Finding a job in the media is not as easy as it used to be, but it's not quite the Great Depression either. You probably won't get paid as much as you could in some other walks of life, but working in the media can provide you with a career full of excitement and satisfaction. If you're looking to get rich quick, or coast to a comfortable living, you might want to try other industries.
Be the best you that you can be:
- Get experience any way you can - student media - freelancing - internships
- Track job ads and check qualifications - JournalismJobs.com - SportsJournalists.com
- Get a role model - See what others in your field are doing - awards
- Make connections - Conferences, professional organizations, classmates, teachers
The Application: Battling "The Stack"
- Send in your clips
- The resume - 1-page - what to list
- Online presence/personal branding - Social media - blogs - YouTube
- The polite follow-up
- Suit up!
- Be Prepared - Ask good questions - mock interviews - review job qualifications
- Follow through
- Don't put all your eggs in one basket
- Don't take it personally if they hire someone else
- Learn and adapt from your interactions with prospective employers