I was in the airport the other day flipping through magazines when I experienced an epiphany about how to get a job. More often than not, magazines have a feedback section where readers comment on stories and articles that were featured in the previous issue. In other instances, there is a “Letter to the Editor” column where reader emails are addressed. In either case, the person commenting in the magazine are often cited by their name, email and (in fewer cases) their website address.
Why not find a magazine that speaks to the industry you work in, and send in a well thought out comment or rebuttal to someone that was published in the last issue? In your response, ask the publisher to cite your email address and link to your personal website. If you do not have a website, the next best thing is to link to one of your social network profiles.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if a hiring manager happened to be reading your brilliant comment and send an email to you for more information? It could happen, but only if you write in.
If you like this strategy, why not do a search for editorial calendars? An editorial calendar is a plan of what a magazine will post and when. Armed with this information, you could research a topic ahead of time and be ready to add great feedback when the time comes. I know of a couple of ways to get a magazine’s editorial calendar. One way is to search online to see if it’s already posted. Click here to see a search I’ve done where I am looking for any 2014 editorial calendar that mentions the keyphrase “computer science” because that is my interest. An example of what I found with this search is below.
I’m curious to find out if anyone has had any success using this type of strategy in the past. Let me know in the comments below!