Skype Extravaganza Recap

skype_logo-580x367Last week, Ed at Indiana hosted our fall Skype extravaganza! We had the privilege of speaking with two very helpful magazine gurus, Maria Masters, associate health editor at Family Circle, and Emily Farra, editorial coordinator at Style.com. Maria and Emily spoke about their current jobs and answered questions from Ed-sters about how to break into the magazine biz. Here was some of their great advice:

1. Tell everyone you know you want to work in the magazine industry.
Maria said she discovered that she wanted to be a magazine editor early in her college career. She told everyone she knew about her dream and utilized a personal contact to get her first internship. If people don’t know you’re looking, you could miss out on a lot of potential opportunities.

2. Don’t be afraid of post-grad internships.
Both Maria and Emily did post-grad internships and said that they’re a great way to gain to additional experience and make current contacts. Maria did a 6-month postgraduate internship at Men’s Health, which led to her first job, and Emily interned at Marie Claire for three weeks following graduation before getting the call from Style.com.

3. Do your research.
As the intern coordinator for Style.com, Emily said she read about 75 applications for fall interns. She could quickly tell who did their research and knew the website inside and out. Those were the people who were successful. Maria also said that she appreciates job candidates who understand the magazine’s audience and voice. Continue reading

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Emily Farra’s Top 7 Magazine Job Tips

Farra1512-2Emily Farra graduated from Indiana University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Art History. She promptly moved to New York City to search for her dream magazine job. She started out interning in the fashion closet of Marie Claire, where she stayed for three weeks until Style.com contacted her about an opening for their Editorial Coordinator position. She has been at the Condé Nast fashion website ever since.

Here are Emily’s 7 Tips for Getting Started in Magazines:

1. Think outside the box.
Whether you’re looking for an internship or your first job, this industry can be a tough one to read (pun intended). You never know when your favorite newspaper or magazine is going to publish a job/internship posting, and even worse, they may not post anything at all. That’s because plenty of people are reaching out on their own. I applied to nearly 20 internships between January and March of my junior year, but I didn’t find most of them on Ed2010, Media Bistro, etc. I just figured out who to get in contact with at my favorite titles (it’s easier than you think – all of the major publishers have the same e-mail formats) and asked if they were looking for interns. They almost always were.

2. It isn’t about your resume.
Well, not entirely. This probably isn’t what you want to hear. Your experiences are definitely important – you need to have published work to get your first internship, then the next internship, then a job, etc. – but joining an editorial team is about more than what you’ve done on paper. Your interviewer wants to see what kind of person you are; can they tell you are hard-working? Passionate? Would you get along with the rest of the team? It’s extremely team-oriented and they want to see the real you. Focusing too much on your resume and not enough on your qualities (i.e. creativity, time management, working well under pressure, etc.) will make you seem one-dimensional. Be 3D.

3. Stay in touch.
To be honest, I couldn’t stand when people told me they key to success was “staying in touch” with former bosses, colleagues, etc. What does that even mean? I didn’t want to bug the editors, and I didn’t even know what to say. Basically, you want to keep it short and sweet – they probably don’t have time to weave through a long and contrived message. A few things you could write to a former boss: You loved a particular article they recently published; you’re definitely moving to [fill in the blank] and would love if they kept you in mind for openings; etc. In an intern seminar, a human resources director once told us “Don’t sent an e-mail saying, like, ‘Happy Halloween.'” You know the drill. Continue reading