Help me apply for this news reporter job
October 7, 2013 2:36 PM Subscribe
I plan to apply for a job that I'm overqualified for but need desperately...and I've been out of the journalism field for several years because of the economy and some personal issues. I need help to not look like a desperate failure when I apply.
posted by anonymous to work & money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Me: A professional writer from 2003-2008 until the crash. Since then I've been going from subsistence job to subsistence job (mainly nonprofits and telemarketing) and I lost my mojo for freelancing except for a couple of gigs. Neither of them were hard news gigs. I was dealing with ADHD and low-level depression that made me feel pretty hopeless, so I didn't try that hard. (Both conditions are better now due to meds and therapy). I'm 40-something and female. I recently had to move back in with my parents due to a harsh breakup and am just now feeling up to job-hunting.
I have a portfolio website, but I've found little success using it as an "online resume" as was recommended by a friend not in my field. The clips on it are good, but 5-10 years old except for the recent non-news articles. I've also found that employers don't want to click on a link to a portfolio; they want clips and a resume emailed.
The job: A full-time news writer at a daily, family-owned paper (print and online) that serves a small town in the next county over. The caliber of writing at this paper is solid and respectable. The paper has won state awards and I'd be happy to have my byline on it--which hasn't always been the case, and has been another source of disillusionment with my profession.
The job pays $20-$25K, which is less than I made at a weekly 10 years ago, but since I'm staying with my folks I have no expenses. I'd love to have this job.
No recent clips
No experience at a daily since a 1990 internship, just a weekly, and that was 10 years ago
Not "local" per se as I live in the neighboring county, so I don't know the community
Have lived out of state for more than 10 years, only recently back
My clips aren't hard news as much as they are features, reviews, and commentaries
I absolutely know I can do this job, but how do I convince the managing editor?
Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org.