I work at Sony Music in NYC and I applied online and got a call about a week later. They actually do hire from the website just as much as they hire from within. There are a lot of people that apply to the jobs and a lit of them have experience, so you need to be a great fit for the job description. For example, if 100 people apply to a job online, maybe 20 or 30 of those resumes actually make it past HR and to the hiring manager. Maybe 10 will actually get an interview. AND even if you are hired from within, you still apply on the website. There are people that do get hired because of who they know, but that happens at every company.
Most people that get the jobs have prior label experience or have interned at a label. Some of them majored in some sort of music field in college. Knowing local artists doesn't get you ahead. Everyone knows the local artists. If you want to be in A&R, don't waste your time. No one moves from that dept.
Sony Australia is a very small company which is why you might be having trouble getting in there. A lot of people there (and at all the Sony locations) hire people that were temps. Find out their local temp agency that provides them with people and apply there. Most temps quit or don't work out so you have a good chance if you try to do that and then do a good job once you get the temp job.
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Pitch Yourself for an Internship: Cover Letter Sample for Internships
Writing a letter to get an internship can be intimidating. By using well-chosen words, you can make a good impression. While your letter needs to be customized to individual circumstances, this sample cover letter below can help an aspiring intern’s cause.
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December 1, 2008
Mr. James Crowley Finance Manager Acme Inc. 555 W. Applegarth Blvd. Anytown, TX 75000
Dear Mr. Crowley:
Two of your former interns, Brian Hodges and Martha Smith, suggested I contact you regarding finance internship opportunities. They are familiar with my background and felt I would be an excellent match for your summer internship program.
Currently a junior majoring in finance at UNT, I have demonstrated strong academic performance in all finance courses, maintaining a 3.5 GPA in my major. The courses I have completed have given me a solid foundation in the tools, processes and methodologies involved in the successful analysis and management of portfolio-investment strategies. I have a proven ability to learn challenging concepts quickly and have developed competencies in diverse areas, including:
- Industry research/information sourcing
- Comparative analysis
- Quantitative analysis
- Pro forma analysis
- Cash-flow analysis
- Financial modeling and asset valuation
- Portfolio and asset management
- Insurance plans and mutual funds
- Retirement and estate planning
- Tax planning and investment strategies
In addition to my analytical strengths, I bring to the table advanced computer skills (with cross-platform exerptise in Windows and Mac); expertise in the MS Office suite of products; and familiarity with programming languages including SQL, HTML and VB.
Since starting college, I have worked part-time (summers/holidays/evenings) as a clerk at Wal-Mart. In this position, I have earned a reputation for consistently exceeding company and customer expectations. Wal-Mart’s store manager has asked me to return this summer, but I yearn to gain corporate finance experience. I am impressed by Acme’s innovation and success, and I would very much like to be part of such a winning company.
The enclosed resume provides more details of my skills and achievement track record. If you agree that I would make a valuable addition to your team, please feel free to call me at (555) 555-5555 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know you are busy, so thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you.
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