Posted: April 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: General, Producing, Project Management | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

I often get requests from friends and their friends who are looking for jobs to take a look at their resume. It always surprises me by the number of mistakes or perhaps assumptions that people sometimes make with their resume. There are some pretty well “Do’s” and “Don’ts” (at least I think there are).

So here my quick rules regarding a great resume.

  1. Keep it Simple! Repeat, Keep it Simple!
  2. Only 1 Column! This is a resume, not a newspaper or brochure.
  3. Use 1 and only One, Uno, Eins, Ichiban, Yi, Typeface or Font!
  4. Make sure that the Typeface you use is EASY TO READ! A Sans is usually best.
  5. NEVER MAKE YOUR TYPE FACE SMALLER THEN 10 or 11 POINT. We are getting older and don’t want to bring out a magnifying glass to read a resume.
  6. Make sure you Typeface is compatible with Macs and Windows.
  7. Sending a resume as a PDF is fine, but be prepared to immediately send the same resume as a word document on request. If you are sending your resume to a recruiter or HR department at a corporation, always send a Word version and include a PDF of the same document (just to be safe).
  8. Get rid of anything that doesn’t apply. It’s just noise, and I certainly don’t need more in my life. Remember, Keep It Simple.
  9. DO NOT REPEAT YOURSELF – I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve seen that say the same thing 20 times – they are the ones that immediately go into the Bin (the one under my desk marked “Shredder”).
  10. Eliminate anything that is obvious, redundant or overly general. For example, saying that you have Experience with writing doesn’t tell me anything. I expect everyone to have experience writing. But if you have “Experience Writing, Editing and Proofing Scripts” or “Copywriting Experience”, that’s a SKILL that can be used.
  11. Unless you performed a job that required your travel, I have no interest in knowing what countries you have been to. Vacation is not part of work! On the other hand, If your job required that you travel to Antarctica, Kenya and Tibet as Foley, then I’m interested. Feel free to tell me during the interview if you feel that it’s relevant.
  12. Don’t tell me that you have a skill that you can no longer perform. For example, if you used to work with machinery and lost an arm, don’t make it seem that you are still capable of doing the same job, unless you really can. For example, I’ve had a woman who give me a resume that was great, indicated that she could work on location just about anywhere, but when she came in for an interview, she revealed that she was a single mom with two small kids, so having her go to the jungle in Ecuador for 6 weeks was out of the question.
  13. If you can fit your resume on one page, then by all means please do so. If you have an extensive background that spans pages, then have two resumes. Call the longer one your “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae”. Use the short one as your default resume and have your CV ready to produce on demand. If you resume must span more then one or two pages, make sure that the important stuff fits on the first page. I realize that a lot of people in entertainment usually have many credits. Try to list these, but be brief with them. I don’t need to know, in detail, every thing that you did in the past 40 films, television shows and commercials you worked on.
  14. Read it again. What can you remove? What did you describe twice or more times? Did you forget anything? Are there grammar or spelling mistakes?
  15. If your resume is going to be longer then one page, ALWAYS put a footer with your NAME, Phone Number and Page Number.
  16. ALWAYS put your first and last name on your resume. A resume that is called RESUME.PDF usually ends up in the trash.
  17. Don’t stress that you can multitask. This is such an overused resume “word” and frankly, nothing more then a bunch of crap. Most people can’t multitask very well, and those who claim to be able to do 25 times at the same time usually do none well, and frankly scare me.
  18. One more time, Simplify! This is a resume, it is designed to get me interested in you and your potential to fit into a job that I may have. I am not interested in reading your Biography.
  19. Make sure your structure follows this:
      I need your name, your phone(s), your email and your city, state and zipcode. I don’t need your street address. If you have a blogs/reel/portfolio/website online, put that here as well, don’t make me hunt for it because it’s buried someplace else. If you have an IMDB or Linkedin page you can also list the url here. But never put more then 3 url’s in this section. It’s also OK to split this section (and only this section) into two columns. I’d rather have 2 columns of 3 lines each then have you use up 6 or 7 lines with your contact info.

