editors information about my clients, and hope they could find a fit. When I wasn’t getting great results, I soon realized that you have to put in more work than that. It helps if you suggest a story idea and a place in the publication that you think would be a fit. Editors and writers get so much information that the more specific you can be the better.
There is a lot of rejection working in PRI didn’t realize how hard it is to get one placement. Media contacts will say “no”, a lot more than they say “yes”. Not going to lie, it can be frustrating, but you have to learn to have a thick skin. When someone doesn’t like what you pitched, you have to find a new publication or new story idea.
Creating writers and poets need not applyIf you like creative writing, PR is probably not the industry for you. From my experience, the writing practices are the most outdated thing they teach in school. One time, I was interviewing possible interns, and many of them brought sample pitches to show me. Most of them were about a page long! We live in a world where the shorter the better. You don’t have much time to grab people’s attention before they move onto the next thing. PR writing should be concise and to the point. For you PR grads – what surprised you most about PR life post graduation? Photo Credit: Steffi Au
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