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THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY OF RESUMES
June 2021 | Georgie McGahey
Part of our job is to help you understand what the industry is looking for from their junior recruits. We do that through our resources, our 1-2-1 sessions with our Pro members, and our Facebook group where you can come and chat it through. What comes as a shock to most people when they start to look for work in the industry is the resume - not the showreel - is your calling card and ultimate marketing tool. This is why it needs to be epic to succeed.
We see A LOT of resumes and we speak to A LOT of people in the industry; from production managers to client services to office managers, all looking to fill those junior roles. What we hear time and again is:
So what does a good resume look like?
If you look at our resume advice we have laid out comprehensively the key criteria you need to hit. Yes, indeed; short, sharp, and punchy are the three watchwords for your first industry resume. When you can add a bit more meat to the bones of your resume you can start to add some creative license.
We’ve cut to the chase and asked the industry what they want from their interns’ and junior staff:
What makes the resume shortlist?
So don’t forget about your non-industry experience and how it translates to the film industry. If you have solid skills that transfer to the job on offer, you're bringing an asset with you. Career changers should bear this in mind when creating your film industry resume, think about what you have to offer them that translates. Architects have always happily found a home in the art department, going straight in as art directors. If you have been working in the financial sector you might find your home in film sales or finance. Business is a universal language, only the industry changes.
If your resume has dazzled them, you’ll be invited for an interview or asked to go in for a few hours for a trial. The film industry is people-driven, so how you navigate yourself around the workplace is key to gaining that first job. So what are they looking for during an interview?
Remember interviews aren't just about the company getting a feel for you, it’s also about you getting a feel for them.
Interviews can be stressful, but ultimately, it’s just talking to people. You need to show them your unflappable side. So be prepared, think about what they might ask you, and go through our interview checklist, which you can find here.
The last question we asked was “What would they tell their 20-year-old selves when they were just starting out in the film industry?”
So read our full resume advice, listen to the words of the industry, and avoid the pitfalls.
Get in touch with us if you would like to share your experience of the film industry.
Would you like to share your set stories, write reviews or blog about your journey into the industry? MFJF would love to hear from you!