Kelly Donovan
Principal, Kelly Donovan & Associates
  • LinkedIn strategist & profile writer
  • Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
  • Certified Hidden Job Market Coach (CHJMC)
  • Outplacement provider
  • Speaker & trainer
  • Globally recognized work (TORI nominee)

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Journalism & News Media Resumes

Resume Writing for Professionals and Managers in the News Business

As a journalist, you’re skilled in compiling, packaging, and presenting information, but doing this for yourself can prove tricky.

If you’re staying in the field, jobs are scarcer than ever, so your resume and other career marketing documents need to be especially compelling. If you’re transitioning out of the field, you need to be able to demonstrate the value you’ll bring to other types of positions.

Furthermore, you need to carefully tailor your resume for the jobs you’re seeking, starting off with a compelling summary, and incorporating all of the relevant keywords.

And if you’re like most of my clients, you also need a solid job search strategy, interviewing skills, LinkedIn know-how, and other career marketing documents.

That’s why I offer Job Search Strategy conference calls, LinkedIn support, and comprehensive services. I want to arm you with everything you need to succeed!

My journalism background

I began my career in journalism, majoring in communications with a concentration in print journalism at the University of North Florida. While there, I interned at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as two weekly newspapers.

After receiving my B.A., I wrote for two daily newspapers in Southern California, the Daily Press and Desert Dispatch, for three years. I left to work at a PR and marketing firm, where I became a manager before transitioning into resume writing.

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I love partnering with journalists and other professionals in the media. I’m very familiar with the work that media professionals do, whether it’s in digital, print, or broadcast — so I understand how to make you shine so that employers will want to interview you.

As a journalist, you might be thinking that you should be able to develop your resume and other documents yourself, considering that you’re a professional communicator. (That’s what I thought when I was reporter!) Here are a few things to consider:

  • Being objective about yourself is difficult. Most job seekers struggle to figure out what to include or exclude and how to present information. Having an outside, objective perspective is helpful.
  • Resume writing is different from the type of writing you normally do. It is a blend of marketing copywriting and business writing, with a little bit of SEO writing thrown in (with regard to the use of keywords).
  • If you are transitioning out of journalism into PR or another field, your resume needs to be carefully targeted. I have worked in PR, and I can offer insight into the profession that can benefit you. I have also helped other clients transition into different fields.

Please note: This website does not follow AP style, but your documents can be in AP style, depending on your needs.


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"I had four headhunters find me on LinkedIn and contact me, and my resume did a great job of showing what I can bring to a company. I'm very excited to be starting my new job. I highly recommend Kelly's services and will be referring friends to her." -Phil F., Director of Business Development, Los Angeles area (via LinkedIn)

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  • Recruiter Perspective
    I have an active executive recruiter for Fortune 500 companies who will review your resume before we finalize it!
  • Up-to-the-Minute
    I'm up to date on how to get you noticed on LinkedIn, as well as resume trends.
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    My team and I can equip you with everything you need!
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    You can call or email me at any point in your job search for advice and encouragement.