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Resumes and Cover Letters

Your professional resume should address skills needed in your desired field and special accomplishments or results-oriented tasks you performed in previous work.  Depending on the specific job function you hope to fulfil, those skills might include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Leadership
  • Broad Content Knowledge
  • Ability to Improve with Feedback
  • Savvy with Technology

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When it comes to choosing a format, some arts or media organizations may be more tolerant of design-heavy resumes that use color, graphics, or otherwise veer from the traditional one-page resume.  Keep in mind that, regardless of the field, hiring managers are more interested in quality content (what have you done?) than visual appeal.  In fact, some employers view non-traditional resumes as a tool for masking a lack of experience. Don't let this be you! Use work samples and your online portfolio to show your design skills so you can keep your resume content-focused.

Actor/Performer Resume

If you are pursuing a career where you’ll need to market yourself to talent agents and/or for casting calls, you need a professional headshot and an acting resume that includes different information than an employment resume document.  Union affiliation, personal details, and a list of major roles should still fit on one clean, organized page, if possible.


Many of these companies are moving to using screening tools instead of conducting first-round phone interviews.  This means that you may be asked to complete a short video interview to submit after your resume is received.  Some video interview systems allow you two chances to record and submit your answer, whereas others only give you one chance.  For this reason, we recommend you practice using InterviewStream. Interview Stream is an invaluable tool available to all UVA students that allows you to practice video interviewing and review your responses to improve your answers. You can also submit your interview answers to a counselor for help. Practice makes perfect and this is a great tool to start building your comfort and communication skills.

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