I have heard mixed opinions on whether a cover letter is important or not. I personally believe it is – but… only well written cover letters! A cover letter should accompany a precisely focused CV; explaining your suitability for the role with examples referring to the CV. Whether you are looking for ‘conference producer jobs’ or ‘medical writer jobs’ – the overall job market is very competitive. You have to think about how to grab the hiring manager’s attention to stand out. Of course you need a nicely prepared CV and this will be incomplete if you don’t explain your experience and skills, showing why a potential employer should shortlist you instead of other applicants!
Based on personal experience and some online findings, let’s have a look on how you can prepare that winning cover letter:
- One for all!
I receive countless job applications where applicants do not personalise the cover letter with who they are writing to or for which role. I get the feeling that ‘I am too busy applying for jobs!’ – I am afraid a ‘one for all’ cover letter will not get you anywhere. You should take time to understand the role you are applying for, customise you letter reflecting the job description and elaborate relevant experience from the CV to show the hiring manager how you are suitable for the advertised role.
- Do you know about my business?
So you are applying for the ‘conference producer jobs’ we have advertised, but do you know what type of business we are? What is our mission or how long have we been in the industry? It is impossible to write a good cover letter without doing some research. A well researched cover letter stands out and assures the hiring manager that you already know or at least tried to understand their business and you are interested!
- Watch out the length
Recruiters generally deal with hundreds of applications every day. To make sure you’re CV and cover letter don’t end up in the rejection folder, keep them short and focused. It should be easily readable and understandable.
- Link and refer to the CV
Remember, a cover letter is a supporting document for the hiring manager to understand your suitability based on the information that you provide in the CV. Therefore, you should link both documents by using skills and experiences as examples.
- Follow the job description
Job seeking is hard work and requires patience. But, if you keep applying by just looking at the job title, and with very little or no understanding of the requirement of the advertised role, then I am afraid you are wasting valuable time! Understand the job description inside out to sell your skills/ experiences for the advertised role.
- Check & correct all spelling/ grammar mistakes, pretty please!
Well the above can happen but you should check and double check before clicking on that ‘send’ button! All jobs require up to certain level of attention to detail, imagine you are applying for medical writer jobs and your CV/ cover letter has grammar or spelling mistakes – most of the hiring managers will probably stop reading further. No matter what role you are applying for, please make sure the CV and letter are spot on, without any silly spelling/ grammar mistakes.
- A second opinion
Having a second/ expert opinion will help you to identify any error or misleading/ confusing content in the CV/ cover letter. Sometimes, to even suggest on better examples! You can get a friend or family member to help. But, based on my experience of working in one of the most successful media recruitment consultants in London, you can get the best expert assistance from an experienced recruitment consultant. How? The consultant already has dealt with the hiring manager and probably placed other people within the company, so they will not only be able to help you with industry knowledge, but also can provide customised guidance on CV/ letter preparation (and if shortlisted, you can get help with interview preparation).
Our experienced and friendly consultants at Media Contacts can help candidates looking for jobs in the media communications industry (namely PR, healthcare PR, conference, sales, marketing, digital, publishing, medical writing). Here is a list of our live jobs, you can contact us on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]
It is an amazing Monday morning in London today, bright and sunny. So waking up in the morning was not as difficult as it would be in a dark winter morning! However, luck was not on my favour today, so had to be late in the office after two passenger alerts on the train, my oyster card stolen and standing still on the train with a fellow passenger constantly coughing right on my shoulder..ha! I am a rather optimistic person, but while waiting on the delayed train, I could not help but overhear conversation on moaning Mondays and how so many people are not looking forward to their week at work. I was thinking to write something on the non-stop delayed trains, but I changed my mind. Working for one of the best media recruitment agencies in London has made the option to look into work/ career satisfaction a lot more interesting!
Why the moaning?
Good old question is – are you going to the perfect place to do what you enjoy to begin your day? Occasional moaning is probably natural, but constant unhappiness should be questioned.
