NYWIFT Talks with HR Expert, Joanna Giordano

In our September 30, 2020 NYWIFT Talks, we joined HR Expert, Joanna Giordano to discuss your resume! Addressing topics such as format, content, process, systems. The conversation was moderated by NYWIFT Board President, Jamie Zelermyer.



Joanna Giordano has worked in HR Recruiting for 10+ years including HBO/WarnerMedia and Financial Services. She has seen thousands of resumes including the good, the bad, and the ugly. She offers insider insight and education on how the resume applies to the application and selection process. She enjoys helping people discover valuable connections between life experiences and their big picture goals including paid & unpaid work, hobbies & passions, side hustles and paying the bills. She knows the struggle firsthand as she has done the following: left a toxic workplace, stayed at a job for the people, gone back to school, pivoted careers, added a side business to my plate, overcome a gap in work history. She has lived in Japan and France. She holds a Masters in Health Promotion from Columbia and a certificate in Employment Law from Pace. She is a Certified Health Coach and Bike New York Volunteer Ambassador 2019. [Note: Views expressed are my own. I am in no way involved or able to assist with applications to roles within WarnerMedia.]


Jamie Zelermyer is the President of the NYWIFT Board of Directors and has been a New York based Producer and Production Executive for the past 20 plus years. Currently she is Producing IFP Week 2019 which is a signature program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP). Most recently she was the Program Manager of Made In New York: Pilot Competition, a program founded by The Mayor’s Office of Film Media and Entertainment to tackle gender inclusivity in the television industry. Jamie Executive Produced the two winning half hour pilots and Executive Produced season 1 of the winning show entitled Half Life starring Larisa Oleynik and Nancy Giles. Prior to this she produced Ratter starring Ashley Benson and Matt McGorry which was released by Sony Worldwide in March 2016. She was the VP, Physical Production at Focus Features / Rogue Pictures for six years ending in November 2012. At Focus she oversaw such movies as AdmissionOne DayJane EyreSin Nombre and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Prior to Focus Jamie was a Line Producer and Production Manager working on films such as Igby Goes DownBoys Don’t Cry and You Can Count on Me. Over the years, she has had the privilege to work with a number of notable directors including Steve McQueen, Lone Scherfig, Kenneth Lonergan, Cary Fukanaga and Kimberly Pierce. Jamie is on the board of New York Women in Film and Television, and is an adviser on NYWIFT’s The Writers Lab, a program for female writers over 40 funded by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. She is a graduate of Bard College. 



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About NYWIFT Talks

NYWIFT Talks is a new weekly series to bring updated news and vital information about the impact of COVID-19 on the media and entertainment industry. Industry professionals will be in conversation discussing what you need to know about theatrical releases, digital advances, virtual tools, festival opportunities, production updates and more. 


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