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PRSA Tampa Bay Member Spotlight: Maggie Philbin

December 12, 2013

Every two weeks, we put a spotlight on a PRSA Tampa Bay member to learn more about their public relations background, advice on best practices and why they love working in the field.

Brock Communications’ Senior Account Executive, Maggie Philbin, is up next in our #PRSATB Spotlight. Maggie loves that she’s constantly challenging herself as a PR professional – and when she’s not working, you’ll find her in HomeGoods as she’s a new homeowner!

Maggie Philbin

Maggie Philbin

Name: Maggie Philbin

Title: Senior Account Executive

Company/Organization: Brock Communications

PRSA Involvement (past and present): Strategic Planning Chair & Membership Committee Member

Follow Maggie on Twitter: @maggieophilbin; Instagram: @maggieophilbin & Facebook.

1)       What do you suggest students do to stand out among applicants in the competitive job market?
PR students should not only get involved in campus organizations, but should also hold leadership positions. There’s no greater skill than learning to work and communicate effectively with others, and PR students can begin to hone those skills while in college by holding leadership roles.

I’d also recommend that PR students turn off their privacy settings on social media, particularly Instagram and Twitter. You can’t possibly work in the communications industry and tell others ‘your tweets or images are private.’

2)    What do you love most about working as a PR professional?
I love that I’m constantly challenging myself – I may not be good at math, but I can problem solve.

3)    Do you think it takes a certain kind of personality to thrive in PR? What traits are most important?

Absolutely – it takes a certain type of person to thrive in this industry, which is why I recommend that PR students hold internships before they graduate.

4)    When you see a great story in the press, what’s your immediate thought?

Who’s the PR person that crafted that message point? 😉

5)       What personality traits and intangible qualities do you look for when recruiting new PR talent?
Critical thinking skills. Flexibility. Thick skinned.

6)    What’re some of your personal hobbies outside of work/PR?

When I’m not working, I’m walking the aisles of local thrift stores in search of the perfect deal. And now that I’m a homeowner, you can find me in HomeGoods!!

If you are interested in being featured in a “PRSATB Member Spotlight,” please reach out to Jenna Stock.

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  1. December 12, 2013 10:33 pm

    Maggie is the consummate young professional and we are very proud to have her represent us in the market.

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