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A career in Public Relations and Communications can be very rewarding however it’s unlikely to be stress-free.  It’s fair to say that the main purpose of these roles is reputation management of a business (both internally and externally).
 
Why consider a career in PR & Communications?
If you’re a forward-thinking, creative content creator and enjoy shaping key messages in the form of press releases, newsletters, social media management and blogging, a career within PR and comms can be incredibly rewarding - with lots of opportunity for growth and promotion.
 
What a career or job in PR & Communications may entail…
When working in PR, you will be expected to build strong relationships with industry influencers, journalists, bloggers and key industry professionals as they will play a crucial part into determining the success and growth of a company.
 
So what can you expect in terms of main responsibilities within these roles?
Valuable content creation would be the main one, shaping key messages to internal and external audiences through a variety of channels.  You could be utilising the media, sending out press releases, managing the press, liaising with journalists, or you could be sending key messages to your staff through internal channels such as the intranet and email platforms.  These days you’ll be expected to construct newsletters, blogs, social media updates and more.  Building strong relationships with journalists and industry influencers like bloggers can also be crucial depending on the industry. 
 
When looking at PR & Communications on a more senior level, you are likely to be responsible for directing and managing junior members of the comms team and you'll ensure everybody achieves their objectives.  This is usually a fast paced environment, where you could be responsible for crisis management as well as the usual day to day, but there’s loads of variety and you never know what the next day could bring.
 
Typical role titles include
Press Officer
Public Affairs
Media Relations
Digital Communications
Public Relations Specialist
Marketing & Communications Executive
Internal Communications Specialist
External Communications Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
 
Career progression example
Communications Officer
Communications Executive
PR & Communications Manager
Head of PR & Comms
PR & Comms Director
 
Salary Benchmarks
Salaries start from around £18k for a junior starting out in these roles, but graduates with a relevant degree can start on as much as £25k.  As your career progresses you can expect to earn anything from £30k-£45k as a Manager, and a Head of Department will be on £50k-£80k. 
 
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
Communications is everything within this industry, the ability to write good content to a variety of audiences is key across all of the roles.  To manage the press and external stakeholders you’ll need good verbal communication skills as well, so understanding how to translate key messages to a variety of audiences, through numerous channels, is the key to success within this industry!
 
What qualifications does it take?
There are certain types of degrees that can help you with getting started in this industry, naturally, Public Relations being the main one, followed by Journalism, Media Studies, English and similar.  More senior candidates can often be expected to hold their CIPR and relevant CIM qualifications. 

 

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  • 6th Sep

    Communications Manager

    — 6 Month FTC

    Location:
    Bath (Outskirts)
    Type:
    Salary:
    Up to £28k
    Join a lovely charity near to Bath (onsite parking).  6 month fixed term contract.  Varied communications role. Are you a seasoned comms professional looking for a fantastic opportunity to join a well-known charity?  If so, this an exciting 6 month contract to join a lovely charity as their Communications Manager where you will support the organisation through a busy period, delivering the comms strategy across a number of channels for healthcare specific projects.  What you’ll be doing   As a successful candidate, you’ll report to the Head of Marketing and Communications and support the organisation through a busy period.  This is a varied role where you will be working across both internal and external communications, from liaising with journalists to producing newsletters.  You will write eye catching and engaging content to be published across both business to business and healthcare channels and provide communications expertise for a range of activities, projects and campaigns. You’ll work closely with internal and external stakeholders to source accurate and current content, keeping on top of latest trends and points of topic and developing communications in line with current discussion points.  You’ll play a key role within the press office function and deliver proactive media activity and provide support on the editorial content process.  What experience you’ll need to apply  Strong experience in delivering a multichannel communication strategy, especially across PR, content, media and events.  Experience in healthcare comms.  Media relations experience including crisis comms and media led communication campaigns.   Able to translate technical materials into user friendly content.  Creative and innovative thinker.  Excellent communicator, both written and verbally.  Fantastic copywriting skills. What you’ll get in return for your talents   You’ll be working alongside a supportive and friendly team based in beautiful offices in the lovely Somerset countryside, salary on offer is up to £28k. What’s next? If you're interested please apply now or contact Chloe (01179 269530) for more information, they’re looking to interview ASAP.  
  • 4th Sep

    Part-Time Internal Communications Manager

    — 4 Days a Week

    Location:
    Chippenham
    Type:
    Salary:
    £32k-£40k
    Rare Part-Time Opportunity. Socially Ethical Challenger Brand. Central Office Location. Here is a great opportunity to join a business in Chippenham with a real social purpose as their new Part-Time Internal Communications Manager on a 4 day a week basis.  Working within the wider team, internal comms focuses on connecting staff with the business' purpose, values and strategic business priorities, ensuring everyone is kept up to date with the latest information, in a creative, compelling and engaging way. What you'll be doing In this role you will be responsible helping to develop and implement the internal communications strategy, working closely with stakeholders to gain feedback on current communications campaigns and ensuring the delivery and impact is continually improved. You will plan, edit and create content for the internal communications programs including weekly updates, emails, posters, physical and digital display, and you'll manage the internal social media channels to ensure best impact. You will also have a focus on developing the communication channels in order to improve engagement and ensure staff continue to feel well informed.  You will then lead the internal response to issues which affect organisational perception and reputation.  Collaboration is absolutely key, and you'll work alongside key stakeholders to ensure that employees are kept informed at all levels of the business.  What experience you'll need to apply Previous experience within an Internal Communications team Ideally having worked in a specialist Internal Comms role Demonstrable success of delivering and improving employee engagement Experience across numerous channels i.e. print, intranet, events, presentations Previously delivered and managed internal comms via social media Strong copywriting skills A strong verbal communicator and influencer Good project management skills Flexible, agile, and adaptable What you'll get in return for your talents As well as joining a fantastic and fast growing business, with a strong moral, ethical and socially responsible message behind it, there is a competitive salary on offer, company wide bonus, travel allowance, 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, and flexible working across most roles, this really is a forward thinking business that can offer you a great career. What next If you've worked within Internal Comms and are looking for a part-time opportunity then apply now, or contact Chris (01179 269530) for more information.
  • 4th Sep