Based on the CIPD Employee Outlook 2014 survey findings, the main reasons can be identified as:
- Job satisfaction and engagement
- Employee attitude towards managers
- Pressure at work
- Work-life balance
- Employee attitudes and the economic downturn
One of the main reasons that I personally believe is – lack of preparation and planning towards a career path.
What do you want to be when you grow up? All of us had to answer this question. Answer changes as we grow up. But, I find it difficult to understand when someone says to me they are going to the university just for the sake of getting a degree and don’t know what they want to do! I believe, before A Levels, students should know what they want to do, let’s say – after graduation, I will start with conference producer jobs or account executive jobs and move up to the PR industry! When I was working as a student recruiter at LondonMet, I actually received a statement letter from a prospective student, who not only explained why they wanted to do a specific degree but also had a very well planned career goal.
How to make things better?
So, first recommendation to beat all morning moaning perhaps is to set & go for your goal! Do self-assessments and get regular feedbacks from your managers/ colleagues so that you can concentrate on your strengths, work on your weaknesses. Few other tips based on some online findings are:
- Assess your role
- Being grateful feeds back into motivation
- Think back on your greatest achievements. Use previous success memories & skills to motivate now & in the future
- Keep challenging you – motivation needs to be stretched
- Reclaim your lunch break!
- Keep on moving and make a conscious effort to feel good
PS: Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment agencies in London. Feel free to contact our friendly and experienced team if you are looking for jobs such as conference prouder jobs, account executive jobs, medical writer jobs, marketing & sales jobs, digital jobs, publishing jobs in London.
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.
I remember my very first group presentation that I had to do as a fresher at university; I hated it. However, as part of my business degree, I had to do many more group and individual presentations and I am not quite sure when it became all very natural! Although there is a difference between academic and interview presentations, I strongly believe the basic points are same.
Being a successful media recruitment agency in London, we deal with countless recruitment processes where a presentation is used as a selection method. In a way, for interviews and presentation both involve the same techniques. You need to do your own research and be well prepared for interviews, and the same rules apply for a presentation too. So, what makes a recruiter use presentations during recruitment selection process? Not all job roles require a presentation to identify the right candidate. A recruiter will want to see the presentation skills of a person for vacancies which are customer facing, heavily focused on team work or management briefing, selling products or services to existing/ prospective clients, doing a high level of networking, public relations etc. for example, if you are looking for conference producer jobs, PR jobs, sales, digital or marketing jobs – it is very likely that you may be asked to do a presentation as part of the recruitment process. Here are some important tips to help you prepare for that winning presentation!
1. Be well prepared, and always have a plan B!
This is a very important – plan and structure your presentation. Are you going to do this presentation in person or virtually? Is the employer is expecting you to take a laptop? I always recommend people save their presentation on portable storage and also in their emails. Do you have handouts for the audience and is it already printed (this is not mandatory, but if you prepare any handout, make sure it is printed)? Check the route to the venue so that you don’t turn up late!
2. Research and understand your topic
Make sure you understand the purpose of your presentation. Typically a recruiter will try to understand your communication skills, how you interact with people, how you deliver information and of course how well researched your subject is. A presentation made with limited preparation can be disastrous no matter how well your CV looks or how highly skilled you are for the vacancy. Therefore, make sure you know what you are talking about and make others understand it!
3. Know your audience
Whether you are dealing with the employer directly or via a recruitment consultant, make sure you know the audience of presentation – as detailed as possible. For example how many people will be on the panel, their position/ expertise within the company etc.
4. Plan and display your presentation
It is natural to become a bit nervous during a presentation, especially if it is about getting your dream job! However, a good, structured presentation can help you overcome this problem and gain confidence. Your presentation should have an introduction; tell the audience who you are and objectives of your presentation. Depending on what topics you have been given to present on, make sure the PowerPoint slides are neatly designed. You should not use too many words or just an image. Each slide should contain precise information, using big enough fonts to make slides easily readable.
