What is a Communications Manager?
The communications manager job is a mid-level, management role for someone with at least 7 years of experience in the field. Communications managers create, implement and oversee communications programs, be it internal or external, that effectively describe and promote the organization and its products.
Communications managers perform a variety of tasks, such as the creation and development of print and online advertising, email marketing, web site management and content development, press releases, bylined articles, white papers, corporate videos and marketing collateral, RFP review and development, marketing budget development and cost tracking. They may aid in the preparation of presentations and/or speeches geared toward employees.
This role provides supervision and direction to staff and often works in conjunction with the marketing department. They typically report to the head of a unit/department.
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A Communication Manager's skill set
- Must be a confident communicator and presenter
- Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design, professional printing/publishing skills are essential, including ability to present concepts verbally
- Must possess excellent organizational and planning skills
- Superior project management and time management skills
- A wide degree of creativity and latitude
- Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media
- Self motivated with a positive and professional approach to management
Related job titles: Media Production Manager, Digital Communications Manager, Digital Media Manager, Senior Communications Manager, Internal Communications Manager, Corporate Communications Manager, National Communications Manager, Sales Communications Manager, Media Communications Manager, External Communications Manager, Marketing Communications Manager, Corporate Communications, Communications Director, Communications Editor, Media Relations, Communications Specialist, Internal Publications Manager
Effective communications managers rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Most have a bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing or Communications.
Communications Managers in the workplace
Opportunities for communications managers exist in:
- Full-Service, Digital and Media Agencies
- Universities and colleges
- Large businesses or corporations
- Government Agencies
Job interview tips & questions
Before a job interview, find out as much as possible about the prospective employer so that you can demonstrate knowledge of its business. Visit its website and familiarize yourself with things such as key clients, current employee contacts, financials, their competition and the reason for the opening to show your level of interest. Make note of examples of work that illustrate your skills so that you can demonstrate your competence during the interview. Here are some examples of questions you may be asked when interviewing for a Communications Manager position:
- Tell me about the most difficult or complex idea you have had to explain to someone. How did you handle this?
- What was the best campaign or project you ever worked on? What made it so successful?
- Give an example of when you had to present complex information in a simplified manner.
- What skills have you acquired that would help you communicate a message? Give three examples from your past work experiences that demonstrate these skills.
- How familiar are you with our company?
- Give me an example of when you put your foot in your mouth professionally.
- Do you prefer to communicate verbally or in written form? Why?
- What do you do when priorities change quickly?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
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Enhance your knowledge
Communications managers must be familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. There are many associations and professional development opportunities available to help The following organizations offer formal training courses:
- Communications Media Management Association
- International Association Of Business Communicators
- Association Media & Publishing
- Media Communications Association - International
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