Huge thanks to the company members who supported the Media Parents CV Surgery from indies September Films, October Films, Dragonfly Film & TV, Endemol and Channel 4. The event was hosted by ENVY post production and sponsored by Shift 4 Kit and Crew Hire. Here are some photos of the night, with some helpful CV tips.
70 Media Parents and company members made it to the CV Surgery in October. Top tip #1 from Media Parents Director Amy Walker "Title your CV with your full name and job title, and include this in the subject line of any spec CV emails you send out too."
Title your CV with your full name and job title, and include this in the subject line of any spec CV emails you send out too.
Top tip # 2 from Chloe Samwell-Smith, Production Recruitment Manager, Endemol UK "Keep your CV to two pages. You don't need to go back to where you started, what you did as a researcher is not relevant if you are experienced."
Keep your CV to two pages.
Top tip #3 from Elaine Day, Head of Production at DCD Media (including September Films) "Don't include pictures or logos in your CV - keep the file size small, a bigger file size is likely to be deleted from an inbox."
Don’t include pictures or logos in your CV – keep the file size small.
Top tip #4 from Nicky Searle, Head Of Talent, Dragonfly Film & TV "I like a mission statement paragraph which tells me who you are, what you've done and where you want to go."
A mission statement – who you are, what you’ve done and where you want to go.
Top tip #5 from Yvonne Bainton, Head of Production, Dragonfly "A CV should have clarity - write concise overviews of the shows you have worked on, nobody has watched everything on TV."
A CV should have clarity – write concise overviews of the shows you have worked on.
Top tip #6, Jane Manning, Head of Production, October Films "Don't tailor your CV too much to a particular company - not everything you have done needs to fit, sometimes variety can help you."
Don’t tailor your CV too much to a particular company – not everything you have done needs to fit.
Top tip # 7 from Channel 4's Deborah Lane Winter "If you've had a career break avoid the suggestion that that's a problem in your cover letter or CV - it might not be a problem."
If you’ve had a career break avoid the suggestion that that’s a problem in your cover letter or CV – be confident.
Shift 4's MD Alex Thompson made everyone feel welcome.
Amy Swan moved from Series Producing to Marketing & Business Development for Shift 4 after she had her two children.
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Huge thanks to Hannah Smiles for taking the photos:
The next Media Parents event is a CV Surgery at the BBC FastTrain event in Cardiff on November 7th. For networking, jobs and great events please join www.mediaparents.co.uk