Web Resumes

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CarterManGod
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Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:16 pm

Let's be blunt- there ain't crap for radio work out there these days!

Soooooo, having a little over six years in, and being outta work, means I'm sending out tons of 'applications' - especially to job posts at this site. Now, because opportunities are so few and grim, I've built a web resume site. It has EVERYTHING a potential station would ever need to hear, see or read about me as a potential morning man. Plus, it's mere existence, coupled with the video & graphics on top of plenty o' audio, shows that I'm quite savy with the web. I've made it ridiculously easy to click, listen & learn if I'm your guy. Not to mention, it's way more fun, or at least, visually dynamic than the standard old packages. AND it saves me A LOT of time. Oh, and I'm sure I'm not the only one doing this btw...

However, in 2 & 1/2 mos. only Canada has been making offers, and in fact, one American station actually said they don't go to unknown websites! To me, that sounds ignorant and backwards. Are simple, solid, detailed web resumes a turn off to PDs? 'Cause it got me hired once-

Do I need to send cassette tapes and notebook paper to these fossils? No offense, but... No... Lots of offense actually! It's a sad state of affairs when a consolidating (some might say failing) industry wants one 'jack of all trades' to do the jobs of three people, but can't be bothered to look at the resume of someone who has all those skills, in the format or medium that they should be looking for!

I don't need critiques, or airchecks. I don't even want to know if it's worth staying in radio (we all know that answer). All I want to know is if the use of my web resume is hurting my chances?

CarterManGod
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:06 pm

Well, I mean this is my whole point. It's supposed to make it EASY for THEM- not just me. For instance, not filling up their email box, not having to fumble around with papers, shows them all the things most demos don't. Gives examples of visual elements and skills you can't get from an mp3. One stop shop. It's logical.

If they're looking for a new employee- then reviewing a candidate for the position THEY have to fill is something for THEM. And in today's decomposing radio industry when you need one guy to do 3 jobs while collecting peanuts- my solution is for THEM, because you can't find all of those skills by listening to a 3 min mp3 of some chump reading liners.

partyshark
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by partyshark » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:56 am

You should only be sending web addresses if the ad asks for one or if the job includes "media specialist" "web coordinator" (or whatever the term d'jour is) as part of the responsibilities. You need to play by the rules the job posters set, not the rules you, as a job seeker, think are better. There's nothing worse than telling a potential employer that you know better than him/her. YOU can't change the rules until you reach the top, it's one of the perks.

CarterManGod
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:45 am

I see the other side now. I guess I just assumed from experience that EVERY host seeker these days was also looking for a "web coordinator/ production wiz/ sales killer/ Music Director/ APD/ On site coordinator/ receptionist/ board op/ janitor." I've just been trying to take away the guess work for them. They say you should try to make your resume stand out from the crowd somehow. I guess that's not valid advice in this creative profession.

It does bother me that it's considered 'doing something for me' for a PD to click a link. It takes one index finger and doesn't crowd their disc space.

Those already "at the top" makin' the rules- as you put it, have done a bang up job btw!

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Re: Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:57 am

This forum was, actually, just gonna be a way for me to vent originally, but it's opened my mind a bit. My problem is that I have worked morning shows for a little over 6 years at 3 different stations, and all of the PDs were tools. The first one just looked for a reason to say "nope-impossible" to every single idea, the next one was a ghost, and the last had all but given up on even trying- living in fear of Corp. So, my problem is I haven't met a PD I can respect.

Trying to change my view of this position is where I need to start. Party Shark nailed it, I have been acting as if I know better- because in those instances in my past, I did.

Thank you very much for the attitude adjustment. I can't believe I got so jaded.

spokesgoddess
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by spokesgoddess » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:53 am

Can't speak to anyone else but me, but my website resume worked well. It got me at least one interview and I think possibly the job that I have currently as the PD was able to see me and all my info right away, unlike the 200 or so other applicants that all had the same basic package (BTW, I never mailed him anything, all via email, so the link was great). It does separate you, especially if it's done well. And if you can say you built it, even better. Good luck in your search, Carter!

