The CSU Entertainment Alliance held a virtual event teaching students about how to get hired during this pandemic. Five speakers from the entertainment industry spoke during the event, discussing a variety of topics.
When the topic of resumés and cover letters was brought up, Shari Holly, host of the seminar and Director of Operations for CSU, explained that jotting down all the jobs one has can potentially hurt the applicants chances. Holly said, “When you are putting down the list of jobs you had on your resumé, quality vs quantity can do more harm than good.”
Knowing how to put down certain important information on a resumé was also discussed during the seminar. Karla Merala, a representative of Viacom and manager of Campus to Career, touched on how previous jobs can help your resumé look better. Merala said, “Transferable skills are important, like technology and customer service. Make sure you are good with technology, like spreadsheets and tracking progress on projects. Put down on your resumé that you know about customer service.” Resumé writing and cover letters were not the highlight of the event, however.
The seminar touched on interviews and interview preparation which are topics that a lot of young people have a hard time understanding and dealing with. In regards to interview preparation, highlighting one’s qualities during an interview was a popular point that was discussed.
Amy Sanchez, a representative who works for the Disney Corporation, also touched on the importance of highlighting previous qualities. Sanchez advised, “Highlight any position that you think has important skills. It doesn’t matter if you were bagging groceries because at the end of the day, you were communicating with other people.”
Preparing and dressing appropriately for the interview was also a topic of discussion. Holly advised, “When you go to an interview, especially a zoom interview, don’t show up wearing just a t-shirt and looking like you just got out of bed. Still dress professionally and dress with a purpose.”
The next part of the series, “ESports 101: Careers in Gaming & Entertainment” will take place on October 29 with the final part “Inclusion & Diversity in Design, Animation, Visual Media, & Immersive Reality” taking place on November 12.