It’s the dream of many media professionals to move from regional to national. Whether you’re working in television, radio or print, the idea of a successful career in national media can be very appealing. However, many of those people that dream about this change, simply dream rather than doing anything to move forward. If you want to do more than dream, here are a few tips to help you move from regional to national media.
Set a Goal
The reason many people never move from regional to national media is that they fail to set goals. Without proper goals it can be hard to ever move forward. This is why you must set specific goals with time limits. For example, you might make a goal to have your first story go national within the next 5 years. You might also make a goal to make your first move to a bigger city within the next year.
Networking is an important part of any job. However, if you want to move forward in media, it pays to make as many friends as possible. This means you should network with fellow professionals across the country through social networking sites. You may also choose to network through conferences or by creating a strong online presence with a website, blog or by sharing your stories online.
You’ll never be able to go national if you choose to stay in the same area. You need to constantly keep moving in order to land the best jobs. This might mean moving up in a company and then moving on to another. After reaching the top in several companies, you’ll have a long list of experience that will help you land a national job.
Make Yourself Well Known
Another tip to help you go national is to make yourself well known. This may mean starting a personal blog, striving to get the best stories with your current company, creating a strong online presence and simply getting yourself out there for people to find you. Once you become well known for your strong media skills, you’ll have a better chance of landing a national job.
Beef Up Your Resume
Last, but not least, do what it takes to build an impressive resume. It might mean winning regional awards, going back to school for additional degrees or simply moving up in companies so that you can build your skills. Remember, a well-rounded resume with the right amount of skills, achievements, experience and education can wow potential employers.
Going from regional to national media is something that requires hard work. Of course, that hard work starts with making the right goals to ensure that you’ll succeed. You also need to network with other media professionals, follow the media jobs to new cities, make yourself well known and beef up your resume by expanding your education and learning new skills. Before you know it, you’ll have landed that national media career that you’ve already dreamed of.