With so many digital media blogs, job aggregators, media recruiters and job boards how do you weed through all of the information? There is definitely information overload so it is best to just a simple guideline to go by to make some progress.
The digital media industry is moving fast and so are the jobs and your approach can be crucial to locating the best fit for your skills. Each of these five points below should be used regardless of other methods utilized.
1) Go to specialty or what is called niche digital media job boards.
Why you ask? This is recruiters and HR go when they need someone specifically for digital media. They know they will have a better chance of reaching the most targeted market segment. You may also be able to connect with others in your industry and find additional resources.
2) Get your resume updated and tailor it.
This cannot be stressed enough. To get a digital media job you need to stand out from the crowd plain and simple. Make sure your resume is updated from the last 10 years and most imperative is that your digital media jobs fully show what your achieved and not just what you did. How did you help the company in your previous positions?
Tailor your resume to the job because digital media jobs involve a lot of creativity and that is going to be an area that employers are going to pay close attention to. It is not a one resume fits all. Showcase your skills!
3) Keep up to date with digital media job related news and digital media technology.
This is very important. You need to track what companies are hiring and for what reasons. Did they win a contract or land a huge client? You will be able to use your tailored resume (mentioned in #2) to address these issues.
The technology within the digital media industry is always changing. You need to be aware what the latest applications are for your function. For example, ask yourself how is used for online advertising, marketing, web design or digital film.
4) Pay close attention to the job description.
You should never just submit to a bunch of jobs without fully reading the content especially for a digital media job. There are specific needs that digital media companies are looking for.
5) Have a portfolio!
If you are more on the creative side of digital media for example a graphic designer or web developer, you need to have something for your potential employer to visually see. Either set up a site or have PDF files ready to send.
As you can see these five tips are easy to follow and should be used. Will everyone do it? Of course not, but it will definitely give you a leg up on someone who is not.