Your resume will never get you a job.
In all my years in the broadcasting business, I can’t say I was ever hired for a news or sports job because of my written resume. Largely, anytime I was hired as a newscaster or sportscaster it was due to my body of work. And often times it would be due to the industry connections I was able to forge.
That said, a poorly constructed resume could hurt you. You want a resume that emphasizes your experience and skills as a broadcast performer. Here are a few general rules I recommend for resume writing:
1.) Put your general information, centered, at the top; name, address, phone number and email
2.) Right under that, write an italicized one-sentence description of who you are as a professional. Here’s what’s on my resume: An extremely versatile broadcast performer, coach and public speaker who is creatively skilled, technically exceptional and equally comfortable with live television or radio play-by-play, anchoring, reporting, voiceover/narration and speaking before corporate and non-profit groups.
3.) Emphasize your industry experience under “Broadcast experience” or a similar heading. If you’re a recent college grad, think back to any on-air work you have done either on a commercial or college level. Also recount any positions you may have held as an intern or production assistant
4.) Again for those trying to break into broadcasting, any non-broadcast work is acceptable (cashier, stock work, camp counselor, etc.). This shows you were employable and in fact, may have had substantial positions of leadership or responsibility
5.) List an awards or community involvement you may have had
6.) Under References, put “upon request.” This way, if do have someone who wants to hire you as a sportscaster or newscaster, you can speak with your references first, then give the perspective employer their contact information
As a general rule, keep your descriptions brief. Two or three bullet points describing your duties in each position should be sufficient.
For a free broadcasting industry resume evaluation, email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
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