Over the course of their careers, journalists might aspire to work for certain organisations or in particular parts of the world. Knowing the right people is key but it is also good to set your sight on a suitable salary.
The trick to justifying a higher price tag, according to freelance writer Meghan Belnap, is a good set of networking skills that she described in this article.
"Here’s a reality of human psychology: people are never more susceptible to persuasion than when they feel influential," she writes.
"Instead of desperately 'working the room' and trying to curry vary the favour of every potential contact with an unoccupied ear, go in with a plan based on actually researching the company you claim to be so keen on joining and make their representative feel genuinely flattered you would take such an interest in what they do."