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Asked by christoph on March 15, 2016

What is the best way to get a job as a Music Supervisor (or an asst. to one) for someone who studies film and music but has little experience?

Answered by Torrence, Hiring Expert at ADP, on March 22, 2016

Full disclosure - I do not work in the music/film industry but I do have a good friend who does and I gave him a call with the hopes of providing a solid answer. When asked -- without hesitation - he answered "internship." Just like most industries, getting your foot in the door is crucial to breaking into that specific industry with little-to-no experience. An internship provides an opportunity to not only gain the experience needed to position yourself as a viable candidate for future opportunities - it also enables you to increase your network within that industry. We all know, it's not just what you know, but who you know. The music/film industry relies heavily on networking and availability. I would encourage you to vigorously land an internship/apprenticeship, work really hard and make a concerted effort to build your network in that industry. Hope that helps!

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Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on March 29, 2016

There are a few answers for anyone that is looking to break into a particular field and get their first job with very little experience; 1. get you foot in the door, 2. network, 3. apply, apply and apply!  Get you foot in the door means taking a position that "may" lead to the position you are looking for.  It means looking for a position that may be something you never thought you would want to do (answer phones, book appointments), however it will give you the opportunity to showcase the skills you have, and the determination and drive and the quality that everyone is looking for, and that is you will do what it takes to get the job done!  Networking is imperative!  You must get out there and meet people and MOST IMPORTANTLY let them know what you are looking for and ask them to be an advocate for you.  Think about networking much like the scenario where you tell one person something and then they tell 10 people and then that 10 tell 10 and on and on.  In order to network and be most effective at it, it's critical to have a business card and an excellent elevator speech.  An elevator speech is a VERY brief overview of your greatest attributes, experience, what you are looking for and what you have to offer any company that will give you a chance, often under two minutes. Look for alum networking events, industry get togethers, look to joining an organization and attend every event with the goal of getting 5 advocates, imagine how quickly your network can grow with that as goal.  And finally, you will never get an opportunity to interview without applying.  It is so important to apply to every opportunity that interest you, where you meet the qualifications.  Remember, go back to #!, get your foot in the door, you have to apply to do that.  Set a goal for yourself, that you will apply to 2 jobs per day and hold yourself accountable. Best of Luck to you!

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Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on January 30, 2017

I would recommend 3 possibilities for breaking into this industry:
1) Look for an unrelated position at a company that has this type of position. Perhaps as an assistant. After you get into the company you could gain insight into the world and work towards getting noticed and moving up the chain internally.
2) Obtain an internship. Internships are a great way to obtain experience in areas that you don’t have any or knowledge. Be prepared to not be paid or to be paid very little, and also your work may include tedious tasks. It is also a great way to network and get your name out there.
3) Enroll in a formal education. This would be my strongest recommendation. This will allow you to really have the best chance of getting into this industry. You could seek out an internship while in school. The combination of the internship and the formal education will make you a very competitive candidate.
I wish you all the best in your career search!
-Nell

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