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reworking resume
« on: Oct 29, 2006, 07:22 pm »
Hi everyone.

I am really hoping I can get some advice. I am trying to rework my resume -- it is currently in a functional format to be able to apply for general management work. I am trying to get back into SM -- and have done the odd show over the last couple of years (when I was asked, and when it didn't coincide with being on tour with the artists I managed). So I have production sm, sm, asm, and touring sm (sm gigs that toured to different venues). I'm not sure how to list these. I had things chronologically, but should they be lumped together. I am really really confused and unsure how to go about getting back into it full time. HELP!

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Re: reworking resume
« Reply #1 on: Oct 30, 2006, 01:41 am »
I would probably suggest chronolgical order grouped by position, ordered by rank (lowest->highest), with specialist positions at the bottom - so that would be ASM, SM, PSM then TSM with the earliest of each position at the top, and the most recent post in each position at the bottom, if you have more than 10 shows you are going to list. If you have less than 10, I would suggest chronological.

My main motives behind that sort of organisation is that it shows how you have evolved as a stage manager - even if chronologically that is not true.


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Re: reworking resume
« Reply #2 on: Oct 30, 2006, 10:53 pm »
I would probably suggest chronolgical order grouped by position, ordered by rank (lowest->highest), with specialist positions at the bottom...the most recent post in each position at the bottom,

See, and I would say just the opposite; list your strongest credits on top (PSM, SM, then ASM) and your most recent credits first (most recent PSM, next recent PSM, etc.) 
As far as chronological vs. grouped by position...  neither is right or wrong...  I'd say do up your resume both ways, see which one is most clear. 
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Re: reworking resume
« Reply #3 on: Oct 31, 2006, 08:35 am »
I absolutely agree with nmno - list your best credits first. A hiring PM is usually so swamped with resumes, that they might only read the first few lines. If you don't catch their eye, they move on to the next one. So be impressive right at the top of the page!

But as for your overall ogranization, this really depends on what job you're applying for. If you are trying to get quite specific work (concerts, opera, etc.), I would list your credits by category (plays, musicals and opera, events & concerts, etc) to show your diversity. You generally can't go wrong listing shows chronologically starting with the most recent - or even future - engagements first. If you don't have a lot of experience or have mostly small or school shows under your belt, you could do your best to list biggest/most impressive shows first, regardless of chronology or your position. It's my opinion that listing shows by your position (PSM shows, ASM shows, PA shows, Other tech, etc) is the weakest way to show your experience. But do always list the position you held when you list the show - this is essential information.

You should definitely check out the resume browser on this site to see how other SMs of all areas and levels of expertise arrange their credits for the most success.


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