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Are you more stressed than a fire fighter?

Posted by janelle on January 8, 2012 in Uncategorized |

CareerCast released its Top 10 most stressful jobs in America today on Thursday, ranking public relations professional at No. 7 behind law enforcement, enlisted soldier and firefighter to name a few.

As a PR professional for a high-profile and very active Attorney General’s Office, I can understand why we ranked so high but I was also pleased to see our ranking drop from 2nd to 7th–which is a much more reasonable ranking for our job.

At first glance, I worried this ranking was based on some sort of survey of working professionals and I was concerned that PR professionals might be perceived as taking ourselves a bit too seriously.

However, in reviewing the methodology and the stress factors considered in developing the ranking, I can understand why our jobs are considered so stressful– and I feel a little better about my own stress level!

While certainly, PR professionals are not responsible for the life and death of other human beings like our military, law enforcement and firefighting personnel, we do face fairly high demands in the areas of travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, and meeting the public.

Here’s what Careercast had to say about our ranking:

Public Relations Officers are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive image with the public for companies, non-profits and government agencies. They typically are responsible for giving presentations and making speeches, often in front of large crowds. This very competitive field, which often includes highly visible, tight deadlines, keeps stress at high-levels for specialists. Some PR executives are required to interact with potentially hostile members of the media, especially after a disaster.

Perhaps because I’ve been doing this for 15 years, I can still think of many jobs I would say are more stressful than ours –even on the most stressful day.

What do you think?

In the meantime, if you’re tired of your stressful job, check out CareerCast’s list of the Top 10 LEAST Stressful Jobs.


Breakout Star!

Posted by janelle on January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Working closely with Attorney General Rob McKenna over the last seven years, I’ve been amazed at his intellect, energy, compassion and overall leadership. He’s been a phenomenal Attorney General and he’ll make a great governor. With the 2012 election looming ahead, it’s so gratifying to know others recognize this amazing leader themselves. Just this week, […]


Happy New Year!

Posted by janelle on January 1, 2012 in Leadership, Uncategorized |

Welcome to 2012!  While it’s often difficult to predict what to expect in the coming year, I know one thing for sure: Things are about to change. First, let’s take a look back. Over the last nearly seven years, I’ve been blessed to work with a dedicated and intelligent group of people at the Washington […]


Lifting up for Labor Day

Posted by janelle on September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized |

With Labor Day upon us, our speechwriter, Maureen, drafted our annual message to staff to send out tomorrow and sent it to me for review today.  Her message recognized the importance of this holiday weekend but also reminded all our co-workers how lucky we all are to have jobs from which to take a break […]


Keeping our cool

Posted by janelle on August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized |

We just spent our tax refund on a new Trane cooling system but it appears to be overheating! Not a good thing…



Posted by janelle on August 3, 2011 in Strategy, Tips |

I’m almost to the end of my two-week vacation and I’ve tried really hard to disconnect, not think about work and really relax. Like many Americans, I have an over-inflated sense of my importance at work. Amazingly enough, everything seems to be going along fine without me! I’m actually enjoying not being on my Blackberry […]


Back to School

Posted by janelle on April 14, 2011 in Media relations, Strategy |

Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Seattle Pacific University and Seattle University to discuss the variety of work available for public relations professionals interested in politics and policy. Saturday, I joined new PR professionals and career-changers at the Puget Sound PRSA Career Jumpstart Conference. Wednesday, I visited Barry Mitzman’s Strategic Communications […]



Posted by janelle on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized |

It was great to spend time with the South Sound PRSA Group today. Fellow panelists included: Hunter George from Pierce County John Henrikson from The News Tribune Rob McNair-Huff from the City of Tacoma As a journalism major, I remember hearing the doom and gloom nearly 20 years ago about the decline of journalism as […]


We’re from the government…

Posted by janelle on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized |

And we’re  here to help. Ronald Reagan called those nine little words the “nine most terrifying words in the English language.” I can see his point. We’ve all heard the stories of government waste, arrogance and down-right nastiness. However, having spent 15 years of my 17-year public relations career in government, I’ve also seen the […]


Speaking up and speaking out

Posted by janelle on February 7, 2011 in Uncategorized |

Every couple of years since he took office, Attorney General Rob McKenna invites AGO staff to share their ideas on how to improve the office. He conducted the first round of Speak-Ups! in 2005  before I joined the office then developed teams to address the ideas and bring them to fruition. The next round of […]

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