Guidelines for a Filmmaker's Resume

8) MISCELLANEOUS SECTIONS: (Optional) Include miscellaneous sections, such as Hobbies and Interests
or Volunteer Work only if they directly relate to the position for which you are applying. For instance, a studio that
focuses on extreme sports may be interested in your snowboarding abilities. Likewise, a company that focuses on
religious films may be interested in your missionary service experience. An animation studio probably won’t care. Below
is one way you might include word your mission:
Full Time Church Service Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007-2009
You may include a bullet or two if you had experiences on your mission relating to the position for which
you are applying (ie. Foreign Language, Leadership, Sales, Goal-Setting / Achievement, etc.)
DO NOT include information that is illegal for the employer to ask about and that may negatively affect the employer’s
decision to interview you (e.g., religious affiliation, marital status, age).
Remember: your resume is your bayonet. It is marketing you. You are the product. Package the product well!!
DOCUMENTS THAT SHOULD ACCOMPANY YOUR RESUME:
COVER LETTER: A good cover letter is as important as a good resume when conducting an effective job search.
Think of it as a chance to tell your story. Your resume will tell them the facts; the cover letter should create interest in
the resume and bring your qualifications to life. The purpose of a cover letter is to get an interview!
REFERENCES: References should be listed on a separate sheet; they do not belong on the resume. Particularly, do
not say on your resume References available upon requestit is understood and a waste of valuable space. Your
same name/contact information (in the same fonts) that you have at the top of your resume should also appear at the
top of the list of references. Below that header, title the page References.
List 3-4 references, including employers, professors, and supervisors from your volunteer experiences.
Be sure all references know you and will speak of you positively. Ask their permission in advance.
Include each reference’s name, job title and/or work relationship to you, organization, address, phone
number, e-mail address, and any other relevant contact information.
Check on accuracy of contact information periodically and update as necessary.
Do not submit references until the employer requests them. This usually happens at or after an interview.
I looked over the document it is extremely well done. And I would say everything in it without
exception is true from my experience, acknowledging that there is never one right way, but it’s about
whatever works for the situation. I particularly agree with the advice at the beginning to put yourself
in the shoes of the employer. When you ask what he/she cares about, the less-significant details will
tend to drop away from resumes.
Matt Davis, Executive Director at Sony Animation
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