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How to Write a Resume

How to Write a Resume

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Very basic hand out for film students on how to write resumes and cover letters developed for a Production II course at Columbia College.
Very basic hand out for film students on how to write resumes and cover letters developed for a Production II course at Columbia College.

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623108715 confirm # chase paymentHow to Write a Resume and a Cover LetterProduction II
A resume is a list of jobs, skills, and education that sums up your qualifications in onepage. A cover letter is a short business letter that sells you for the position andhighlights the things on your resume that make you a good fit for the job. There aremany books and resources for writing resumes and cover letters online and in thecollege library. HowToWriteAResume.org has many examples and tips – just ignoretheir paid services and click on the free examples.The basic format for a resume presents information in this order:1. HEADER: List your name and all of your contact information
2.
EDUCATION: For students and recent grads, list your education next. Since youare in school, you should say “
BA candidate, Department of Film and Video,Columbia College Chicago. Concentration in _________ (if you have one).Degree expected _____ (Month, Year when you expect to graduate).
If youare in any highly relevant clubs or taking any highly relevant coursework, youmight say something like “Member, Producer’s Guild of Columbia, with extensivecoursework in budgeting and scheduling.” Then list your high school diploma ona new line as
Diploma, X High School, City, State, Year
. Include high schoolactivities only if they were so relevant and amazing that you will talk them up inthe cover letter. Include high school things only when you are a college student.Delete them the second you graduate.
3.
EXPERIENCE: List your work experience in reverse chronological order,including all
dates, names of companies, locations of companies, and a briefdescription of your duties.
4. SKILLS AND INTERESTS: You can include a short section called “Skills andInterests” at the bottom. This would include foreign languages, computersoftware you know, maybe some relevant clubs or extracurricular (Producer’s
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Guild of Columbia, Women in Film Chicago, Student Government)People are hotly divided about whether to include an objective at the top. It’s very easyfor the objective to come across as fake or cheesy. I say leave it off the resume andexplain your professional goals in a specific and tailored way in the cover letter.Cover letters follow a basic business letter format. A good (if slightly cranky) example ishere: http://www.cyberbee.com/science/letpart.html. Cover letters should be one page, and I like to structure them into 3-4 paragraphs, like this:Your AddressDateName & Mailing Address of Person You Are Writing ToDear Mr. or Ms. ____________: (Use Sir or Madam if you don’t know theperson’s name, call their assistant or front desk and ask for the correct spelling ofthe person’s name and their gender if you don’t know)
1
st
paragraph:
“I am applying for the _____ (job title) position advertised in ______ (website or publication) on (date).“ ________ (Name of Person)recommended that I apply for the _______ (position title) position advertisedrecently in _______ (website or publication).” Or “__________ (Name of Person)suggested that I contact you about an entry level position at your firm.” Adapt itto your specific circumstances.
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nd
paragraph:
Sell yourself for the job. Line up your resume and yourexperience with the job description. Explain why you are a good fit for them. Godown the list of desired qualifications and explain why you have them, or why jobs you have that may seem unrelated actually apply to what they are lookingfor. “I have extensive experience in planning special events. While working as a
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camp counselor at Camp Poppycock, I organized activities for over 200 campersin grades 4-6, including a talent show and a camp-wide soccer tournament.” Etc.Etc.
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rd
paragraph:
Why they are a good fit for you. Explain why you want to workfor them. Do some research on the company, how the job fits your goals. “As afilm student at Columbia College, I am very interested in working with JazzHandsProductions and putting my event planning skills to work for local filmproductions.” Etc.
4
th
paragraph:
I can be reached at (phone, email). I look forward to meetingwith you to discuss this opportunity.Sincerely,Your typed name (with signature above)General Guidelines
Keep the resume and cover letter to one page each. Spend time laying them out,making it look nice, trying out different fonts, etc. Keep it clean, simple, andreadable. Let there be margins and white space.
Proofread.
Proofread again.
Get someone else to read/proofread for you. The Writing Center can help. Visitthem at:http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Learning_Studio/writingcent/index.php for hours and information.
It takes practice and several drafts to make a good resume.
When you have a final version that prints out beautifully, save a copy as anAdobe PDF file and use that version to send out or post online. That way it willprint out beautifully on any printer.
Use bullet points, columns, and tables to organize the information on yourresume and make it easy to follow.
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