Entertainment Jobs Q&A – What to do if Internships Aren’t Helping You Get a Job

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The older I get the more I appreciate good songs with an even better message. Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ fits …and it’s catchy!

After watching the Grammys this past weekend, I’ll admit to being slightly confused by some of the categories.

Maybe someone here can answer for me — what is the difference between Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year? You would think Record and Album would be redundant, but Record is a singular song (i.e. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons) while Album, well, is a full Album.

But if Record is just a singular song, than how is that different from Song of the Year?

I feel like I should know this, but alas, I don’t. If you do can you please educate me in the comments?

That’s my question, now lets get on to your questions for this weeks Entertainment Jobs Q&A column – good stuff from Amanda in Hockessin, Delaware – if you have a question you’d like us to dive into ask it in the comments, tweet at us or post it in our Linkedin group – we’re always listening!

The Q:

Hello WorkinEntertainment –

My goal is to work in either television or radio and I’m willing to start small and work my way up. I did three internships in college and feel like I have tried really hard to start networking too. It’s not my comfort zone, but I understand the necessity. The problem is – I’ve graduated, I have some skills, good grades activities and more…but I’m not getting any bites yet for any entertainment jobs in either radio or TV. What advice do you have before I start getting really worried…

Amanda C. Hockessin, Delaware

The A:

Lots of layers to this question Amanda, and frankly there are many people in a similar situation so I think it’s an extremely valuable discussion to start here.

You have the right foundation – doing internships, networking and getting involved while in school – now comes the hard part…getting hired.

Sometimes luck and timing plays a big role, but that’s not what we are talking about here, we’re dealing with real facts and things you can do to improve your chances of landing entertainment jobs.

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This isn’t one of our ideas…but it’s not a bad one

The idea is to start raising your profile in the industry you choose – so I have a few suggestions:

1: Start a website. I know this sounds hard and intimidating, but it’s very easy to start a blog. But the idea isn’t to make it a career, instead it’s to use it as a networking tool.

Start a blog and start filling it with professional style content, once you have a decent amount of articles in there, start reaching out to people in the industry that you respect. Don’t aim too high – Matt Lauer probably won’t respond – but don’t aim too low either.

What you want to do is request to interview them for your blog. If you come up with smart questions, start a dialogue with them and publish a flattering article…you have built a connection. Plus you now have additional skills on your resume and a digital profile you can show off to potential hiring managers.

Do this enough times and you’d be amazed the way your LinkedIn contacts can grow.

2: Informational Interviews – OK, so you aren’t comfortable writing, which the previous piece of advice required, well, how are you at talking? Informational interviews can be another extremely valuable way to build connections and find out what might be missing from your resume. Ask what skills they look for in employees and if there is anything they recommend you learn.

Whatever you do don’t beg for jobs, don’t even ask. If they have an opening and they like you let them bring it up, they clearly know you are looking. If you start asking then it gives off the impression the meeting request had strings attached, when in reality your goal is to make a favorable impression that could lead to something.

3: Become a Guest Writer – Back to writing again. Industry blogs are always looking for contributions from guest writers and it is a great way to start making a name for yourself. If you are wondering – ‘what would I write about?’ get creative.

Maybe it’s a day in the life of an internship you did, maybe its why all of your internships sucked, maybe it’s a running diary of the ins and outs of your job search. I don’t know – think different!

4: Conduct skills research. Use our site as more than just a place to find openings, find out what skills companies are looking for. It’s simple really, look at jobs that interest you without filtering based on location – theses are necessarily jobs you will apply for.

Study the job requirements and skills needed, you will start to see patterns of what skills employers want in their entry level employees. If you have them great, highlight them more on your resume, if you don’t have them get them!

Here are a few additional resources for you from our blog:

Four Tips to Get Hired for Entertainment Jobs

How to Make Yourself Marketable in the TV Industry

TV Production Assistant Jobs: How to Get Them and What to Expect

Five Skills You Need to Master for Television Jobs

On The Air: Insider Secrets for Starting Radio Careers

If you have other advice for Amanda on finding entry level entertainment jobs please add it to the comments below, and if you have a question you’d like us to answer in a future Entertainment Jobs Q&A column go ahead, ask in the comments!

 

 

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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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