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Prepare Yourself (To Be a Great Publishing Professional: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 6

This last week is about preparing yourself for the job itself–for the day-in-day-outness of it all. No matter where you are in your job hunt, it doesn’t seem such a bad plan to wrap up by thinking what you want to see in yourself as a book-biz professional—not just what you want the interviewers to see.   *** If you’ve read the story of my long slog toward a publishing job that I really love, you know that my “must-haves” the second time around were much different than they were […]

Jake’s Reaction to Book-Job Boot Camp Week 5: Biding Your Time

Every week, Trendsetter’s own protege book-job-seeker Jake follows our advice posts in his quest to land a job in publishing. This week he talks about biding his time without losing his mind as the job search feels like it’s dragging on forever…

Book-Folks I Love: The Vlogbrothers

As we talk about “biding our time,” we’re asking our bloggers and you about the things that remind us what a great thing a place in Book-Business is to struggle for. Here’s a report from blogger Rachel Stark. Oh, along with one of our favorite vlogbrothers videos. It’s obviously the one about Twilight.   “Whenever I need to be reminded of what makes all this hard work so worthwhile, I look to the other people in the industry, whose enthusiasm, brilliance, and delightful quirkiness I absolutely adore. Children’s book author John […]

Biding Your Time: 7 Things to Do While You’re Job Hunting

Ah, the waiting game. Trust me, I’ve been there. The staring at the phone. The constant refreshing of the email. Before you pull a The Yellow Wallpaper and lose your cool, take a deep breath and rest assured that waiting is all a part of the process. You can pass your resume around like candy and rack up a whole calendar’s worth of interviews, but in most cases, unfortunately, it’s going to take some time before you land that dream job. First and foremost, don’t stop applying (or believing, really). Get into a […]

Jake’s Reactions to Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 4: The Interview

Every week, our own Book-Job boot-camper Jake weighs in on how our tips from the week have helped him out. While this week, “The Interview”, is unique because it’s too soon for Jake to have been contacted about any interviews–he just sent out his applications two weeks ago–he talks here about what our advice taught him about interviews he’s had in the past.

The Question of Questions: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 4 Day 4

One “insider” tip I hear and read over and over (making it not so “insider”, if you ask me) is to make sure that at the end of an interview, when asked, “So, do you have any questions for us?” that you should never say “No.” For many interviewers, not taking the opportunity to turn the tables and ask questions of your own means an instant line through your name on their candidate list. But the problem with this kind of advice is that it makes it sound more important to […]

Informational Interviews: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 4 Day 3

First of all: what does one of these informational interview things look like? We thought you might like to see for yourself in this short video… CAST Amy Rhodes…..Publishing Consultant, Sales & Marketing Guru, Interviewer Livia Nelson…..Trendsetter Intern, Rising College Senior, Interviewee   Winter break of my senior year of college, I got an “Informational Interview” with Random House. I took the 10 hour train ride back to New York several days early, slept on the floor of a friend’s friend, and showed up the next morning, poised with nerves, […]

What Not to Wear, Interview Edition: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 4 Day 2

The night before an interview, you can usually find me in my closet, mixing and matching every professional piece of clothing in my repertoire, only emerging once in a while to get feedback from my roommate. Perhaps it sounds superficial, but there’s a set philosophy behind it: having already done my research and run through my answers to any hypothetical questions in my head, the only thing that helps calm the nerves is organizing the only thing I can control – my appearance. Think of the interview outfit as your […]

Getting the Interview, Giving the Right Impression: Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 4 Day 1

The Interview: Finally, you may collect $200 and pass Go. Or so it usually feels, once you get that first call or email (minus the $200… that would be nice). The interview is also the scariest part of the job search and different from many of the other aspects. Rather like Networking, the Interview throws that ever-unpredictable wildcard—other people—onto the table. Also, an “interview” is unofficially going on for more time than you spend sitting across the desk from the interviewer. And what if it’s a phone interview? What then? A […]

Book-Job Boot Camp, Week 3: Jake’s Experiences with Networking

Our very own book-job-searcher, Jake, talks about his experience with our networking tips from this week.