WorkInEntertainment.com Director of Content Brian Clapp has a new pet peeve. Brian believes in clear, actionable career advice and when he reads other blogs touting something he thinks is a complete farce, he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
Let us know if you agree or disagree with his take on the skills you need to develop for entertainment jobs in the comments below. And if you think this advice can help someone in your network, please share on social media!
Video Transcript for “The Type of Skills you Need for Entertainment Jobs”
Brian Clapp, Director of Content WorkInEntertainment.com: I read a lot of career advice blogs from other industries because I like to keep up with what other businesses are talking about outside of just entertainment jobs and careers. One of the things I keep reading is how “Charisma” is the newest job requirement.
And I have to tell you, it drives me nuts.
Soft skills like charisma and personality and that warm and fuzzy ‘I just want to get in there and work hard’ attitude aren’t the kinds of skills that are going to get you interviews. Yeah they might help when you are on the interview, because you’re going to build a report with the person sitting across the table from you, but it’s not going to help you get the initial opportunity, especially for entertainment jobs.
It’s not as if you can put “charisma” on your resume and someone is going to see it and say “whoa, we found someone with charisma, let’s get them in here now!”
No, you need to have hard skills, tangible skills that your industry needs.
So for example, I got hired by CNN right out of college and the reason was because I had experience in non-linear editing and CNN needed non-linear editors.
It wasn’t because of the mass media law class, or the mass media influences and stimuli class that I took – no none of that really mattered. It’s because I worked at the campus TV station and learned a skill that CNN needed.
That is what got me hired – my ability to fill a void at their company.
So figure out what your industry needs and prepare yourself to fill it – those are the things that will stand out on a resume. The actual skills that can help them improve their business. Not the soft skills like charisma, yeah it’s important but it’s not a job requirement.
Learn hard skills – that, will set you apart.