From left: InStyle.com editorial producer Tiffany Black, Men’s Health associate editor Jason Feifer, Viking Children’s Books associate editor Kendra Levin, MTV News and Documentaries freelancer Darragh Worland, and mediabistro.com associate director of education Jessica Eule discuss how to land your first media job.
Last night, those eager to nab their first job in the industry learned tips of the job-hunting trade at mediabistro.com’s “Land Your First Media Job” panel discussion. Five industry veterans offered actionable advice to the classroom filled with college students, recent grads and those looking to transition to a new career in media.
Darragh Worland, a freelancer for MTV News and Documentaries, emphasized that there is no shame in publicizing that you’re looking for work. She said that at the moment, unemployment is “like one big party and everyone’s invited.”
So how can you set yourself apart in the crowded media job market? Find out, after the jump…
All of the panelists emphasized that networking is essential when trying to land that first industry job. When networking, present yourself, not your card, recommended Jason Feifer, associate editor at Men’s Health. Kendra Levin, an associate editor at Viking Children’s Books added that meeting people face to face is the best way to making those contacts and makes you more memorable.
The value of internships proved to be a hot topic of the night, as well. Tiffany Black, editorial producer for InStyle.com, applied for an internship in the magazine world six years into her newspaper career because she wanted to learn more about the glossies. She also took a night shift job for mediabistro.com to learn how the company worked.
Jessica Eule, associate director of education at mediabistro.com and moderator of the panel, added that there is no shame in taking a receptionist job at your dream company in hopes of working your way up the ladder.
Feifer left the audience with three pieces of advice straight from his boss, Men’s Health executive editor Bill Phillips:
1. Impress potential employers with ideas, not clips.
2. Avoid a well-conceived cover letter. Present yourself in a creative, memorable way when applying for a job.
3. Over-deliver yourself.