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Repairing Burned Bridges


Yesterday Poynter hosted a live chat about repairing bridges you’ve burned in your career. We’re excerpting some of the best advice, though if you want to read the whole thing, you can do so at this link.

Colleen Eddy: Don’t “ASSUME…clarify that a bridge is burned. Sometimes time helps a burned bridge and just our taking the initiative to call helps rebuild it.”

Eddy on managers who are angry that you left, even if you left respectfully: “My experience is that over time, these managers become more tender :) Until then, I would show appreciation to them for what they did do for us (coach, lead and mentor) and stay in touch throughout the year to let them know they are not forgotten. Sometimes being there to answer a question your replacement has shows loyalty.”

On mending a relationship that went sour, and the sourness is definitely your fault: “He met me 3 years later at a conference had really righted his situation and sought me out at the conference. I will never forget (fondly) the exchange. His comment was ‘I am sorry that you did not get the best of me when I worked for you. I appreciate all you did.’ I was so impressed with him. He certainly mended his bridge.”

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Poynter Says: Find Out How A CBS Correspondent Became An EVP; Last Tuesday’s Chat Recap

Today at 1pm EDT, Poynter’s Joe Grimm and Colleen Eddy will talk with former CBS News Correspondent Joie Chen about how she landed a job as executive vice president of Branded News Worldwide.

As that one gears up, here’s a recap from last week’s chat, How To Prepare For Journalism Conventions. The idea being that if you just show up after paying your couple hundred bucks without a plan, you may not get what you want—new contacts who could hire you.

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Colleen said that despite the economy, it’s a good idea to go to the convention (she didn’t add, but we assume it’s implicit, that if the cost is an issue, don’t go or find a way to make it work).

“But I would say,” she added, “make the trip worth your while. Have career goals to meet and collect cards that you can follow up on afterwords.”

Ellyn Angelotti recommends reaching out and making contacts ahead of time. Find out which of your Twitter friends are going to be there and set up coffee dates, or decide which speakers you know or would like to know and e-mail them beforehand.

And don’t forget to physically prep. Get some rest the day before, have your shoes shined or whatever, get a portfolio ready, and so on. Joe: “I would guesstimate that if you’re going to spend four days working a convention, you should spend two days getting ready for it. Prepping your resume and portfolio, making appointments in advance, thinking about interview points, researching the companies and all that.”

For new grads, Joe recommends: “Have perspective and patience. Even in the crazy, go-go times, hardly anyone was hired on the job fair floor. So, don’t expect it. But work withthe contacts you make and hope to be ready for something that might not even be on the horizon at conference time.”

Poynter’s Live Chat Today Is Eerily Appropriate

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Are the folks at Poynter keeping an eye on our schedule? Today at 1pm EST, you might want to sneak out of the Circus conference hall to read Joe Grimm and Colleen Eddy, Poynter’s resident career experts, talk about how to prepare for a journalism conference—how to network with attendees and speakers, how to prep your resume, and more.

You can tweet your questions their way before 1 EST using #poynterchats.

Show That Reporter’s Backbone, Hm?

From Poynter’s Ask The Recruiter live chat yesterday, some tips about getting interviews when you can’t even get a response from the hiring manager.

The resident recruiting experts at Poynter were agreed—even when it says “no phone calls,” those rules don’t apply to you! You’re a journalist! Actually, sitting back and following the rules is, as many of you have pointed out, a ticket to No-ResponseVille.

Joe Grimm says that it’s important to work your network and see if someone you know knows the hiring manager, failing that, find a connection who works there, period. “Actually knowing someone at the place where you have applied can help. I have had fellow staffers come to me ans ask where so-and-so’s application stands and that can break loose a logjam.”
Colleen Eddy adds to “know the hiring manager/recruiter is busy and that a courteous persistence with the question, ‘I don’t want to be a nuisance, but this job is important to me,’ can by pass the “no response.”

The bottom line, from the final question of the chat:
“If you know who the hiring manager is and this is a journalism position, I would contact them directly. I never understood the concept that journalists should not make contact.”

Anyone had success with the aggressive—but not confrontational—method?

Today: How Networking Helped Me Get A Job

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Poynter’s Joe Grimm and Colleen Eddy will be joined by Jane Norman, a former Des Moines Register correspondent who landed a job with Congressional Quarterly, to talk about “How Networking Helped Me Get A Job.” Check it out today at 1 p.m.

How Do I Break Into Journalism In 2009?

We enjoyed listening in on a chat today about what it’s like out there for jobseekers, especially those still in college and wondering what to do in 2010 or 2011. A few highlights:

Q: I’m graduating in May and am trying to do exactly what this chat’s title suggests. This morning, my journalism professor (a very well-respected man in the field) told my class to pick a state and drive around to find a small 10,000 to 30,000 circulation daily and start there. But I feel like that tactic doesn’t take into account our digital age. Thoughts?

A from Ellyn Angelotti: I’d suggest you drive around online too :) Pick an area you’d like to work in and see which news organization have Web sites or are on Twitter.

A from Colleen Eddy: That is one way you can approach it. Don’t limit yourself to the 10,000 daily circulation. Look for all online media opportunities as well where you can use your skills and find opportunities to learn and grow.

Q: It’s fairly dire out there at the moment for people wanting particularly to work in papers. Is it ever going to get better, or will everything end up going online?
A from Joe Grimm: I am looking into my Magic 8 Ball … we are going to see more papers close this year and more staffs cut. No question. Are newspapers going all the way down to zero? I doubt that. I think we’ll find a new level of stability. It will be with a smaller total employment than we have now. Knowing that, I would look to all media as options.

And finally, some sound advice for everyone, not just college grads:

Colleen Eddy: There is no field that I find “easy” to get into today. But I hear from many of you that Journalism is a vocation. It is more than a job. If you are passionate about journalism, prepare yourself for going after the opportunities, like you would an investigative piece– like you would your sources. Look in non traditional companies as well as the traditional ones, and plan to use perseverance as well as a lot of time and effort to build your network. Is it smart? You will be the judge. Set yourself guidelines and timelines for going after the jobs. Have a back up plan.