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What Are Clips?


Definition: Hiring managers interviewing people for jobs reporting for a newspaper or writing for a magazine want to know about a candidate's writing skills. Do they have the writing skills for the job? To show what kind of writing and reporting skills a candidate has, a hiring manager will usually ask to see clips.

Clips are articles that the candidate has already written, preferably for other publications. Clips are essential for those trying to land writing (and editing) jobs at newspapers, magazines and websites. For more on how to get clips, and how to present them to prospective employers, check out this article.

Also Known As: writing samples
The job ad for the editorial assistant called for candidates to submit a cover letter, resume and links to published clips.
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