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Re: Web Resumes

Post by partyshark » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:51 pm

CarterManGod wrote:I see the other side now. I guess I just assumed from experience that EVERY host seeker these days was also looking for a "web coordinator/ production wiz/ sales killer/ Music Director/ APD/ On site coordinator/ receptionist/ board op/ janitor." I've just been trying to take away the guess work for them. They say you should try to make your resume stand out from the crowd somehow. I guess that's not valid advice in this creative profession.

It does bother me that it's considered 'doing something for me' for a PD to click a link. It takes one index finger and doesn't crowd their disc space.

Those already "at the top" makin' the rules- as you put it, have done a bang up job btw!
See, there's your problem right there...a bad attitude and thinking you know better than those ahead of you. There's nothing wrong with doing it the way it's done to get to the top so long as you dont sacrifice morals. Mouth closed, ears open and toe the line.
Putting up a website is all fine and dandy, peaches and cream, but to just email a link to your website expecting a click is asking a bit much and does nothing to make yourself stand out. I hope you at least include a resume and audio clip/CD with the package. If you don't, you're not giving a PD a reason to click on your link. Do you ever visit a sewing website? NO? Why? Let me answer for you: because you have no reason to! Send the package and an audio sample with a note specifically stating that more info can be found on your website. If the PD likes what he/she sees and hears, clicky clicky, simple as that. You want to stand out? Send a rubber foot snail mail in a package with your T&R and a note that reads "now that I have my foot in the door, please consider my package".
As far as those at "the top" that have done a bang up job- those are the corporate people, not the PDs that do most of the local hiring. YOU are trying to get the attention of the local PD, and local PD's don't like someone who wants a particular job acting like he wants to come in guns a blazin' to change how the process works.

CarterManGod
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:37 pm

Uh... Yeah Party Shark, that's what I said. Even gave you cred for helping me see the light, so your extra lecture is kind of pointless. Kind of like quoting my words when anyone reading this thread would have just read that moments ago... Thank you for showing us all that "know it alls' also lack some serious common sense. And you wonder why I question other's actions?

And btw- when I said those in charge have done a bang up job- I was referring to the general state of the radio industry... Not whatever you've decided to translate. Did you really think I was talking about hiring practices? Lol.

And btw again- my resume (resume) website does have resumes (resume website) and all the demos one could desire. And you would know that if you had actually read my original post. Perhaps you should have quoted that part? I'm starting to think you don't even know what a resume website even is.

And your whole "ears open - mouth shut" schtick just sucks. Good luck with that follower's mentality. You sound like someone who's scared to death they might lose a grip on their "reigns of control." Not sure that's what radio, or even life, is about. I've done mornings for 6 years. Not long, but longer than the way you're talking to me.

The 'newbies' can help older gen radio vets learn a lot of useful things to help them retain some relevancy. What's the older gen got for us? Lessons on reel to reel, minidiscs, payola, old bits we can copy, cart number systems? How about we work together to make a station great, instead of trying to retain control for the mere sake of retaining control?

According to you, they ask for a "personality", but really just want a mindless warm ass to sit in the chair. Sounds like a real winning agenda!

Here's a new idea, I'll think and act like a leader with purpose, and you stop dropping advice! I gave you cred for helping me come to a moment of clarity- but that wasn't enough. So, now I think we've all had enough of your pearls.

Yeah, don't get me started!

CarterManGod
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by CarterManGod » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:43 pm

No... Really don't get me started. I have a whole "respecting my elders" philosophy that will just drive you nuts and we'll be arguing till the cows come home. Respect is mutually earned- no freebies for wearing dentures. That's the short version. The much longer one will come if you wanna keep batting this back and forth.

spokesgoddess
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Re: Web Resumes

Post by spokesgoddess » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:22 am

Just remember that what you post here (as with Facebook and other social networking sites) can and will be read by perspective employers. Who's to say if you're going to get into a pissing match on a radio board you won't do it in the boss's office?

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