Applying for new jobs is both stressful and exciting. The prospect of a new adventure appeals to most people, but there also is a lot of pressure to land in a place that is a great fit.
There are several things I look for when reviewing candidates for positions with Swift Communications. When we post position we always want to ensure that our eventual hire not only has the skills and experience to do the job, but we also want the new hire to fit in with our culture as well.
That being said, these are the three most important things I look for in Swift applicants.
We are in a new age in our industry. Almost every media company in the world has created some kind of digital first initiative in the last few years. We want our readers to get quality content in many forms, but having a great digital program is the most important aspect of our business in this new age of media.
So, what does that mean for an applicant? We want to know that you know Social Media, we want to ensure you have an idea of various digital platforms, and we want someone what uses these platforms frequently. If you can show us that you have skills in the digital space, our ears will perk up.
2. Show us what you are made of
This particular point may very well apply to a job seeker in any industry, but we really value candidates that can show us their talents.
For a reporter candidate, show us some examples of work you are really proud of. We not only want to see clean writing, but we want to hear your voice through your words.
For advertising sales, tell us about a client that got a great return on their investment due to your hard work and marketing knowledge, and let us know about how that positively impacted revenue for the client and your company.
For young professionals right out of school, we are aware you don’t have tons of experience yet, so give us examples of things you did to supplement your education and learn the ins and outs of our industry. Make us confident that you will make our company better by you being a part of it.
3. Do your homework
This point is especially important from the initial application to the final interview. I want to know that you not only know our industry, but you know us! Visit our website, and read the bios of our executive team.
If you are applying to a specific publication, check out that website, read some stories, look at some ads and click on “about us.” When a candidate does their homework, it moves that person to the top of our list.
Newspaper media orgs at the 2018 Job Fair:
11 companies representing 25 media organizations will be on hand to conduct interviews
Newspaper media expected to be represented: Pueblo Chieftain,Pueblo West View, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Canyon Courier, Columbine Courier, Clear Creek Courant, Vail Daily, Summit Daily, Steamboat Pilot and Today, Craig Press, Sky Hi News, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Aspen Times, Greeley Tribune, The Fence Post, Denver Urban Spectrum, Gulf Coast Urban Spectrum, Baltimore Urban Spectrum, Front Porch - NE Denver, The Daily Sentinel, The Gazette, The Johnstown Breeze, The Associated Press, Brighton Standard-Blade and Fort Lupton Press