Vague Job Titles That Could Be The Entry Point You Need

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Confused by some of the job descriptions you read? Never fear we’re here to help.

If you are looking for jobs in the entertainment industry and you see a posting for a Sales Associate, there is a pretty good chance you know the basic requirements of this job without much research.

A Sales Associate will be helping to sell some product. Tah-dah!

Of course there are variations based on what they are selling and the exact responsibilities of the role, but you get an idea whether this job is a match for your skills when you see “Sales Associate” in the headline.

But what if there are nondescript jobs titles – do you bypass them for lack of clarity?

If you do, you may be slithering right by your perfect job. Sometimes the hidden gems of the job pool are just that – hidden.

The next time you are job searching, be on the lookout for great opportunities masked behind lackluster job titles.

Coordinator

This is where Human Resources people feel my wrath. Coordinator? Really? This is the job title you came up with after spending your parent’s good money on a college education?

You’d be surprised how often this vague job title appears on our site and others. I know that if I was job searching, even back when I was looking for entry level jobs, I would have skimmed right past this. Job searching is arduous and repetitive, I don’t know about you but I don’t like to waste time reading job descriptions with little hope for a match.

But…here’s an example of a recent job on our site titled “Coordinator”:

This position will be responsible for tracking commercial inventory, coordinating internal sales processes with Sales Assistants & Sales Planners and work closely with Pricing & Planning in supporting the Ad Sales Strategic Planning Group.

  • Manage commercial inventory and recommend strategies for optimal use of network avails
  • Generate, track, update and distribute assigned sales reports – Inventory (National & DR), pre-emptions, options, etc.
  • Work with sales to optimize inventory by allocating weekly moves and recaps where needed
  • Coordinate with Sales Assistants & Planners to understand & enforce all Sales Administration deadlines, policies and procedures as directed by Director, Strategic Planning
  • Various projects and assignments upon business needs

This is a really good job that uses many business skills developed in a college curriculum. It’s a great entry level entertainment job, lost behind a terribly vague job title.

Producer

Another one of those generic titles that means totally different things if you are planning to work in Film, TV, Radio or Music.

In daily Television (think news, sports and entertainment shows) the Producer is the designer, building a layout and then executing on the flow. There are many jobs that use this title:

  • Associate Producer
  • Segment Producer
  • Line Producer
  • Coordinating Producer
  • Executive Producer

All are variations on the theme of designing and executing on a programming initiative.

In the music industry, producers guide and direct the creation of the music, from concept to final product- doing much more than just creating a beat.

“A music Producer is the guy [or girl] that is in charge of making your song sound the way he [or she] thinks your song should sound to be competitive in the market that your song will be in,” says Donny Baker, ES Audio Services / Open Call Productions.

(Editor’s Note: We added the gender references because clearly women are great music producers too)

In the film industry, producers prepare and supervise the making of a film often serving as the connective tissue between the creative and financial folks.

In the radio industry, the term producer is used in similar fashion to Television, creating content for broadcast shows. In radio there are also Audio Producers, specifically tasked with crafting audio “drops” and “bumps” that will play within a show.

A vague job title, requiring specific skills.

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Researcher

Another frustratingly vague job title, Researcher…of what? Truth is, it can be of about anything. Sales metrics, marketing operations, Nielsen ratings, copy editing and more.

Researchers can be fact-checkers, tasked with verifying information prior to publication, or analysts who are responsible for gathering data while searching for trends and finer details.

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Music producers are very different from TV producers, Film Producers or Radio Producers. Producer is a vague term with specific meaning.

Here’s another vague job title, with a pretty great job description:

On an average weekday, this role will vet upwards of sixty scripts – covering everything from a reporter embed in Afghanistan to weight-watching advice. Researchers are an essential link in the approval of scripts – checking their factual accuracy, looking for background information and context. They are also occasionally involved in special projects that demand more in-depth research. The working environment is fast-paced and demanding; researchers are expected to get the best out of dozens of research tools.

 • Professional fluency in Spanish and English; excellent communication skills in both languages
• Bachelors’ degree required
• 1+ years editorial experience required
• Substantial practical experience using online sources for research is required
• Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, the ability to find answers to very specific questions
• Intense interest in events here and around the world
• Field reporting or production experience at university or post-graduation desirable
• Prior research experience or experience as a newsroom assistant or AP desirable
• Ability to work quickly under pressure and collaborate closely with others is essential 

Final Thought

We all apply a mental filter to our job searches, trying to whittle down an otherwise large pile of information. There are over 3,500 jobs on our site so of course you need to make the pile smaller and as relevant as possible.

But, in your haste to find your dream, don’t dismiss the generic job titles, matter of fact, if you see a vague entry – take a peek.

It’s worth five minutes to see if this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for hidden behind a veil of vaguebooking.

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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.

Comments

  1. Susan Aryamanesh says:

    I like to work from home for E! on a part time basis just doing any computer related work.
    I am not interested in sale or other activity that involves direct interaction with people
    Please let me know if you have this type of work at E!

    • Go ahead and check our site Susan workinentertainment.com – we have all kinds of jobs at E! and other entertainment companies – Brian

      • Hello Brian,
        I always worked at least two jobs since the age of 17, and would try to earn money as young as 5 years old by selling items in my home that in my opinion didn’t have any usefulness. A big mistake, of course…. they were my mother’s collectables! I got the chance to know my father by the age of 20 and knew that he started his own Asphalt Business a few years prior to that at the age of 40. I knew his sales were not bad but felt I could help a great deal and together we were able to raise his sales from $100,000 a year to 1 Million, even though he fought me on the growth of his business wanting to stay very small. I went on to get my Realtors License during the same time, I was 23 years old, and I helped to run my business and the Asphalt Business at the same time for 20 years. I became a Mega Million Sales Award Winner and President Sales Recipient. Through those same years I started up 2 other businesses, one a Personal Assistant Agency for those that needed to get their names known and remembered and a Rental Agency for out of town Property owners. I am now in my early 50’s and looking for something new and exciting to do, do you think there could be anything in this industry for me?

  2. I have been applying directly a movie studios for many different positions, but no answer. I live in another state and have a very diverse professional background. How does someone get their foot in the door if they apply out of state? Is a 4 year degree always required or do they consider experience a plus? Karen

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