Gaining that Competitive Edge

Those who wish to write for a prestigious magazine someday (me!) know just how imperative it is to secure an internship early on, prior to graduation if possible. Despite the sometimes tedious act of devising a resume and organizing a cover letter that outlines your goals and honorable reputation, gaining that competitive edge over others that are also eager to work in the magazine industry definitely outweighs the possible headaches.

Internships, if you are lucky enough to actually learn something and not be the “coffee fetcher,” can be an extremely rewarding experience. It allows you to take the concepts learned in textbooks and during class discussions and apply them to realistic situations, all the while networking and establishing what could potentially be lifelong friendships.

A particularly comprehensive website that I refer to for internship opportunities is Ed2010. It allows you to easily scroll through the open internships which are updated nearly everyday to facilitate in landing your dream job. On their website, they explain that

Ed2010 is a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the magazine industry.

That is where I recently discovered an opening at SarahScoop, an online blog forum that unites all women with an interest in fashion, beauty, fitness, recipes, and do-it-yourself projects.

If it weren’t for Ed2010, I would most likely not be writing for SarahScoop and meeting women whose goals are aligned with mine. Together we are planing for our futures, and what better way than to do so than continue honing our writing skills and participating in something we’re passionate about?

Thanks, Ed!

Uniting the Talent

Stumbling upon the site recently, I discovered I Want Her Job , a database that compiles the stories of successful women who have accomplished their goals and are on the road to fulfilling their dreams in many different fields including writing, design, art, and many others. When I began reading about the success stories and journeys of these women, it gave me hope that one day I too will be able to do what I love- magazine writing. It also allowed me to gain insight into the process of landing a dream job and tips on how do to so, which can be relevant to anyone who is on the prowl for that killer position!

In the words of Grace Gold, beauty expert and journalist who graduated from NYU with a BA in Journalism, “Don’t view other women as your competition. Your only competition is time. Find like-minded girl friends, support one another, grow together and dominate.”

It is more common to hear nowadays about unemployment rates rather than about how individuals are actually securing jobs that they are passionate about. When I tell others that I am majoring in Journalism/Professional Writing, sometimes they reply, “Why would you ever do that?”  The truth is, regardless of how competitive the job market is for writers to work for Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Marie Claire, or any other high-end magazine, it is my passion. Faking enthusiasm in any other field would surely make me miserable. I Want Her Job gave me the opportunity to identify with and relate to other women similar to me who have succeeded. Now that’s what I call inspiration!