What’s Important in Your Resume

Marcel writes in:

In the area I live a lot of potential film work has recently popped up the local film registry. With that I am reformatting my resume to make it more appealing. I have done a significant amount of videography student projects that mostly involve athletics or seminars along with some work in what I am interested in. The question I have is, is the videography and student work worth putting on the resume? Right now it’s off.

I am really proud of some of it but realize that someone looking at my resume might not care or it could be a deterrent that I’ve been involved with.

I also ask the same question regular work experience and about being involved with film festivals.

It’s smart to wonder what’s important. So many people trying to break into this business have delusions of grandeur. I see people with “director” and “producer” at the top of their resume when they’re applying for a PA job.

Here’s the order of importance when creating your resume:

  1. Actual production experience.
  2. Entertainment-related jobs.
  3. Student production experience.
  4. Unrelated work.

Start at the top of this list, and work your way down until your resume is one page long, no longer. It’s best if you can fill up the entire page, but don’t go double spacing (it’ll look obvious that you’re filling).

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  1. I’m a recent grad applying to production assistant jobs right now. I didn’t major in film production or do an internship in it but I did take a lot of courses in it. Would it be to my benefit to list my related coursework in my resume to show the skills I have learned and gained (despite it not being my major) or would it just make me seem more inexperienced? How can I beef up my resume?

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