Hey there! Thanks for joining me in taking a little glimpse into my everyday life here at Hearst Magazines. I truly have enjoyed every second I’ve been at Cosmo, Women’s Health, and Seventeen and come to work everyday determined to learn more. What makes me even luckier is that I have two amazing bosses who take me under their wing and are adamant to watch me grow. There were some questions you asked from the takeover and I’m here to answer them!
Q: Graduating in May and the job search has been rough. Any pointers to stick out on a resume?
Girl, I feel you! It’s great that you’re starting to search now. Realize that you will get turned down a lot — but don’t be discouraged, every interview helps strengthen you in one way or another. With regards to your resume, it’s smart to cater it to the exact job that you’re applying for; during the course of my job search, I had about 15 different versions of my resume. For example, if you’re applying to a position in the mag industry, mentioning any writing, art, or drama (which fuels personality in sales people!) classes would be key to mention. On the other hand, if it were a finance position you were applying for, mathematics/economics courses might be more relevant. Also any leadership roles you’ve taken on and study abroad experiences you’ve had are definitely stand-outs. Generally, if your GPA isn’t AMAZING, opt to keep it off. It’s nice to see some personality too — so have a hobbies section! Give a glimpse of what your life is like outside of work. And of course, always keep your resume to a maximum of one page — if it’s not, play with font sizes!
Q: What are some entry level positions that can get someone with no experience started?
Generally, all positions with the word “assistant” are entry level, with coordinator roles normally being the next level up. Going into these job interviews, it’s important to express your willingness and zest to learn.
Q: Who are some people to follow on Instagram that you work with?
Haha good question 😉 Well obvi me (@rachieracch), Carly Cardellino (Beauty Director – @carlycardellino), Jess Pels (Editor-in-Chief, Cosmo – @jessica_pels), Liz Plosser (Editor-in-Chief, WH – @lizplosser), Aya Kanai (Chief Fashion Director – @ayakanai), and my girls (@ginampisacreta, @stephschoens, @kelzindel, @seana.leen).
Q: Any recommendations for getting a job in this industry remotely?
Hmm, to be honest, I’m not too versed on this topic. However, I do know that the remote positions we have tend to be with independent sales reps. Of course, if you become a freelancer (art, writing, etc), you can also work remotely!
Q: What do you like most about being a sales assistant? And would you want to ever become a sales rep?
I love all the learning opportunities we’re exposed to. Since it’s essentially your first break into the industry, being a sales assistant is the time you’re able to explore and find exactly which direction you’d like to move in the future. In college, I initially thought I wanted to move in the marketing or editorial direction; however, now I’d say my goal is set on either being a sales rep or writer on the editorial side. If I end up staying on the advertorial side, it’s nice to still continue my hobby of writing by working with Court/Kelly 🙂
Q: Make me an influencer?
Haha you can definitely become one if you have your mind set on it! Hayley LaRue from Blondie in the City wrote a nice post on this topic (love supporting our fellow bloggers!).
Q: Do you watch The Bold Type? If yes, how accurate is that show to your job?
Oh my gosh, YES! True fact: I binge-watched both seasons prior to starting my job at Cosmo. The Scarlet Mag rendition is actually v accurate to our job and the girls’ lives are def similar to those of mine + my gal pals. We always joke about it… we go out together all the time, make daily coffee runs, gossip about our lives in our free time, work cool events, and occasionally will scream in front of the subway while it passes by. 😉