By Teppei Kasai, AAJA student member
AAJA’s resume critique event at the Dow Jones Japan offices on Tuesday, February 26th was an invaluable experience, especially for a university student like myself just beginning to enter the world of journalism.
After listening to panelists from the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Associated Press, Resume Pro and the Japan Times, I believe we were all able to gain an insight to what employers look for in potential candidates and in their resumes.
Before attending the critique, I wrote my resume relying on a few Google searches and peer edits. After attending the event, however, I realized that there is much more to the resume than meets the eye.
I was matched up with Malcolm Foster, AP Tokyo Bureau Chief, for my one-on-one resume critique. Foster pointed out a few careless mistakes I made like inconsistency in grammar, style and structure.
Foster recommended I personalize my resume more – to make it stand out by writing about my hobbies, extracurricular activities that may seem irrelevant but actually show my dedication to journalism, and so on and so forth.
I didn’t just meet Foster. I had the honor to be able to meet so many other veteran journalists whose work I read regularly and respect.
Overall, it was a very enriching experience, both in terms of meeting fellow journalists, as well as getting great advice on my resume.