Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Updating My Resume

Today I'm taking a break from all math all the time to work on my resume a little bit.
A few months ago I had a free consultation with MBA mission. The consultant assigned to me coached me on my resume.

Just to give you a little background I have been working in television production since I moved out to Los Angeles in 2006. Now television is not like other industries where you get hired at a company and you work there for a few years and work your way up. It's a little different. Most of the jobs you get are freelance and last a certain amount of time. For example a few years ago I worked on an awards show. We started production in mid July and the awards show was scheduled to shoot in September. My position ended a week after the awards show. This job is now on my resume and my dates employed at this job are July 2007-September 2007. Now fill your resume with many jobs like this. To an employer looking at my resume that is not in the television business thinks I am a major job hopper! But in TV many people have similar resumes to me.

The MBA mission consultant was very familiar with the television world. She told me to use one set of dates: September 2006- present with the heading "Freelance Television Production" and put all of my other jobs under it (Yes, other jobs because surprise! television pay is low and I've worked 2 or more jobs at the same time to make ends meet).

Now I look less like a job hopper because I've never had a staff position in television and I demonstrate great time management because I've held other jobs at the same time.

I still have a lot more work on crafting my resume just right but I have a good working next draft started.


  1. That's really cool how you were in television production!

    I think the Freelance Television Production is a good idea. I think you'll have a pretty unique talking point too since at least for me, I haven't met a lot of people in your industry. It'll also be a good point on your MBA apps since it seems like generally most MBAs are financial analysts, bankers, consultants or standard cookie-cutter type applicants.

  2. I'm hoping it makes me stand out at least a little bit on my application.

  3. Hey, hey Lisa! I live in LA too! But that's not the point of this comment.

    I wanted to invite you to join my MBA Blogger Team over at my admissions coaching website. You get cool freebies!


  4. Hey, Hey Kaneisha!

    Isn't LA great? I don't miss snow at all.
    I finally got a chance to watch your free webinar and I signed up for your MBA blogger team.