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Psst! 5 Resume Rules You’re Probably Not Following But Should

By Kristin Granero Follow this advice from Ed’s founder and president, Chandra Turner, who has been reading and making over magazine editor’s resumes for the last ten years.



1. Skip the objective statement.

This is an old career services requirement that is outdated. If you’re sending your résumé to an editor she knows you’re interested in a job at her magazine or website; you don’t need to say so in your resume. Don’t waste the space. Besides, it just sounds stiff and business-y, not very magaziney at all. Be specific about the position/responsibilities that interest you in your cover letter, instead.


2. Keep it to one page.

You’re trying to be an editor, so show that you can edit out less important info! Generally, junior-level candidates don’t have the experience necessary to warrant a 2-pager, anyway. To fit everything, play with your margins and font size, as long as it’s still readable, and leave off references because they take up too much room. But don’t forget to give your references a heads up before you give out their contact info to editor

3. Include only relevant skills.

Include ones editors recognize, such as proficiency in WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, Hootsuite, Excel, etc. But don’t list programs/skills you better know/have like Microsoft Word, e-mail programs, or social media. (Hello, we know you know how to use Instagram.)

4. Describe the publications you worked for.

You know that Baked is your campus cooking magazine, but some editors may read the title and be a bit confused (that’s a real mag, btw). Same goes for any other small or local publication (say InStyle or BuzzFeed) for everyone to know already. Explain what the publication is, who it’s target audience is, and if it’s impressive for its size, list the number of subscribers or uniques.

5. List your education last.

Editors say this tip is one of the hardest for applicants to follow. Going to a prestigious school is fantastic, but it means almost diddly if you don’t have magazine experience. Put it after your relevant work experience. The only exception: You haven’t graduated yet or you are only a few months out of school. Then it can go first.

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