PR Executive, one of the most stressful jobs

January 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Career Cast has come out with “The most stressful jobs of 2012” and to my surprise, Public Relations Executive followed not far behind Police Officer.

At #7 on the list, PR Executives even come before the Corporate Executive on the stress test. This doesn’t mean that every Public Relations Executive is going to have an extremely stressful job; it just means the majority of them do. Just the same, the police officer who sits behind a desk for eight hours a day isn’t going to be as stressed out as the one who patrols the streets.

Why is the Public Relations Executive so high on the list? PR Executives are in charge of maintaining the positive image of the corporation, company, person or government entity they represent. Sometimes this is a difficult task, especially when the client is involved in any type of scandal or controversy. Being the intermediate of communication, the PR Executive often acts as the voice of the client while interacting with the media and the public. In a very competitive field, meeting deadlines and making speeches is a large part of the job.

Ironically, the Event Planner comes in at #6 on the list, which is often categorized as a type of Public Relations.  Moral of the story… If you’re looking for a place to relax, the Public Relations industry is probably not for you. But if you’re looking for a career that is going to keep you on your toes and give your something different to do everyday, then you’re on the right track.

This post can also be read on Marketing Conversations and Business 2 Community.

Watching what you say in social media

November 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

Watch what you’re sending out via your social media channels. If you’re saying something negative about your job, there is always the possibility of another employee, or worse your manager seeing it and having negative repercussions because of it. With social media as the center of everything, many large corporations have internal social media policies. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re off the clock and sitting at home in front of your laptop at 10pm, if you decide to tweet about how much work sucked today, or how this one customer or worse yet, manager, really got on your nerves, you should probably think twice about it.

An Apple employee in the UK sent out a facebook post that portrayed Apple in a negative light, which he claimed was private. At this point, everyone should know NOTHING on Facebook is really private. After management found the post, the employee was immediately fired, no questions asked.

If your employer has an internal social media policy, I would advise you to take it seriously, especially with a company like Apple that has such a huge social media presence. Even if your company doesn’t have an internal social media policy, it doesn’t make sense for a company to ignore someone defacing their brand to the world via social media. So before you hit that post or tweet button, think twice about what you’re saying. Because it’s probably not worth the risk if it can get you fired.

This post can also be read on Marketing Conversations.

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