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When to start sending resumes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by True Son, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. True Son

    True Son New Member

    I'm a journalism student and will be graduating in May. When is an appropriate time to start sending out resumes? And what method would you recommend for who you send them to? As many places as possible whether they list an opening or not? Only places with openings? Etc...
  2. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Now would be a good time.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    This used to be stickied at the top of the page, though I guess it was unstickied once graduation season passed. In any event, there's some useful information in it.

  4. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member


    I took a while to send out resumes. Don't make that mistake (among others).
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    At least as far as the time frame is concerned, this is the correct answer about beginning the job search effort. You should have started yesterday.

    But is sending out resumes the right answer? What do you even have on a resume at this point? I dunno.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Build contacts right now. Talk with editors where you are interning for advice. It won't hurt sending out resumes, but don't expect to hear anything back until March.

    NQLBLQ Member

    Make contacts. Don't worry so much about applying places yet. Talk to the local editor, talk to the nearest metro editor, hang out at bars and talk to the writers.

    Use their expertise.

    As for applying for an opening in December if you don't graduate until May - chances are they want someone right now and you won't be contacted. Just remember that. I'm not saying don;t apply, just don't get discouraged if you don't hear back.

    Hell I started my job search a year ago (graduated in August) and I'm still unemployed
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member


    Change your major and do something else.
  9. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Chances are, you'll be able to meet with or talk on the phone with an editor-type at a paper you would like to work at. They are so tired of cutting staff and reconfiguring their work force that meeting with young journalists is about the best part of their job right now.
    You won't be able to get a job at a paper you want to work at, but the editor-type you talk with probably knows someone at a paper a few notches down the ladder who will give you a chance if you'll work for peanuts and bust your ass. Do well at the scrub paper and you can use the contact that got you to the scrub paper to get you a better deal after you've proven yourself.
  10. 15-20 years ago.
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I'd wait two or three more rounds of layoffs.
  12. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    wow. solid. as. hell.
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