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Resume- If It is Written It is True

Contributed By Kenna McHugh

People who make hiring decisions at production companies or production shoots like to meet newcomers on paper whether they have met you in person or not, and one of the primary ways of introducing yourself to them is through your resume. A resume says a great deal about you. Not only does it tell something of your background and knowledge of the business, but it also reveals your communication skills. The effectiveness of your resume can, in fact, determine your future career in the film industry.

Keep in mind, but don't let it hinder you mentally, that there are a lot of people out there who have the same skills and the same desire to land a job in the film industry that you do. Your immediate goal is to get an interview, and your resume is one of the tools you use to do that. You'll be able to put together an effective resume if you follow these simple rules.

  1. Make it look professional. You are entering a professional industry, and a clean, crisp laser-printed copy is one of the most important factors in getting your resume read. The paper should be one color - white is always a sure thing, but buff or off-white gives better results - and between 20 and 24 pounds in weight. Linen is the best quality, but it costs more than you might want to spend. You should also proofread it as well. Typographical errors can turn people off, and that's not the final, lasting impression you want your resume to make.

  2. Make it readable. It's important that the information on your resume be presented as clearly and succinctly as possible. It should not be more than one page in length. If after writing it you have any doubts about its clarity - or even if you don't - it would be a good idea to have a friend look it over. Most resumes are done in one of two types sizes - 10 or 12 point. 10 point means you can add more while 12 point is advisable, if everything stills fits on one page, because the larger the point size the easier to read. It is advisable to use a larger type size for your name and address.

  3. Tell the truth. Temptation comes, especially when you're just starting out, to stretch the truth a little in order to make yourself look more appealing to whomever will be reading your resume. Inasmuch as you think it will help you get a job, I have one word of advice: Don't! Many film production professionals stress the importance of being honest. If you worked on a film, make sure it's there on your resume. But if you didn't, don't even think about putting it down. It's easy for people to check on you, and you're bound to get caught. Remember that people like to work with people they can trust.

Here is a sample resume of someone who is just starting out in the business:


Jessie Doe
5552 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 55555
Jessie@internet.com
213-555-2222 Fax 213-552-5555


Objective

Internship or entry-level position in film production

Education

University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Filmmaking, June 2001

Work Experience

  • Girl Friday at KWWW-TV, Bencia, California
    Part-time, 6/98-9/00. Ran errands and helped with pre-production.
  • Soccer Coach for all girls team, Bencia, California
    Part-time, 6/96-9/97. Coached team of 10 to 12 year-olds

Skills

  • Knowledge of Film and broadcast equipment
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Computer, word processing, and typing

Activities

  • Varsity Soccer Team
  • Spanish Club
  • Film Studies

Interests

Filmmaking, soccer, bicycling, and music

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