Keep resume simple, explain skills, mine company website

Finding the right place to apply for a job online is becoming as hard as getting that job.

For people seeking positions in the entertainment industry, sites like Monster.com or Craigs­list are still a resource, while CareerBuilder and the Ladders are now hot spots. Smaller below-the-line sites such as the jobs board on 2-popforums.com and Awn.com focus on posts in the animation and f/x realm.

But don’t overthink the application process, HR pros warn. In a market where job recruiters are looking at hundreds of resumes a day, keeping it simple helps a person stand out, says Mark Torres, Variety‘s VP of human resources. “Some people try too hard when they submit resumes,” he reveals. “The objective when handing one out is to create a brief and accurate snapshot of why your skill set fits with the job you are applying for.”

Torres adds that the best place to begin a search is the company a job seeker is targeting. “Be proactive and pick the companies where you want to work and go to their websites to apply,” he says. “Most companies have their own job boards now, whereas those other sites can sometimes cost a lot of money to use. Research vertical job sites that specialize in your area of expertise.”

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