Brooke Buford, a multimedia journalist with KALB-TV in central Louisiana, used TVjobs.com in her job search. The site caters to those looking for work in the television industry. Though she ultimately found her current job elsewhere, Buford says TVjobs was an invaluable resource for her.
"I think my subscription was good for a year, and I think I paid around $30, and it was definitely the best $30 I could've spent," she says. "I'm not looking for a job now, but I still check it to see who's hiring and what's happening with stations. It's still a very useful tool for me whether I'm looking or not."
Buford's use of TVjobs.com did land her job interviews and helped her network and familiarize herself with the television job landscape more quickly than she otherwise could have done. She also suggests finding someone who currently uses a job site and talking to him or her before committing. It's a good idea to check out all the services a website offers, such as career coaching and resume reviewing. She joined TVjobs after coworkers at her internship recommended it.
"Especially in a recession, people are reluctant to spend money, (but) I find (using a pay-for-access website) is a lot less time consuming than fishing through the newspaper or ... fishing website by website," she says.