Job Search Resource Packet

Job Search Resources

 

What is a resume? A method to market your skills for the position you have applied for.

Your resume is not a personal history; it is to show your failures and shortcomings. The simple purpose is to get noticed and tell the employer you have the qualifications for the position you are applying for.

Start with the Basics:

Basic information that all resumes should have include your name, address, email address, phone number Use the header/footer option in MS Word. Add your name and contact info at the top of the page and utilize left-aligned and right-aligned columns to maximize your space.

Analyze you information—what have you accomplished so far? Ask your friends, family, and loved ones to help brainstorm your strengths and accomplishments!

 Resume History Information:

  • Education
  • Employment History
  • Achievements
  • Skills & Software Proficiency

 

Other Considerations:

  • Freelance work/credits
  • Volunteer Work
  • Seasonal Work
  • Family Employment

Resume Style:

There is no right or wrong way to style your resume, but your experience should be not be overpowered by the design or colors. Get a feel for the position and company that you are applying to in order to determine which would appeal most to recruiters.

If you have a logo or personal branding, keep it simple and classy.

Decide on your categories and what should be first on your resume.

Be consistent with formatting, font and font size, but nothing smaller than 10 point font.

Example: 12 point font for headers, 11 point font for the body text.

Resume  Dos and Don'ts:

DO:

Tailor your resume for the job you are applying for. You might have three different resumes for specific positions, but it will be more efficient than a 'blanket' resume.

Put your jobs in reverse chronological  order. Your last/current relevant job goes first. If you are new to the job market, and do not have a job history, focus on what you have accomplished in high school.

 Highlight your project management experiences. Even if it is tasks within Sudden Media, these will look great to future employers and recruiters!

Summarize your software and hardware proficiency. Do not list programs on your resume that you would not be comfortable explaining to someone who is unfamiliar.

Make it easy to read. Utilize short statements and bullet points to prevent your resume from being too 'wordy'.

Keep it simple. Even if you are applying for the most creative, artsy job your experience should do the speaking-not a busy and hard-to-read design. No distracting color schemes or crazy fonts.

Update your resume after every freelance gig! Your resume is a work in progress.

Keep your reference page separate. Include their name, place of employment/how you know them, title, email address and phone number.

Use power verbs and avoid over-used words: motivated, creative, enthusiastic, track record, passionate, successful, driven, leadership, strategic, extensive experience (per Linkedln).

 DON’T:

 Misrepresent your experiences. This will be proven upon hiring and is often grounds for termination.

 Rush your resume writing. Take your time to proofread your resume and a cover letter, and have others review it as well. You do not want to be passed over due to typos or grammatical errors.

Share too much information. Your resume is not a biography. Do not include any personal information (social security number, information about your religion/personal philosophies, etc.) that does not pertain to the position.

List references on your resume. These should be listed on a separate page that is available upon request, and does not need to be stated.

Use references without asking for permission. Make sure people have great things to say about working with you—and don’t catch them off guard.

Include the telephone of your current employer unless they are aware of your intent to leave. This can be extremely awkward!

Resume Examples

SAMPLE RESUME [YOUR NAME HERE]

 
   

 

home: 555.555.5555 cell: 566.486.2222 email: youremail@me.com

PROFILE

Eager and multi-talented engineer and event technician with an advanced knowledge of lighting and audio visual setups.

EDUCATION

Institute of Production and Recording Minneapolis, MN                                                 July 2015-present

Associate in Applied Science, Live Sound and Show Production

Relevant Coursework: Sound Reinforcement 1-111, System Maintenance and Advanced Wiring, Advanced  Lighting and Visual Systems

 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Lead Audio Engineer, Sudden Media-Minneapolis, MN                                                 July 2015-present

  • Maintain and restock inventory
  • Perform customer service
  • Operate point of sales system

Sales Associate, The Retail Store-Minneapolis, MN                                                         June 2008-present

  • Maintain and restock inventory
  • Perform customer service
  • Operate point of sales system

TECHNICAL  QUALIFICATIONS

Consoles

ICON D Control/Command

SSL 9000 J-Series/SSL 6000 E-Series

Nerve VR Legend

GrandMA2 Lighting Control Console

 Trident 80B 56-lnput Console

Software

Pro Tools HD10

Ableton  Live

Logic Pro 9

Steinberg Nuendo

Propellerhead Reason

 

SAMPLE RESUME

1 Main Street, New Cityland, CA 91010

Home: (555) 322-7337 | Cell: 000-000-0000

example-email@example.com

Summary

Motivated Audio Engineer with strong recording editing and mixing experience. Diverse background in TV studio on-location and product sound engineering. Effective communicator and team player with strong organizational project and time management abilities.

