After helping over a hundred people with my resume service, I’ve noticed certain mistakes seem to crop up repeatedly. So, here’s some tips in no particular order:
- Don’t include “social media proficiency” or something like that under your “skills.” Old people read that as “spends all day on Facebook.” Or possibly Myspace. Because, you know, they’re old.
- If you have absolutely no professional experience, then it’s okay to include your student films. But don’t only include things where you were the director or producer; you look like a jackass. Include below-the-line positions, too, like grip or even PA. That way, you look like you’re willing to start at the bottom. As soon as you start working in the real world, move these items down on the list, or off altogether.
- Make sure the name on your email address matches the name on your resume.
- Don’t use your university’s email. A .edu address makes you look like you’re still in school.
- A production office is not an office at a production company. A “PA” is not a personal assistant. Make sure your resume accurately reflects the jobs you’ve done.
- References go in your cover letter, not your resume.
And, once you get the job, here’s a bonus tip from reader Eric:
I found that a wine case with dividers held coffee cups perfectly, even letting me double stack cups.
Man, an office where they buy you coffee and wine? That sounds awesome.