I researched other stories that were similar to mine and found that, aside from business magazines, my subject of properly writing a resume would work best in a newspaper, a local newspaper to be more specific. My story has a quality of proximity that I feel meshes perfectly with articles found in the Local section of these two Pittsburgh-based newspapers. The Valley Independent was also another outlet I considered contacting, but it is a smaller newspaper and I wanted to aim a little higher with my expectations of being published. I did not really tailor my story to fit the publisher that I was hoping to be accepted by, I had the idea that the article would fit best in the local section of a newspaper after I finished writing it. The fact that most of my sources are local makes these outlets an obvious choice.
I did extensive research on the Internet on the proper steps to take when writing a resume for a job. Several websites featured their own opinion of what steps are most important, which I found to be extremely beneficial to me. I interviewed several excellent sources to bolster this story.
Rhonda Gifford, the director of Career Services at California University of Pennsylvania, was an excellent source that provided a wealth of knowledge about the importance of writing resumes and her experience with helping students properly create a resume. My second authority source, despite being a relative, had previous experience teaching a class at a local library teaching citizens how to create a resume. Carol Sepesky was made a big contribution to making this paper strong by offering in-depth quotes from the perspective of someone who taught this skill. My last authority source is Dr. Pratul Pathak, an English professor at Cal U. He teaches a course called Science and Technical Writing at the college and was a great source on the subject because he is teaching the exact age demographic I was targeting with this piece. I also interviewed Max Freese a Senior at Cal U majoring in English with a concentration in journalism. He actually took Sci-Tech Writing at Cal and his instructor was Dr. Pathak. It was nice two takes on the class one from a student and one from a professor. I only sent this piece to the two outlets I mentioned above and thus far I haven’t yet gotten a response from either newspaper. They were sent just earlier this week so I am optimistic that I will get feedback from at least one of the newspapers in the near future.
It is much more difficult than I ever imagined being a novice writer trying to break into the world of writing. There is so much that goes into making just one particular piece as strong and well written as possible. Being a writer means being able to have certain qualities, such as patience and perseverance in order to deal with the process of getting a work published.
It seems like there is not much return on the investment of being a writer, but I disagree. I believe that there are more rewarding experiences than seeing your words in print or published online in a major outlet.