So how do you stand out?
That's a hard question to answer, but here are some general principles:
Be personable. (Smile!)
Be confident. (A firm handshake, eye contact, no mumbling.)
Talk about yourself. (Seriously. I have interviewed people who barely talk.)
Show genuine interest. (Again, eye contact.)
Ask questions. (You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you; this is your chance to determine if this is in fact the job you want. Oh, and it shows that you're interested.)
Any other tips?
Use with caution, though. If you regularly tweet about things you wouldn't want an employer to know about you, don't include it. If your blog is about cute kittens, it might not be relevant. But if it strengthens your case for being an in-the-know editor, it might be a good idea. What do you think?
Corinna vanGerwen is a freelance editor and writer. She has worked as senior editor at Style at Home, senior design editor at Cottage Life and is the former Canadian Director of Ed2010. She has also held the position of operations manager at a boutique PR agency, where she handled strategic planning and daily operations.