The Career Doctor™
HOW DO I GO FROM BEING A SKI BUM TO A
Dear Career Doctor:
I graduated with a degree in English two years ago and have been living in
Colorado supporting my skiing addiction by being a waiter. Now I want to
get serious about a career. I want to become a newspaper reporter, but I
don't know how to start. I applied to the local paper in Colorado and they
weren't interested because they said I had no experience.
I plan to move back to Larchmont in the fall. I can live rent free with
my parents, but they will not pay for graduate school. How can I get a job
in the newspaper field?
Your chances of getting hired will be greatly enhanced if you get some clips.
Clips are published pieces that show a prospective employer that you can write.
Here's the best way to get clips if you have no experience: volunteer as a
reporter with one of the free local papers. These papers often welcome
talented, but unpublished, candidates. Why are they so welcoming?
Because they don't pay.
Here's a tip: This very paper is looking for writers this summer and beyond.
You can apply for an internship or other position by emailing:
You'll be asked to submit a resume and some
writing samples, published or not.
The Career Doctor
Print This Page--For best results, highlight text, then print selection