Thriller or filler? How To Get A Job In PR by Sarah Stimson

This month's book reviews feature a guide on how to break into PR and a systematic explanation of every facet of the industry.

Self-published

As a PR student I often think about how I'm going to get that first break within the PR industry and was looking forward to reading How To Get A Job In PR. This book did not disappoint as it does exactly what it says on the cover and more.

It starts with the basics by defining PR and the sectors within it, then moves on to networking at events. From using social media for job-hunting to answering job interview questions, this book has it all.

Not only does this book tell you how to get a job in PR but it also gives handy hints and tips for when you are finally in the industry. This is accompanied by refreshingly honest accounts of what to expect within the first year of a PR career.

At the end of each chapter there are relevant contributions from people within the industry. These comments are mostly a welcome addition to the book. They support Stimson's themes within the named chapters by providing more in-depth views and opinions of how these themes occur within the industry.

However, one major criticism I have of this book is that these comments often overlap with each other. This results in frequent repetition, which can be a little tiresome.

Nonetheless, Stimson's conversational style made the book an overall effortless read. There are also clearly labelled parts and chapters that make referring back to sections easy, without having to re-read unrelated chapters.

How To Get A Job In PR is the go-to guide for starting a career in PR and should be in the hands of every future PR practitioner.

Francesca Trotman, PR student, University of Westminster

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