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Hunting down the best book-job listings: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 2

 It’s time to send your polished resume and cover letter to some great job openings…once you find them. Here’re some places to start hunting.

We publishers are an exclusive bunch. Though, yes, we probably do have some listings on Monster.com, we mostly stick to our own websites:

bookjobs.com: The name says it all. Hosted by the AAP, bookjobs.com is a website solely devoted to connecting people with publishing and book business jobs and internships. They also feature testimonials from job-searchers, resources for minorities, and lovely features like “New to Publishing? Match your Major! With Internships! and Entry Level Jobs!”. They are also very fond of exclamation points.

Publishers Lunch Job Board: Publishers Lunch, one of the two or three top book industry dailies,  hosts a job board where publishers, agents, etc., can pay to post. Unlike bookjobs, Publisher’s Lunch posts jobs chronologically from most recent, so you can check back and see what’s new every day (and there are new listings almost every weekday).

 

MediaBistro: You should check their “Book Publishing” job section just as regularly as the other sites. Mediabistro’s listings tend to cover a wider swath of the industry than Bookjobs or Publishers Lunch. And their new feature, Scoop, will even match you with the type of job that’s right for you and provide email updates when positions open.

Beyond these, it never hurts to do a once-or-twice weekly check of the Big 6’s own career boards. They usually post everything on Publishers Lunch, but there are a few jobs I’ve seen go up on the publisher’s own site but not make it over to own of the “Aggregators.” It also helps to get acquainted with the publishers’ own career site, given that’s where you’ll have to create a profile to apply to most of their jobs, no matter where you saw the listing. Several of the sites have good details about their internships and entry-levels that put them in the wider context of the book industry.


2 Comments

  1. Rachel Stark Rachel says:

    I’d also suggest Indeed.com, because it’s not industry-specific but it will often capture postings that go up on individual company websites — so it’s a total gem!

    And maybe I’m anal-retentive, but when I’m searching I look at each of my target companies’ websites daily. They usually post positions on their websites a day or two before they post them on Mediabistro, Bookjobs, or Pub Lunch, and I’ve had the best luck getting a response when I apply the day the ad goes up.

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  3. Very inspiring job seeking information! Cover letter is very crucial in getting an interview.

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