“Take A Copy of Your Resume Says National Recruiter” at Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS) LA Workshop
“Often the hiring chief has not had time to look at your resume, so you should be ready to tell them about your four or five skill set,” Pamela Robinson, a entertainment recruiter and career expert told about 50 publicists at an Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS) Business Wire-sponsored event, held at the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG Local 600) auditorium in Hollywood recently (4-15-07). “You want to let people see your personality, and talk about your broad base interest,” she said. Robinson, who is the co-author of the book “If I don’t Do It Now. Career Makeovers For The Working Woman,” also writes the Online career column for www.VarietyCareers.com. Robinson drew a laugh in warning people who talk about extra curricular activities like skydiving in an interview, which makes you appear to be high risk, she said.
Robinson is a premiere leader in executive search and is the founder/owner of the Robinson Company. She began her career in
“Establish a comfort zone, look at the environment in the office and if you see a stuffed fish feel free to strike up a conversation about it,” said Madelyn Hammond, senior vice president of sales, marketing and retail for Landmark Theaters. “Learn how to ask questions in the office. You don’t want to take job and learn it wasn’t what you expected it to be. Do your research, show interest in the person, and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to talk about disasters on the job, they build character and it shows you can handle adversity,” said Hammond, who is also an EPPS Board member.
Hammond and Robinson conducted interactive interview situations involving members from the audience that came up front and center to be introduced and critiqued on first impressions. Each participant was given personal advice on how to get an edge on the interview.
“Eye contact and a good handshake are important,” said
Money is the number one factor people look to move on, according to Robinson.
“It’s the people, they’re out of work, need to be challenged or money,” she said. As for closing the deal, “don’t send gift baskets, a handwritten note is perfect. Write a thank you note with a reminder about your skill set that fit the job.”
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