As a professional in the entertainment industry, learn how to use additional sections on your resume to set your experience apart from the competition. Not sure if there is a specific resume type for someone in the entertainment industry? Want to know how to structure your resume if you're in the entertainment industry, but not on the creative side. This video will help you figure out if you need a resume at all.
- If you work in the entertainment industry and need a resume it's probably because you work behind the scenes or in corporate headquarters and hold a more traditional job. However, if you're a model in most cases you don't need a resume. What you need is a really good photo. Tearsheets and tests are the resumes of models and they are basically photos with identifying information, such as height, weight, hair color, et cetera. The same goes for a musician.
If you're seeking more music industry exposure a one sheet will be your document of choice. The kind of music you play, number of followers you have, performances, radio play, and press mentions are just some of the items you'll need to include. What you will also need to craft is a really good bio. Who you are, key activities and accomplishments, as well as your education and background will complete your bio in under 300 words. But if you're a musician seeking a teaching position then you'll still need a CV, just like other academics.
For most professionals working in the entertainment industry your resume will follow the same format as in any other industry. You'll still need to show your skills as they pertain to the position for which you are applying. Stage hand, acting coach, personal assistant to a celebrity, script writer, movie producer, creative director, prop master, your resume will be similar to that of a traditional resume, but it may include a few special sections.
You might relabel your work experience section and rather than calling it professional experience or work history, you might label it as production experience. You might include additional sections labeled press mentions, curated exhibitions, or publications. You can also use a style of resume similar to a CV if you have a lot of technical creative work, such as collections, citations of your work, and appearances. Because so many categories of professionals fall under the category of entertainment whether to use a resume, a CV, or a non-traditional method, such as a one sheet or bio, will depend greatly upon the type of work you're seeking.
Identifying your end goal will help you to find the right style for you.
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.