During school, your professors tell you that once you finish the program and graduate, it’s going to be tough finding a job in your field because you’ll be competing against not only your classmates, but graduates from all of the other colleges and universities.
And, they’re right.
No matter what program you are taking, whether it’s political science or journalism, there will be heavy competition in finding a job.
So, how does one go about trying to find a job in their field, especially one as competitive as journalism?
1) Have a good resume
2) Use your networks; and
3) Be aggressive.
Having a Good Resume
It is important when applying for any job, to have a good laid out resume that clearly outlines your objectives, the education you have received, work experiences and qualifications.
If you are unsure of how to do your resume, or if you are not sure if you have done it correctly so that it looks professional, you can always go see a school counsellor at student services on campus where they can give you examples and helpful hints on what makes a good resume, and they can go over it with you step-by-step to make sure you have all the proper information in it.
Here’s a great resource I use: http://bit.ly/cI8j0c
Use Your Networks
They say it’s all about who you know when you’re trying to get a job. So, when you’re looking, ask friends and family to let you know when something comes up that might interest you, and try and meet people in the industry through family friends and friends of friends to get your name out there. Think you’re “too shy” to network? Try Andrea’s blog for some practical tips: http://www.careeroptionsmagazine.com/how-to-network-for-the-shy/
You can’t just go and take a few resumes out and wait by the phone to see if it rings. You have to go out looking for it. Take initiative. Write some stories and send them to a number of editors at a variety of newspapers and magazines. Look and see if there are any reporter positions that papers are looking to fill. Go out to a few papers and introduce yourself to some editors and ask them to give you a chance to write a story. It could work. Just be aggressive about it. Otherwise, you’ll never get a job in this industry.
As I mentioned in my blog last week (http://bit.ly/cEWqmb), I haven’t been very aggressive in trying to find a job in the journalism field.
But, I did make some new journalism contacts while I was in school, such as my professors (who were currently working for a newspaper as well as teaching, or were at point a journalist) and other journalists that I met through class assignments.
And with these journalism contacts, it will help me land a job at a newspaper or magazine some day. But, it could take awhile and I’ll be patiently waiting for that exciting day!
It may take a couple months or even a few years to get into a position that you want, so you have to remember to put out a great resume, use your networks to get your name floating around, and be aggressive.
Lastly, (and I know this is completely off the topic of finding a job in the journalism industry), but as it is Nov. 11, Remembrance Day (for Canadians), I would like to take this moment to thank all of the men and women who have bravely served and defended this country in the past and continue to do so in the present and future so that the rest of us can enjoy our freedom. Thank you.