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What 8 sections you should include in your photographer resume
While including every one of these sections is overkill, you’ll want to carefully consider which ones will have the greatest impact on your resume mission.
1. Your Bio
This is a simple but vastly underrated resume section. Just a few words under your name describing who you are, what you do, or what your mission is can have a significant impact on how someone reads the rest of your resume. Your bio is a kind of primer, giving context for all the other information on your resume.
In Nikolay’s example below, knowing he’s also a visual journalist helps the reader understand some of his work and awards.
2. Your Strengths
If you’re skilled in a specific area of photography (like wedding, photojournalism, sports, etc.) this can be a great place to mention it. Of course, as mentioned above, you should back this up in other areas like your experience section as well. In any case, this can be a compact section which quickly explains where your talents as a photographer lie.
3. Your Experience
This is the section at the heart of any resume, including one for a photographer. What’s important is getting it right, however. Don’t include experience that is unrelated to your work as a photographer and doesn’t demonstrate any of the skills or qualities you want to emphasize. Again, think about the reader and only include things which will be meaningful to them.
4. Your Uniqueness
Most people looking to hire a photographer don’t want generic photos (most of us have some amateur we know who could do that just fine). So show what makes you different. This can be in your work, but it can also be in your passions, your artistic sensibility, or how you spend your time (our My Time section is an Enhancv exclusive and perfect for this).
5. Your Languages
This will vary from person to person, but being able to communicate in other languages can be a real blessing in the right circumstances. Photographing a wedding where half the party only speaks Spanish? Looking to travel overseas for a nature shoot? Speaking the relevant language is very helpful in both cases, so it’s worth mentioning.
6. What you’re most proud of
The value of this section is similar to that of number 4 above. It’s a great place to show achievements that wouldn’t normally fit on a resume like funny experiences on jobs, overcoming hardships that define you, or just achieving a lifelong dream. See how Nikolay’s achievements section makes his values, interests, and accomplishments clear all in one.
7. Your philosophy
Do you have a photography idol who’s philosophy you follow? Do you have your own guiding principle for how you work? This is the perfect place to include information like that.
8. Your contact information
This may seem obvious, however, this is more complicated than it seems. Be sure to spent a minute thinking about how you’d like to be contacts and what type of information is best to include here.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the photographer role you want
Applicants who rely solely on their resume to get an interview have less than a 2% chance of getting an interview. At the same time, the sales industry is downsizing (in the US). As you can see, it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting hired. This includes leveraging personal connections to get referred to a job.
So before you start applying for a new sales role, check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our complete guide to getting job referralsа> for more actionable tips.
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