5 signs PR is the career for you

Can you remain cool under pressure? Are you addicted to your smartphone and a media junkie. Guess what: Public relations might be your ideal job.

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At the same time, seniors are worrying about landing their first job, while underclassmen compete for summer internships to boost their resumes.

It is with these job-seeking students in mind that I offer the following five signs that you are meant to work in PR:

1. You remain cool under pressure.

From a crisis involving a client to the hotel mailroom losing the press materials for a trade show, PR people deal with the unexpected nearly every day.

Sometimes you have to be creative: I was once at an event and looked in the “event bag” to find no tape to hang the signs directing attendees to the sign-in table, event room, etc. After looking high and low for a place to buy some tape and coming up empty, I bought a few packs of gum—the event staff all started chewing and stuck the signs to the wall with gum.

If you are the kind of person who can roll with the punches and find solutions, PR is for you. If you are more inclined to yell “Fire” and run down the hall, you may want a less hectic workplace.

2. You are a smart phone addict.

You can tweet, text, and talk on the phone at the same time—and yes, you actually do talk on your phone and know when a live conversation is necessary and when an email or text is OK.

3. You are the resident proofreader.

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