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How to create the perfect journalism CV

[ 0 ] September 21, 2011

Need tips on creating a good journalism CV? We know how frustrating it can be trying to get that dream job, so we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts.

1. Choose an effective layout

First impressions are vital! Editors must be able to scan read your CV or they’ll simply lose interest. Choose a layout that is creative but easy to read.

2. Write a short personal statement

Underneath your name write a couple of lines about yourself and what you’re looking for e.g: ‘An experienced blogger with an indepth knowledge of the travel industry and a keen interest in social media’.

3. List your key achievements

Rather than start with education/work experience, go straight in with your key achievements e.g: * Nominated for Best Blog 2011; * Highest grade at Sussex University (English/Media 2010). This will make a fabulous first impression and will keep the reader hooked!

3. Be proud of your work experience

Mention everything! This is your chance to shine and editors will be able to see what you’re capable of. Haven’t got work experience yet? Start blogging, create a Twitter account, send your CV into every magazine/website you can think of or put a shout-out on Facebook to see if any of your friends have contacts.

4. Don’t use clichés!

Clichés like ‘team player’, ‘passionate about fashion’ won’t get you noticed. You need to be honest, creative and even witty. If you can raise a smile from an editor then you might just stand a chance.

5. Include links to your published work

Prove you can write! This will set you apart from other applicants so include links or attach scans of articles or features you’ve written.

7. Don’t waste space

Use a small font and keep your CV to a maximum of 2 pages. Only mention things that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Don’t include pages of previous employment unless it’s relevant. Do, however, show that you are capable of applying yourself and can hold down a job.

Feeling confident? Now’s the time to start applying! Read our tips from an editor and bag that dream job! Was this useful? Leave a comment below or get in touch via Twitter!

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How to get a journalism job – tips from an editor!

[ 1 ] September 13, 2011

Looking for journalism jobs? Dream of becoming a travel writer? Follow our top tips and advice on getting your first job.

1. Get as much work experience as possible

Work experience might seem like a waste of time (it’s unpaid, your stuck on coffee duty, nobody takes any notice of you etc ) BUT it’s pretty much the only way you’ll ever get a job. Editors rarely give away internships to people without experience. The more the better.

2. Make contacts

So you’ve bagged a work experience placement. Now’s the time to work hard and get noticed! Stay late, offer to help the features desk with research, do extra work and chat to as many people as possible. Magazines and websites get hundreds of interns through the door every year, so make sure they remember you.

3. Don’t let the editor forget you

Getting a job in journalism is hard – so stay in touch with your contacts. Drop the editor a thank you message, email the features desk or befriend the editorial assistant on Facebook.

4. Get your work published

Whether it’s writing reviews for a local magazine, creating your own blog or contributing to travel forums, it’s important to get your work published. Seeing your name in print will help boost your CV.

5. Create a fabulous CV

Editors get hundreds of CVs so make yours stand out. Get creative with the design, include examples of your work or even send a video message! Remember to follow it up with a phone call if you haven’t heard back within a week.

See more tips on creating the perfect CV and finding first jobs. Got a question? Get in touch via our Facebook page – we’re more than happy to help.