Public Relations/Public relations
I want to break into public relations. I have hotel, teaching, and sales experience. Will my resume get my foot in the door?
TODD W. Johnson
3251 NW Eagle Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85225
Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA 11/07 - 7/13
Pinellas Park Middle School, St. Petersburg, FL
Pinellas County Schools, St. Petersburg, FL
Developed innovative curriculum to instruct students
Managed classroom of +40 students
Implemented high-level lesson plans
Launched a Wellness Committee to improve healthy lifestyles
Established positive relationships with students, parents and colleagues
Bellman / Concierge
Bayfront Hilton Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL 9/94 - 11/07
Hotel Edgewater, Seattle, WA
Sunburst Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, AZ
Greeted guests in a friendly manner
Increased hotel productivity by providing team support
Streamlined guest service system
Proficient in OnQ, Microsoft Word, Office, XP, 7, Vista, Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel,
Handled as many as +200 customer contacts a day
Suntasia Marketing, St. Petersburg, FL 06/02 - 11/03
Increased territory sales from less than $2 million to $4.2 million within two years
Generated qualified sales leads and appointments for new business
Added new customers while maintaining premium service with existing account
Exceeded quotas by 12% in 2002 and 15% in 2003
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
University of South Florida, 2005
Associates of Arts in Psychology
Daytona Beach Community College, 1993
Thanks for the questions.
You have impressive credentials which translates into people skills so necessary in
First off there are many aspects of PR. Writing for a PR firm. A Director of Communications for
a firm or corporation. A government spokesperson, et al.
You should first ask yourself where do you want your career to evolve? Do you want to
stay in academia or switch over to the corporate, philanthropic, government, etc.?
Once that goal is determined then advance to some basic PR. Take a PR course with
your local community college or university. You will be required to write, write, write in
most jobs so I assume with your teaching background that is not a problem. Still, you
will need to show a future employer that you have had some professional input from a PR course.
A full service advertising and PR agency will definitely check to see if you have had any
Once you have completed the course start slowly, perhaps where you teach. Ask if you can
assist with any PR releases. Or intern at a PR firm.
Once you get some basic experience then check the Internet for any PR jobs available. Then
go for it.