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How can I quantify achievement in a non-sales media job on my resume?

I work in media, but where I work is owned by a hedge fund.

My current job as a production coordinator (title) / in-house producer (what I'm actually doing) is on a 6-month contract that ends at the end of this month, and it looks like the CFO is on a cutting spree/hiring freeze.

My boss (who has emphasized to me over the last week that he feels my work has been exemplary) hopes he'll be allowed to bring me on full-time by November, but it's 40/60 on whether or not that will happen, as the creatives are considered a cost and not the revenue generators. Alas. As it is, there is one lead producer for all of the US, and I was her rescue. Now that she's being trained on things like multimedia app-buliding so that eventually she'll be able to produce such projects, she has even less time than before for producing all the other projects. Much of her work has fallen to me. However, I was warned that this may not matter to the higher-ups and to be ready to leave. Alas.

My last resume was OK, but it was my cover letter and interview that got me this job. As I rewrite the resume to include this current position, what I'm wondering as a non-sales, non-marketing person is, how do I quantify my achievements to make me stand out? I don't have numbers or percentages to work with as sales folk do, but I want to make it clear that I started as more or less an admin and within a month was actually producing projects for the company's clients, from creating and maintaining project budgets and holding kickoff meetings with them to hiring freelancers, drafting contracts and editing scripts to delivery of final content.

Also, on past jobs doing similar work, I didn't think to create a portfolio of media with the projects I worked on, and I'm not sure how I can do that for this job either. Not doing so has kept me stuck in admin, while I'm capable of higher-level work. I'm not sure how a producer points to what they've done and says, "Yeah, I was the engine that could and did on that production." Any and all suggestions welcome. Thank you.
posted by droplet to Work & Money (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Did your projects come in on time and on or under budget? Were you responsible for hiring, negotiating, scheduling of all vendors and freelancers?

"within a month was actually producing projects for the company's clients, from creating and maintaining project budgets and holding kickoff meetings with them to hiring freelancers, drafting contracts and editing scripts to delivery of final content. "

There you go! That's what producers do (associate producers, production managers, etc.) so use that as your jumping off point.

Having copies of these projects would be a good idea. There must be a way to save the final versions of these on a portable drive.
posted by Ideefixe at 9:28 AM on October 2, 2011


Designed and produced landing pages for web lead generation program that resulted in a 50% increase in incoming lead activity, and at least 6 new clients that represent $600,000 of revenue, blah blah blah.

There was a business purpose to everything thing you designed. Find the stakeholders, who will most certainly have a vested interested in promoting their projects as successful. and get the applicable metrics or estimates direct from them.
posted by COD at 11:28 AM on October 2, 2011


I'm sorry, COD, it's not like that. The work I do is producing audio for cultural/historical sites. This company already has the clients I'm doing the work for, and now they're going to expand their options to include mutimedia apps.

I've not designed anything, actually, nor have any of my projects been rolled out yet for use as examples by the sales team to potential clients. The project I've worked on have come in on time; one came in early, and it's because I was able to take my TV/film experience and use it to advantage.

Although I did come under budget for a couple of these projects, I haven't been given to know by how much.

It's a corporately sort of place, which I'm not used to as a TV/film production type, thus my question.

Thanks.
posted by droplet at 7:30 AM on October 3, 2011


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