Highlights

·         Sound quality

·         Equipment maintenance and testing

·         Requirements gathering

·         Troubleshooting

Technology savvy

·         Field sound expertise

·         Live programming

·         Backups

 

Experience

Freelance Audio Engineer                                                                                                              1/1/2008 – Current

New Cityland, CA

  • Record sounds in-studio and on locations to obtain necessary tracks.
  • Set up equipment on-site including microphones and recording devices.
  • Collaborate with clients to determine project scopes and set milestones.
  • Utilize specialized software to mix and edit sounds tracks.
  • Deliver final audio files to customers to make adjustments as needed.

 

Assistant Audio Engineer                                                                                                                3/1/2006 – 6/1/2008

Longmount Sound

New Cityland, CA

  • Maintained backups of all sound files mixes and final tracks.
  • Adjusted sound quality to meet product standards.
  • Followed-up with customers regarding project changes and updates.
  • Tested calibrated and repaired equipment.

 

Assistant Audio Engineer                                                                                                                9/1/2004 – 2/1/2006

Fox News 10

New Cityland, CA

  • Ensured microphones and other studio sound equipment was set up and in working order.
  • Prepared field equipment and set up at off-site locations.
  • Checked sound quality and made adjustments to compensate.
  • Performed routine equipment maintenance and calibration.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science – Computer Science                                                                                                            2005

University of California, Santa Monica

What is A Cover Letter?

 

A cover letter is a document that is sent with your resume to offer more information on your skills and experience. A cover letter typically offers additional information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Effective cover letters describe the reasons for your interest in that particular position and identify your most relevant work/school skills/ and or experiences. The cover letter should express a high level of interest and knowledge regarding the position.

 

Your cover letter should be written specifically for each position you are applying for.

 

Like a well-written essay, there are three parts to every cover letter. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

Cover Letter Salutation

If you have a contact person's name, be sure to include their name in your letter. If you do not have a contact, use Linkedin or a Google search to find the person who is in charge of hiring or HR. Let the person know how you heard about the position or who referred you to this position.

 

Email Cover Letter Contact Section When you send an email cover letter, instead of listing your contact information at the top of the message include your contact information in your signature.

 

Body of Cover Letter The body of your cover letter lets the employer know what position you are applying for, why the employer should select you for an interview, and how you will follow-up. This section of your cover letter should include:

 

  • First Paragraph - How you heard of the position, why you are writing This is your introduction!
  • Middle Paragraphs - What are you going to bring to this position? Don't regurgitate your resume, but touch base on a few of your skills that will shine in your desired position.
  • Final Paragraph - How you will follow-up

 

Cover Letter Closure When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message to apply for a job, it is important to close your letter in a professional manner, always be on your best. Make sure to include your phone number and email.

 

 

How to Send an Email Cover Letter

Copyright Marco Volpi

The most important part of sending an email cover letter is to follow the employer's instructions. If the job posting says to include your cover letter and resume as an attachment, attach Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files to your email message. Save the files with your name, so they don't get mixed up with other applicant's materials i.e. alisondoyleresume.doc, alisondoylecover.doc.

Formatting an Email Cover Letter

When the employers requests a cover letter and resume in the body of an email message, paste your cover letter and resume into your email message. Use a basic font and remove the formatting. Don't use HTML. You don't know what email client the employer is using, so, simple is best because the employer may not see a formatted message the same way you do.

Don't Forget the Details

Be sure to include a Subject Line in your email with the position for which you are applying and your name. For example: Alison Doyle, Social Media Manager Position.

Include a signature with all your contact information - name, address, phone, and email address, so it's easy for the hiring manager to get in touch with you.

Send the email message to yourself first to test that the formatting works. If everything looks good, resend to the employer.

