Entertainment Jobs Q&A: What Should I Do After Multiple Internships?

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Internships are more important than anything you learn in the classroom, but what else can you do to improve your marketability?

The importance of internships can’t be overstated, which explains why we have written so many articles on their value. But when is enough enough? And what should you do next if you’ve already completed multiple internships?

That’s the question that comes up in this weeks Entertainment Jobs Q&A column from Lisa, who, with 2 years left in college, has already done 11 internships!

If you have a question you’d like us to feature in an upcoming column, just add it to the comments below. On with the show!

The Q:

Brian,


I stumbled upon your articles recently and many of them I really connected with. The one article I enjoyed reading the most was “Why Internships are the Key to Success in Entertainment Jobs“. This one connected with me the most because I’m going on my 11th-12th internship. I have also volunteered, attended many networking events and conferences within the entertainment industry and am part of two associations. I have about two years left in school studying Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. The question I have for you is what other steps should I take while still in school in order to keep building my resume? What other skill sets should I begin to build in order to make my end goal?

Lisa in Orlando, Florida

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The A:

Wow. I mean WOW.

I’m worn out just thinking about how much you have accomplished before graduating. Just yesterday I was chatting with my wife and we both felt a little guilty over how much of our parents money we wasted in college because we were more intent on parties and people than classes and studying (sorry mom). Lisa – you are making your parents proud and maximizing their investment in you. (11-12 internships, for real?)

I’d love to tell you to go have some fun, but it sounds to me like you have redefined what you consider fun…so let’s dig deeper into your next successful career steps.

Your internships are giving you incredible, hands-on experience that you just can’t obtain in the classroom. You are building your resume into an impressive piece of art that will blow away many employers – but – there are still two things I want you to start focusing in on.

Part 1: The Right Skills

Now is the time to start studying job descriptions that interest you. Don’t worry about location, because these aren’t jobs you are going to apply for, just worry about the job title and the employer.

  • Is this the type of company you would want to work for after graduating?
  • Is it a dream job at an ideal employer?
  • Is it the type of work you can see paying off for you on your long term goals?

If any of these requirement are met, read the job description and take notes on what skills they require and what skills they prefer. Rinse and repeat this process for about 30 more jobs the criteria.

By the end of this exercise you should have a really good list of what employers expect when they are hiring people for roles that interest you. Now is the time to see how you stack up against what will eventually be your competition.

I hate to say it this way, but if your 11 internships haven’t taught you the skills that employers actually want, they might be pretty window dressing on your resume, but less impactful than you had hoped.

Never fear, you have two years of school left and that is why we are doing this exercise now!

If you find out you are off-course, well, correct your path. If you find out you are on-course but need to focus deeper in some areas, do it!

Part 2: Making your Resume Results Oriented

Now that you have this great list of what skills employers want when hiring and you have lined up your skills and experience with them, it’s time to make sure your resume sells you the best way it can. Remember, even in this automated world, your resume is the first example of you that any employer interacts with. Make sure it shines.

For example, if in your research you determined that every company hiring for marketing jobs wants a master of PowerPoint, make sure your resume states your vast experience with PowerPoint.

But don’t stop there.

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Share how you used PowerPoint to make a presentation to the inside sales group that resulted in their ability to sell more merchandise. That’s results oriented. That is more impressive than reading a textbook and understanding what buttons to push.

If your job description research indicates that to break into the radio business you have to know ProTools audio editing equipment, not only do you want to become a master, you want to make sure your resume boasts your knowledge, and exemplifies where you have used ProTools and how it impacted a business you interned with.

Final Thought

This is the Masters course in career preparation! These steps will help you define your future and craft a results oriented resume which tells a story of mastery and accomplishment. Now that will speak (loudly) to employers.

You have done incredible work so far in college, I’m thoroughly impressed, now is the time to ensure your efforts are going to set you up for success!

If you have any other thoughts for Lisa, or other questions you’d like us to answer in an upcoming Entertainment Jobs Q&A column, add them to the comments below!

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About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.

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