Web Resources for the Bookish Jobhunter

When I first began looking for jobs in a new career track after deciding to leave academia, I used my preferred web management tool (Netvibes) to manage two sets of links that I checked daily, if possible. One set linked to the jobs/employment/opportunities pages of specific companies and organizations where I would like to interview: local universities, presses, and arts institutions; national media platforms with remote positions.

The other set was for job boards and aggregators. The following links are drawn from my first set of job boards and aggregators, plus a few that I have stumbled across since. My link sets emerged out of my particular circumstances of living in Philadelphia and looking for publishing work, but many of the links offer a broad range of opportunities. When job-hunting, I typically check my favorites several times a week and the rest of the boards once a week.

Book publishing job boards

Bookjobs: You can narrow your search by department (Marketing, Rights, etc.), and there’s also a decent list of internships.

Publisher’s Lunch: everything from editorial to sales, receptionist to director.

American Association of University Presses: if you are specifically interested in working with university presses.

Bookbuilders of Boston: As the name suggests, most of these jobs are located in Boston area, but there are occasional telecommuter opportunities (e.g. edit encyclopedia entries at home).

Beyond book publishing:

Mediabistro: This site has its fair share of book publishing jobs, but also posts positions in magazines, television, and web content.

Philaculture: Many museums and cultural institutions have editorial departments—albeit small ones—for exhibit catalogs, description plates, blogs and social media, and more. But even jobs that don’t deal directly with writing and editing can offer valuable organizational and communications experience. The Philadelphia Greater Cultural Alliance has a great job bank that advertises positions in museums, universities, community organizations, and more. Other major cities likely have their own arts and culture job banks.

Good Food Jobs: This national site lists not only culinary and service jobs but opportunities in food magazines, brand marketing, food banks, and more.

Idealist.org: Jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in nonprofit, community-oriented organizations.

Higher Education Recruitment Consortium: Working for a university has a lot of perks: free classes, good insurance. Many universities are expanding their marketing and communications departments, offering opportunities for candidates with strong writing and editing skills. Administrative and departmental support positions would draw on communications skills and familiarity with higher ed, and would help build your administrative expertise.

Association of Donor Relations Professionals: Many literary job hunters find themselves in fundraising or development, as there is a substantial writing component. Donor relations may entail communications, project management, grant-writing, event management, and more.

International Association of Business Communicators: What it sounds like.

Indeed.com is an epic aggregator—you search by keyword and location, and it will turn up everything it finds. This can be an awful lot to sort through, but it’s also a great way to turn up other job banks and find out where your ideal employers are posting. For example, doing a Philly-based search for “editorial assistant” might reveal that Taylor & Francis journals division only posts on Careerbuilder.com for some reason.

Ask A Manager asked her commenters to round up some of their favorite niche job boards as well.


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