We have recently received a couple of discussion starters on the LinkedIn Web Editors Group asking how to find jobs as a web editor. With job losses in the publishing industry from changes wrought by technological changes and with thousands of college students about to graduate, we thought this might be a good time to post some suggestions.
First, networking is still your best hope of finding any job. Someone you know, or someone who knows someone you know, knows about a job opening and you need to connect with them about it.
Second, you can’t wait for the perfect opening to show up at your door. You need to actively look and take advantage of all your connections and all of your resources. That means posting resumes, that means doing Internet searches, and that means looking at companies as well as jobs – not just what job do I want, but where do I want to work and for whom?
Here are some of the ideas our Group Members listed:
- This Web Editors group posts job listings, so keep your eye here for opportunities.
- Watch other writer/editor groups on LinkedIn for job opportunity postings.
- Look to technology and media-centric sites for postings, like Mediabistro, Techcrunch, and Mashable.
- Have you thought about freelancing? Contract agencies often have positions or jobs needing filling.
- Try face-to-face networking at local meetups and professional organizations.
- Consult a career advisor or coach, who can help establish goals and set strategies.
- Let your friends, family, and acquaintances know you’re looking and see what connections they have.
Whether you’re new to the job market or returning to it, you will need to be resourceful and reliant on your network of connections. Never give up, be self-confident, and be upbeat. You can do this!