By Bianca Mendez
The best way to network one-on-one with your admired editors? Asking them to grab a cup of coffee with you, because 1) they’ll be super flattered and 2) it’s a great opportunity to show off your genuine self without the pressures or stuffiness of a formal interview. Now, to really make the most of the 15 minutes with your editor and standout from the crowd, it’s essential to walk in with a list of questions. Not sure what to ask? Here are some conversation starters that will really impress.
What is missing from my résumé?
Don’t be shy about bringing your résumé to your coffee get-together. “This will give the chance for the editor to really look at your résumé and pinpoint exactly what’s needed to make it stronger,” says Brittany Galla, editorial director at Bauer Media Group. “By bringing your résumé, you’re armed with something that the editor can give immediate feedback on. Bring a cover letter, too!”
How long did it take you to get your first job after your internship?
“Every successful editor I know has their own unique path that got them to where they are today,” says Maryn Liles, senior editor at YourTango. “Asking this question can help you realize you’re not alone in your initial job search struggles and that by staying dedicated and involved, you too will get your lucky break eventually.”
You know applying to job boards isn’t enough to snag a job these days. This question will clue you in on how to get creative with your job search. “You might be surprised to hear some of the unorthodox ways people came across these opportunities,” says Liles. “I’ve heard of people getting job connections through press events, friends, and even informational interview contacts!”
“This catch-all question is the perfect way to end your informational interview,” says Liles. Who knows, you may learn something new about the industry that you haven’t realized or learn some new tactics about how to score an interview and hopefully down the line, that dream job.