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If you want to be a professional dancer, you need to have a fantastic resume. Professional dancing is a difficult and competitive career, so you need create the best resume that anyone has ever seen. This sample resume has some great information, but it needs an overhaul to be competitive. Here are some things that you should consider when using it to make your own professional dancer resume.
Begin With a Professional Summary
You need to start your resume off with a fantastic professional summary. This introduces yourself to your potential employer and shows them what you can do. Your professional summary should never be in first person and should begin with a title and years of experience. For example, this would be a great professional summary. Professional Summary Hard working professional dancer with 15 years of experience. Proficient in Jazz, Lyrical, Broadway, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop. Have been trained by top-notch choreographers and performed in many dance competitions. Been performing for 6 years. Can perform as a single, due, trio, or group. A professional summary like this shows potential employers what you can do and how long youve been doing it.
Know Order of Importance
Your resume should be done in order of importance. Think of the most important things that an employer needs to know in order to hire you. After a professional summary, there is generally a skills section. Sometimes people list certifications or awards before the skills. They can be listed after, too. This sample resume has a list of all the applicants past dance instructors at the top, just under information from dance workshops. This information isnt the first thing an employer needs to see. Putting a skills section after the summary is always a safe bet. If you want to do awards, that is okay too. Skills should list some information about what you can do pertaining to the job. Make sure they show how you work with others, including your superiors as well. For example, you will want skills such as:
In regards to the sample, the awards should come next, followed by performance experience. At the bottom, the performance experience and the dance workshop information should be at the bottom. They both would be in an education and training section. Combining them would be less confusing for your potential employer. Here is an example of how it would look. Dance Training and Education Dancers Workshop – Austin, TX Jazz:
This is much less confusing, doesnt repeat information, and will let your employers see what they need to see.
Dont Use Colors
A colorful resume is distracting and looks unprofessional. This sample resume has blue headings with gray text. The text is a bit difficult to read and the headings are too bright. Its better to use all black text when writing a resume. If you want to use gray, it should be a few shades darker. Just bold the headings so they stand out above the rest of the text. The borders that are on the headings work really well to make them stand out. Those are something that you should use for your own resume. This sample professional dancer resume has a lot of great information. It needs to be reorganized in a proper order, with an added professional summary at the top. The changes will make the resume stand out among others, which is exactly what you want for yours. Use this information, along with this sample resume to build your own on LiveCareer.