How to prepare for a journalism job fair

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JAWSDC_20160319_jobfairStory by Lottie Joiner and Connie K. Ho, JAWS members | Photo by Lottie Joiner

The Journalism and Women Symposium was a co-organizer of the third annual Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair held March 19 and hosted by the Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism Program. JAWS D.C. regional co-captains Lottie Joiner and Lisa Gillespie served on the host committee along with members of the Washington, D.C., chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Association of Black Journalists.

More than 200 job seekers met with recruiters from 21 major media outlets including The Washington Post, Politico, CNN, Gannett/USA Today Network, U.S. News and World Report, Associated Press and Vox. The event attracted a wide range of attendees — from those still in school to experienced journalists.

Here are some helpful tips for preparing for a journalism job fair.

  • Research the companies ahead of time, utilizing online sources like Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date on company news.
  • Have a 30-second pitch prepared about yourself, noting recent projects or current interests.
  • Prepare extra copies of your resume and business cards to hand out.
  • Bring a notepad to jot down notes from recruiters or prospective employers.
  • Dress professionally.