10 Commandments of Career Success for Communicators

After nearly 20 years of providing public relations professionals to DC area businesses, we know what it takes to build a successful career in communications. Here are our top ten tips to ensure that your career stays on track:


  1. Build and maintain relationships all the time, not just when you are looking for a promotion or new job.
  2. Manners count! Always send cover letters, thank-you letters and notes; treat everyone with respect.
  3. Learn more about your industry and organization. Anticipate where your industry is going before your boss/members/clients.
  4. Update your style of resume, not just its contents, and keep a portfolio to show your accomplishments.
  5. Looks count! Dress for interviews in polished, conservative style, and don’t dress down at work–no “casual Friday”.
  6. Do PR for yourself, so your client/employer knows your value.
  7. Lifelong learning is absolutely required. Keep up with technology and societal changes.
  8. Be friendly, interesting and likeable! People want to work with someone they like being around.
  9. Be active! Help co-workers, volunteer for projects. Be involved with a professional society, club or charity.
  10. Be honest. Honesty isn’t the best policy; it’s the ONLY policy!

About Melanie Jordan

Melanie Jordan is Managing Director of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, a public relations temporary staffing firm located in Washington, DC.
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