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What gets the job, period.

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Yawn, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    Some think it's just who you know. Others particular aspects of clips. What package interviewing before you gets the job right there - extended offer before they freakin' leave the office?
  2. I'm not sure I understand the last sentence. I imagine people will say a combination of both. If you don't know people, it's harder to get noticed. If you don't have good clips, it won't matter who you know. If you're just cold calling, it has to be the clips. Hope that helps.
  3. Kaylee

    Kaylee Member

    You're trying to quantify human emotions.

    Some folks get hired because of their clips. Some get hired because of where they went to school. Some get hired because of their experience. Some get hired just because, hell, the guy in charge views the applicant as "his kind of people."

    Sometimes its a combination of all of the above, plus a slew of factors we could spend the rest of the day naming.

    There's no one way of going about it.
  4. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Being a reliable employee. Being a motivated employee. Being a hard working employee.
  5. Yawn

    Yawn New Member

    I was just looking for that "sold point" experience most common among those who hire.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    the solid point is aything other than owning a name such as yawn.
  7. Clubber_Slang

    Clubber_Slang Active Member

    I was just looking for that "sold point" experience most common among those who hire.

    Let's start with being able to form a coherent question on a message board.
  8. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    A clean urine test might not get you the job, but it certainly can't hurt.
  9. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    What got the job? Who's on first?

    Sorry, it was just sitting there.

    There's no one thing that gets the job, but remember that most people are average. No runs, no hits, no errors. Nice resume, good clips, but nothing special or distinctive. Anything you can show or do to distinguish yourself raises your odds immeasurably. Freelance a feature that shows your versatility...talk to everyone you know to find out about the place you're applying to. When you walk in there saying, 'I saw your football preview, I liked the way you (whatever)...' it says something about you.
  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    That's rare, usually they want to think about it for a day or two. It's happened to me three times, however. The first time, the paper was having a major expansion and they had a lot of hires to make, 10 or 12 as I recall. The other two times they had sought feedback about me from people we both knew, and I think they probably had their minds made up before we actually had a conversation of any substance. In those cases, the offer was contingent on me passing the pee test, though.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Period's don't get the job. You gotta go with exclamation marks!!!!!
  12. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Depends on which date of the month it conducted the interview.
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