Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 • Macon, GA

ONA Macon: Get hired! Tips on resume sparkle, your digital presence and acing the interview

 An ONA Local event, hosted by ONA Macon

Preparing to enter the job market is exhausting. There’s so much to do and you’re never quite sure if you’ve covered all the bases. Add to that the Interwebs and what they may say about you, your work ethic and your future goals, and you may just opt to live in your parents’ basement forever.

This lecture-style session is less about training and more about information and details. We’ll cover the following:

1. Transferring skills from college to the real world
2. Resume sparkle and other tips for applying for jobs
3. How your social media can get you hired
4. How to ace the interview
5. Keeping up with the industry while you’re looking for a job

Your resume and cover letter to mark up; Questions from your specific career journey; An open mind — this is just an hour of advice from one hiring manager

I’ve done this session as Table Talks, too, with 4 other hiring managers. This session will be a blend of my own experience/advice and theirs. It will also incorporate industry trends into the conversation to give you the most up-to-date and relevant advice.

As the woman you often hear before you see, Samantha Ragland is currently Manager of Digital Entertainment Strategy at The Palm Beach Post, responsible for growing reporters into digital strategists. A Southerner to the core, Samantha has big ideas to match her big personality and welcomes the opportunity to experiment, assess and teach.

Her goal is first and foremost to give her team wings. She challenges them to use new storytelling platforms, to own their story distribution and to test engagement strategies with both loyal and new digital audiences. Samantha has been in the media industry for almost five years, and prior to, spent nearly six years as an adjunct English professor. She is one of 28 women chosen for the 2016 ONA-Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy.

Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @sammyragland. And on LinkedIn: in/samantharagland

In this special session for students, we'll talk about transferring skills from college to the real world, making your resume sparkle and other tips for applying for jobs.


Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
11 am-12 pm



Center for Collaborative Journalism
1675 Montpelier Avenue, Macon
GA 31201