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Landing The Overseas Job

We asked you to help us give advice to A.M., a recent grad in Lebanon who’s trying to get a job somewhere else, and you all didn’t let us down.

Here are some of the best pieces of advice you gave. We think they’re useful not just for overseas journalists trying to get a toehold in this country but for any bilingual media people and, to some extent, nearly anyone seeking a media job.

From Catherine Kustanczy:

As a Canadian journalist with an active online presence (Twitter, blog, Linked In) seeking work in New York City, I can advise A.M. to definitely reach out to people via social media. Also, volunteer in areas that you want to enter into and see if there’s a way you can offer your skills via telecommute.

Yes, yes, yes. Twitter and the blogosphere are incredibly democratizing places and let you reach almost anyone instantly. Seconded and thirded!
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Watch A Journalist-For-Hire, Master Networker

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Networking…get it? Har har har.

Furhana Afrid may be the journalist with the strongest networking skills ever.

She’s a video/multimedia journalist (LinkedIn) currently “looking for the right fit,” she told us, and is working the heck out of her network.

Read this excerpt from a recent live chat the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism hosted with Hilary Schneider, who is (for now; until April 2011) executive vice president of the Americas region at Yahoo!. AKA, a big deal. Schneider was there to talk about the general journalism outlook and some new initiatives Yahoo’s working on, like its relaunch of Associated Content as the Yahoo Contributor Network.

Furhana Afrid:
I am a video journalist in the U.S. with field producing, shooting, editing, on-air experience, and looking for my next career opportunity. Could you talk about opportunities at Yahoo. Thanks

hilary schneider:
Yahoo is growing in its creation of original video content and as such is looking to expand its base of video journalist who can work in the digital environment. You should take a look at our web site to check out the open positions we are currently recruiting for.
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Then, 20 minutes later…

Furhana Afrid:
Hilary, I’ve looked at the Yahoo site for suitable jobs on the video journalism side. None so far. But I’d like to send my inquiry to the video folks there. Who should I be networking with?

hilary schneider:
Feel free to send the inquiries to me at hilaryas@yahoo-inc.com and I can forward the interest to the right teams.

Kind of incredible if you think about it. But that’s not all…

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