At the 2014 Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair, more than 200 job seekers converged at Georgetown Downtown to talk with recruiting and talent representatives from 13 companies in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Several job seekers found jobs as a result of participating in the fair, and some of them have shared their stories with us.
Hear from them in their own words about the impact the job fair had on their careers:
Breaking News Reporter
I first heard about the job fair from a friend of mine who was going. After looking at the lineup of publications scheduled to be there, it did not take much more convincing.
Before the fair, I had applied to a job at POLITICO and was about to face my second round of interviews the next week (which included a part where I would do some mock coverage so that the editor interviewing me could read my work). I knew that POLITICO would be at the fair, so I made sure to take some time to speak to the representative at the table. I asked him questions about what to expect from the interview and the writing style of the editor who would be overseeing my mock coverage. By the time I had my interview one week later, the editor told me his colleague had informed him that I approached POLITICO at the job fair.
Going to the fair not only helped me prepare for my interview and go into it confidently, but it helped POLITICO know I was serious about the opportunity and wanted to learn more about the publication. I ultimately was hired in May 2014, and on my first day the same editor from the job fair approached me saying congratulations and that he remembered me and my questions from the fair.
Zach C. Cohen
Hotline Web Producer
I have the Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair to thank for my current employment. I was lucky enough to snag a job just a day before graduation in part because of the conversations I had with recruiters and editors at the fair. Sometimes, it’s just plain helpful to have your questions answered, rather than blindly submitting resumes through a website. I highly recommend a visit for anyone looking to start a new chapter in their life.
Before I attended the Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair, I didn’t know what opportunities were available to me in D.C. At the time, I was a fresh out-of-college graduate who wanted to work in journalism but didn’t know where to start looking for openings. I heard about the job fair through a Washington, D.C./Texas program I was attending at the time and decided to go on a whim.
If I hadn’t gone, I don’t think my life would be the same as it is today.
At the fair, I stopped by the various tables where journalists from different publications shared their open positions at their companies. I gravitated to the POLITICO table, where I heard about a web producing position that could open a lot of doors for me if I was selected. A few days later, I applied. A few weeks later, I completed my program and was moving back to D.C., this time permanently.
It’s amazing to think back at how that all happened. If I had not gone to the job fair, I wouldn’t have applied at POLITICO and I wouldn’t be where I am today. Because of that job fair, as a young Hispanic woman from the South Texas border, I was able to find my place in this vast journalism world. I am forever grateful.
I received this production assistant position after meeting Mike Goldrick at a job fair at Georgetown University organized by AAJA-DC, NAHJ-DC, NLGJA-DC, SPJ-DC and WABJ. WRC has truly saved my life and has given me the opportunity to pursue my career and my dreams. I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an amazing and uplifting team.
I will never forget how the organizers of the job fair played a huge role in impacting my life for the better. I will forever be grateful, and WRC will always have a special place in my heart.