If you’re sending in your resume, please keep the following in mind:
- Your resume does not need to be six pages long. Steven Spielberg’s is not that long. I used to work for an agency that represented Oscar and Emmy winners, and no one’s resume was more than a page. If you just graduated from film school, trust me, you can condense your resume.
- Nobody cares that you worked at Victoria’s Secret in high school.
- “Follows directions” is not a skill. It’s an assumed character trait of anyone applying for a job.
“Do you follow directions?”
“Great, you have the job! Just sign right here.”
- If you’re applying to be a PA, don’t tell us you were a DP on some project we’ve never heard of. We know it’s a student film, and no, it doesn’t count.
- No, your spec screenplays don’t count, either.
- We know what a PA does. You don’t have to describe script distro as “supervising the flow of confidential paperwork / client information.” Here’s all the information we need: Position, Show Title, Production Company. Anything else is just padding.
- While we’re on the subject of brevity, your cover letter should not be so long that it starts, “Call me Ishmael.” Half a page is all you need.
“Hi, my name is _________. I heard you were hiring PAs. I have _____ years of experience in TV/film/whatever. I’m sure I could be an asset to your show. I look forward to hearing from you. Best, _______.”
- Please do write a cover letter. If you send in a resume by itself, you look like a presumptive jerk. “My resume is so awesome, I don’t even have to tell you I’d like a job. You want to hire me.”
- There is no “hiring manager” or “human resources department” on a show. Find out the coordinator’s name, and address your letter properly.