Frustrated by your Job Search? Time for a Self-Audit

Frustrated by your job search? Join the club. It seems despite the fact our national unemployment numbers are getting lower, many people are still struggling to get jobs in the field they really want. If you are part of this crowd, time to do a self-audit – here’s how:

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content: Without a doubt the hardest job to get in the entertainment industry is your first job. You may be a recent college graduate without a ton of experience but you wish to break in, you may be a career changer, someone who was stuck in a dead end job that wants to shift into a career they feel more passionate about.

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Job searching can be a lonely, stressful place

Either way you have to be able to promote yourself to hiring managers in a way they take notice.

If you have been in this process for a while, applying for jobs without getting any traction, there is a disconnect beteeen what employers want, and what you have. It’s on you to find out where that disconnect originates by doing a deep self-audit.

Sometimes the gap comes about because of experience, they want someone with 5 years of experience and you don’t have that – you can’t overcome that problem. But you can overcome a gap in skill set. Here’s how:

Go through our website and search for jobs that fit your desires of who you want to be, indiscriminate of location. These aren’t jobs you are necessarily going to apply for, you’re just trying to find out what employers want. Go through these jobs and list out all the requirements for these positions, you should probably end up with about 30 different requirements. List them out and then figure out what you have, and what you don’t have. Those are your gaps.

I’m not expecting you to go back to school and get another degree, but there are certain skills you can highlight and know you need to acquire. For example, you want to work in TV and you see AVID non-linear editing skills on multiple job descriptions – if you don’t know it, learn it. Take an online class, attend a webinar, watch Youtube videos do something to learn the skills.

You don’t necessarily have to go back and take an accredited online course – you just have to get enough familiarity to get it on your resume. Then what will happen is when these employers are searching for hires, and they do a keyword search to make sure candidates have certain skills, your resume will hit, and get a look.

It’s time to do a deep self-audit and be honest with yourself about what you have and what you don’t have. This will help you make up the difference and hopefully lead to your next job in the entertainment industry.

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 &

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


  1. dear work in entertainment

    Read few minutes ago someone think was a veteran dj he was saying that the radio business needs young talented dj’s. well I don’t think that’s a fair assumption to make. Because if you limit your searc for a replacement to a dj and you can’t fill that replacement by anyone but say a veteran dj. and you still haven’t found that young person that you are really in truly wanting . then you just may be hurting no one but the radio station it self. sometimes you’ll have to accept someone that is say in his/her 50’s or 60’s maybe too just so you you can get the radio station back on regular course.Besides, hereing a lot of that today. Why is it that you have to be young to be dj or actor or reporter or talk show or tv production asst. etc, etc, etc,.Hope you are understanding what am talking about. I mean in my opinion isn’t right. I mean there are huge amounts of knowledgeable 50’s and 60’s people out that can do just as good a job as a say a 23 or 24 year old.The point is as long you are able to do the job, why not hire that gentleman or that lady.As long as the job will get done that’s all that matters right. And it’s done the way it’s suppose to be done, that’s what really matters right?……..yours truly -Thomas W. Pilgrim.

    • Hey Thomas – I think their point was, in order to keep the broadcast radio business going, since there are threats from internet radio, satellite radio and other media and entertainment sources, the broadcast radio industry needs an influx of youth. He wasn’t referencing a specific job, veteran DJ’s are needed and valued, but the industry overall needs young people interested in broadcast radio and bringing their fresh ideas to the table. – Brian

      • Thomas, I am an older graphic designer and experience this same thing in the graphics industry. It’s called age discrimination. It is illegal, and very difficult to prove. Employers are afraid that older workers will be too expensive and won’t be trainable because they are set in their ways. In general, older workers don’t keep up with changes in the industry like younger workers do. So every industry (particularly the creative fields) want workers who are young and hip, neither of which older workers are (usually).
        — Paul Trivilino

        • Paul I feel your pain – you are right, there is a lot of age discrimination out there. -Brian

          • I’m 56 and have worked Macdonald jobs off and on for alt least 30 of those years. During my time there mostly drive through several customers thought I would be good on the air. Is there any help for aspiring old guys looking to use their voices for more than selling hamburgers?

  2. Brian, you are right. Learning a new skill always looks good on your resume, and might even get you that interview. However, when the hiring managers asks how much experience you have using the skill and you say “None. I just learned it,” your resume will end up at the bottom of the pile, if not in the circular file. Employers want candidates who have experience, not just knowledge.

    • Yes but I think you’ve missed my point – I’m not saying you learn photoshop and then apply for a job that is strictly using photoshop, of course they are going to hire someone with more hands-on experience – I’m saying, if you are in TV production for example and you also know photoshop, that’ll help you stand out from the crowd – just an extra skill you can contribute. Versatility matters – the more you can do the better your chances are. – Brian