Where to find PJ jobs
Please approach the following markets only if completely prepared. This means PJs already have a solid portfolio on CD and online, proper stationary, a perfected resume, cover letter and thank you notices, a way to track correspondence and a willingness and/or need to move (expect permanently) to a new location with new challenges.
If all these criteria are met, below is the daily hunting list for PJ jobs. There are additional navigation tips at the bottom of this post. Sites are listed in the order most likely to have PJ openings.
Industry job banks:
NPPA Job Information Bank
Must be an NPPA member to use the JIB. Many of the premium jobs are ONLY listed here to eliminate unqualified applicants.
This is the primary source for human resources postings (it means someone other than the photo department handles hiring).
Society for News Design job bank
UK journalism job list
University of North Texas Journalism Department jobs list
Lists all journalism-related jobs available in Texas and other nearby states as well as high-profile positions nationwide.
Newspaper Career Bank
Magazine market looking primarily for photo editors with experience.
Editor & Publisher classifieds
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association employment classifieds
Media corporation (in-house) job banks:
Media General job bank
New York Times Company job search
Tribune Company career opportunities
Scripps job opportunities
Belo Corporation careers
Cox Newspapers newsroom jobs
McClatchy Company job openings
Lee Enterprises Inc. career openings
MediaNews Group editorial job bank
Morris Communications Company jobs at Morris
Freedom Communications Inc. job opportunities
Ogden Newspapers, Inc. career opportunities
Hearst Corporation   It's one more place to send a resume. Hearst properties handle employment independently.
Job link lists (for early-career applicants):
American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) careers
American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE)
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
Related Fields job banks:
Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. (IRE) job center
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) help wanted
High-level professors wanted for major universities. Masters, doctorial degrees and/or significant awards needed before applying.
International Association of Business Communicators career and job postings board
American Copy Editors Society (ACES) jobs
Public Relations Society of America JobCenter
Folks entering the profession as well as experienced PJs with multiple skills should include www.craigslist.org in daily job searches. Since budgets have been slashed, many large companies look for tech-savvy professionals on Craigs List. PJs with the most diverse skills will find it most useful. Otherwise, it's a location to pick up a freelance gig or two to pay the bills.
Because it's best to search for jobs in desired locations, here's the best fishing holes for different skill-level PJs:
writing / editing
art / media / design
skilled trade / craft (rare)
To make a job hunt easier, consider the following tips:
1. Be patient. A search for a good PJ job takes six months to a year.
2. Only apply to jobs you want.
3. Don't pay to have a resume posted online or through some other service.
4. Learn where the search section of each job bank is and type in "photo" with few other restrictions to get the highest number of potential jobs.
5. Know where you've been and where you're going (pay, circulation and skills). Apply to jobs which are one step above your experience level.
6. It's easier to find a job if you already have a job in the field.
7. Understand some employers only hire from the local region.
8. Understand some employers can't afford everyone they want and might not even ask how much you want because they think your price will be too much (nobody likes rejection).
9. A pre-screen isn't a job guarantee.
10. Until a negotiation is settled, all options remain possible.
11. Don't send portfolios via expensive, faster routes (Overnight Express, Priority Mail, etc...) unless the employer specifically asks for it.
12. Although low-level, low-pay jobs are available through word-of-mouth and friendly e-mails, the good jobs are always posted somewhere legitimate to get the widest possible pool of talent.
13. Don't forget to check the state press associations for jobs in states of interest.
Enough for now,