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How to Write a CV for Jobs Roles in the TV and Film Industry - Guidance and Tips

Updated: 7 days ago

In this article, we will guide you through the process of writing a CV tailored to the unique requirements of job roles in the arts and film industry. From highlighting your relevant experience and skills to showcasing your passion, I'll provide you with expert tips and tricks to help you create a TV and film CV that gets you noticed.

CV for Jobs Roles in the TV and Film Industry

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In today's competitive job market, standing out from the crowd is essential, especially in industries as vibrant and dynamic as the arts and film. Crafting a compelling CV that showcases your skills and experience is key to grabbing the attention of potential employers for jobs in TV and film. But how can you ensure your CV stands out in a sea of applicants?


Whether you're an experienced professional or just starting out, this step-by-step guide will equip you with the necessary information. Discover how to increase your chances of landing your dream job in the arts and film industry.


Creating a Compelling CV


By now, you may have figured out that writing a CV isn't as easy as it seems. Looking for a job can be stressful, and finding ways to stand out from other job-seekers is often tricky. Writing a quality resume is challenging, time-consuming, and requires much effort.

This post offers some practical advice and guidance on the Dos and Don'ts of writing a good CV for TV and film roles. It also offers tips on structuring your CV to help it stand out to potential employers so that you can get to the shortlisted and interview stages.


This article is only for guidance and is not an exhaustive list, but it should set you on the right track! If, after writing your resume, you still feel like you need help, why not check out my 1-2-1 Media Career Coaching Package?




How to Tailor your CV for Specific Job roles in the Film Industry


If you're passionate about working in the film industry, you need to ensure that your CV is tailor-made for specific job roles. A tailor-made CV can create a lasting impression and increase your chances of landing a job in this competitive industry.


To make your CV stand out, begin by researching the job role you are applying for and read the job requirements carefully. Next, identify the essential key skills, experience, and qualifications required for the role and highlight them in your CV.


Customize your CV for every job application, as this will ensure that your skills and experience match the job requirements. Include any relevant film-related experience and highlight any transferable skills, such as communication or leadership skills.


What should you DO when writing a TV and Film CV?


  • Create separate CVs for each role you apply for, such as Producer and Runner.

  • Use only a maximum of 2 easy to read font types.

  • Choose a professional-sounding email address, ideally your first and last name. e.g. john.smith@live.com

  • Do back up any skills with evidence, e.g. if you are a good communicator, how can you evidence this to show that you are?

  • Be concise and to the point.

  • If you have around five years of industry experience, use two pages. If you are relatively new or a runner, use only one page.

  • Include relevant transferable skills.

  • Include a GDPR statement at the end so employers can keep and share your resume.

  • Use a spell checker like Grammarly.

  • Label the document with your name and job title, e.g., John Smith _Runner

  • Save as a PDF.


What should you NOT DO when writing a TV and Film CV?


  • Don't use pronouns, and adopt the absent first person.

  • Don't just list adjectives or generic terms.

  • Don't include a photo, full home address, national insurance or date of birth.

  • Don't use skill bars; they are subjective and unreliable.


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How to Structure a TV and Media CV


At the top

  • Name: Include your name in bigger letters, followed by your job title, e.g. Runner.

  • Contact Details: Ensure to include your contact number (use the format 07412 833 382), email address (hyperlinked), and location (including local hire bases).

  • Web Links: Share your LinkedIn profile and/or website portfolio.


Summary (also known as your personal profile)

  • Next, include a summary of yourself, around four to five lines of why you are suitable and highlighting key experience/skills applicable to the role you are applying for. Think of this as your 'elevator pitch'.


Credits/Employment

  • Remember to list your most recent work first.

  • Ensure to use the same format throughout.


Relevant Training

  • List the course and date.


References

  • Your credits and the people named on your CV that you have worked with will act as your references.

  • If you're new to the industry, including a statement like; References available on request is OK.


GDPR

  • Remember to include a GDPR statement at the end so employers can keep and share your CV. For example, This CV can be kept on file and distributed for employment purposes.


Tips for Writing a Standout Cover Letter to Accompany your CV


Crafting a well-written cover letter can greatly increase your chances of landing your dream job. The cover letter should introduce you to the employer and highlight your qualifications, skills, and experience.


When writing your cover letter, make sure to tailor it to the specific job you are applying for and use language that aligns with the job description. Begin your letter with a strong opening statement that captures the employer's attention and briefly introduces yourself. The body of your letter should focus on your relevant skills and achievements, mentioning specific examples of how you have excelled in your previous roles.


End your letter by thanking the employer for their time and consideration and expressing your enthusiasm for the opportunity to interview for the position. Remember to proofread your letter carefully for spelling and grammar errors before submitting it.


By following these tips, you can create a standout cover letter that will help you stand out from other applicants and land your dream job.


Finally Thoughts


Hopefully, by now, you have a clearer idea of what a good media resume looks like for UK jobs in TV and film. If you’re still struggling or need guidance, use the below link to book a career discovery call and learn more about what entertainment industry coaching can do for you.



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