5. Look smart, relax and speak clearly!
It does not matter how good your presentation slides look but everything will be spoiled if the presenter is not dressed professionally! So look smart and deliver your speech very clearly (not too fast or not too slow!). Your tone of voice should be relaxed and welcoming.
6. Maintain good eye contact and interact with your audience
The most boring and ill prepared presentation is where a presenter reads line by line of their PowerPoint slides to the audience! So, please prepare your own notes. Show enthusiasm, smile and interact with your audience.
7. Manage the time and take good preparation for Q&A
All presentations should be time managed and you should save few minutes for Q&A. This is part of the planning process, and I always recommend practicing the presentation on your own and timing yourself. This is the best way to adjust your time and contents accordingly.
We are one of the top media recruitment agencies in London, our consultants help candidates who are looking for jobs in PR, Marketing, Sales and Events. All of these sectors may require an applicant to conduct presentation to prospective employers. Therefore, should you need our assistance, please get in touch with one of our experienced consultants on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]
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Two words; ‘Motivation’ and ‘Success’ are made for each other. Not only for a desired career but also for every aspect of our life. Let’s have a very quick look on how our work life gets affected by motivation. Whether searching for a job or already climbing the career ladder, in line with other relevant skills/ resources, we all need to have the motivation to achieve ultimate results. No work is easy and the level of stress/ destruction varies depending on the type of work we do. Whatever it is, having the correct level of motivation will ease all situations and lead towards the next level. The more we achieve the higher we would want to go, this is natural. Consequently, the thirst for success continues. Here comes the big question, ‘are you doing what you enjoy doing?’ I hear endless complaints everywhere about how unhappy people are with their job. Based on my experience, if you are stuck in a job that you are not interested, no matter how hard you try, it is unlikely to become easy. I cannot always create a happy bonding with all the projects that I manage at work, however, most of my projects are what I want to work on which still require self-motivation (plus inspiration from colleagues) and the good feeling after accomplishing these is incredible! A healthy relationship with your work will also lead to a good work-life balance. So, it does not matter whether you are a graduate or already working, think about what you are doing or would like to do in the short & long term, create your objectives and work towards achieving them.
Here are some interesting quotes to remind us the importance of selecting the correct career path and more importantly, stay motivated
- Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
- To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. Sister Mary Lauretta
- I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. George Burns
- My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. Pablo Picasso
- Most people don’t recognize success because it usually comes dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work! Thomas Edison
- You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain
- A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night. – Marilyn Monroe
- The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else…The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career! Earl Nightingale, Motivational Speaker
- Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Buddha
- We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it. Che Guavara
- They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Carl W. Buechner, Author
- I’m sick of people sittin’ in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape… then we have our experts on the topic… I’m in the ‘What’s next?’ phase of my career. Oprah Winfrey
- Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood . . . Make big plans; aim high in hope and work. Daniel Burnham, American architect (1846 – 1912)
- Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success
- Great heights by men reached and kept are not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upwards in the night. Longfellow
- When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home. Betty Bender
- One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. Elbert Hubbard
- To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. Pearl S. Buck
- When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. Henry J. Kaiser
- The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. Robert Frost
(Source: various online sources for quotations/ image – canstockphoto.com)
PS: If you are feeling enthusiastic and need help to get the dream job you are looking for, please get in touch with one of our experienced recruitment consultants. Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment agencies in London, helping employers & job seekers with Media, PR, Healthcare, Sales, Marketing, Digital recruitments (roles that we deal with on a daily basis are – conference producer jobs, account executive jobs, consumer pr jobs, healthcare pr jobs, financial pr jobs, tech pr jobs, medical writer jobs, marketing jobs, sales jobs, digital jobs, editorial and publishing jobs in London).
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.
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.
Team 4! Well done to Chiara and Jacques!
Everyone has been so creative and worked hard to win. Winner will be announced tomorrow!
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…