Job Hunting for Web Editors

May is a big month for graduations. Congratulations to all the news grads out there!

If your next step is seeking a job in the wonderful world of web editing, read on.

Overall Employment Prospects are Improving

Ostensibly the labor market overall in the US is improving. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.5% at the end of April 2013. (Here in Florida it dropped to 7.2%.) While I celebrate this direction, there is still a huge number of unemployed, and new grads face an uphill climb in this economic environment.

If you are considering a web editing role, scan this job description from the Princeton Review. It is not exhaustive, but does speak to the transition going on from print to online editing. It goes without saying, but you want to educate yourself about any job role you pursue. Make sure it syncs with your skills and interests.

Web Editor Job Prospects are Uncertain

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, there is no such thing as a web editor. This wonderful tome, which projects job growth by occupation from 2010 to 2020, is a tad behind the times in terms of categorizing newer roles like web editing.

You can glean useful information from their “Media and Communication” category. This contains the titles of “Editor“, “Technical Writer” and “Writer and Author.” And for these jobs, there’s info on salaries, projected job growth rates, education requirements and more. But “web editor” and “blogger” and “content writer” aren’t there yet. It’s a bit like panning for gold. If you sift through a lot of information, you may find some nuggets that still pertain to web editing positions.

Web Editor Jobs on LinkedIn

It’s not surprising that an online resource like LinkedIn does a better job of categorizing and presenting web editor-type positions. When searching just today, I found:

  • Web editor – 241 jobs
  • Content editor – 347 jobs
  • Blogger – 88 jobs
  • Online writer – 269 jobs
  • Copy editor – 148 jobs
  • Social media editor – 189 jobs

This is just scratching the surface. The lack of standard nomenclature for web editing positions makes the job search more challenging. But there are jobs out there. Be creative in your search terms. And consider roles that sound interesting, regardless of what they are called.

I’m not suggesting that LinkedIn is the best source of web editor jobs – just one source.

Share your wisdom

Where do you recommend that job hunters look for web editing positions? It would be a lovely graduation gift to our readers to share where you have succeeded in finding work. Please post your responses in the Reply.

And Happy May!

Your Profession: What Spurs You On, Excites You?

By Cathy Hodson

Unless you are independently wealthy or the most recent PowerBall winner, you probably have to work to pay your bills and to afford a certain standard of living. Most of us working types can fall into a type of complacency – going to work each day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year. After a number of years, we try to remember why we wanted this job, what made us so excited about it when we were first hired, and where that excitement went.

I read an interesting article in the New York Times about a month ago. It’s called, “Saying Goodbye to Titles, and Hello to Responsibility.” It is a Q&A interview with Seth Merrin, founder and chief executive of Liquidnet, the trading network.

In this article, Merrin explains that no one in his company has a title – he didn’t want people to aspire to a higher title, but rather a higher level of responsibility, which in turn would bring more recognition. Merrin said he wants people to be free to come to meetings and speak their minds. He said he found that a junior vice president came to a meeting and would tend to be quiet if a senior vice president were in the room.

While titles are nonexistent at Liquidnet, there is a hierarchy – shapes, guides, drives, creates. These labels are related more to a function rather than a job position. Merrin seems bent on doing away with the superficial or ego-stroking, and getting down to the nitty gritty of the “nose to the grindstone” work process. We’re here to work, let’s do it, and make it the best it can be.

Something else I found interesting in the article was that Merrin wanted his co-workers to challenge everything the company was doing. He preferred that his co-workers and prospective co-workers think everything is wrong with his company Рand then he would ask, what are you going to do to help us fix it? Most people like to have a purpose, a mission, a reason to get up in the morning. How many of us jump out of bed with the eagerness of a child on Christmas morning, ready to start our day?

Are you working for a higher title, or are you working for more responsibility? What is it that lights your fire? Are you doing it? Are you making a difference in your current job? Equally important, what about the people around you? Are they up to the task? If you answered yes to those questions, congratulations! You are in the right place. If you answered no to those questions, and the job market can support you looking around, perhaps it’s time to consider a change.