Writer/Director Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 3,200 Writer/Director resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing A Writer/Director Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Video Production, be sure to list it as a skill.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Writer/Director Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Writer/Director CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Writer/Directors, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on writer/director resumes is video production, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: comedy. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a writer/director.
Top Skills for a Writer/Director
Comedy, 7%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1

Video Production Internship

  • Maintained and processed episode, B-roll and spec database.
  • Researched and facilitated the selection of B-Roll for the production of the Costco Craze documentary.
  • Helped managed the show's social media websites including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Contributed to The Jerry Springer Show s Twitter account by mining and analyzing data.
  • Produced professional quality videos in news gathering style to the Woodstock Film Festival's youtube channel.

Example # 2


  • Instruct Singers, and Co-Produced Christmas Album with 5 Soloists and Background Vocals
  • Work with director, Antjuan Ward, in creating a unique look for a hour-long crime drama pilot.
  • Directed, DP'ed and edited the full length production Cornerstone Touchpoint.
  • Set up layout of daily blog posts and creating original content, as op- using HTML and CSS in WordPress.
  • Produced recruitment video for NYC office Developed concept/interview questions.

Example # 3

Production Assistant/Editor

  • Consulted with appliances clients regarding installation needs and basic setup and design.
  • Trained to learn all types of digital cameras from the small point and shoots to the larger more advanced DSLR cameras.
  • Retail sales of digital, 35mm, and DSLR cameras and accessories.
  • Monitored websites and Twitter to update companyside information in real time.
  • Maintain online video presence using YouTube and Wordpress.

Example # 4

Writer/Director (Part-Time)

  • Field producer for a talent shoot at the 2007 Daytime Emmys.
  • Acted as lead cinematographer for the second-half of production.
  • Worked directly with The Flama & Coca-Cola to create 4 five-minute youtube based videos for influencer Josh Leyva.
  • Experience with Cameras and shooting cinematic and motion shots.
  • Directed / shot B-Roll footage.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your writer/director skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from writer/director resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a writer/director, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Writer/Director roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of writer/director resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained