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Job Searching in Film During COVID

The pandemic has left the film & entertainment industry in a pretty challenging spot. As social distancing measures have left much of the industry at a standstill, layoffs and furloughs have hit with high numbers. While this may seem challenging, there are still things you can do to build your skills and grow your network. Here are suggestions if you’re searching for jobs in film & entertainment: 


Review your skillset

As someone interested in film, you probably have a lot of unique skills and abilities. Identifying your skills will help you see how they can connect to different types of opportunities and career options. 

Explore new skills

The pandemic has presented a lot of opportunities to develop new skills with free online courses. Remote tools like Asana, Slack, and Zoom will become more connected to work culture, so consider learning these tools to expand your skill set. 

Join an online community 

Connecting with people who share similar career goals will help you in your job search. In response to COVID, many online communities have begun sharing information about recruiting opportunities and jobs. Check out the slack filmmakers communityfreelancers, and the writers hangout

Connect with industry professionals 

Connecting with industry professionals is a way to build your network. Through LinkedIn and DePaul’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge network, you have access to alumni in a variety of industries. Attend online networking events to connect with professionals in the industry. Use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to stay connected to the industries. 

Consider using freelance apps 

Freelance apps are a way to get experience on projects for payment. Apps like Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, and Toptal offer ways to get project-based work, which will give you practical skills and make you competitive for future opportunities. 


Need help identifying your skills or career options? Come visit us virtually!
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