Create your own media

Support work experience by creating your own media, which should then be included on your CV and mentioned in covering letters or on application forms.

 

Blog
Writing a blog demonstrates to employers the quality of your writing, whether writing about international development or social media. Having more than one blog can demonstrate your diverse writing styles. Start a blog by visiting: 

 

Ezine
An ezine, or online magazine, can demonstrate your knowledge and opinions on current events from all sectors and is a good chance to show your creative side by combining your writing and presentation skills. Ezine Articles and Article Fever allow users to submit articles to be included on their website – a useful space to store your work. Create your own ezine on EZezine.

 

Social networking
Creatively update your Twitter feed or add videos or pictures to your Facebook page. Ensure the personal information and events which are visible on these sites are suitable for potential employers to see. Create a Delicious account to keep a list of your online work, then tag and share it with potential employers.  Mashable is a social media guide which explains how to make the most of social networking tools.

 

Podcast or videocast
A podcast or a videocast can be particularly helpful when considering working in many sectors, including television, radio or film and are useful for demonstrating presenting or production skills. For information on how to create a podcast see:

 

Student media
Some existing media professionals gained their experience by working on their university radio or newspaper and kept a record of their work and recorded their work online or in a portfolio for potential employers to access.

 

Portfolio
A portfolio can be used to take to interviews and networking events. Portfolios can include:

  • a contents page
  • a copy of your CV
  • 6-8 varied examples of your work plus a short explanation of when and where they were published

For further information on creating a portfolio see:

Portfolio website
Create a portfolio website to enable potential employers to access your work easily and quickly. Portfolio websites should:

  • be of a high quality, easy to navigate and consistent throughout
  • demonstrate your best work (quality over quantity) with short descriptions introducing each piece of work
  • include your contact details for use by potential employers
  • inform users how long each piece will take to download (for long downloads)

Journalism.co.uk has produced an article to setting up your first portfolio website. The BBC also has a comprehensive guide to creating your own website. Create your own website through Google. Add your CV to a website such as LinkedIn, enabling you to include links to where your work is stored on the internet.

 

There are also free websites where users can build a portfolio to display their art or photographs; try DeviantART, ImageShack or Flickr.

Showreel or soundreel

Add your best showreels and soundreels to your portfolio website. Sending your showreels or soundreels on CD or DVD to potential employers can be effective however be aware that some employers will prefer to access your work online.

Get advice from regional screen agencies on creating your own showreel, or soundreel – see Skillset for a regional list. Filmmaking.net can further help you create these for film. First Light offer funding and their website contains advice on film making. The UK Film Council also fund and support emerging and world class filmmakers.

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