 

 SAMPLE COVER LETTER

 

Your Address
City, State Zip

December 30, 2004

Name of person listed in ad
Position title
Company name
Street Address
City, state zip

Dear ________________________ :

FIRST PARAGRAPH: State the position title that you are applying for and how you found out about the company/position, date you found it. Express your interest in the company and the position.

SECOND PARAGRAPH: Explain why you are interested in the position and organization. Highlight and explain how your education, experience, and personal qualifications fit the position. Inform the employer how the company can benefit from you. Match your skills and abilities to the position description (job posting). Somehow state that your resume is enclosed or attached.

THIRD PARAGRAPH: The closing statement - Thank the person for reviewing your qualifications. Request an interview. Tell how you can most easily be reached and include your phone number so the employer can contact you.

Sincerely,

Signature

Type your name

Encl: Resume (if enclosing it) *OR*

Att: Resume (if attaching it)

Reference Page

Three is the golden rule. Unless more are specifically requested, stick to three references. Do not include family members or a handful of personal friends who cannot vouch for you professionalism.

  1. You MUST ask for permission from you references before including them. If you expect your former colleagues and co-workers to have nice things to say about you, be kind and give them a heads up!
  2. Organize your references so that your strongest contact(s) are first.
  3. Consider who would be a good reference for you. Possibilities include former or current employers, managers or supervisors, co-workers, professors, teachers or deans. Before graduating, make sure to touch base with instructors and personnel about writing letters of recommendation, as well.
  4. If you don’t have many professional references yet, you could include a couple of personal references such as leaders, classmates, members of community organizations for which you have volunteered. Make sure to note the name of the organization, as well as your relationship.
  5. Make sure to send your completed resume with reference page to your contacts, so that they will be familiar with your qualifications, experience, education, and so forth.
  6. Communicate with your references, let them know the job(s) you are applying for and/or the types of positions you are seeking. This is a great way of networking and may open more opportunities.

 

Formatting Your Reference Page

Consistency: Your header on your cover letter, resume, and reference page should all be consistent.

Relationships: Include the person’s name, company name, title, how you know the person, telephone number and email address of your reference, as well as how long you have known the individual.

 

 

SAMPLE REFERENCE PAGE [YOUR NAME HERE]

1 Main Street, New Cityland, CA 91010

Home: (555) 322-7337 | Cell: 000-000-0000

example-email@example.com

 

REFERENCES

 

Name:

Job Title:

Address:

City, State:

Email:

Phone:

Relationship and years known:

 

Name:

Job Title:

Address:

City, State:

Email:

Phone:

Relationship and years known:

 

Name:

Job Title:

Address:

City, State:

Email:

Phone:

Relationship and years known:

 

Search Tips

 

IPR Students and Alumni have exclusive access to our campus job board at https://iprcareerconnect.mysmartjobboard.com/

 

Our department finds the best leads and post them to our website for FREE. You do not need to log in to see the positions! We are more than happy to get you started and answer any questions that you may have. There are job boards for separate states, as well as international career opportunities.

For more job leads, make sure to join the Facebook group IPR Career Services and IPR Connect. We are always updating information and providing exclusive job leads, internships, and volunteer opportunities from employers and local groups.

Tailor Your Search:

Register with as many free job search sites as you wish, and subscribe for new jobs as they are posted by recruiters. By having job leads sent to your e-mail, you are spending less time searching for jobs yourself.

Keywords Matter!

The keywords you search will determine the different jobs that are pulled for your web searches. Here are some keywords to get you started for a career in the creative arts:

·         Audio

·         Video

·         Media

·         Recording

·         Videographer

·         Video Editing

·         Audio Editing

·         Marketing Coordinator

·         Entertainment

·         Music

·         Sound Designer

·         Post Production

·         Audio Visual

·         Sound Technician

 

You may also choose to search for specialized programs in your job search, such as Pro Tools or Ableton to find tailored positions. Check out www.onetonline.org for more keywords.

 

When Applying for Jobs..

  • Have your resume ready to go before applying for jobs. Tailor it for positions as needed.
  • Apply to as many positions that you are interested in pursuing. Follow the procedures for completing online applications, as stated in the application process and read directions thoroughly. Submitting incomplete information may be the difference between you getting an interview.