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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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  • 23rd Apr

    Local/Regional Marketing Manager

    — Regular UK Travel Involved

    Brand new role for the organisation. Covering the North region.  The main emphasis of the role will be strategic, local marketing.This is a great opportunity to join a leading consumer brand in a brand new role. With a large number of branches across the UK, you will work with local practices to understand their challenges and help create and deliver effective marketing plans and strategies with Head Office support.  What you’ll be doing  Working for a very well known brand, you will work with a number of local practices to understand the local marketplace, customers, competitors, strengths and weaknesses, and will support these with bespoke marketing plans and strategies.  Managing the entire region you will be expected to travel to different sites regularly, but you will benefit from home working and an expectation to visit the Bristol Head Office approximately once a week.  You will learn to understand the challenges that individual practices face, and in turn, what support they may need, with some needing more than others.Once the plan is in place, you will hand over to the local Practice Managers for them to execute the tactics and campaigns.  It will be imperative that you stay in touch and build strong relationships with these Managers, to understand how the results are looking, and if they need any further ongoing support.  What experience you’ll need to apply  Previous experience in a cross channel, B2C Marketing role. Solid Campaign Management experience. Excellent planning and multi-tasking skills.   Having access to a car and willing to travel for approximately 50% of the time.  Strong communication skills and relationship management. What you’ll get in return for your talents  You will be working for a well known brand with a huge presence.  This is a role where you will get to put your brain to work, developing local marketing plans for a big brand.  There is a good salary on offer, great perks and benefits, and huge variety in the role.  What next?If this sounds like a great opportunity to you, then apply now or contact Chris (011789 269530) for more information. 
  • 18th Apr

    Marketing Executive/ Senior Marketing Executive

    — Global Business

    Up to £30k
    Join a marketing leading global business at an exciting time of growth.  Work across the EMEA region executing global marketing plans.  Thrive in an innovative environment where no two days will be the same.  This is an exciting opportunity for a commercial, creative and innovative Marketing Coordinator to join an ambitious, dynamic and well-known brand within the music industry. Execute global marketing plans in a role which offers regular international travel and the support of an industry leading team   - are you up for the challenge?What you'll be doingWorking closely with the EMEA Marketing Manager, you'll be tasked with executing the global marketing plan focussing on key territories and adapting in the context of local markets, including France and the UK.  You'll develop brand awareness campaigns, taking full ownership for managing and delivering successful online and offline communications and liaising and managing external agencies when required. You'll execute compelling campaigns and initiatives encompassing digital marketing, social media, content, advertising, events, and marketing collateral to communicate the company's brand and propositions, in line with the company's brand and vision to increase customer awareness. Youll hit the ground running managing large scale events from concept through to delivery and support the execution of press releases and press events. Youll support the sales team, being creative and innovative in your approach. The projects you work on will vary in shape and size and no 2 days will be the same so it's important that you thrive in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to manage workload efficiently.  What experience you'll need to apply  Strong broad marketing experience.   An interest in music or technology would be advantageous. Excellent communication skills and the gravitas to develop strong relationships.  Youll be highly organised with the ability to manage budgets and diverse workload.  Youll have the ability to build relationships with ease and youll keep a cool head under pressure.  A team player attitude, ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.  Happy with regular international travel. What you can expect in return for your talentsIn return, you can expect a salary of up to £30k plus truly excellent benefits and the opportunity to join a global brand at a very exciting time of growth, where you will be able to utilise your skills, experience and passion in a company who create innovative technology and are taking the music industry by storm. What's next?This fantastic opportunity will not be around for long so please get in touch with your CV today or contact Chloe (01179 269530) for further information.
  • 15th Apr

