AAJA-Asia’s tri-city resume workshops a great success

Steve Herman of VOA, left, goes over a resume at the Seoul workshop.

Steve Herman of VOA, left, goes over a resume at the Seoul workshop.

AAJA-Asia was proud to kick off its first-ever resume workshops that were held across three cities last month: Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. A recap and a few tips for those planning their own resume critiques:

Seoul got the ball rolling with a Saturday afternoon of 20-minute, one-on-one resume critiques at the Seoul Selection bookshop that ran at capacity, with all 27 slots filled. When slots with our three initial reviewers filled up quickly ahead of the event, we were lucky enough to have another AAJAer jump in for reviews. Also, by maintaining a waiting list of those seeking critiques, we were able to fill in slots for no-shows at very short notice. In our small venue, staggering reviews was key: instead of having all the reviewers working at once, we had different reviewers working at different times, which helped us cut down on noise. By making critiques free for paid AAJA members, we were able to entice eight people to join ahead of the event, adding to Seoul’s vibrant, growing group.

Amy Wu of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, left, helps a journalism student refine her resume.

Amy Wu of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, left, helps a journalism student refine her resume.

Hong Kong was the second subchapter in Asia to host the resume critique following Seoul. We hosted a five-hour-long one-on-one resume critiques on a Saturday at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong.  The event was a success, attracting over 50 students and members to attend. Modeled after previous New York chapter’s resume critiques, we ran the sessions like a speed-dating event at which each attendee received two 15-minute critique sessions with two different reviewers. We received great feedback from our reviewers and reviewees, and even signed up a few new AAJA members.

Tokyo‘s resume event came last. It was held on a Tuesday evening at the offices of Dow Jones Japan and had a star panel consisting of bureau chiefs from the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Associated Press and a certified career counselor, who has written books on English resume writing and works full-time as an HR manager at Sony. The 75-minute panel outlined basics on resume writing and included input from editors on what they prefer to see from job candidates and tips such as which fonts and font sizes should be used (answer: Arial or Times New Roman at 10 or 12-point fonts for main text). For the one-on-one 20-minute critiques, hiring managers/editors from all major English-language news employers in Tokyo were present: AP, Bloomberg News, DJ, Japan Times and Reuters. Twenty participants attended this event and Tokyo raised a little over $200 from ticket sales to go into a professional stipend program to help defray travel costs for a member to attend an AAJA conference this year. (Read an event recap from a student member’s point of view.)

Panelists from the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Associated Press, Resume Pro and the Japan Times give a few resume tips before the critiques begin in Tokyo.

Panelists from the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Associated Press, Resume Pro and the Japan Times give a few resume tips before the critiques begin in Tokyo.

Special thanks (in Seoul) to Hank Kim and Seoul Selection, Daisy Larios, Seiko Lee, Evan Ramstad, Brian Lee, Steve Herman and June Chang; (in Hong Kong) the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, Kevin Lau, Kevin Drew, Amy Wu, Liz Yuan, Ramy Inocencio, Brittany Hite, Andrew LaVallee, Sarah Graham, Charles Lee and Eldes Tran; (in Tokyo) Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires Japan, Boris Barreck, Marc Davies, Malcolm Foster, Taeko Inoue, Kay Itoi, Edmund Klamann, Toshi Maeda, Yumiko Ono, Jake Schlesinger, Teo Chian Wei, Yasuyo Sato, Havard Ferstad, Teppei Kasai, Tomohiro Osaki, Mio Coxon, Ayako Mie, Jake Adelstein and Nathalie Stucky.

AAJA-Asia has more than 135 members in Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal and other regions. Follow us @AAJAAsia.

- Hannah Bae, Wendy Tang and Yuriko Nagano