Always Be Job Hunting Excerpt: Landing a Management Job

Today, we continue to run excerpts from my new book, Always Be Job Hunting to give you the flavor of the book and encourage you to check it out on Amazon.com

Chapter 3: Finding a First Management Job

Once I had my first newspaper job, I did almost everything and anything that was asked of me to develop as broad a portfolio of skills and experience as I could.

The site of my first newspaper job is just a parking lot now, ther building is gone but the paper is still in busienss.

The site of my first newspaper job is just a parking lot now, ther building is gone but the paper is still in busienss.

A first job is a time to learn about your chosen profession, I believe, and to develop a wide range of abilities so you can move up the ladder in your field. If you only learn to do one thing, you won’t be prepared for a new job or a new employer should your current one decide you’re expandable at some point.

My full-time job was education reporter, covering three local school boards and two community colleges. This meant I worked from 2 p.m. until whenever three or four nights a week. School board meetings normally started at 7 p.m. and with contentious issues on the agenda, could go well past midnight. I took notes during the meetings, then raced to a pay phone (no cell phones in those days) to call in a story that I was writing in my head , even as I dictated it to someone on the newsroom’s copy desk back in the office.

I know this routine sounds like it’s out of a movie and you may be wondering, “How can someone write while they’re talking?” but that’s exactly what I learned to do. I loved it.

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