    Communications Officer

    — Highly Varied Role

    Well known Swindon brand. Highly varied comms role. Excellent company culture.ADLIB are working with a fantastic Swindon business looking to add an experienced Communications Officer in to their existing Comms team.  This is a highly varied and hands on role across internal and external comms with both B2B and B2C messaging. What you'll be doingWorking with the Communications Manager you will develop the comms strategy, write press releases for local and national news, handle media and press enquiries and write copy for information booklets, magazines and for the website.  You will need a creative eye and show your ability to manage the design, layout and production of in house and corporate publications, marketing collateral and magazines.  You will assist various divisions to deliver marketing campaigns including the production of promotional material, copywriting, web content, enewsletters and display materials. Working across numerous social platforms you will develop and promote the brand through these external channels, and you will develop internal communications through both digital and hard copy.  What experience you'll need to apply Previous experience within a similar comms role Excellent content/copywriting skills Proven editing and proof-reading skills Good design and layout experience for printed material/collateral A strong understanding of digital technologies High level of attention to detail Full driving license and a car Experience within a B2B environment would be ideal Professional qualifications such as CIPR or relevant degree would be desirableWhat you'll get in return for your talentsYou'll be joining a great team with a fantastic company culture, the salary is competitive (£30k-£35k), there are good company benefits including 25 days holiday and Simply Health membership; with the variety within this role there's no fear of getting bored!What nextIf you have worked within a similar internal/external comms role and are looking for that next great step, apply now or contact Chris (01179 269530) for more information. 
  • 11th Apr

    Marketing Manager

    — Thriving Digital Agency

    New role within an ambitious and highly regarded digital agency. Broad marketing role across multiple channels. Lovely central Bath offices and a fantastic working environment. One of Bath’s finest agencies are looking to recruit a Marketing Manager to join their highly passionate and talented team.  In this newly created position, you will be able to shape the role and the proposition for the agency, responsible for developing and supporting the new business plan and raising the profile of the agency. What you’ll be doingThis role is all about driving the agency’s profile forward, positioning the brand to prospective clients and further engaging with existing clients. You’ll work closely with the Directors, creating and delivering an effective strategy utilising multiple marketing channels, across social media, DM, digital, PR and events. It’s a brand-new role for the agency so you’ll have the opportunity to really make it your own, introducing new ideas, processes and structure to improve marketing output, connect with clients and grow the agency’s clientele.  You’ll need to be comfortable manoeuvring between strategy and delivery and report back on campaign success.  You’ll be joining an agency going from strength to strength and you’ll play a key part in their growth delivering successful multi-channel marketing campaigns.  Day to day you’ll manage the agency’s website and social media calendar, writing compelling content and researching new platforms to increase awareness.  You’ll research and organise events and trade shows and improve public reactions by managing the PR calendar.  You’ll be ready to roll up your sleeves, inspire and promote this fantastic agency. What experience you’ll need You will be an experienced Marketing Manager or Digital Marketing Manager with an understanding of traditional channels.  Proven track record managing successful multi-channel digital marketing campaigns. Understanding of the full marketing mix from social media, PR, events, content, SEO and PPC.  Ability to track and analyse campaign data.  Confidence to hit the ground running is essential.  You’ll be a self-starter and strive to improve marketing output.  Superb attention to detail and ability to multitask.  Naturally you’ll have first rate communication skills. B2B experience nice to have.  Confidence to pitch ideas and challenge stakeholders.What you’ll get in return for your talentsIn return you can expect a competitive salary and an ambitious agency to bring your talents to. You’ll in no doubt be made to feel at home from day one and enjoy working within a lovely supportive team.  What’s next?Drop Chloe a note to hear the finer details on this one.  
  • 9th Apr

    PR Executive

    — Retail Brand

    Up to £30k
    Exciting opportunity to join a fantastic retail brand. Lovely offices in the heart of the Cotswolds, commutable from Cheltenham, Oxford, Redditch and Banbury.  Competitive salary up to £30k with additional benefits. A rare opportunity to work for a fast-growing retail brand in Gloucestershire has arisen for a motivated and highly driven PR/Comms professional to communicate the brand; gaining press coverage and increasing customer interaction and engagement. What you'll be doingAs the business continues to grow through great brand performance there is now a need for a proactive and self-starting PR Executive to create and deliver successful PR campaigns and Social Media content. No two days will be the same, from building strong relationships with key press, bloggers and social influencers, producing content, driving media coverage and managing their London PR agency.   Through strong and attractive press releases you'll have the chance to make a real impact from day one and deliver creative campaigns to grab the attention of the press, bloggers and end customers. What experience you'll need to apply Proven experience within a PR role, either gained agency or client side - or both! Relevant degree within Marketing or Fashion.  Understanding of traditional and digital public relations. Good social media experience.  Keen attention to detail and a high level of organisation will be key.  First class communication skills are a must, as is having a creative flair for writing. Youll show a committed, communicative, and collaborative approach to working.  Self-motivated and can work on your own initiative.  Youll have a true passion for building a career in PR and the fashion industry.What you'll get in return for your experienceAlong with a competitive salary in line with your experience, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone to work with a fantastic brand at what is a really great time to join this company. It is a small team, but a great one, with a strong culture, ambitious growth plans and the resources to support the ongoing growth, you can really make this role your own. What's next?There will be a lot of interest in this role so don't wait around and apply now, or contact Chloe (01179 269530) for more information.   
  • 19th Mar

