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Work for bit-tech and Custom PC

Obviously, you'll need amazing PhotoShop skills too, at least on a par with the ones we used for this composite image.

There's not much more to add than what the title of this news post says: we're hiring! That's right, we're in need of a staff writer to work on both bit-tech and Custom PC magazine. Staff Writer is a junior position on a publication, so it's an ideal place to get started in the world of technical consumer journalism.

In this position you will be contributing a wide range of article types, including news, reviews, features and blog posts, so a flexible, creative approach is important. As well as plenty of writing talent, we’re looking for someone who has demonstrated the ability to work well under pressure, as hitting deadlines is key to succeeding in the role.

This is a junior role, so while previous experience of journalism is an advantage, it is not a requirement for applicants. What is required is a love for PC hardware, modding, as well as gaming and broader digital technology. Although this is a junior role, it is one with plenty of scope for development, so initiative, ideas and a proactive approach to work will be rewarded. A desire to learn more about both computer technology and consumer journalism is a must.

The role is full-time, based at Dennis Publishing in the heart of London’s West End and offers an excellent remuneration and benefits package, along with fantastic opportunity for career progression.

To apply, please email your CV, a 500-word review of your own PC or one of its key components in the Custom PC and bit-tech style, along with covering letter explaining why you’re the best person for the job to Alex Watson, Group Editor: alex [at] custompc.co.uk

The closing date is 22nd March 2010, and the full job ad is on the Dennis corporate site. Questions or comments? Let us know in the forums.

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tonyd223 18th February 2010, 17:11 Quote
Good luck everybody - any chance of getting someone with a tan (either natural or shop bought)?
Blarte 18th February 2010, 17:33 Quote
500 swear words might be sufficient to review my PC ....
kenco_uk 18th February 2010, 17:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
- any chance of getting someone with a tan (either natural or shop bought)?

.. wat?


I don't think I could work for another Alex Watson. They can't all be the same, surely?
eddtox 18th February 2010, 17:39 Quote
Gah! Would love to go for this but things are complicated atm... Oh and commuting to London sucks! Although this is quite possibly the only job that could convince me to do it again :-)

PS: I think I would fail on the photoshop skills anyway :-P
NuTech 18th February 2010, 17:47 Quote
I'm so tempted to apply.

I live in London and I've been thinking about leaving the world of digital fashion production behind me.

Is 25 too old for what Dennis considers a junior role?
Bauul 18th February 2010, 17:53 Quote
May I suggest you find someone who is a bigger fan of Monkey Island and Deus Ex than Joe, just to give him an inferiority complex?
badders 18th February 2010, 17:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
May I suggest you find someone who is a bigger fan of Monkey Island and Deus Ex than Joe, just to give him an inferiority complex?
Better Idea - find someone who hates them with a passion - to give him an Arch Nemesis...
Lizard 18th February 2010, 17:57 Quote
NuTech - this isn't the right place to discuss specifics, but if you're at all interested in the job then you should definitely send in your application as age definitely isn't an issue.
tonyd223 18th February 2010, 17:58 Quote
Ok - I'm old - and from what I've seen in the magazine, a lot of your readers and folders are old too (I mean over 30!). So, wouldn't it be nice to give the opportunity to someone who represents that section of your readership?

Think about it - someone who knows what CP/M is might be too much, but certainly someone who knows what a BBC Model B is and has sampled the delights of Revs and Elite?
Blarte 18th February 2010, 18:07 Quote
Add naked women that appeals to the This Older section of readers ...Nudies holding up new upgrades ..... win win ..
Bindibadgi 18th February 2010, 18:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
I'm so tempted to apply.

I live in London and I've been thinking about leaving the world of digital fashion production behind me.

Is 25 too old for what Dennis considers a junior role?

That's fine :)

EDIT: Yes email James/Alex :)
flibblesan 18th February 2010, 18:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blarte
Add naked women that appeals to the This Older section of readers ...Nudies holding up new upgrades ..... win win ..

+1
Combatus 18th February 2010, 18:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by NuTech
I'm so tempted to apply.

I live in London and I've been thinking about leaving the world of digital fashion production behind me.

Is 25 too old for what Dennis considers a junior role?

I joined when I was 26 in the same role :)
Combatus 18th February 2010, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blarte
Add naked women that appeals to the This Older section of readers ...Nudies holding up new upgrades ..... win win ..

Dirty old men need not apply, and neither do nudies, as much as seeing the mile wide grin on Harry's face might amuse me. :)
tonyd223 18th February 2010, 18:37 Quote
what - you saying no women?
LeMaltor 18th February 2010, 18:43 Quote
CV: Name : LeM

Review of My PC - It's awesome :D

When do I start? :D
do_it_anyway 18th February 2010, 18:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blarte
500 swear words might be sufficient to review my PC ....

Give that man the job. He has a PC like mine. The people can relate to him.
knuck 18th February 2010, 18:53 Quote
I would love to do this !

