Getting a job in journalism has never been easy.
Competition is always fierce and the number of people wanting to get into the business never seems to diminish.
But there are key actions any aspiring reporter can undertake to make the process a success.
First, know where to look. Check out the websites that advertise jobs – first and foremost, Hold the Front Page.
Be prepared to move. The smaller the geographical area you are applying within, the fewer the jobs there will be.
While it is true that editors like to take on trainees who come from their own news patch, if your home town has just one small weekly paper, you will be fishing in too small a pond.
It is probably too long. Edit it so that the content is easy to absorb and its style matches the job you are applying for.
Make sure the most relevant information comes first. You might think your 10,000-word dissertation on first century Chinese poetry is a masterpiece, but is that really the best thing to showcase?
The best way to find yourself in the trash bin is to make mistakes in your CV.
Spell the editor’s name incorrectly, misuse the apostrophe or perhaps confuse the company with its rival and you are well on your way to the bin.
Check, double check and then ask someone else to check your CV for you.
Your covering letter should be compelling, short and written afresh for every new vacancy you go for.