Since I’m on my honeymoon this week, enjoy some of the finer stuff I’ve collected on my tumblelog over the last 4 years or so.
As a member of ASIFA-East, I met the fantastically charming Mr. Warburton, which was a thrill in and of itself seeing as he is the genius behind Codename: Kids Next Door. However after following his blog, a few posts appeared that gave a bit more backstory to him that meant I was actually far more familiar with his work than I thought I was.
Readers of a certain age will instantly recognise the character below. Irish readers of a certain age will also associate him with the old 2FM ‘Beat on the Street’ concerts that never once came to a town close to me.
Yes, it is Fido Dido, the iconic mascot for 7Up for years. Now while Tom didn’t create him, he did draw him for a time.
That’s not all though, he also worked on this character:
Yup, I remember watching that show when I was young too.
So there you go. All those years growing up in the remote north-west of Ireland, I never, ever thought I would meet the people behind such characters. However opportunities arise, and I’m pleased to say that’s put me in a position to meet such wonderful people.
Yesterday, Mr. Warburton (you read his blog, right) posted a post about resumes in which he absolutely nails the fact that some creative types have a very boring, traditional resume. He proclaims the need for a creative resume, and you know something? He’s right!
If you work in the creative arts, you would expect a portfolio/demo reel to do the hard work of showing off your creative talents, but why should you rely on just that? If you’re looking for a job, you should be using every single opportunity you have to try and grab that reviewers attention.
The resume is one area that is often forgotten about or neglected. Plenty of people think that it is simply a synopsis of your skills and nothing more and that’s the problem. The average resume gets a 10 second slot in which to impress the reviewer. A mediocre design will be glanced over and forgotten. One that stands out is more likely to be read which improves the chances of employment by a lot.
For starters, Resources has 70 creative resumes that you can use for inspiration. Sure, some are better than others but they are all much more than the minimum. Animators, you have some drawing skills, why not put them on your resume and let your reel do the heavy lifting for the actual animation.
Having a unique resume also does much more than make you stand out from the crowd, it also showcases your independent capabilities as well as a willingness and passion for your work. Which are all good signs potential employers like to see.
Creating a nice resume may take a little time, but won’t that be time well spent if you land a job?