How to Break into the Media with a Part Time Job
Full-time jobs in any industry are hard to find in this economy. Even if full-time jobs are difficult to come by, every industry still has a large workload that needs to be divided up, and are being creative in how they're finding extra help. Part-time jobs are a great way for media companies to get the work done without having to commit to hiring someone full-time, and thus a great way for you to break into the industry and strut your stuff.
If you're determined to make your mark in the media industry, try looking for these part-time jobs as a way to boost your résumé and network with key executives:
If an administrative person is out on maternity leave, vacation or just sick for the day, often companies will hire a temporary employee to fill in. Working as a temp means being able to network while showing off your skills at the same time. Media companies rely on part-time employees like temps and freelancers to handle projects and of course are more likely to call you back for other projects if you prove yourself to be a quick learner.
Getting a part-time internship is one of the best ways to break into the media industry. There are both paid and unpaid internships popping up all over the industry, giving you the chance to work side by side media executives all day long. As an intern, your projects will constantly change and since you're there to learn, you can move from department to department to pick up work and networking along the way.
The media is known for its freelancers, so what better way to break into the industry than to apply for freelance positions? Freelancers can be anything from bloggers to executive producers - you just have to be able to present a portfolio of your work to any prospective employers and be disciplined enough to work odd hours and often in unusual conditions. Just like interning, freelancing can be difficult to break into, but once you start networking and prove yourself, employers are more likely to reach out to you with additional work assignments.
Christine Rochelle specializes in search engine optimized content at PCG Digital Marketing in NJ and blogs for LifeStyler and Digital Dames. Christine has previously worked for a network television dot com, a national entertainment magazine and a NYC media gossip blog. Check out more of her work at christinerochelle.com.