December 10, 2008

Modernizing your journalism job resume

Increasingly, media companies are asking for applications to be sent electronically: either via e-mail or by completing an online form.

If you're reading this blog post, surely you know how to e-mail a cover letter and attach your resume as a file to it. But how are you supposed to send your clips?

Electronically.

Scan and save your publication clips as PDFs that can be attached as e-mail files or uploaded to a website (like this). Upload broadcast clips to YouTube or (if over 10 minutes) Google Video and e-mail the links (like this). While a newspaper or station may have posted your materials on its website, those links often expire or cost money to access. So, make your own electronic copies of your work samples.

Better yet, create your own website and upload your portfolio to that. You can even convert your resume into a webpage. This way you won't inadvertently disqualify yourself from consideration for a job because an editor's using software that can't open your document file. Believe me, it happens. Moreover, you'll impress prospective bosses with your new media skills and separate yourself from other applicants.

For more advice, read my article on Applying for Journalism Jobs.

-Mark Grabowski

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1 Comments:

Blogger Dan said...

http://www.nuresume.com is an excellent site where users can go and setup an online resume portfolio, complete with online resume, testimonials, clips of their work, photos, videos, blogs, groups, chats, forums,instant messaging and social networking.

December 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

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