I wanted to ask you about applying for jobs that I’m on the borderline of being qualified for, but not really. Positions asking for a year of experience, familiarity with X Studio Pro or Other Program 2000. I have about three months worth of internship experience in pretty solid companies in LA and I’m trying to make a living in NYC.
What’s your take on applying for those jobs? Should I pretend to know how to use a certain program or say I have more experience than I really do just to get an interview? Should I completely ignore anything that’s not entry level? Or somewhere in between?
If all you have is intern experience, then yes, ignore anything that’s not entry level. Don’t waste their time, or yours. Harsh, but true.
That being said, there is wiggle room. Don’t be afraid to fudge the dates on your resume, to say you have a year or 18 months’ experience. That’s no big deal. Don’t say you’re a ten-year veteran, though.
This basically applies to everything on your resume. Beef it up slightly, to make sure you’re at the top of the pile for any given job. But don’t overdo it. Don’t say you’re production coordinator when you’re really a PA.
As far as knowledge of computer programs– there’s no reason to lie about those. Go out and get them. Most software companies offer free trials of their programs, either for a limited time or a limited number of uses. Or if those aren’t available, there’s always The Pirate Bay.
Camera assistants will go to a camera rental house to see how a new piece of gear works. Electricians do the same with lights. They have to physically go somewhere. There’s no excuse for not knowing how any software works from the comfort of your desk.