Over the years, Ed’s 30-Minute Mentors program (fka: 60-Minute Mentors) matched countless recent grads with magazine experts willing to pass their wisdom on to new talent. Senior editors at top magazines from Cosmopolitan to Travel + Leisure meet with selected mentees for a half hour Q&A session.
Thanks to this program, aspiring mag editors have gone on to land jobs and freelance gigs at their dream magazines. But to become a mentee and enjoy the benefits of this (free!) program, we ask you apply, so our mentors know they’re talking to the best of the best. We read through plenty of applications each year—here’s our advice to make sure yours stands out.
You probably know this by now, but editors are busy people. Really research the magazines you dream to work at one day, and tailor the questions you want to ask you potential mentor to that. No one wants to answer the question, “How can I get a job?” upon meeting. Steer clear of broad, general questions like that.