It’s not uncommon for busy PR pros to go through bouts of feeling overworked and under-appreciated.
Instead of settling into your slump—or, worse, jumping ship— The Muse’s Chris Taylor says:
There are tons of ways you can make your day-to-day routine more enjoyable—maybe even captivating at times—if you learn how to capitalize on the value in your current role.
To avoid becoming your office’s Negative Nancy, work on improving your sense of purpose. Here are three questions to ask yourself the next time you’re feeling “eh” about pleasing your clients, strategizing about social media or drafting a press release:
1. What are my strengths and weaknesses?
How can you expand on the good work that you do and improve upon the bad?
Focus externally when evaluating threats and opportunities. Develop opportunities as a means to overcome threats. Recognize your shortcomings and what makes you feel anxious or threatened—but rather than dwell on them, find a way to overcome them in a way that’ll benefit you in the long run.
2. How can I feel more connected to people and tasks?
Branching out from your typical routine could be your saving grace.
From recruiters at Monster.com:
Make an effort outside the office.
Be a good listener.
Look for common ground.
Begin with the basics, and show common courtesy.
3. What small changes can I make?
Do you dread coming into the office and staring at the walls of your lifeless, bland cubicle all day? Buy a cactus, frame photos of your friends and family, and find other ways to liven things up a bit.
After you’ve made some small strides, see if you can dive all the way in and go bigger and bolder. Identify one area that your co-workers may’ve overlooked or don’t have time to address and study it in-depth. Become an expert, show off your skills, and see if you haven’t moved at least a couple of steps past working the daily grind that’s been keeping you down.
Out of your slump and ready for a new role? Ketchum is seeking a media specialist .
Chicago-based applicants should have experience pitching bloggers and online journalists, developing strategy and executing media relations programs. Three years’ experience in PR or media relations is preferred.
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