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Job Hunting in Digital Journalism


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This is one of four workshops I am doing for Northern Kentucky University.

This is one of four workshops I am doing for Northern Kentucky University.

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  • 1. Finding a jobin digital journalism Steve Buttry Northern Kentucky University March 30, 2012 #nkujourn
  • 2. Read more• @stevebuttry• (“career advice” category)• Check links in today’s blog post••
  • 3. Your job search is a story• Research online. Thoroughly• Work your connections• Nail the face-to-face interview• Be resourceful• Try multiple approaches• Never say no for someone else
  • 4. Build your digital profile• Google yourself. What do you find?• Google+ profile• LinkedIn profile• Twitter, Facebook Timeline (movie)•, Intersect• Blog (when did you last post?)• Personal site (“about me” or portfolio)
  • 5. Build your experience• Student publications• Internships• Blog• Social media• Freelancing (stringer or one-shot)• Part-time jobs• Professional convention coverage
  • 6. Network• Connect digitally w/ people you admire• Especially on Twitter• #wjchat, #spjchat, #dfmchat, etc.• Follow up (Twitter, email, handwritten)• Comment on blogs• IRL
  • 7. Show, don’t tell• Hyperlink résumé (but make sure it reads well w/o links)• Don’t send hard copy by U.S. mail unless asked• Video as part of résumé (you, Xtranormal, Search Stories, FB Timeline)• Pitch through social media• Use new tools (Storify, Pinterest, Intersect, Dipity)
  • 8. Do your reporting• What does the job require?• Who does similar work? What are their strengths? What are yours?• What strengths should you highlight?• What are you doing to address weaknesses?• Research people you interview with
  • 9. Little things are big things• Customize your résumé• Spell the prospective boss’s name right• Take initiative (can you schedule your own interview?)• Include Twitter username on résumé
  • 10. Interviews count, too• Prepare thoroughly• Listen effectively• Answer honestly• Ask tough questions• Don’t fake: “I don’t know” beats BS• Follow up
  • 11. Follow up• Thank interviewer(s): email, card, tweet• Elaborate on answers (send link to story you mentioned, etc.)• Send link(s) to notable new work• Send links (not just yours) they might like• Persistence is a job skill• Don’t overdo it
  • 12. Read more• @stevebuttry• #nkujourn• (“career advice” category)• Check links in today’s blog post••
  • 13. In job-hunting …Don’t let obstacles become excuses