The idea of working at a magazine is a dream for many all over the world. The glamour of it all, the prestige and the glory. As glamorous as it looks, it also comes with a lot of hard work and dedication. And just getting a foot in the door is no easy task.
There are a few tricks of the trade, however, and if you are willing to put in the time, you will no doubt find that a career in publishing is very rewarding!
How it’s Done
Many professionals already in publishing will no doubt agree that the best way to get into a magazine is to take on an unpaid position, such as an intern. While the idea of working for free is not that appealing it is one of the best ways to get started, you can then work your way up in the company. There are a lot of intern positions available as well.
For instance, Amanda Taylor who is the editor of the Total Girl magazine company worked her way to the top of the publishing food change with plenty work experience, perseverance and a degree in journalism. According to her, she “was determined to become a journalist from the onset, so she took up a free job at the local newspaper in her Year 10.”
She stayed in contact with the editor of the local paper all through her High School, and he offered her a job as a journalist after she finished school. She took up with Tween’s girl’s magazine when she was in college trying to obtain a degree in journalism. While this worked for her and she had it relatively easy there were of causer bumps along the way, she still had to work hard and prove herself worthy of the position just as anyone else would.
So, the first step towards landing a job at a big magazine company is to take up intern positions. Don’t expect to be paid. You should have it at the back of your mind that you are doing it to get the necessary experience that will help you land your dream job.
How do you land these intern jobs to get the required work experience? Most popular magazines like Girlfriend and Cosmopolitan employ interns regularly. Thus, you need to take it a step further to create a real impression through your application. Your intern job may involve minor unrelated tasks, but you need to find a way to huge a great impression on the publishing team. If your post is to make coffee for the staff, see it as an opportunity to smile and introduce yourself when you deliver the coffee.
If you are not employed at the magazine you interned with don’t fret. You know have valuable work experience and you can take that with you when you go any apply for jobs at other magazines. If you are willing to put in the time and hard work, you will no doubt, see great results!