    Senior Account Manager/Senior Account Director

    — Content & Comms Agency

    Enjoy working for a fast-growing written content and communications agency based in the heart of Bristol. Lead the direction and success of several key clients, delivering a wide range of services. Salary £40k - £50k (on experience).We're working with one of the worlds leading written communications agencies to appoint a Senior Account Manager/Account Director. You'll be working on a wide range of media posts and everything in between! You'll be based out of very modern offices based in central Bristol, near the harbour and only a short walk to Temple Meads train station. What you'll be doingWe're looking for either a Senior Account Manager or Account Director (all about finding the right person!) who'll act as the first point of contact for clients; taking detailed briefs for new projects, asking all of the right questions to really get to the bottom of their objectives and communicating this accordingly to writers, ensuring you've given them all they need to get it right first time. You'll also get involved with proofreading and editing work, delivering feedback if necessary, before handing over to the client. This role is all about building and nurturing client relationships, so you'll attend regular meetings, supporting new business meetings, brief taking, delivering workshops and advising on a wide range of copy, content and tone services. You'll also bring an eye for identifying and seizing opportunities to up and cross-sell - helping clients identify how to add the most value to their business.What experience you'll need An established Senior Account Manager or Account Director looking for a new agency to call home  A strong appreciation of content, copy and written communications Top notch client communication and development skills  Commercial acumen that thrives through nurturing relationships and networkingWhat you'll get in return for your talentsNot only will you be working alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, but you'll also have access to a range of benefits and can expect a salary of between £40k-£50k dependent on experience.What's next?If you meet the above criteria, get in touch with Jade today! 
  • 4th Mar

    Account Manager

    — Leading Communications & Content Agency

    Up to £28k
    Highly established comms and content agency to call home. Join a talented team of creatives in beautiful offices in central Bristol. Very competitive salary and benefits package on offer.This reputable and ambitious communications and content agency is on the lookout for an Account Manager to join their thriving team. This lot are true experts in their field.What you'll be doingYoull act as the first point of contact for an established portfolio of clients; taking detailed briefs for new projects, asking all of the right questions to get to the bottom of their objectives and communicating this accordingly to writers, ensuring you've given them all they need to get it right first time. Youll also get involved with proofreading and editing work, delivering feedback if necessary, before handing over to the client. This role is all about building and nurturing client relationships, so you'll attend regular meetings, whether for new business purposes, to take a brief or just to have a general catch up, and you'll have an eye for identifying and seizing opportunities for growth - helping clients identify how to add the most value to their business.What experience you'll need You may be an established Account Manager looking for a step up or you might be a Senior Account Manager looking for a new challenge, they are open to a range of levels as its all about finding the right person. Youll be enthusiastic, proactive and self-motivated, with natural relationship building talents and a desire to help clients communicate clearly and concisely. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with keen attention to detail. Ability to coordinate and juggle a range of projects simultaneously. Commercial acumen and a talent for developing relationships and networking. A strong track record managing comms and content projects within an agency. An understanding of the value of language to businesses.What you'll get in return for your talentsNot only will you be working alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry, you'll have access to a range of benefits and can expect a competitive salary up to £28k, entirely dependent on experience.What's next?If you meet the above criteria, get in touch with Jade today!

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  • Evolution Power Tools are a fast growing International business expanding their market presence at pace.
  • In need of a Paid Search Specialist ADLIB were approached to support in tracking down a marketing specialist that was proving an elusive skill set to find.
  • The business location and specialism of paid search meant that there was a small candidate pool within which to source candidates.
  • Through an integrated talent attraction campaign, headhunting and tapping into our existing networks we successful sourced and matched them with exactly what they were seeking within 4 weeks.

“Joe used his digital marketing expertise and network to source an amazing candidate quickly. This was such a smooth process down to Joe's knowledge and proactive nature.”

Oliver Woodland, HR Adviser at Evolution Power Tools Limited


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  • Outlaw are a new, progressive agency, specializing in branding and packing, in the heart of Bristol. 
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