Ask the Pros: What job sites should I be checking?

Ask the Pros: What job sites should I be checking? To help prepare you for the real world, our Ask the Pros series is here to help answer some of your most common questions about interviewing, job-hunting and working in the world of publication and media art and photo departments.

Got a question you want answered? Send it to us at spdstudentoutreach@gmail.com and we'll put it to our experts! A varying panel of professionals will give you their take, and then it's up to you to put their advice to work.

And if you're a working professional yourself, we'd love to hear your opinion too ... don't hesitate to add it in our comments or email us to be on one of our panels.

Today we tackle where to look online for magazine design jobs....



QUESTION:
What job sites should I be checking? There's tons of general job-listing sites, but I'm not sure where to look for magazine-specific design jobs or internships.



PRO: Travis Bonilla - junior designer, HGTV Magazine
The SPD job board is a GREAT place to find magazine specific jobs and internships. If you're currently looking for something, there are new jobs posted almost daily. I like to add it to my RSS feed so I get updates whenever something new is posted. What I like most about this job board is 95% of the time you will be applying directly to the art department and not just submitting a form and hoping you'll get seen. Along with applying through job boards, I feel it is very important to build professional relationships with people, recommendations go a long way!

PRO: Rich Morgan - Deputy Art Director, Money
Although not a website, there's an email list with magazine design and photo editing jobs called InaNet from design critic/consultant Ina Saltz that is a great source for open positions. (Editors' Note: As an added benefit of your SPD Student Membership, you'll soon automatically get these invaluable emails, so join us now! The price is currently only $25 but it's going up soon!)
Also check out the SPD job board. They also have an RSS feed which you can subscribe to to avoid missing out on any posts. I also highly recommend bookmarking the HR pages of all the major publishers (Time Inc., Hearst, Conde Nast, etc).

PRO: Joseph Caserto - design consultant and educator
I'd say the SPD job board, and Mediabistro.com, but I remember hearing that only about 20% of available jobs get posted. The other 80% are landed through word of mouth. In my experience, it's much better to build a strong network--start with your professors, and anyone you meet who's doing the kind of work you want to be doing--and to keep in touch with your contacts BEFORE you need to ask for their help. Set up a LinkedIn profile, and keep it updated. Send "nice to have met you" e-mails, send others every few months to your strongest contacts to share new work and what you're doing, and for your inner-circle people, make an effort to meet face-to-face, whether over coffee, lunch, or an in office meeting to show your work. Also, remember to give, not just take. If you can help out the people who have or will help you, do so. Professional relationships are everything, and worth the effort to maintain.

PRO: Fidel Frias - junior web designer, Hearst Digital
LinkedIn is a great place to apply for jobs, not many people are aware of. Some magazines and other companies use this platform as a way to get a better look at the applicant. Since your LinkedIn profile shows your past experience, skills etc., your chances of landing an interview increase. Sure, you can go to a company website and apply, but you will be competing with thousands of others.
   Also consider following job posting sites on Twitter ... a quick tweet of a job opening appearing on your feed can be helpful. I also recommend sites like Indeed.com and Simplyhired.com. But remember:  the better your portfolio is, the better your chances are.

PRO: Nicole Zigmont - Assistant Designer, Family Circle
I would recommend regularly checking the SPD job board, as well as publishing companies' job boards. ED2010 posts jobs from editorial, to production, to writing, and even to design and internship positions. I would also focus in on design-centered job boards. I've seen editorial design jobs posted on Coroflot, even Linkedin.

PRO: John Walker - Art Director for Mobile, Popular Mechanics
Lots of people forget that the major publishing companies all have human resource departments, which often find candidates for entry-level positions. Contact Hearst, Time Inc, Conde Nast, Meredith, Rodale and smaller publishers through their careers sites to locate the right HR contact and reach out directly. LinkedIn becomes more and more important, so definitely keep that updated. It's also a good idea to join some professional groups such as Digital Dumbo in Brooklyn (many can be found on LinkedIn) both to make contacts and because members often post job openings.

PRO: Caitlin Choi - freelance art director
I think everyone in the industry gets InaNet (join SPD now to get InaNet! A subscription to this fantastic jobs mailing list will soon be included with your membership). The SPD job board and Mediabistro.com are also good. Also, if your school has a job board, you should check there as well.

PRO: Leah Bailey - freelance art director
The SPD job board and Mediabistro.com are the two big ones on top of the individual publishing companies' career sites. ED2010 also has tons of entry-level and internship postings from the magazine world. The Society of News Design has a great job site with all kinds of newspaper and publication type jobs around the country. And then there's AIGA which has a lot of listings from all over the country, though they're for all types of design and not always magazine-focused. Same with CreativeHotlist.com.
    I'd also suggest talking to your professors to see if they know of any alumni in your desired field whom you could reach out to. Having some sort of connection when you ask others for advice/help is always good.  
    And If you're looking for an internship, even if you don't see one posted anywhere, it's safe to assume most magazines could use an intern ... a lot of times, the art department doesn't have the same type of intern programs as the editorial side does. So if there's a magazine you really want to work at, it can't hurt to send a quick email or even snail mail with your resume and an online portfolio link (but no big attachments!! that's just annoying) saying you'd love to be considered for an internship if they're looking for anyone. Don't bother them more than once since you don't know for sure what the situation is, but it can't hurt as long as you keep it short and sweet and professional.



Thanks to our terrific panel of pros for their great advice! 

  • Here's another helpful site: http://www.glassdoor.com. You can search for jobs by title and location. I like it because you can also compare salaries, which is very useful for negotiating. You'll be able to get an idea of what the market pays, so you can go into an interview with a realistic expectation of what compensation you'll be offered, and also make the case for what you're asking to be paid. Remember, too, that salary isn't the only form of compensation. Vacation, insurance, and other benefits like tuition reimbursement all factor in.

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