Position Available -- 4WD Monthly

Submitted: Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:33
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Australia's highest selling 4WD magazine, Australian 4WD Monthly magazine, wants a new full-time staff member.

Ongoing sales growth has opened the door for a keen, experienced 4WD enthusiast to join the team as a 4WD journalist. A strong automotive technical background and well honed 4WDing skills are required as well as an above average ability to review new 4WDs and write in depth technical stories regarding all mechanical aspects of off-road vehicles. Applicants must have a love for, and the freedom to travel.

This position would be suitable for ex motor mechanics/ engineers with sound driving skills, a great sense of humour and the ability to write interesting and informative stories. Knowledge of magazine production editing would be an advantage but is not essential.

Interested applicants please submit your resumes to:

Glenn Wright
50 Silverwater Rd
Silverwater
NSW 2128

or email gwright@expresspublications.com.au
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:38

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:38
Seems like this could be just the job that Willem is looking for.....writing for his most favourite magazine :-)
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:03

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:03
Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!
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Reply By: revhead307 - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:40

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:40
Mechanics with literary skills?

Ahahahahahaha lol rofl

oh....you were serious.

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Dont worry, when it comes turn to bag the accountants...you will all be pleased to know that im an extrovert, cos when talking to u ill stare at your shoes instead of my own.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:18

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:18
What does an accountant use for contraception??

His personality........... hehehehe
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:43

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 13:43
Someone got their arse kicked for multi bleep articles with wrong info in the past which has opened the door for a anyone to join the team as a journalist.

A strong automotive technical background will be wasted here, and well honed 4WDing skills likewise as well as an above average ability to review new 4WDs and write in depth technical stories with the ability to get all facts and technical information wrong.

This position would be suitable for Lynne
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 16:09

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 16:09
Pick me, pick me !

I'm perfect for it. No technical background, raw 4wd skills, Luxies are the only 4wd worth talking about and can't string two sentences together. LOLOL

p.s. Another positive, I hardly drink at all but I'm willing to be retrained :)))
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:10

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:10
Gramps, you and I both. But forget the minor bits, can you get a deadline in on time ? :)))))))))
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:36

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:36
Aaaaah Footloose, you had to ask the hard question, did'nt you :))))) Depends on how many naps ... er .... sleeps......er never mind LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:13

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:13
Sorry Gramps,
your too experienced for this position (what ever that means, but I have been told that numerous times by companies for positions Ive applied for)
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:58

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 08:58
hahahaha Truckie. Been there, done that. Especially by thirtyish, uni grad ex-consultant types :))))))
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Reply By: gw3372 - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 14:19

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 14:19
4WD Monthly is expanding to keep up with our huge sales growth. No staff are leaving but we have big things planned in the near future and need an additional talented writer to help us deliver them.

We know that posting on any forums is going to incur all types of responses but Explor Oz is used by many intelligent and experienced 4WDers who may be suitable for this position.

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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:49

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:49
Your response appears to say "vested interest"
Do you mind declaring one if it exists?

At the time of writing there are two positive reponses to this post, including yours. I'm attempting to get a feel for the land.

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Reply By: Member No 1- Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:36

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:36
isnt this against the Forum Etiquite that David posted yesterday?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:58

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:58
What did I miss yesterday?

its 4wd related.. more than tons of bleep in here! ;)~
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Reply By: Hero - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:55

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 15:55
I believe this post should be removed. from past observations.
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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 16:46

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 16:46
Hmm..I fit some of the criteria, but there's no way I'd go to NSW :))
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:23

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:23
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WOULD HAVE TO BE ABLE FORGET ABOUT THE TRUTH AND LEARN TO WRITE ONLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT ADVERTISERS AND LEAVE ANYTHING BAD OUT . IF A DRIVING LIGHT FILLS UP WITH WATER , YOU USE THE PHOTO , BUT DON'T MENTION IT IN THE ARTICLE .

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO WRITE VAPID , SHALLOW TRAVEL ARTICLES OFF WHICH 80% OF THE SPACE WILL BE PHOTOS ( MANY OF WHICH WILL BE OF A GREEN FJ-40.

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO SHORTEN EVERYBODIES NAME AND PUT " IE " OR " Y " ON THE END OF IT . HE MUST BE A BLOKE TEAM PLAYER .

THE SUCCESFUL APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO PUT A FEW BOY JOKES INTO EACH ARTICLE AND MENTIONING THE " HANDBRAKE " WILL BE MANDATORY .

THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT MUST BE ABLE TO TAKE SERIOUS PHOTOS OF A GROUP OF GUYS STANDING NEXT TO A ROLLED 4WD IN A COMPETITION NOBODY IS INTERESTED IN .

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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:33

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 17:33
I wouldn't mind such a job, but for me the big problem is having to live in Sydney- simply couldn't stand that.

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 18:19

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 18:19
Well that puts Willem out of contention
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 18:33

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 18:33
Willie - you forgot the following (otherwise a good effort):

"The successfull applicant must remember to make up new names for cars and hope that they'll catch on - affording the magazine extra status - & use "Hungy" as an example at every opportunity."
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Reply By: Member - Algee (NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:01

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 21:01
Glenn, Hope you dont judge us all by the dribble that has been written. Great mag but I must agree. Hate Sydney not enough money to make me go there for anything other than visit my kids.
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 22:37

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 22:37
Just as magazines shouldn't judge their readers by the dribble they write!

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Reply By: Member - Andrew(WA) - Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 22:48

Friday, Mar 10, 2006 at 22:48
Good job if you have a political background..

Someone who is use to accepting bribes and will report positively on any subject for the good of the organisation.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:21

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:21
cant drive for crap cant even figure out which way is do up and which is undo but i can finish off a carton - am I In??
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:54

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 09:54
In ??? I think you've got the job. Congratulations :))))
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:28

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 00:28
Has anybody ever thought of the other side of the coin?
Write stories for a living which People find interesting and funny and make sure you keep changing your style each month........
Don't upset anybody who could take away the advertising money which keeps the bread on the table but try to be honest and keep everybody happy....
I think I keep doing what I'm doing this sounds impossible to me.
One more fact comes to mind....... there is people making si%#loads of money on TV who do the same thing every week and talk absolute s%$# but nobody knocks them....... and they get paid a lot more.......
Just my 2 cents worth on the subject

cheers
Reiner
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 08:14

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 08:14
That would be a change for the mag someone that knows what there doing.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:00

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:00
Sounds like a dream job to me.

I find the naivety of some folks intriguing. So do you seriously think it's a free community service paper put out by a staff of dedicated full time voluteer truth and justice seekers who, without fear or favour, will champion the cause and issues of every 4x4'er in Australia?

To put it simply it's a publishing BUSINESS that makes it money from advertising and you'd have to be a bit of a tool to think doing a steaming poo on the corporate dinner table encourages past, present and future clients to join you for a meal. My wife works in publishing and the rule of thumb is if you can't say anything nice about an advertiser, keep quiet. To be frank, I think 4x4 Monthly has been critical of major advertisers in the past to a certain extent which is commendable. Not as much as we'd all like (and probably not as much as they'd like either) but it's a BUSINESS that SELLS ADVERTISING and it's not rocket surgery to nut out that getting your core clients off-side is fiscal suicide.

Circulation numbers and a red hot sales team are what flogs advertising space successfully and that is how a magazine makes it money. That is also the reason they offered all those sizeable giveaways a while back to entice people to subscribe. I reckon they took a strategic financial hit early on in the peace to reap long term benefits down the track later on in the form of subscription numbers. You see subscriptions are guaranteed 'hard' numbers the sales team can use as a technique for comparison with the competition when vying for the advertiser's finite marketing budget.

Re: the "blokes knockin' back VB's" and "Chooka ripped the scab off a tube and then flogged the guts outs out of the handbrake's rice burner" style of writing is another technique called marketing. If that's what sells (and it clearly does - no question about it).....well that's what sells. Simple as that. You don't have to like it, the journo's don't even have to like it, but if it gets more readers to fork out the hard earned to buy their product than the competition's - how can you argue? IT'S A BUSINESS!!! You manufacture what sells the best, be that what you think is good / bad / whatever......it doesn't matter. Once again, IT'S A BUSINESS.

That is where internet forum's just like this one come into play. After a while you learn to soft the chaff from the hay and you end up with a fair idea of which way the wind blows on certain topics. That's because we forumites are NOT being paid by any advertisers so we can say what ever we damn well please without fear or favour. The downside is we don't make a lousy cracker out of it, our employers don't pay us to drive new 4x4's in the most pictuesque areas of both Australia and overseas and we don't get heaps of free stuff to take home for 'evaluation'.

Me.........well as the song says "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints"

Where do I sign?

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:36

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 10:36
V8 ,
If it's not "rocket surgery" , is it brain science ?
Willie .
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:13

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 11:13
Ya like that.........it's already registered unfortunately too.
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