Mike Newton
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No Connections

I graduated this year with my degree in journalism. I really love doing it, and spent a couple years helping at the school paper. However, now that I’m out in the real world, I don’t know what to do! I think I used up all the connections I already had and nothing came of it. Now I’m not sure where to go to get myself a job in this field. Do I ask the people I know to connect me with other people they might know? That seems a little out there. Any help you can give will be so much appreciated!

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Fred Goff

yes! But make it easy for them - with your journalism skills you might find this task easier than most do! Don't ask friends and looser connections for help, or for referrals in general.. Help them by asking them for specific action items.
Do this: "jim, could you please introduce me to your friend XX at the Globe and suggest to them I'd be a great addition to their team?" Do NOT Do this: "Jim, can you please let me know of any friends I should talk to that might be able to help me land a job".

The difference - in the second example you are giving them an open-ended task that they are not really sure what to do with. I am sure you rock and have people that want to help you, but they might not know the best fit. In the first example, you make it easy for them - This specific person, heres the message I'd like them to hear. This way all they need to do is take 30-60 seconds and they help you out. You capture the intent of their help without making it hard for them.

But yes - networking is VERY important.

Also use Jobcase - make sure your profile is up to date. Apply to 2-3 jobs each day but also feel free to reach out to people on jobcase for introduction or ideas. You can do this in general here int he community section, you could do it closer by forming a group discussion around companies or jobs you are interested in, or you could just send people message via jobcase-mail. This platform is all about people-helping-poeple. But oftentimes we all need to be poked out of our daily routine to act to help others. We are all busy - but this platform should make it easier to access connections at the right time.

Hope this helps and Good luck, Mike. you've got a lot of jobcasers rooting for you!!! Fred

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David Olson

From what I hear, discouragingly, is that you are seeking a job in a field with declining employment, and where free-lancing is becoming more important. I bet you will find that writing material and shopping it will be more productive than shopping yourself.

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Ron De Jong

Mike, 25 years ago, I left graduate school with a shiny new degree in journalism, and a heart to change the world. While the marketplace has certainly changed over the last two plus decades, the need for trained journalists has never been greater. That's why I want to encourage you to apply your skill in whatever forum you can find. At this early stage of your career, it's most important to write and develop your journalistic muscles. You may not find a traditional newspaper setting -- at least not right away, but by blogging, freelancing and even volunteering, you will begin to build a vibrant network. You will get recognized. Your efforts will pay off. Good luck, and good writing!

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Chris White

Volunteer at schools, the TV stations, radio stations anywhere there is something that deals with communication...writing ads for newspapers or AD companies... Don't try to use connections especially in your field. Network yes, ask for advise from people in your field for example Editors (you won't pose a threat). Good luck!

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Yolanda M Gomez

Contact you're media dept at your school for job leads. Contact your local tv, radio station's n newspaper. jouralist, media or broadcasting, If you want to expand the world awaits you!!!

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oliver rojas

Mike, I am a 40 something finance/acccouting major currently trying to begin my own business. As I try to do this, I am currently assisting with managing a small condominium, I am a night custodial worker, and I am a voluteer Recovery Mechanic in the Army Reserve.

  1. You have to pay your bills. As you are doing this you have to pursue your career.. What I suggest is getting involved with different civic and trade organazations. For instance, public radio, jobs for justice, and journalism trade groups (Associated Press, Newseum). In some sense, way, shape, or form, these organizations have expositions of writers and social issues when they do interviews, segments, and reports on them which are occassionally held at public venues like Bus Boy's and Poets. Start lisenting and following them, get involved with your local government and community. Get on the automatic e-mail update list for city and local goverments events,. Your mayor and or council members are always sending automatic e-mails to there active constituents that discss where meetings for civic/opertational meetings are being held at public settings By attending public venues, attending civicly minded meetings, getting involved with trade organizations you are bound to meet different people in related fields that are outside of your current social circle. Get online updates from federal goverment agencies of interest. They also send out automatic e-mails updates of job openings, for instance the State Department. On October, 7-10, 2016, The third annual WikiConference North America will be held at San Diego California. Submit a proposal for it, attend and listen to its keynote speakers.

  2. What is your promotional standing. How are you promoting yourself to the public and your potential employers. Do you have a blog where you make a daily contribution on political or other subject matter of interest? Do you have a website documenting where you went to school, past work that was publsihed, videos that you might have posted on YouTube, and information showiing future endeavors and projects? This is your online presecne and in order to show that you are ready to push forward an agenda effectively you have to demonstrate to an employer that you understand the impact and reach you are able to deliver by utilizing online resources.

  3. Today I was at a carwash that has been around for years and I thought what was it about this car wash that allows it to remain operating in spite of business trends and local and community growth and development. One trend or characteristic of forces with staying power is good organizational administration. How you organze yourself and others working with you is tantamount to your capacity for future growth and personal developement. Organize your affairs, finances, spirtual renewal, and establish your occupational mandate.

When figuring out how to organize your affairs, don't look around you for examples of what to do. Make decisions based on your current circumstances. You are in a period of transition so how you use your time, what you do with your time, and where you spend it will not be conventional. When a building is being built, rarely do people see the steps involved prior to it assembly. First thing is the political issue of licenses, property rights, drafting the area out. Then there is the acutual hiring of staff, experts and equimpment, followed by transit of materials. Then there is the actual digging and foudational preperation before the public even sees the structure go up. In one sense or another, you are very much in the same position. You spent a lifetime growing and learning in an environment suited to propel you into journalism. Now you have to administer all these other aforementioned facets of outreach and online presence as you transition into your career. It is your foundation, association and management of friends, family, and acquaitences that determines when and how you reach your career destination.

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