Unfortunately I was born in a French speaking province/country 5000km away



DAMN IT
roblikesbeer 18th February 2010, 19:10 Quote
Hire me! I rite about comutah good!
Gunsmith 18th February 2010, 19:11 Quote
I've had half a dozen people moan at me to sign up for this. I'm in Birmingham ffs! like hell a Jr. role is going to help cover transport costs! leave me alone!
Hustler 18th February 2010, 19:18 Quote
I'm sorry, i could never work for a publication that allows someone to write a feature article that states....are you ready for this.....

Doom 3 is better than Half Life 2............

Slipping standards boys....slipping.
knuck 18th February 2010, 19:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunsmith
I've had half a dozen people moan at me to sign up for this. I'm in Birmingham ffs! like hell a Jr. role is going to help cover transport costs! leave me alone!

hey I have an idea ! You're good, you should sign up !
Centy-face 18th February 2010, 19:48 Quote
Well I certainly lack the ability to communicate my opinion more than "said product is made of sh*t or win!" so good luck anyone going in also.

Also I suspect with the no dirty old man or naked ladies thing might work against me. Ah well.
mrbens 18th February 2010, 20:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bit-tech
...a 500-word review in the Custom PC and bit-tech style...

Applicants better throw in a few spelling mistakes and errors then lol ;)

Just kidding guys :)

Wish I could come work for you as it sounds like fun and I love PCs but I have no training and probably lack the creative writing skills needed and don't even know 500 words hehe
praxis22 18th February 2010, 20:08 Quote
If they're hiring they're outward looking, so as a reader, (and new subscriber) I'm heartened by the news. Good Luck all!
shanky887614 18th February 2010, 20:49 Quote
i wouldn't mind applying for this, but my english is poor at best im dyslexic
and have no clue what grammer means, everyone seems to say its important but i got 11gcse's without it granted that 2b's 5'c and 4 d's
thats c in english lit but d in laguage and d again for resit (im resiting it again in summer)
tonyd223 18th February 2010, 20:51 Quote
This is a bit like the Goblet of Fire - isn't it? Step forward Fleur, Cedric, Viktor and of course who's gonna be Harry?

Which makes the existing writers the DeathEaters?

Hahahahahahaha
MrGumby 18th February 2010, 21:19 Quote
Has someone left? Or has the workload become too much? Or perhaps James needs someone to make him coffees in the lab while he benches the Gulftown cpu you have in.
borandi 18th February 2010, 21:41 Quote
I would do it, if I wasn't in the middle of my Chemistry PhD.
l3v1ck 18th February 2010, 22:24 Quote
Well I might be in need of a job but this isn't it. I'm no good at writing what are effectively huge essays.
Good luck to whoever gets it though.
Star*Dagger 18th February 2010, 23:01 Quote
Make sure the review has several spelling errors, they are going for a consistent "look and feel".

LOL,
S*D
pbryanw 19th February 2010, 00:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Centy-face
Well I certainly lack the ability to communicate my opinion more than "said product is made of sh*t or win!".
I don't know, I've seen worse scoring systems. Could be interesting: Monkey Island = Win!, Alienware =made of sh*t. Could be a problem scoring mediocre products though :)
smc8788 19th February 2010, 00:50 Quote
So does this mean we're going to be seeing extra content? Why not just make everyone work evenings and weekends instead?


;)
liratheal 19th February 2010, 01:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
So does this mean we're going to be seeing extra content? Why not just make everyone work evenings and weekends instead?


;)

Overtime costs more than hiring a junior :p
smc8788 19th February 2010, 01:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Overtime costs more than hiring a junior :p

Who said anything about paying them? :|
liratheal 19th February 2010, 02:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Who said anything about paying them? :|

Touché good sir, touché.
Slink 19th February 2010, 02:30 Quote
does having a massive willy add points to the application?
talladega 19th February 2010, 03:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Who said anything about paying them? :|
Agreed!! Get duct tape in case they start complaining. :)
OWNED66 19th February 2010, 07:26 Quote
ohhh i can work with u guyz my 4th grade English teacher says im the best !
BioSniper 19th February 2010, 08:07 Quote
I thought the job requirements were a love of Cheesecake and Relix?!
I WAS LIED TO!
DarkHarlequin 19th February 2010, 10:40 Quote
The full job ad on the corporate site:
Position open for minion / lacky / peasant worker
Must take orders well, make excellent tea and have all your own teeth.
Hours are likely to be long and unsociable for tuppence a fortnight and all the Arctic Silver you can eat.
...
Now you have to admit that is a tempting offer :-)
Xtrafresh 19th February 2010, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
.. wat?


I don't think I could work for another Alex Watson. They can't all be the same, surely?
I've met the man, and i can assure you, he's quite unique

I think i might actually give this some thought. Doing this for a living would be all 7 shades of awesome for me! One question though, does Dennis offer hazard compensation for Harry-Proximity?
Sifter3000 19th February 2010, 12:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hustler
I'm sorry, i could never work for a publication that allows someone to write a feature article that states....are you ready for this.....

Doom 3 is better than Half Life 2............

Slipping standards boys....slipping.

