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Andy asks: "I am a writer, first and foremost. But my resume details an experience writing for television. How do I break out of the pigeon-hole I'm in and get employers to see me as a capable writer for any medium?"


Hi Andy,

Remember that the resume doesn't get you a job, the interview does. So, when you do have an interview prepare yourself to explain why you can write for any medium. Explain the skill sets present in writing for all media. That would be efficiency, researching, interviewing, wordsmithing, self-editing, fact-checking among others.

The other thing to do is try to get clips in newspapers or magazines. Write short articles on subjects you know about, apply those skills you have, get them published and then put those published clips on your resume. You could probably write articles on writing for TV or some aspect of the television business, find a local market for the piece of writing, and get it published.

Even non-paying gigs can jump start the process.

In any case, you will want to make a good case for yourself in interviews so think through the reasons why you are a capable writer and prepare to sell it to the interviewer. The more prepared you are, the better the results will be.

Good luck in your pursuits!


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