    PR Account Manager

    — Progressive Agency

    Location:
    Chepstow
    Type:
    Salary:
    £Competitive
    Opportunity to Join a Collaborative and Friendly Agency. Plenty of Chance for Progression and Development. Flexible Working Options and Plenty of Perks. Would you like to work for an agency that is progressive and totally committed to employee wellbeing as well as to being the best agency it can be? Then look no further! A fantastic South Wales agency (in Chepstow to be specific) is on the lookout for a PR Account Manager to join the team on a permanent basis. What you’ll be doing This client’s core focus is B2B, and so you’ll be working with clients across tech, manufacturing, and everything in between. You’ll be highly client-focused but also be a seasoned PR specialist, able to spin many plates to provide the best service and ensuring your team delivers time and time again. This is a typical agency account management role which will see you taking briefs, getting involved in pitches, project management, handling queries and negotiating, as well as being consultative to your clients. You’ll be like an extension of your clients’ businesses and possess excellent stakeholder management skills. What you’ll need to apply PR experience in a B2B setting Excellent client or stakeholder management skills Some management experience is advantageous Fantastic organisation skills What you’ll get in return for your experience You’ll be rewarded with a generous package and perks, including free gym membership, onsite parking permit paid for, very competitive holiday allowance, MacBook, and flexible working hours!! This is a rare opportunity to come up in the agency world. What’s next? Get in touch with Stacey for the finer details on 01179 269 530.  
  • 3rd Sep

    Communications Executive

    — PR & Social

    Location:
    Melksham
    Type:
    Salary:
    £30k-£35k
    Well Known Brand. Broad PR & Comms Role. Good Salary & Benefits. Here is a great opportunity to join a long established business in Melksham as their new Communications Executive.  This is a fantastic business with a strong heritage and a long established brand name.  Joining the Communications department you will have day to day responsibility for the external comms. What you'll be doing This is a busy office, and you will manage press enquiries including tracking and responding to media activity.  This is a role that calls for strengths with PR and social media, you will develop relevant and engaging content and campaigns and manage their execution across social channels.  You will be adept at writing engaging press releases and will work with PR freelancers and a PR agency to manage a pipeline of positive media coverage across product launches, case studies and events.  You will build effective relationships with media editors and journalists to help reach target audiences and positively influence coverage and comment.  These really are excellent products for you to shout to the press about! What experience you'll need to apply Previous experience across a PR or External Communications role Ideally holding a relevant marketing, communications or English degree Proven ability to manage the press Exceptional copywriting skills and attention to detail Experience managing social media accounts Strong verbal communication skills Ability to build rapport and relationships What you'll get in return for your talents This is a great business to work for with a great working environment.  There is a good salary on offer (£30k-£35k), company bonus, generous pension, 25 days holiday and flexible working hours.  What next If you have good external comms experience and are looking for a great new opportunity, then apply now or contact Chris (01179 269530) for more information.
  • 2nd Sep

    Account Director

    — B2B PR & Marketing Agency

    Location:
    Bath
    Type:
    Salary:
    £Competitive
    Join a well-regarded Bath based integrated marketing agency.  Newly created position for a talented PR and Marketing Account Director.  B2B sector experience is a must - either inhouse or agency. There’s a well-established, specialist PR and Marketing agency based in Bath, and they are looking to expand their Client Services team. If you’re an agency experienced Senior Account Manager or Account Director ready to make their next step, or you may well be a Marketing Manager with strong client-facing skills and have ambitions to become part of something rather special, then either way then this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for…  What you’ll be doing  Working closely with the Directors and tight-knit client services team, you’ll take the lead managing key clients, predominately well-known B2B brands within the automotive and construction sectors (though not exclusively).  You’ll work closely with clients, getting to grips with their offerings and strategy, delivering effective trade PR and media relations campaigns, as well as brand development, design, social media and digital projects. You'll ensure a high level of client service, efficiency, stunning creative excellence, and financial success of projects through the studio; continuously building stronger and more effective strategic client partnerships along the way. What experience you’ll need  B2B experience is a must here, you’ll be an agency experienced Senior Account Manager, Account Director, or in-house Marketing Manager with good design and digital skills.  Experience within either the automotive or construction industry required.  You'll have a track record in PR and trade media relations.  You’ll bring a commercial drive to pro-actively grow and develop revenue within existing clients. Excellent written capabilities with the ability to translate technical specifications into plain English. First rate client management and communication skills. Enjoy working autonomously, within a supportive environment. What you’ll get in return for your talents In return, you can expect a competitive salary, coupled with a highly progressive agency to take your career to the next level, now and for the long term. What's next? Please get in touch with Chloe now for more information. 
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