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Creative Writing and The Job Market: Part Three

In a career-focused college, some may ask: how do outlets like literary magazines contribute to college students’ professional goals? how do they provide students with intellectual and professional advancement opportunities? and why do we need venues like literary magazines?  This post series looks at each of these questions in-depth and offers advice to college students who are looking to navigate an increasingly challenging (and rewarding!) job market landscape.

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Why do we need venues like literary magazines?

Too often, we get caught up in the details of everyday life.  Is it going to rain?  Did I pay that bill on time?  Where did I leave my keys?  Of course, it’s important to be able to follow directions, place a budget, and stay organized, but it also important to nurture and develop our creativity.

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Literary magazines offer writers the opportunity to create, share, engage, and yes, even empathize.  

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Creating and sharing creativity work is the most exhilarating, terrifying, and rewarding thing we do.  Often, the creative process must be done alone or whatever alone looks like to you.  It could be in your bedroom at a desk.  It could be in a crowded coffeeshop in the back corner.  It could even be on a park bench down on a river walk.  Wherever or however it is, you are shaping and structuring alone.

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The writing process can be exciting and frustrating and wonderful and awful–often all of those emotions at the same time.  

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Creative Writing and The Job Market: Part Two

In a career-focused college, some may ask: how do outlets like literary magazines contribute to college students’ professional goals? how do they provide students with intellectual and professional advancement opportunities? and why do we need venues like literary magazines?  This post series looks at each of these questions in-depth and offers advice to college students who are looking to navigate an increasingly challenging (and rewarding!) job market landscape.

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How do literary magazines  provide our students with intellectual and professional advancement opportunities?

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The easy answer: become a student editor!  As a student editor,  your words and work will be read by future employers, which will give you some control over your internet presence.  In an increasingly digital world, our students must be prepared not just with the traditional tools of the trade (well-written cover letters, resumes, and letters of recommendation) but also an online presence that enhances those qualities outlined in those materials.  

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Like it or not, employers and recruiters use your Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to get a sense of the ‘real’ you.

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We have all read about the potential dangers and pitfalls social media pages are posing to potential job seekers (not to mention if you are already employed). Writing for a professionally reviewed and edited blog allows you to get your name out there in a way that is not only safe, but beneficial! 
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