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Writing in AP style on a resume?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Eagleboy, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    Just started touching up on my resume and in an effort to save space, I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to condense dates. However, I'm hesitant to change

    -Aug. 25, 2007 to 8/25/07
    -July 17, 2007 through July 19, 2007 to July 17-19 or 7/17-19/07

    mainly because of worries about AP style. After all, if I can't write in AP style in a resume, does someone care to read it? (The same thought occurs to me about sending e-mails to editors: Even though they don't respond in AP style and often don't use capitals, I feel like if I did the same, I wouldn't be taken seriously).

    Is there any kind of advice for what I should do? Is shorting dates an acceptable practice?

    Only in this industry would this be a problem.
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Exactly. I have August 2007 on mine. I've never heard an editor -- or any boss, for that matter -- ask me what day I started work. It's clean, uniform and thorough, which is what you want in a resume.
  3. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    Freelance assignments. I actually don't know anyone (out of like seven people, so it's not a big sample) with freelance work that doesn't have exact dates of newspaper and magazine stories on their resume. That's where I picked it up.
  4. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    I have a couple freelance gigs on my resume and for the date I did March 2003 or whatever month the event happened in, then I made sure I specified what the event was.
  5. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    That's what I did, too.
  6. What about states of newspapers? Say your former paper was in Tempe, Ariz., do you use Ariz. or AZ? That always throws me for a loop. I guess there's really no wrong answer as long as your consistent, but these are the things that kept me up at night whilst searching for a job.
  7. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

  8. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I can't tell you how many times the AP Style burned me in English or law courses at college. I'm sure my mail-carriers haven't completely dug my addresses, but I can't fathom writing the states any other way.
  9. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    The absence of typos on a resume is far more important than whether Arizona is spelled out or abbreviated. The same holds for cover letters, which need to be interesting as well as clean.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    ha, my mailman hates me as well.
  11. Eh, that's just because those "art" magazines are sealed in plastic.
  12. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i simply refer to those mags as pornarto.
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