Job Searching

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This page is for sharing information regarding job searching in audio/media production and post-production.

Preparation

Putting together a great application package is key. Here are some tips for making an attractive package:

  • Use high quality paper (Ex: Cotton #32)
  • Use white colored paper (Note: Make this a well thought out choice. Other colors may be appropriate as well)
  • Have your documents typed out with professional and readable text
  • Use printed mailing labels
  • Avoid packaging that requires folding.
  • Use proper business style for both the cover letter and resume
  • Save creative designs for your portfolio


Cover Letter

A document sent with your resume to provide additional information on your skills and experience, as well as your interest within the company.

    • Customize your cover letter to the specific job or studio position
    • Directly address the points raised in the job description
    • Style guide and samples: Cover Letters


Resume

A brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications

    • Customize to each specific job or studio
    • White space is easy on the eye
    • Use normal margins
    • Style guide and samples: Resumes
    • Guide for creating a Digital Resume: Digital Resume



Letter of Recommendation

A letter sent on the behalf of a candidate for a residency, job or other position.

    • Letters from 2 or 3 sources
    • Educational or professional acquaintances


Portfolio

A set of pieces of creative work collected by someone to display their skills, esp. to a potential employer.

    • Be informative & creative!
    • Consider using DVD or a website to present media.
    • Create a written binder with written explanations about your media
    • Keep organized and clean
    • Include a backup DVD
    • Reference any figures/images (Do not throw in random pictures)
    • Consider unique binding methods
    • Choose only your best work
    • Don't be afraid to invest some time and money, it will be well worth it.


Additional Recommendations

Sources

The majority of available jobs aren't advertized, so a great option is to make cold contacts with studios and production/post companies. Many companies only post opportunities on their personal websites, so be sure and look into specific studios of interest!

Don't forget: Theme Parks, Museums, Gaming Companies, HR or Marketing. Departments of just about any company!

Recording Studios and Production/Post Companies


Engineering and Technical Jobs


Additional Job Posting Sites


Avid

Who owns Digidesign, M-Audio, Pinnacle and others, has all of their hiring on one site.

  • Avid - Once there, select the company you wish to see under "Candidate" on the drop down list