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Communications Associates help the Communications Managers keep employees, the press and the community up to date on what’s happening in their organization. This means that a Communications Associate helps create all written and verbal communication officially issued by his or her company. And, since “communications” falls under the broader umbrella of “outreach”, as Communications Associate you’re also around to help out in that department, be it with administrative duties or artistic direction.
This is a fast-paced job, so be ready to create, update, and release all sorts of content on tight deadlines. You’re the resident interviewer and note taker for all things newsworthy, and the Author of press releases and articles. You’re also an extra hand to help to smooth the hosting of public events from before the invitations are sent until after all the canapés are consumed.
Between your press releases and event planning you need to track and document all of your department’s work. This means keeping up with mailing lists (both the snail and email varieties), and owning the photography files so that when your boss needs a headshot of the company President, you’ll know where to find it – fast.
If you’re a good Writer who loves to meet new people and believes “variety is the spice of life” then this is a great match for your personality. And, it’s a great jumping off place if you’re interested in moving into journalism, public relations or marketing, since you’ll hone your writing, public speaking and interviewing skills. After all, who else can take pictures and notes at the same time?