Career outlook for public relations officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would create and maintain a good public image for a business or organisation. You’d make sure that it has a good reputation with the public and the media.
You could work for one company or organisation in its communications department. Or you could work as an account executive at a public relations consultancy which provides services to a number of clients.
First of all you would find out how the organisation would like to be seen. Then you would come up with ideas to create that image and maintain the reputation in the future.
- Plan public relations campaigns
- Monitor the public and media's opinion of your employer or client
- Write and edit press releases, speeches, newsletters, leaflets, brochures, websites and social media
- Arrange events like press launches, news conferences, exhibitions and open days
- Set up sponsorship deals, for example of sports teams or arts events
- Develop good working relationships with the media
- Commission adverts or promotional films
- Get the organisation or business to raise funds for charity
- Represent your employer or client at presentations and conferences or in radio and TV interviews
You would also deal with bad publicity. You’d try to explain the situation to the media and the public and find ways to repair any damage to the business or organisation’s image and reputation. It can be a busy job with tight deadlines, so you’d need to be flexible and able to multi-task.
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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