The job post popped up on my screen and immediately caught my eye,
“Travel Site Seeks Adventure-Hungry Online Deputy Editor”
I mean, I was certainly hungry, if not specifically for adventure, at least for a good patty melt, as I was overdue for lunch.
The employer-to-be was nothing less prestigious than Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel online magazine.
You will find biting travel stories for the adventure-hungry, such as this month’s “Travel Secrets of Top Show Dogs.”
The job posting had some very specific requirements, including,
“The ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years experience working on an editorial Web site, be entrepreneurial, travel-wonky, service-minded, ruthless with copy, overflowing with ideas, collaborative, and fast-footed throughout.”
While I am not sure if my lightning 12-minute mile running speed (alright, jogging, at best, or maybe it’s just a brisk walking pace) would qualify for being “fast-footed,” but based on the definition of “wonky” (as listed in the title of this post) I could probably start work tomorrow.
I was a little put off by one comment on the online Job Post,
“No proponents of the "staycation," please.”
Hey, what’s the problem? I got guidebooks at home and with a computer connected to the internet, and a little “photo-shopping” I could be in Wasilla tomorrow and Dublin the next day.
If you want more info, here is a link to the job specifics as posted by mediabistro.com. Unfortunately, that link only gets you to a log-in page where I had to put down my full birth-name, social security number, drivers license number with secret code on the back—no wait, that’s on my credit card—which they also wanted, plus the name of my mother’s pet goldfish. (Was I wrong on providing all that information?)
To save you the loss of personal privacy, I will cut-and-paste the entire job posting, below. There is no reason all of us should be subject to the invasion of our intimate secrets—that’s what Facebook is for.
BudgetTravel.com, the companion Web site for Budget Travel magazine, has an opening for an Online Deputy Editor.
The Online Deputy Editor will report to the Editor in Chief, and assign, edit, write, and top-edit smart service-driven content and tools for the Web site, digital products, and social networks.
The ideal candidate will have at least 5-7 years experience working on an editorial Web site, be entrepreneurial, travel-wonky, service-minded, ruthless with copy, overflowing with ideas, collaborative, and fast-footed throughout. A deep knowledge of the travel industry from a strategic point of view is essential; the right person will be just as familiar with OTAs as SEO.
– Work with the Editor in Chief to conceive and implement editorial content for BudgetTravel.com as well as develop new projects and products
– Oversee blog, which includes assigning, editing, writing and top-editing daily entries
– Manage online editor and social networking intern
– Assign, edit, and top-edit exclusive editorial content for site
– Hone strategy for social networks and post items multiple times daily
– Edit twice-weekly email newsletter
– Participate in press and industry events to promote the brand
– Monitor performance of content against key metrics
– Meet all deadlines
– 5-7 years of online publishing experience
– Top-notch line-editing skills
– Deep knowledge of the travel industry (aviation, security, hotel trends)
– Large network of freelance writers and industry contacts
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
– Knowledge of web technologies, including publishing and content management systems
– Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
– Adept at managing and growing talent
– A sense of humor
Qualified candidates please forward a convincing cover letter about why you’re the best person for the job, a resume, and links to your work at email@example.com
About Our Company
Budget Travel is the premier brand for accessible vacation ideas. We approach travel with a can-do spirit and a sense of fun. We are dedicated to pointing people to the worlds most unique, worthwhile, and fun experiences all at doable prices. Affordability is the thread that runs throughout and while everything that we cover is accessible, there should never feel like an element of compromise. Rather, we are proud to point out the extraordinary hotels, meals, tours, and towns where you can experience the best of the world all at palatable prices.