Triple Play: Two Weeks Into My New Job Search, Job Poll Results, PRSA Chicago Chapter Meeting

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

Today, folks you get a three-fer: That’s three blogs in one.  So without further delay:

1. Two Weeks Later: Here’s where things stand two weeks after The PRDude was compelled to embark on another quest (no, I’m not a fan of romance novels; just thought the language was cool and appropriate) to find that next great job in public relations.aprlogo

  • I’m still looking; have some strong leads.
  • I remain committed to the value of effective public relations in modern society, and to my value as an ethical public relations practitioner.
  • The Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential continues to help define me in the industry.
  • A surprising number of friends and colleagues have offered support, and many have recognized Edward M. Bury, APR as the author behind The PRDude blog!

Hey, I’m just getting started.  But if you have any leads here in Chicago, please feel free to share.ethics_poster

2.  Job Poll Results: Last time, I asked followers of this blog to take a short poll to offer insight into where the job market was heading. The most recent figures released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor showed more jobs were created than projected in February of 2013, dropping the national unemployment rate to 7.7 percent, the lowest in the Obama Administration.  Here are the results:

  • The job market will continue to improve — 4 votes
  • The job market will get worse — 1 votes
  • The job market will stay the same – 0 votes.

So, the “ayes” have it. (I know: It was only five votes total; but the poll remains open.)  If I had the option to vote, I would say the job market will get better. But like any rational person, it’s got a long way to go.  Stability in the national economy, an end to bi-partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the absence of turmoil overseas will help job growth.

3.  PRSA Chicago Chapter Meeting: This morning, I joined colleagues from PRSA Chicago — the fourth largest Chapter in the nation — at a breakfast meeting held to let the membership know how we’re doing financially and what’s planned for 2013.

More than 40 attended, and I was proud to participate with my friend and colleague Joyce Lofstrom, APR, to report that we have four professionals from Chicago who have committed to earning the APR. Chapter leaders reported that we’re doing well financially; the 2012 Midwest District PRSA Conference held here proved very successfully; and, that programming designed for young professionals, mid-level professionals and senior leaders (my category) is diverse, robust and based on research designed to meet member demands.  I’m proud to play a role in this tremendous organization.

To conclude:

What advice do you have for me to land that next great job in public relations?

Do you think the job market will improve, get worse, or stay the same?

What value do you receive from your PRSA Chapter?

Join the conversation.

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