Friday 29th May

Learn Something new

FutureLearn is a great website offering course on all different subjects mostly for free ( although there are payable options, e.g. for the issue of completion certificates and subscriptions).

including First Aid (in collaboration with the University of Glasgow)

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/basic-first-aid

Some advice on writing ‘real world’ CVs

The good thing about your current theatre CV will be brevity and focus
The thing which doesn’t work so well is that it relies on the reader understanding the world (and jargon and language) of stage management and theatre to decipher your career moves
Keep the brevity but explain more about the skills which underpin your successful career to date.
As you will have a lot of short credits and gaps, try grouping your experience into subject areas (making it look a bit more like the corporate careers they will be used to seeing)
EG :
Theatre Plays and shows (reverse chron. order)
Live Events:  (reverse chron. order)
Musicals and Festivals:  (reverse chron. order)
Other work: (sparingly is appropriate)
We would suggest that – like the Freelist- you include your most recent three jobs just before these lists as well.

Some of the following depends on whether you are applying for a change of role but not a new career, or for a corporate job with career prospects:
They will most likely expect a personal statement and will need all relevant qualifications (including relevant CPD training)  and relevant skills listed accurately as appropriate.
You will be expected to ‘sell yourself’ and your skills for their job much harder than you probably need to do for SM jobs.
You will have a lot of credits, so in the categories choose the credits which you can use to indicate your suitability for the job you are applying for
‘ principal contracts include….’ 
If you have swapped between DSM/SM/CSM jobs, a word of two about why you made those choices (and that this is quite normal in an SM career) may be needed to stop a move from CSM to DSM looking like a demotion to corporate readers and appearing negative.

Rather than just listing jobs:
You should concentrate a bit more on the relationships that you built with people and companies to gain the jobs, highlighting companies which you returned to a number of times, directors and producers that you worked with more than once, etc.   Also highlight the skills that you employed to make the project work with the credit- e.g.  examples of good people management, calm successful management of stressful or pressured situations, unusual challenges and how they were met – but please be succinct. Make a point quickly and snappily and move on.

Awards and good results sell- try to include indications of success and achievement (e.g. ‘subsequently transferred to West End’; ‘the largest musical made at Derby Playhouse’; ‘Played to near capacity houses for the whole run’
‘The Stage Regional show of 2019’ ; ‘Chosen as the show to open the newly refurbished XYZ theatre’; ‘In that year my team was nominated for the SMA Stage Management Team Award’).  This may seem uncomfortable, but appropriate indicators of success are quite usual in CVs other than theatre.

You may find some of this useful:
https://www.michaelpage.co.uk/advice/career-advice/cover-letter-and-cv-advice/how-write-cv-when-moving-self-employed-employment
The advice here may be a bit basic but it is pretty good:
https://www.cv-library.co.uk/career-advice/cv/how-to-write-a-cv-tips/

Please SMA know if there are specific questions that you would like us to address

Spring Cueline : our latest edition is full of articles to inform, educate and entertain you and available for members to read now, with online training information and links, advice on box sets to catch up on, features and interviews with SMs, and even a great cookie recipe to try! Click on the link, download, set your PDF viewer to Two Page View and dive in!

Students: have you read Standing By -SMA’s new quarterly online bulletin for students which is in student members’ email inboxes now?

Also for students: If you’re a UK Stage Management drama school student, the SM students at @The_GSA have set up a group for mutual support and sharing of resources at this time and would love you to join: https://m.facebook.com/groups/224407542113819?view=info

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