How do I get a publishing job in London?


Starting out on the publishing ladder? Or been working in the environment for years? This guide for obtaining a publishing job in London is a must read.

Keywords: publishing jobs in London, creative director jobs, medical writer jobs.

Finding a job these days is hard. You don’t need us to tell you that. It can often be harder for graduates trying to make that first step on the career ladder. Even if you’ve been among the publishing world for many years, there’s no guarantee your experience will outshine others. Particularly if you’re based in or wanting to move base to London. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help your CV stand out from the rest to ensure you get your desired publishing job in London.

To start, it’s important to realise just how heavily oversubscribed publishing jobs are anywhere, never mind London. It may also not prove to provide a large salary. Those with an English degree may look to publishing as a first port of call hence the many graduates whom appear on the market each year.

Talking of qualifications. It may not be necessary for you to have a MA or PHD. It may be of help and may certainly stand out to prospective employers, but it almost definitely does not guarantee you a better chance of getting that interview, never mind the job. So if you don’t have one, don’t worry. A standard degree however is seen as a minimal requirement.

Work experience in a relevant field can also be key. If we’re assuming you don’t have a job in publishing already, being able to work voluntarily for a few months will help on your CV. Even being involved in the university paper, radio etc will help. Alternatively, see if you can offer your services to the local church or town. As long as the experience can be related to publishing, it may just set you up for that all important publishing job in London.

Let’s say you’ve seen the perfect job advertised. What do you do? Firstly, try not to stack all your hopes on this one job and automatically think the job is yours before you’ve even met the employers. Instead, channel your energies in perfecting your CV and ensuring you’re introductory letter is flawless. Prepare at the same time for the interview. Make sure you’re able to answer any questions they may through at you by gathering as much information about the company itself. You never know, you may find a different area within that company that you’d prefer to work in!

When all said and done, you can appreciate the rewards and satisfaction a role within publishing can be. Finding, taking the time to really concentrate on how you will get that job, and then accepting a publishing job in London may be the best career move you ever make!

For further advice about roles within publishing, or creative director jobs, medical writer jobs and much more, contact the Media Contact’s team today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members have plenty of experience in helping people find their dream job.


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The importance of social media – Linked In


If you’re reading this on LinkedIn, then chances are you’re aware of the ever-increasing importance of social media in business, particularly when it comes to looking for a job. It really is difficult to understate the part that websites such as LinkedIn play in the 21st century recruitment process – googling ‘social media recruitment’ will return page upon page of results extolling the virtues of social media in both finding and filling a role.


As a candidate, there are two ways of approaching your use of social media: actively and passively. Taking a passive approach is not completely without merit (though clearly if you make more of an effort you’re likely to get better results); however it is important even if you’re not actively engaging with social media that if someone were to look you up they wouldn’t be horrified by the results. As almost everyone knows by now (or should know!), most potential employers will look you up on social media prior to making a hire to check for any potential skeletons in the closet.


In terms of proactive engagement, the situation becomes a little more complicated – how exactly do you get the best out of social media, particularly if you’re looking for a job? Focussing your energies on LinkedIn should be a priority – make sure you do the following:


  • Flesh out your profile – add your skills, experience and a brief summary of yourself using words related to your ideal job (you will then show up when a recruiter or employer is searching for candidates for such a job)
  • Join groups (all our jobs are posted to our LinkedIn group, for example) and follow company pages – this will make your profile more visible, particularly if you engage with other members
  • Make connections! After all this is what LinkedIn is all about. Look for people that might be able to introduce to you to other contacts in your sector.


These are just a few basic suggestions, but it’s a good place to start!

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Calling all Healthcare PR Account Executives/ Managers/ Directors, Medical Writers, Project Managers.


If you are looking for a new challenge or thinking to move on to the next level of your career, get in touch! We have a number of open jobs covering various aspects of healthcare communications, especially Healthcare PR, Advertising and Medical Education. Here is a link to some of our open vacancies.

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We have a number of open jobs covering various aspects of PR and communications, especially Consumer, Corporate and Financial PR (inc fashion & retail, travel, luxury & beauty, finance, technology, digital and advertising agency etc). Calling all PR Account Executives/ Managers/ Directors. Here is a link to some of our PR jobs.

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If you’re going to be graduating this year, now might be a good time to start thinking about how you plan to spend at least the next few years of your life – time ticks on and soon enough the 10p rise in the price of a pint at the union will be the least of your concerns.


While the graduate job market is definitely improving, with a recent study of employers predicting a 9% rise in graduate recruitment this year (BBC News), finding work can still be an incredibly trying experience (particularly if applying to the ultra-competitive grad schemes).


