2011 is going to be my year! I’ve worked hard and I can feel it in my gut that THIS is the year that I am going to land a full-time job. I’m starting the year off right. I took an unpaid internship at New Orleans magazine. I don’t know if it will land me a gig on staff, but it is a step in the right direction. I will be writing, editing and helping out on most of the publishing group’s seven different titles.
Ed2010.com, my magazine control center, recently posted a list of tweets from fellow magazine editors and wannabes. I was quite surprise by how many list their resolution as finding a job. There are many people like me all vying for the same positions. Just a reminder that I have to step up my game to stand out.
In the spirit of the holiday, I’m making three resolutions that will keep me on a positive path.
1. Take Better Care of Myself
It is easy for me to blame my professional slump on my personal slump. I don’t have any reasons to change out of my pajamas everyday and, exercise, I can do that tomorrow. But in reality, I’m 24. It’s time to develop a health routine and stick with it, regardless of what else is going on with my life. It starts with getting my hair cut more than once a year and weaning myself off of Diet Coke. I am a firm believer if you take care of yourself, other aspects of your life will start to fall into place.
2. Network, Network, Network
I know we have talked about the importance of networking before, but I need to branch out from my normal email and phone calls. It is time to go to events and informal interviews. One website suggests trying to make one contact a week. It is easy to make excuses. “I have to go home and take care of my dog,” or “It is too far away.” I’m not going to meet people unless I get out from my computer! It is time to extend the perimeters of my comfort zone.
3. Try to Get More Freelance Gigs
This past year, my freelancing career did not go well. I wrote one story that was cut the last minute because the subject didn’t want the story published. I wrote another story that was published online, but after the fact, the editors told me they didn’t have any money to pay me. Each story was about $300. I met the owner and editor of a local publication that seemed really excited about me writing for the magazine. But once I started calling and emailing, I never heard back from him. But heading into the New Year, I am going to stay positive. I know, easier said than done. Freelancing is a must in the journalism world, especially since I’m working for free.
I learned a lot in 2010, and I’m excited to make these three goals become a part of my new routine for the new year!
Samantha Hyde graduated from the University of Texas in 2009. During her time spent in Austin, she interned and contributed to Austin Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazine. She served as president of the magazine club and editor-in-chief of a college magazine, burntORANGE. Her issue, “How to be a Longhorn,” won second place in general excellence at the 2009 AEJMC awards.