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The resume is of course one of the most important pieces of the whole "getting the television internship" puzzle. It along with the cover letter is what is going to represent all your achievements and qualifications to the intern coordinator. Think of it, your whole life summarized on one piece of paper. Remember, the word resume has origins from French, meaning "to summarize." So at the risk of sounding French...resume, resume, resume...keep it short and sweet.

There are generally two types of resumes - the chronogical and the functional.
 
 
So many people focus all their energies on the resume that they neglect to put the same time and effort into their cover letters...BIG MISTAKE!  The cover letter is just as important as the resume.  It can make the difference between two close candidates.  Since we are talking about TV here, let's make the analogy that the cover letter is one of those TV promos for a new show.  If the cover letter isn't interesting, unique, or doesn't catch your interest or attention, chances are you are going to flip the channel and not tune it.  That is a television (and in this case, TV internship) disaster.
 
The cover letter should be thought as a supplement to the resume...that is, it is one part of a two part attack.  Remember, the resume's purpose is to list one's past work experiences and skills.  However, the resume is limiting in the fact that it is pretty much a list.  The cover letter is your chance for a bit more explanation and description.

THE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME

The chronological resume is the more frequently used resume. However, that is not to say that it is the best format to use. Generally, the chronological resume lists one's past work experiences starting from most recent to least recent.  The strength of the chronological resume lies in the fact that it can help the employer (in this case, the internship coordinator) see what specific experiences you have had in specific jobs that relate to your field.  For example, let's say that you are looking for an internship in sports.  Perhaps your chronological resume may include stints working for your college newspaper in the sports department.  Maybe one summer, you worked with a local sports team in some manner, or maybe you worked at the sports information office for your school.  These are all specific sports related jobs that can be put on your resume and tailored to getting that television internship. 
 
The key with the chronological resume is to be as specific as possible.  You want to emphasize your skills that are relevant to the specific television field you are trying to get an internship with.  If you are applying to different types of TV internships, you may need to have several types of resumes handy.

THE FUNCTIONAL RESUME

The functional resume is appropriate for those individuals who may have a lot of work experience but maybe just not in the particular field that he or she is applying to.  In this case, if you are one who has had a plethora of different jobs and internships in the past but doesn't necessarily have the TV internship experience, you would probably want to utilize the functional resume format.  The functional resume highlights not so much one's employment dates and job titles but emphasizes transerable skills and accomplishments.
 
The functional resume allows you highlight and emphasize your responsibilities and abilities from non-television jobs or internships that can be successfully transferred to the field of television.  The key to writing a functional resume is to highlight characteristics or experieces that show innovation, a sense of responsibility or management, or a sense of responsibilities.

Tip:  Proofread your resume and utilize underlinking, boldface, bulletpoints, and italics to make your resume stand out. 
 
For more pointers about how to create an eye catching resume, examples, and more information on which resume best suits you check out our "Insider's Guide" page.
 
Tip:  Although, the cover letter can help you "flesh out" some of your accomplishments and skills, that is not to say that the cover letter should be lengthy.  The cover letter for the most part ought to be limited to one page.  There are special cases and exceptions where there is an exceptional and extremely relevant purpose but remember you don't want to overwhelm the reader with text and exposition.
 
For more tips on how to write a cover letter guaranteed to catch someone's eye, be sure to visit our Insider's Guide section.