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PR Hiring On the Rise?

The Wall Street Journal‘s career site, FINS.com, reports on the increased importance of PR and the hiring that’s happening across the industry, both in-house and at PR firms. “In January this year, business started picking up and all the positions that were frozen last year and in 2008 opened up again,” Lindsay Olson, partner and recruiter at Paradigm Staffing is quoted saying. Another recruiter, Maryanne Rainone, an SVP at Heyman Associates, said employee relations has become important on the corporate side.

Ogilvy PR SVP Sheri Leonardo called pharmaceuticals and healthcare “especially hot” and the story reports 61 openings on the firm’s career page. (The story posted September 29. A quick search of “Public Relations” by PRNewser showed 33 results. Clicking on “View All Jobs” showed 105 results.) Fleishman-Hillard chief talent officer Agnes Gioconda said the firm has “around 100 openings in any given week.”

Gary McCormick, president and CEO of PRSA, emphasized social media when discussing the need for PR. “There are repercussions for businesses who used social media incorrectly, or didn’t use it at all, and suddenly they’re realizing a need for PR,” he said.

This article is optimistic given the continued fears about a double-dip recession. Have you noticed an increase in hiring in the PR industry?

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From The Recruiter’s Desk: Digital Vs. Traditional Resumes

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We’re happy to announce the return of our “From The Recruiter’s Desk” columnist Lindsay Olson. Lindsay is back from maternity leave and will resume posting two columns per month.

As longtime PRNewser readers may know, Lindsay is a partner and recruiter with Paradigm Staffing, where she specializes in helping companies and agencies find public relations and communications professionals throughout the United States. She has over ten years experience recruiting in the PR industry and also writes a career-related blog at LindsayOlson.com. You can find her on Twitter via @prjobs.

Olson’s latest column look at a debate that has been bubbling up in PR circles as of late: what is more important, a “digital” or “traditional” resume?

The digital resume has been a hot topic of debate with the rising popularity of social and professional networking sites. People ask me all the time if they should be replacing their traditional resumes with a new, digital format. My answer: yes and no.

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From the Recruiter’s Desk: What Goes Into a Good PR Portfolio?

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Lindsay Olson is a partner and recruiter with Paradigm Staffing (and PRNewser guest columnist). She specializes in helping companies and agencies find public relations and communications professionals throughout the United States. Olson has over ten years experience recruiting in the PR industry and also writes a career-related blog at LindsayOlson.com. You can find her on Twitter via @prjobs.

Olson’s latest column seeks to answer a question on the mind of many PR pros currently looking for jobs: What goes into a good PR portfolio? Olson spoke with HR managers at several agencies to get their take. Read on to see what she found out.

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