Display your career growth in the editor experience section
Making hiring managers glance at your resume for more than 6 seconds is only half of the job. The other is to actually prove why you’re the perfect match for the job.
As a result, the experience section takes up the majority of your resume.
So, use the opportunity to show a clear career progression by detailing what you’ve accomplished so far. The basic structure for each entry goes like this:
- The full name and location of the company. If listing a project instead of a company name, you can omit the location.
- Company or project description and a link to a relevant website.
- Your job title or main duty (if you’re a freelancer)
- Dates of employment or project involvement. If it’s ongoing, remember to substitute the end date with the word “Present”.
- Achievements which highlight both impressive work results and the breadth of your expertise
The last bit is tricky because content is sometimes like art - it’s all subjective. Yet, there are ways to display your achievements so that no one can dispute their validity.
Quantify your accomplishments by providing data. Numbers may not be your strength, but they are key here.
For instance, assume you were conducting some investigative journalism. And you created an eye-opening exposé on a major social problem in your local community.
Consequently, your work has prompted a local political debate and the passing of an important ordinance.
One way to describe this achievement would be:
“Published a video exposé on the challenges VAs face when frequently exposed to celebration pyrotechnics which led the NYC City Council adopting Ordinance #14/21.”
If your writing or video editing can move mountains, it’s definitely worth mentioning on your resume.
Another example would be:
“Expanded the writers’ team by 7 team members by guiding the interview process, selecting candidates and mentoring the newly-recruited individuals.”
This one shows not only that you can create content, but you can evaluate other people’s work. And guide them once they get hired. Being able to mentor is a crucial skill for editors.
Think of other ways you’ve helped your employer.
Use the sentence structures above to write each bullet point. Then, follow the sample below to build your experience section: