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Well done Julia!

 

Congratulations to our Managing Consultant Julia Walton for winning a (much needed) cat by securing 20 first interviews this week! A fantastic and inspirational achievement.

 

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The apprentice 2014

I was at a wedding yesterday and somehow a conversation started about the Apprentice 2014 with a friend. We were confused who will bag the £250k as both of the finalists were quite strong. My opinion was if Sir Alan Sugar wanted to take a risk, he would go for Mark Wright. I was glad when during the decision making conversation his advisor Nick Hewer actually referred Sir Alan Sugar as a ‘product man’, means my guess was correct! The concept of digital marketing is not new, but somehow it is still very much of a confusing area for a lot of us. It is not something that you can see or touch but it does amazing job to make your business successful.

 

Now, what made the Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright’s business plan outstanding and why was it better compared to Bianca Miller (despite her very strong business concept)? It’s all about Digital marketing! This is becoming the first priority for all businesses regardless size or industry.

 

As an example for the recruitment industry, everything is happening online now. Back in 1994, job seekers used to hand out printed CVs, search for jobs on newspaper/ vacancy signed windows/ job centres/ through friends etc.  Now the whole recruitment process can be completed online, from signing up to recruitment agencies/ job boards to searching/ applying for jobs. Virtual interviews, job boards competing to stay on page 1 of all search engines, company research for interviews EVERYTHING that you can think of are available online and this is where digital marketing is stepping in! The world has gone mobile, to meet the changed consumer need, businesses are being forced to change marketing/ sales strategies and of course, go mobile. Digital marketing not only helps to create online presence but this is the best way to generate business in the recruitment industry. According to socialtalent.co, 21% job seekers said they search for jobs on the go as they think it’s easier and quicker. So it’s all about time! You need to make sure your jobs are being advertised to the correct place, to the correct target group at the right time. You need to make sure the contents you upload are well structured and easy to read so that people actually read and don’t bounce back from the site, so keep them on your site, knowing more about your business.

 

Now a day, a business without social media presence is not a complete business. There is a Facebook, Linked In, Twitter group for every type of business, not only because it is free but also it can easily attract the correct group of people very quickly. Not to mention all other groups such as YouTube channel, Google Plus, Printerest… and the list goes on. Successful digital marketing will ensure your business is on top of all competition and easily available online to your target market (yes, going back to the Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright, the ‘Climb Online’ – this is what he named his business for the final task. I think the branding was brilliant apart from Solomon and James’s entertainment part for the presentation!).

 

As one of the top media recruitment agencies, we do recruit for digital marketing roles. We have specialist consultants who will be happy to help whether you are looking for a digital marketing job or you are searching for the best digital marketing specialist to join your business (climb at the top as Mark Wright would say!). So feel free to call us on 0207 359 8244 or click here to send us and email.

 

 

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How to get into Conference Producer jobs?

 

As one of the leading recruiters for the conference industry, we place many people into their first Conference Producer jobs. As it is both a misunderstood area of work, and clients do not tend to hire recent graduates (even for their trainee roles), we are often asked “how can I best position myself to apply for Conference Producer jobs?”

 

The first thing to understand when applying for Conference Producer jobs is what exactly are the employers looking for. The starting point for a Trainee Conference Producer tends to be:

 

  • 2:1 or first class degree in either a business or academic discipline, plus strong A-Level grades/baccalaureate
  • At least 6 months’ (preferably a year’s) commercial experience to build up transferable skills
  • Strong research, analysis, project management and communication skills. Also evidence of being willing to cold call, as a Conference Producer will make a lot of research calls
  • Frequently clients also like an international outlook, therefore secondary language skills or evidence of being well travelled

 

We would therefore firstly recommend that you check that you fulfil the above criteria and demonstrate it effectively on your CV. This itself often leads to a further question from those applying for Conference Producer jobs:

 

What commercial experience is best?

 

We would recommend that the best jobs to build up the transferable skills mentioned tend to be sales, recruitment/business consultancy, market research or something that involves project management and/or analysis. If you are applying for Conference Producer jobs in a particular industry vertical you may also want to gain experience in that market (i.e. work in law to become a Legal Conference Producer, or in finance to specialise in the financial market).

 

You should also demonstrate that you fully understand what a Conference Producer does – employers are overwhelmed by CVs of people thinking it is about party/event management! You should therefore add in a few lines as a “Profile” section of your CV, that outline what the skills are, how you reflect them and why you want to be a Conference Producer.

 

Finally, anything on your CV that makes you stand out will also help – academic prizes, interesting activities outside of work, examples of where you have taken initiative/shown leadership etc.

 

If you would like any help in finding your first Conference Producer job, or are an experienced Conference Producer considering your next move, then please get in touch.

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and the winner of our Christmas decoration competition is…

 

Team 4!  Well done to Chiara and Jacques!

 

Chiara & Jacques with their snowman!

Chiara & Jacques with their snowman!

Winner of our 2014 Christmas decoration competition!

Winner of our 2014 Christmas decoration competition!

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Photos of our Christmas decorations!

Team 1 - Rupert & Tallie & Rayhana

Team 1 – Rupert & Tallie & Rayhana

Team 2 - Hugh & Maria

Team 2 – Hugh & Maria

Team 3 - Julia & Hany

Team 3 – Julia & Hany

Team 4 - Jacques & Chiara

Team 4 – Jacques & Chiara

Team 5 - Alys & Josh

Team 5 – Alys & Josh

Everyone has been so creative and worked hard to win. Winner will be announced tomorrow!

 

 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Media-Contacts-Recruitment-Consultants-LLP/245311135517828

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Christmas decoration competition!

 

So, today is the deadline for our Christmas decoration competition! Keep an eye here to check out what our teams have created and we will announce the winner tomorrow…

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Interview questions for Conference Producer Jobs

 

We already have a few articles on what conference producer jobs are, the job responsibilities of a conference producer and other interesting facts about this industry on our blog. Forewarned is forearmed, so let’s look into some interview questions for conference producer jobs. First of all, it is crucial before any job interview to conduct proper company research, know as much as you can about the company where you are going for an interview, and also about the role that you have been shortlisted for. You should also research the company’s events – what are the topics, who are the speakers, where are the events held, who are the typical delegates and sponsors? A good level of industry knowledge, positive attitude, energetic personality and a genuine interest in the potential role will greatly benefit you during the recruitment process. Make sure you are focusing on your positive achievements so that you can add examples when answering a question during the interview. Some of the questions listed below were sourced though Glassdoor and interview-questions.com.

 

  • Give a story about yourself that tells us something about you.
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • If you were to produce a conference what would the topic be?
  • Aside from what is on your CV, what unique skill do you think you could bring to the firm that other candidates could not?
  • Practical test: Create a detailed mock conference agenda for a 2 day summit on new product development strategies.
  • What is your expected salary?
  • What is your usual role in a team?
  • What are your career goals as a Conference Producer?
  • What motivates you to work as Conference Producer?
  • How do you make the decision to delegate work?
  • Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
  • Specific example of a time when your work was criticised
  • Give some instances in which you anticipated problems.
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  • How do you keep each member of the team involved and motivated?
  • What was the most stressful situation you have faced as a Conference Producer?
  • How do you assemble the information?
  • How have you changed in the last five years?
  • What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to being a Conference Producer?
  • Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past.
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What is a typical career path in this job function?
  • How would you define success for someone in your chosen Conference Producer career?
  • Give an example of situations when your leadership skills were needed.
  • If you were hiring for Conference Producer jobs, what would you look for?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with another department?
  • What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? How you handle it.
  • What did you like least about your last job?

 

 

My personal recommendation on a bullet proof interview preparation is ‘understand the job description inside-out!’, once you understand the skills required for the role you are going to be interviewed for, it will be easier to tackle the interview questions. Some of the essential skills required for conference producer jobs are:

 

  • Business skills
  • IT skills
  • Research
  • Networking
  • Negotiating
  • Communicating at all levels
  • Copywriting
  • Initiative
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Persistent
  • Persuasive
  • Planning budgets
  • Project management
  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Some marketing/ public relations/ sales experience
  • Analysis

 

Finally, if you are looking for conference producer jobs or you are an employer and need help to find the best conference producer for your company – we can help! Please check out our latest jobs here. Also, our experienced consultants at Media Contacts will be very happy to help assist if you have any questions.

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