      I want to know what you want to do, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      I will read this first and determine if your skills match what I need).

      This backs up your Skills Summary above. Keep your descriptions to short, relevant bullet points. I don’t need a “How To” on using After Effects, just that you used it, and maybe 1 (one!) example of the use. Tell me the name of the company, the date range, and your job title in the first line. As a rule of thumb, try to limit the number of items. I don’t need to know every single thing you did, even though you might think that your 25 different things from maintaining the website to cleaning the toilets will somehow enhance my view of your abilities.

      If you are applying for a job as a Graphics Designer, then put down Computer Software you use, but your ability to field strip an M16 blindfolded probably doesn’t apply

      If you are any, list them. Some organizations, such as the PGA or the WGA have high standards and a comprehensive vetting process, and membership carries extra weight.

      Unless you are in high school, only tell me what College(s) you went to and what degree’s you received. DO tell me of any special training you have received, either on the job or as part of a program. If you have taken a weapons wrangling course and have an FFL certification, then I’m interested. Don’t EVER exaggerate or lie or misstate your education and training. If you only completed 3 years of college, it’s usually OK based on your experience as described in your Job History and Skills. If you tell me that you have Weapons Certification and it turns out you don’t, well, that’s a felony almost everywhere and I won’t bail you out when you get arrested.

      I’m always interested in your language skills, especially if you are a fluent speaker and bonus points if you can read and write.

      If there is some extra items that you feel someone might be interested in knowing about you, then you can list it here, and only assuming that you have space to do so. Also don’t go overboard. I probably won’t read this part, but if I do, I don’t want to see more then 2-3 lines. Remember, you always have the interview to tell me more about yourself.

      When I get a resume, I don’t care to have references listed. When I’m ready to hire you I will ask for them. However, it’s usually a good idea to just put a notice at the very end of your resume that states: “REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST”

So there you have it. These are my quick and dirty rules for resumes.

Google Brother

Posted: January 28th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Films, General, Video | Tags: | Comments Off on Google Brother

Google has been working on new search results and technologies. Among the new items they are introducing are timeline and map based results which can be seen at their experimental page:
The results surfaced by the new Street View are just as awesome….

The Fire Dancer

Posted: January 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Entertainment, General, Music, Video | Tags: , | Comments Off on The Fire Dancer

Here are some video I took last year at Kion (a lounge in the East Village). This was an act that featured a very unique violinist who has created his own operatic language. He was accompanied by a Fire Dancer inside and did a performance outside on the sidewalk as well.

Mad TV – Ipod Nano Feist 1234 Commercial

Posted: January 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: General, Music, Video | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Mad TV – Ipod Nano Feist 1234 Commercial

An amusing take on the Apple Feist 1234 iPod Commercial by Mad TV:

Gotta Digg, Gotta Digg, Gotta Digg

Posted: December 30th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , | Comments Off on Gotta Digg, Gotta Digg, Gotta Digg

Kina Grannis has an awesome new song.

Here are the lyrics:

When I’m feeling lazy, at school or when I work
I sneak to my computer, and then I like to shirk
I don’t go online shopping, I don’t email with my mom
I open up my browser, and go to digg-dot-com

Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta digg, gotta digg
Gotta make this story big!
Did you hear that awful sound?
Another server’s down!

I always dig up Apple, and I bury Microsoft
But when I said I was a girl, all the diggers scoffed
And when I see those stories about Senator Ron Paul
I don’t even RTFA; I just digg them all!

Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta digg, gotta digg
Gotta make this story big!
Did you hear that awful sound?
Another server’s down!

The fanboys can be tiresome, they always are outspoken
And if you’re listening Kevin Rose, the comment system’s broken!
I know digg isn’t perfect, but be thankful for what we’ve got
It’s just like daddy always says: “At least it’s not Slashdot!!!”
Chorus: Gotta digg, gotta digg, gotta digg
Gotta make this story big!
Did you hear that awful sound?
Another server’s down!

