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Resume Tips

Resume Tips

by jturkin on December 30, 2010

In the past year, I’ve sent out my resume an estimated 300 times. No exaggeration necessary.

This should make me an expert on resumes, but I’d contest that point. If I were an expert, my resume would’ve landed me more than a just a handful of (mostly unpaid) gigs this year.

That being said, here is my most common mistake:

I always close my cover letter with this line,

“I look forward to interviewing with you when we can further discuss my potential fit with ______. Please feel free to contact me at…”

Then I give my contact info. It’s not a bad close, except when I forget to change _______. Sometimes it reads, “my potential fit with your company,” which is generic, but semi-accurate.

Sometimes it reads, “my potential fit with _____,” which is horrible, because then I just admitted that this is a mass cover letter template, and I clearly lack the attention to detail requirement.

The worst is when it reads, “I look forward to interviewing with you when we can further discuss my potential fit with Bunim and Murray,” or, “my potential fit with CBS,” or “my potential fit with your adult film company.”

And it’s the wrong company.

I’m waiting for the day I sit down for an interview for some indie project with some small-potato producer who has never worked with a legit studio before but swears this is the time to break into his soon-to-be striving production company from the ground floor, and he turns to me and says,

“Please tell me, why do you think you’d be a good fit for CBS?”

GULP.

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