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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 11, 2012 - 4:52am

Does anyone know what looks good/bad when applying to a publishing company? One is hiring here in town for a position I'm fairly well suited for and it seemed like a good place to ask.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 11, 2012 - 5:01am

Depends on the position I suppose.  Otherwise, probably the same things that look good or bad when applying for any position.  Appropriate skill set.  Strong work ethic.  Not a whiner.  Ability to communicate effectively. 

 

 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break May 11, 2012 - 5:02am

The same thing with any job: experience.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 11, 2012 - 6:07am

I have about 5 years experince for the position at several companies, and middling knowledge of the what they do. They are asking for one to two years, so I think I should have a good shot. I just don't know what else might help me get a leg up, life it he publishing companies like peole who play baseball or something.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 11, 2012 - 6:09am

Not coming across as an asshole usually helps, I've found.

But yes, it is a well known fact all publishing companies love baseball.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 11, 2012 - 7:22am

I seem much nicer when I can bring cakes.

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Clutch from Detroit Metro Area now living in Charlotte, NC is reading "The Spooky Art" by Norman Mailer May 11, 2012 - 1:09pm

I worked at a publishing company. I didn't have to have any special quality. However, everyone there was super liberal and had some kind of cause they suported. So maybe put it on your resume that you support Greenpeace or some shit like that.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. May 11, 2012 - 3:55pm

Give the interviewer a blowjob.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 11, 2012 - 4:03pm

"Give the interviewer a blowjob."

That usually works.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 11, 2012 - 4:57pm

Never works for me.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 11, 2012 - 5:10pm

@Cluch - Thank you for the idea, although I think they might be conservative.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 11, 2012 - 5:14pm

You didn't thank Danny.  Bad manners. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 11, 2012 - 8:40pm

Who is Danny? Alien?

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons May 11, 2012 - 8:45pm

If you are applying for sales or marketing you might include in your resume that your an avid reader. Look up some of their authors and drop names of some of their authors that you have read. If it's a small publisher be familiar with what they publish. Have some ideas of what you can do to help them. I would think you might want to be able to talk about print publishing vs. digital publishing. Be careful, but aware of those things going on in the industry. It really depends on what type position you are applying for.

Be smart but don't act like you know everything.

 

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly May 11, 2012 - 10:31pm

If you're applying for security include your certification level and any CE courses.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 12, 2012 - 12:08am

Call center work.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons May 12, 2012 - 9:15am

Will you be talking to the publisher's customers? Talking about the product and solving problems like shipping and shortages? If so can you go on line and find out what type of customers they service? Schools, technical accounts, regualar bookstores, or the general public. Stuff like that would be good to know befor interviewing.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 12, 2012 - 12:07pm

People involved with horses which is basically a insaneo diverse group. All those above, and lots of Arabians, local folks who own/work at the horse farms, and some ranchers out west, as I understand it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 12, 2012 - 12:10pm

Do you actually have an interview?  Because if I were you, I'd focus on your basic interview skills, and not worry about small talk. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 12, 2012 - 11:02pm

I think so, but every call center interview I have has included small talk on a practice call.

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Clutch from Detroit Metro Area now living in Charlotte, NC is reading "The Spooky Art" by Norman Mailer May 15, 2012 - 12:56pm

I worked for a reference book publisher. Gale Research. They're called Gale/Centgage today or something like that. The first editorial job they offerred me was for an annual salary of $12,000. This was right after college, 1991. I turned it down. Then another job they offerred $14,000. I thought, are you fucking kidding me. I turned it down. Later, they paid me $23,000 to work as a marketing writer. I left after a year and a half to go work at an ad agency for 38k.