There’s no denying that the job market is tough, but there are still people who always seem to get ahead. So how do they do it? Well, if you want to be a high flyer and write for one of the UK’s top newspapers, the most effective way to go about it is by getting trainee jobs. Here’s how:
Most of the UK’s top papers take on around 20 trainees every year and in the most part they’ll expect a good degree followed by a recognised journalism course. Whilst your studying it’s essential to take on at least two internships as it will demonstrate your experience and show prospective employers that you mean business. These days it’s very unlikely that you’ll pick up a newspaper trainee job if you haven’t interned somewhere first. If you look for a newspaper internship you may even find that if you impress them enough you’ll be offered a trainee job when you qualify.
A writer write so make sure you’ve got plenty in your portfolio before you apply to a paper. Getting your name out there is hard work and you need to be prepared to work for free in return for a high quality assignment. Trawl the internet and approach smaller publications like local papers and magazines. The more work you can get published the better and doing lots of writing will help you hone your skills too.
When it’s time to approach papers for trainee positions make sure you’ve done your research. If you’re not sure how best to apply then give the paper a ring and find pout the name and email address of the head of HR or the person dealing with applications so you can address yours to them personally. Remember that a trainee position at a top paper will be in high demand so don’t be disheartened by rejections and keep on applying until you find success. Turn any rejections into a positive by asking for feedback and finding out what scuppered your chances and doing what you can to fix those problems.
If you do get an interview make sure you’re up to date with all the latest news, including those subjects that you don’t have a particular interest in. in addition find out as much as possible about the paper you’re interviewing for such as the names of key staff members, the demographic and the readership as you’re likely to be asked questions about this too.
When it comes to acing a newspaper trainee interview enthusiasm is key so make sure you’re upbeat about every assignment you discuss. You’ll be expected to do all sorts of dull jobs when training and go above and beyond the call of duty so let your prospective employers know you can handle boring vox pops and long hours.
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