As part of a paid fellowship, I spent the summer in Phoenix writing for the local alternative weekly’s website. It was an opportunity to work on my craft, fine-tune my desired future job description, and add a couple influential people on LinkedIn—but I didn’t come away from it with a full-time job. Don’t cry for me, Argentina. I’ll be fine. Sure, I successfully avoided my dad’s gentle prodding on the 17 hour drive back to Texas, but now I have to face the inevitable: what’s next for me?
I wish this were a cute and polished post about the 10-ish steps you should take to kick off your job search, but it’s not. I have no idea what I’m doing, people. What I do know is that I’m stuck between a rock and hard place.
The rock: looking for full-time employment as a reporter/online video journalist.
The hard place: my strong desire to fly to New York and see if I can “make it.”
Is finding full-time employment as a reporter/online video journalist in New York a possibility? Sure. But I wouldn’t bet a large sum of money on that happening.
While I mull it over in my mind (and bank account), I’ve added quick job searches to my social media breaks between writing and video editing sessions.
I stick to 3 reputable media job banks: Media Bistro, Journalism Jobs, and Journalism.co.uk. I’m sure there’s more, but they didn’t make the first page on my Google search so they need to work on their SEO strategies, anyway.
I also rummage through job listings on UC Berkley and CUNY’s journalism school websites, and my alma mater, UT Austin’s site. Employers who post these job openings made the deliberate decision to recruit graduates. This helps me avoid positions that require 10 years of reporting experience. I’ve even seen job descriptions that vaguely list life experience as a mandatory requirement. What does that even mean?
On the days when I’m leaning more towards The Big Apple, I get on craigslist (yes, you read that correctly) and scroll through the tv/film/video and writing/editing section of the NYC listings. Temporary gigs and freelance postings that provide 100% of the information (pay per time period, link to their website, experience necessary, etc.) grab my attention. I have to skim past posts asking for “models” to “promote an up and coming brand,” but occasionally I’ll find some gems.
That’s all I got for now, because I haven’t wholeheartedly decided on NYC (and I haven’t actually applied for anything, yet).
Job search: “You’re doing it wrong!”
Evelyn: “I know, but I’m trying to get a feel for what my best option will be…”
So the job search continues. Kinda.