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Employment / Offstagejobs.com Not Working
« Last post by JustinJanke on Today at 01:50 pm »
Offstagejobs.com has not been working on my work computer and cell phone for a few days now. Anyone else having trouble accessing this website? Is the website too busy? The error message kind of suggests that, but I've been getting this same message for two or three days now.

The following message appears everytime I try to access the website:

Warning: mysqli_connect() [function.mysqli-connect]: (42000/1203): User boothchicken3 already has more than 'max_user_connections' active connections in /home/content/98/4267498/html/includes/sessionHeader.php on line 26
Unable to connect to database! Please try again later.


And who is this boothchicken person?  :o
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Introductions / Re: It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood
« Last post by Maribeth on Apr 24, 2019, 06:13 pm »
Welcome aboard!
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Employment / Re: Fitting a freelance SM career into an application form
« Last post by KMC on Apr 24, 2019, 01:24 pm »
I just have to say that I hate the online forms that don't really fit us - and I imagine that most of the people receiving them understand that we don't fit them either.

This is true, provided your resume makes it through to a human.  All too often now, these automated systems will screen candidates and only send "qualified" folks through.  Which means if your qualifications don't fit into their pre-defined boxes you may be screened out by a computer irrespective of your actual qualifications. 

It's a real bummer, and a big problem with these automated systems. 

My advice to the OP would be - in addition to the required HR portion of the application currently under discussion - find the actual human responsible for filling this position and send the resume and cover letter in via email and/or post to ensure they get to the right person. 
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Employment / Re: Fitting a freelance SM career into an application form
« Last post by smejs on Apr 24, 2019, 03:26 am »
I just have to say that I hate the online forms that don't really fit us - and I imagine that most of the people receiving them understand that we don't fit them either. I usually fill in my three to five most recent jobs (though I'd have to think if it really said "in the last ten years" or something and would be more vague), and for various reasons (including filing unemployment), I do keep track of how many hours per week it officially was, etc.
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Employment / Re: Fitting a freelance SM career into an application form
« Last post by Maribeth on Apr 23, 2019, 08:32 pm »
Are there any companies that you have gone back to a number of times? If so, you could include your supervisors/etc from those positions, and then have the more complete list on your resume. If you have those as several examples from your career experience, and more details in your cover letter/resume/interview to flesh things out, that should give them a good idea of what your experience is without listing 50 shows.

I had to do the same thing when applying for my current position- fitting a theatrical-style resume into a traditional work history web form is a pain! I chose a couple of examples, and then included freelance PM work and events work as different positions, since they use different skills. I really tried to tailor my experience to the job posting, so if you have any experience that really lines up with what they are looking for, those might also be good shows to use for this web form.

Good luck!
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Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by Maribeth on Apr 23, 2019, 07:34 pm »
I have two resumes- one that is mostly a list of productions, and another in a more "narrative" format that lists jobs held, dates, and responsibilities that were associated with the positions. I include my stage management experience as one "job" on this resume, but the responsibilities listed with it are more detailed.

Depending on what kind of job you are applying for, you could create a resume that best fits. For stage management positions, I usually send the "list" format, and for other positions the "narrative" format. Or you could do a combination. For a while I had a "Related Experience" section on the list resume, which had a production management/special events positions.
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Employment / Fitting a freelance SM career into an application form
« Last post by leastlikely on Apr 23, 2019, 02:37 pm »
I'm currently applying for a staff SM position at a university events venue. In addition to submitting a resume and cover letter I also have to do an online application which requires filling in work history.

I have 8 years of experience as a freelance SM. I have no problem expressing the job duties in a way that will look good to a hiring manager, but there are mandatory questions in the application such as supervisor name, title, and contact info, and non-mandatory questions including hours per work week and number/titles of employees you supervised. I feel like it would be best to just list all my SM experience as one job, rather than including separate entries for the 50 or so productions I've done in that time (nobody wants to slog through that application), but I can't really answer any of those questions because I haven't had just one supervisor or just one team that I've managed.

How do I answer these impossible questions? Can I just say "varies"? Any other advice for wedging a freelance career into a form that is clearly tailored for more traditional jobs?
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Employment / Re: resume format
« Last post by mizi5620 on Apr 22, 2019, 02:05 pm »
I was recently brought on as the Production Stage Manager and Associate Producer for a theater company. Previously my resume consisted entirely of individual productions.

Any suggestions on how to format/list this position on my resume?
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The Green Room / Re: Lucy Jordan Award nominations!
« Last post by loebtmc on Apr 22, 2019, 02:49 am »
Yes, kinda..... do the people include AEA members? That is a vital factor, someone who goes above and beyond for union members in particular, and not just the whole theatrical community. Does that make sense?

But we actually honored someone who did just that, along with being on the board of several theatres and insisting on finding ways to help them afford to hire union actors and stage managers.
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Looking for a PDF of the original conductor's score for Little Shop. NOT looking for the alternate orchestrations, nor the original vocal book - AM looking for the original piano/vocal from pre-2003. One tell-tale sign it's the old one is that Sudden Changes as Orchestra Number 10. (In newer versions, it's 9a.)
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