One major way in which a recruitment agency can help is in providing a trusted conduit to employers. The numbers in which graduates apply for jobs are such that many businesses simply don’t have the resources to cope with the recruiting process; for reasons of expediency, many potentially excellent candidates will be filtered out immediately on the basis of something minor. Recruiters play an important part in combating this: come to us, we’ll run through your options with you; provide impartial advice; and if we have an appropriate role, we’ll send you over to our clients with the Media Contacts seal of approval.


This way, candidates aren’t wasting their time applying for jobs they’re unlikely to get and, on the other side of the coin, employers aren’t seeing people that are unsuitable – everybody wins! That may sound a bit cheesy but there’s no denying the logic.


So, if you fancy yourself as a graduate trainee / Account Executive/ Sales Executive in the media sector and feel that your talents need bringing to the attention of a top class organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a number of open jobs and you can click here to know more about job search/ interview preparation.

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We have a number of senior/ junior Conference Producer jobs and Events Executive/ Manager/Director, Sponsorship and Delegate Account Manager jobs in various sectors. Here is a link to some of our open vacancies.

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Job market on the up!


According to a survey this week by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), nearly a fifth of workers are planning to move jobs this year. Of course it would be easy to cynically attribute this to a fit of post-new year enthusiasm on the part of the respondents, but there are real signs that the job market is picking up – if you are currently thinking about a change of job, now is as good a time as any!


You see, it’s not just employees and jobseekers that become (albeit often momentarily) filled with a greater sense of purpose when January comes around – plenty of employers are also making plans for the year ahead. An events company that decides to try and double its business in light of the economic recovery, for example, will obviously need more staff, with more conference producer jobs up for grabs as a result.


So why not make 2014 the year you find your dream job? Don’t let that initial feeling of proactivity dissipate; if you think you’re undervalued or could be achieving more elsewhere, then do something about it – of course, this is something that we can assist with. Whether you’re looking at medical writer jobs or account executive jobs, we’ll be able to help you!


by Joshua Havers

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Interview questions on Strengths and weaknesses.


Having recently been through the job search and interview process myself, I can testify that there is one thing that you’re always likely to get asked: what are your strengths and weaknesses?


While everyone knows what to say when asked about their strengths (clue: it’s the things that you’re good at), there are two trains of thought when it comes to how to respond to enquiries into your shortcomings.


Firstly, tell the truth. Of course there’s no need to go overboard – if you’re not a fan of collaborating with colleagues, then “I think I’m more suited to working independently” is infinitely better than “I don’t take kindly to being put in a team with idiots”.


The alternative, generally espoused by loud-mouthed city boys when giving advice to some terrified graduate they’ve cornered in the pub, is to cloak a strength in the self-deprecating language of a weakness. The best one I’ve ever heard (clearly ‘best’ is used advisedly here) is: “If anything, I’m too much of a perfectionist”. Quite what this means is a matter of debate, aside from meaning that the interviewer is going to think you’re a bit of a prat.


Like most things, the right answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. If you can think of an attribute that is generally useful but has caused you the occasional problem, that would be reasonable response. The most important thing, however, is to be honest. You won’t be doing yourself or your potential employer any favours if you fail to disclose your poor numeracy skills when applying for a job as a maths teacher. Click here to see some of our current vacancies.


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Bad hires


To the uninitiated, using a recruitment agency may seem like an unnecessary expense at a time when the economy is still only in the initial stages of recovery.

“Recruiters? Pah!” the naive albeit well-meaning director might shout. “I think you’ll find I’m perfectly able to hire my own Account Executive!”

Then after days and days of trawling through application after application, half of which are clearly the product of an overactive imagination and the other half of which seem to be the result of someone accidentally leaning on their keyboard, that same director who only the previous week had been filled with wide-eyed hubris can be found weeping into a pile of discarded CVs.

The issue is that finding the right person can be an enormously time-consuming job, and nowhere near as simple as it seems. Getting it wrong is a mistake that nobody wants to make.

All the evidence points towards a bad hire having severely detrimental consequences. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 62% of British employers have suffered from a bad hire in the past year, almost half of whom reported an associated cost of over £50,000. Recruiter fees aren’t looking like such an unnecessary expense now, are they?

I don’t think it’s too great a leap to make to assume that the majority of those businesses adversely affected by bad hires failed to avail themselves of the services of a competent recruiter. At Media Contacts, we use a stringent three stage process of screening candidates before we send them anywhere near potential employers: checking each applicant’s written credentials, followed by an in-depth assessment over the phone and finally inviting the very best for face-to-face interviews with two separate consultants. That way, the probability of you making a bad hire is absolutely minimal before you even start interviewing.

Deciding to go it alone when recruiting could well be a false economy – with bad hires having such a negative impact, can you really afford not to use a recruiter?


Source: CareerBuilder Survey (2013)


Keywords: Account Executive, Account Director, Recruitment agency, Media Contacts


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