My goal for this year has been to secure a journalism job in Melbourne so that I can stay in Victoria for at least another few years. Focusing on trying to secure a job has been rather difficult, what with trying to change journalism and everything. It takes time to re-invent the media. A lot of time. This means I haven’t had time to spend hunting for a job, but that’s all about to change.
I’m going to be spending a solid 2-3 months trying to secure myself a job in the Melbourne market. I know the jobs exist. People have told me that there are plenty floating around. It’s just a case of knowing who has a job going, and getting your name in front of them. So today I’m going to try and get my name in front of some of the people who make the decisions.
I’m going to a few of the sessions at the Melbourne Writers Festival. One of which is specifically on recruiting and the other is talking about leadership in the media. Both these sessions include people that make decisions on jobs… ohh and Tom Cowie who I went up against for the Crikey job is also on the first panel I’ll be attending. It is the perfect opportunity to get my name out there and shout out about my credentials, and maybe get people I know on the panels, like Tom Cowie, to drop my name.
Who knows, with a bit of luck maybe I can get my CV in the hands of the people who might be willing and able to hire me. I just want a journalism job. I want to get a start, even if only a couple of days a week. I want to know that I have a future in the industry, and that all my work towards re-inventing the media has not been wasted. I don’t care if it’s broadcasting, print, or online. I just want in.
I would really love to introduce myself as, “Kristofor Lawson, Journalist for …(insert name of some cool media company)” :) So, Wish me luck.
(PS: for all who are interested in helping me out, you can download my CV here)