Chinese Cyborg

Posted: October 7th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: General, Tools, Video | Tags: | Comments Off on Chinese Cyborg

This is completely strange. These factory workers in China sit inside a metal stamping press as it makes parts. They are, for all practical purposes, part of the machine. A true cyborg wonder.

Vonage going down the tubes?

Posted: August 14th, 2005 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , | Comments Off on Vonage going down the tubes?

I have been on Vonage for the past 10 months. At first, it was pretty good, but over the past 4 -5 months I have been having all kinds of problems.

The most severe is that starting a month ago about 60-70% of the calls made to my main number say “Call can not be completed as dialed”. It’s very frustrating to try to call home from the cell and not be able to get through (my cell phone displays “Number Error”).

Starting 3 weeks ago when one calls my second line, it now says that “The phone number you have dialed XXX-XXXX in area code XXX has been permanently disconnected, no further information is available”. Yet I can make outgoing calls no problem and the phone number caller id shows up (on some phones, see below).

And I also have caller ID problems, where my number does not appear on caller id (for example, calling my cell phone from the home number says “Unknown Caller”). This is also a problem with some state agencies, such as the NY State Tax Dept, which tells me to call from a phone that has caller ID. I live in NYC and have a very fast and reliable internet connection from SpeakEasy.

I also have a Fax line from Vonage, and 1/2 of the time it doesn’t work for sending or receiving faxes.

When I call Tech Support, I ALWAYS get disconnected (or a fast busy signal) when they transfer me to the next level of support. I have tried using the web support option, but I have NEVER received a response to ANY support requests made through the online form.

I hate to say it, but I will probably have to go (shudder) back to Verizon for POTS lines if these issues with VOIP can’t be resolved.

Low-carb king Atkins files Chapter 11

Posted: July 31st, 2005 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: | Comments Off on Low-carb king Atkins files Chapter 11

This has been coming for a long time, a whole year now. And they owe $300 million on top of that? Atkins was a good job and it’s unfortunate that the executive management made some pretty colossal mistakes. Executive management had done a fine job managing a $10-$20 million business, but a billion dollar business was just out of their league.

Even though the company had been in business for many years, it’s growth in the past 2-3 years was just like being at a business in the late 90’s and I imagine they thought the money would always be flowing in — that is until Nabisco, General Foods and every other food company got into producing low carb foods.


Low-carb king Atkins files Chapter 11

Company owes $300 million in outstanding principal and interest

Sunday, July 31, 2005; Posted: 10:36 p.m. EDT (02:36 GMT)

NEW YORK (AP) — Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said.

Atkins has been hurt by waning popularity of its namesake diet, which focuses on eliminating carbohydrates such as bread and pasta to shed weight. The diet became one of the most popular in U.S. history, spawning a virtual cottage industry of low-carb regimens, but also drew criticism from experts for its focus on fatty foods and low fruit and vegetable consumption.

A hearing on the prearranged, Chapter 11 filing was scheduled for Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, spokesman Richard Rothstein said. The privately held company, founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, said it had reached an agreement with the majority of its lenders to give them equity in exchange for lowered debt.

Atkins owes $300 million in outstanding principal and interest, Rothstein said.

The company said it had received $25 million in financing to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings, which it said would not affect day-to-day operations.

President and CEO Mark S. Rodriguez said the company has in the past year “adjusted our organization to accommodate a smaller business” and will promote its brands “more broadly for consumers who are concerned about heath and wellness.”

After it leaves bankruptcy, the Ronkonkoma, New York-based company will focus on its nutrition bars and shakes, Rodriguez said in a statement.

Private equity firm Parthenon Capital LLC acquired a majority stake in Atkins, in October 2003.

Goldman Sachs Capital Partners owns a smaller stake in the company, as does the estate of Robert Atkins, who died in 2003 from injuries he suffered in a fall.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.