I was the focus of a fairly lengthy article in a Security trade magazine. The article was focused on my company, but I was the only one interviewed and lead the project. The article is somewhat impressive (if I do say so myself) and my name is mentioned about 40 times throughout it. However, I work in the Technology field and the magazine is strictly security-based in content. The magazine is very well known in the security industry but your average IT person, including me, has probably never heard of it and it's not available on news stands.

Should this be listed on my resume and, if so, how would I list it?

If the answer is yes, should I bring a copy to job interviews in case they inquire about the article?


tlhausmann's picture
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I do not recommend bringing copies of the article to an interview. I seem to recall another thread in this area where it is best not to bring work samples to an interview other than extra copies of your resume.

The exception is in areas where work portfolios are expected.

jhack's picture

Not on the resume. You might have a copy with you, but offer it only if it comes up in conversation and it seems that it would reasonable and well-received to leave a copy behind.


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I agree with jhack. Your resume should have bulleted accomplishments detailing significant accomplishments of your job. While impressive, I would consider your article tangential to your actual job.


HMac's picture

It's a good piece of "follow-up communication" - use it as a reason to stay in touch and keep yourself top-of-mind following the interview. If your conversation just happens to touch on security :) , then you could send it with a brief note ("this article goes into the topic a little deeper...").

Just one clarifier - this note should NOT replace the handwritten thank you note.

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I really like the idea of mailing it later (if appropriate) - provides another touch point.


US41's picture

Your resume should have your name, address, phone, and a professional-sounding email address. @ = good @ = bad

Then you list your jobs. Two maybe three lines of job description, then three bullets of accomplishments. Last is education - one line per school - I would limit it to the college I graduated from and the college I received my advanced degree from.

Your resume should be accomplishments in context of past employment. If your article being published is an accomplish from a previous job, then list it. If it is a side item, find a way to bring it up and accidentally happen to have a copy handy during the interview.

That's really the advice on resumes in a nutshell. From that, you now probably know what to do with the article that was published.

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The only publications I would list on a resume would be either peer-reviewed papers or books one had published. In either case, they should be relevant to ones chosen field.

I had a press spokesperson role at a previous job which resulted in many articles in which I was quoted. If it's relevant in an interview, I will find a way to speak of that accomplishment. The interviewer can then google to their heart's content if they want to learn more.

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If you wrote the article (making you a published writer, which is a definite accomplishment), I'd list it.

Since you were just the subject of an article, I would not list it.