So you are interested in working in the entertainment industry, but don’t know where to start. In addition to having experience in the field and access to a strong professional network, you will need to create a resume. Although many standard resume writing rules apply, your resume will have a slightly different look and feel. Here are my top five resume writing tips for those interested in starting a career within the entertainment industry:
1) Although this is a creative industry, you are still applying for a professional position; your resume must reflect this. Employers hiring interns or full-time employees still need to see a clear picture of your background and skills. As such, don’t throw all traditional resume writing rules out the window. Include proper headings and develop strong content for your bullet points.
2) Be creative…but not too creative. Think outside of the box: use colors, create a personal logo for your header, and submit a portfolio and/or reel when applicable.
3) Validation is important. List any industry-wide awards or praise.
4) Name drop. Working with people at the top of their game tells the hiring manager that you are also on top of yours.
5) Experience is king. If you have solid internship and/or work experience in the entertainment industry, make sure it is listed first on your resume. This is one of the few industries where, as a college student, education can fall to the bottom of the page.
As a former professional and hiring manager in the entertainment industry, I personally would look for three things on a resume when hiring a new staff member: experience, passion, and personality. If you are interested in having a career within the entertainment industry make sure your resume gives a snapshot of who you are both as an individual and rising professional. This business is not only about having the necessary skills to do the work, but having the passion and drive to succeed.
Heather serves as a Career Advisor for Loyola University Chicago’s Career Development Center. In her role, she assists students and alumni with their overall career development through individual counseling, group workshops, and in the classroom via her Career and Life Planning Lab. Heather’s areas of expertise within the career space include networking, social media engagement, ePortfolios, resumes, and personal branding. Prior to working in Career Services, Heather worked for Sony Music in the areas of Marketing, Sales, and Promotion.She received her BA in Communication & Culture from Indiana University and her MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University – GO BUCKS! You can connect with Heather on Twitter and LinkedIn.