Ways to Start Your Music Business Job Search
After graduating with a degree in music business, thinking about finding a job can be stressful. You are completely on your own, and there are so many directions you can take, but how do you land the perfect job? Here are four simple steps you can take to help jumpstart your job search.
Pick a Side
With a degree in music business, you have studied many sides of the music industry. Before you start your job search, you need to decide exactly what part of the industry you want to work in. Employers are more likely to hire someone who knows exactly what they want to do.
No one wants someone that says they will do anything because it demonstrates a lack of focus and drive. This is where an internship comes in handy. If you haven’t done an internship while in school, you might want to consider an internship before looking for a permanent job.
Internships are a good way to find out exactly what parts of the industry you like and may want to continue working in. Once you know what part of the music industry you want to pursue a career in, do research, a lot of research. Know your field inside and out, so you can impress employers in interviews.
Hopefully, you already have a resume. If not, there are dozens of templates, examples, and tips for constructing a resume on the Internet. Having a perfect resume is so important because sometimes the resume is all an employer looks at.
Your resume not only needs to be concise but also pleasing to the eye. You should always keep your resume up to date. Sometimes you may have to change things around depending on what types of jobs you are applying for, but for the most part, if your resume is an accurate representation of you, you can send the same one out to many jobs.
The cover letter, on the other hand, should be different every time you apply for a different job. Not all employers ask for a resume and cover letter, but if they do you should use this to your advantage. A cover letter is your way to grab the attention of the employer and fill in gaps or explain anything on your resume. In your cover letter highlight everything you can do to help the company, not what the company can do for you.
This seems like an obvious statement, but many people make the mistake in their cover letter saying how the company will help them with their career goals. To sum up, spend a lot of time with your resume and cover letter-these are what get you interviews.
Where do you see yourself? Whether it’s a big city or a small town, music is everywhere. You need to decide if you are willing to relocate. Most big-time music jobs are in Los Angeles, Nashville, or New York. Make a list of possible cities you can see yourself building a life in and try to narrow it down to two. This will help with your job tremendously when you know what direction you are trying to move in! If you do not have a location preference, there are jobs all over the country, even in the most unlikely places. If you are willing to move, your chances of finding a job are much higher.
Use your connections! Chances are if you graduated from a school offering a degree in music business, there are alums. Get the contact information from your school for others who have graduated with your degree and reach out to them. They have already gone through this process and can offer tips and advice; even better, they may know of some opportunities you can pursue or put you in touch with other people in the industry.