That's actually a line in our company song, which we sing every morning before we start work.
tank_rider 19th February 2010, 12:58 Quote
The only thing stopping me applying is a complete lack of renumeration details........... any chance of a ball park figure?
Brooxy 19th February 2010, 13:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by tank_rider
The only thing stopping me applying is a complete lack of renumeration details........... any chance of a ball park figure?

This.

I'd love to go into tech journalism - I tend to love writing, despite the lack of time I get to do it.

Unfortunatly I live a fair bit from London, and although there is a direct route to London Victoria, transport costs aren't exactly going to be cheap :(
Bonzo45 19th February 2010, 13:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hustler
I'm sorry, i could never work for a publication that allows someone to write a feature article that states....are you ready for this.....

Doom 3 is better than Half Life 2............

Slipping standards boys....slipping.
Agreed, it's a disgrace... :)
true_gamer 19th February 2010, 13:53 Quote
What's the Salary + bonuses?
-VK- 19th February 2010, 14:01 Quote
Good luck to everyone applying. You'd be working with a fantastic team of people and getting your hands on *the* latest kit!
scarrmrcc 19th February 2010, 14:12 Quote
how come you guys are never looking for a "sit at home and play video games all day, and we will pay you gobs of money" position?
Veles 19th February 2010, 14:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by scarrmrcc
how come you guys are never looking for a "sit at home and play video games all day, and we will pay you gobs of money" position?

I'd be great at that
liratheal 19th February 2010, 14:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sifter3000
That's actually a line in our company song, which we sing every morning before we start work.

It's not a flag, it's a company, a high flying company, which will cheerfully work you to death, by the time you're old, your pension is sold, your cube will be your casket, it's a company, a high flying company, now please get back to work.

>.>
AshT 19th February 2010, 15:06 Quote
When you employ her - whoever she may be - she needs to be fit and non-geeky looking. Oh and she needs to be given articles about guns and rocket launchers ...

mmmmmmm!
pile 20th February 2010, 02:28 Quote
WTF would a writer living in the 21st century need to actually be in London to write? Don't they mean a coffee fetcher/maker ?
ModaRobby 20th February 2010, 03:10 Quote
Too bad I'm 17 and I live in Tamarac FL in the US which is over 3000 miles away :(
Rogan 20th February 2010, 03:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by pile
WTF would a writer living in the 21st century need to actually be in London to write? Don't they mean a coffee fetcher/maker ?

You have to be James' bitch and benchmark kit. He likes for his victims to be within cursing range.
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
It's not a flag, it's a company, a high flying company, which will cheerfully work you to death, by the time you're old, your pension is sold, your cube will be your casket, it's a company, a high flying company, now please get back to work.

>.>

This man knows his stuff.
Unicorn 20th February 2010, 03:55 Quote
I would (genuinely) love to apply for this. I'm not new to hardware reviews or writing news articles in general, and have been told (numerous ) times that I should have pursued a career in journalism or writing of some sort. I always take that as someone saying I'm a s**t engineer, even though I know it's intended as a compliment.

Anyway, unfortunately I have 2 years of my degree left, already have a job and am at the obvious disadvantage of being several hundred miles across the emerald sea, so I won't be applying. If something similar comes up in a few years time though, lookout! I might just go for it :)

I wish everyone who applies the best of luck. This is a great opportunity for an aspiring Journalist.
boiled_elephant 21st February 2010, 07:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by tonyd223
what - you saying no women?

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv275/taylorbell_photo/boxxy-trolling.jpg

It means no naked people.

It'd probably be a better application of my time to go for this rather than finishing my one remaining year of uni, but for the last umpteen years I've done my level best to make the BiT staff hate me so perhaps not.
isaac12345 21st February 2010, 12:00 Quote
It would be helpful to make a decision if the salary was mentioned, considering this job's in London. Could you please post the salary on the corporate site?
Silver51 21st February 2010, 13:58 Quote
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...a 500-word review of your own PC or one of its key components in the Custom PC and bit-tech style...

How the hell do you fit five hundred words on top of a cheesecake? How about ten words and some nice candles instead?
Bindibadgi 21st February 2010, 14:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by isaac12345
It would be helpful to make a decision if the salary was mentioned, considering this job's in London. Could you please post the salary on the corporate site?

Best to email in and ask :)
Dragunover 21st February 2010, 18:51 Quote
Dang, I would have applied, but I live in the US...
Rogan 21st February 2010, 19:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by isaac12345
It would be helpful to make a decision if the salary was mentioned, considering this job's in London. Could you please post the salary on the corporate site?

Staff Writers (in fact editorial in general) don't get a king's ransom, if you want to make good money, train as a plumber.
isaac12345 21st February 2010, 20:08 Quote
cant be that bad....
RTT 21st February 2010, 21:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by isaac12345
It would be helpful to make a decision if the salary was mentioned, considering this job's in London. Could you please post the salary on the corporate site?

It'll be somewhere in the region of 19-22k, that's the going rate for a junior staff writer (even in London)
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