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Media Job Tips

Tips for Finding a Job in Media

Media Job TipsMedia jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and with the sweeping popularity of a wide range of devices with which to gain that media-tablets, computers, television, mobile devices, Google Glasses, etc.-the range and number of media jobs is growing and diversifying.

In spite of that, finding a good job in media takes a lot of hard work, luck, and networking, so if you want to work in this field, it’s important to start as early as possible.

Do that by figuring out what type of media you want to work in and then really sink everything you can into finding a job.

Types of Media Jobs

There are scads of media jobs and more opening up all the time in one form or another. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some examples:

  • Journalist
  • Blogger
  • Book agent
  • Photo editor
  • TV News Anchor
  • Book Editor
  • Art Director
  • Literary Scout
  • Media Planner
  • Online Editor
  • Publicist
  • Account Executive
  • Fact Checker
  • Copy Writer

Basically, if it involves bringing information in one form or another to an audience, it’s a media driven job!

Landing a Job

Once you’ve worked out what you want to do, you next have to figure out how to do it. Many of these jobs do have an education of sorts at least that it is tied to it:

Communications, Media Studies, English, History, Political Science and Business to name a few. But just about any education can be leveraged into a media job-after all, if you have a degree in biology, chances are you can write about it, speak on it and edit pieces about it!

There are a few things which are very important when looking for work in media:

1. Networking: Networking is one of the best ways to get a media driven job of any sort. People in this career are all about communication and that means they’ll talk about prospective employees, give out referrals and warnings and generally discuss new employees. If you want to make sure you know about jobs before the public does, make sure you have your best foot forward with everyone, and make sure you’re kept in the loop regarding changes and new technologies in your field, and then always keep networking.

2. Utilize your job hunting resources: This includes networks, online job boards such as Ed2010.com and JournalismJobs.com, job bidding sites for freelancers, attending events, getting internships, freelancing for experience (and extra cash) and generally making it known that you’re looking for work and have great things to offer.

3. Highlights on your resume and cover letter and interview: Make sure to highlight your education and experience, but also your soft skills, particularly communication, your ability to work in a team and solo, your integrity, your ability to work with fine details and your ability to sometimes work weird hours (depending on where you are choosing to work). Showcase experiences such as drama classes, writing classes, newspapers you’ve worked in (school or otherwise), experience you’ve had working in front of or with a camera and anything else that could be related to media. You don’t need to have an education in Media; you need to show how you can bring more to your chosen field with a fine combination of skills, experience and education.

4. Always keep doing stuff: Looking for work? Then you probably have free time to dedicate to projects which you can then showcase. Start freelancing, go for an internship, work on projects and always read up on the latest things from the media industry.

Although the media field is huge, it’s important to figure out where you want to fit and really work to carve out your niche or you’ll just end up lost and frustrated. Good luck and don’t forget to really showcase what you can do when you’re searching for work!

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