How long does it take to become a Director of Corporate Communications or Agency CEO?

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01 Mar 2018 Comments

One of the topics that The Works Search Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 examined was how long it takes to climb the PR ladder and reach the prized role of Director of Communications or Agency CEO. We specifically looked at corporate communications and financial communications teams in-house, as well as London-based corporate and financial communications agencies. Our survey results reveal the average number of years’ experience PR and Communications professionals have under their belts at different stages of their career path.

Career-impatient millennials (and their desire for frequent pay rises, promotions, and accelerated career advancement expectations) now make up the largest share of the workforce; we were curious to see whether this would have any bearing on our survey results. Just how long can industry professionals expect it to take to make it to the heady heights of a top-tier role?

LinkedIn – back to basics in 6 steps

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28 Feb 2018 Comments

LinkedIn has had exponential growth over recent years and, it’s no surprise that the global network is a rich resource for job seekers and recruiters. With a new LinkedIn member joining every second, you need to keep on top of your profile, particularly if you’re planning to move job; you need a profile that maximises your potential.
Start by thinking about the LinkedIn basics. Some of these tips are common sense; but, as they say, common sense isn’t so common; and as we’re getting back to basics, we may as well cover everything.....

Who pays more – agency or in-house?

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23 Feb 2018 Comments

We spend a lot of time meeting with candidates and clients from both agencies and corporate communications teams in-house. They tend to fall into one of the following categories: long-term agency people, those who have always worked in-house, those who have tried both sides of the fence to see where the grass is greener, and those who are happy to chop and change.

We have seen countless candidates find their dream job in-house after years working in agencies, only to find out later that they miss the agency life. Then there are others who will remain in-house throughout their career once they grow accustomed to the corporate world.

Whichever camp they belong to, the question on the minds of many of these professionals is: Who pays more in the PR and communications industry – agency or in-house? Our recent Annual Salary Guide revealed some interesting findings on the subject.

Mind the pay gap – let’s take a closer look at what’s really happening

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09 Feb 2018 Comments

There has been no improvement in gender pay equality in the industry in the past year, our annual salary, bonus and benefits reveals. Surely this is a sign that companies need to look more deeply into taking steps to not only understand the root causes of this stubborn issue, but also the context around how and why a pay disparity exists within corporate communications, and what the best strategy is to address it in the long term.

Book of the Year - Shining a Light on You - book review

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29 Nov 2017 Comments

One of my friends, Sarah Naylor has written an inspiring book which will expertly guide you through the process of designing a career that you will love. According to our latest annual salary survey findings, 10% of PR professionals will leave the industry in their next job move and 18% say that feeling unchallenged and unclear about their career path is a deciding factor to move jobs. With the New Year just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our review on Sarah's thought-provoking book, Shining a Light on You.

Exactly how long does it take to secure an in-house corporate communications role?

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11 Oct 2017 Comments

Finding a job isn’t always easy and it can take time and energy, as well as a proactive approach. There are a number of key factors to consider when choosing a prospective employer – the type of company and its culture, the right job title, a good level of responsibility, an inspiring boss, a collegiate team, a company which values communications, a convenient location and of course, the right level of compensation. This means you may need to ‘try on’ a few roles before you find ‘a great fit’, but exactly how long does this take?

What I learned from 3 days with the Army Training Regiment

Posted in: PR and Communications, The Working World, Work Advice, Work-Life Balance

29 Aug 2017 Comments

I have been part of a mastermind and training group for years. We meet up twice a year for a three-day ‘retreat’. In the past, we have basked in the Tenerife sun, walked across hot coals in leafy Kent, sung karaoke and hired out a casino for the night in the beautiful Scottish countryside. It’s always incredibly energising and we come away with fresh ideas and knowledge, ready to take on the world again!

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