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…
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
- Communicating at all levels
- Meeting deadlines
- Planning budgets
- Project management
- Remain calm under pressure
- Some marketing/ public relations/ sales experience
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.
Finding the right employee can be fundamental to any company’s success. Similarly, if a candidate is looking to move on to the next level of their career or change their career path, it is crucial to have some expert suggestions and assistance to secure the best and most suitable job. This is where a recruitment agency can play an important role both for the employers and job seekers.
What is a recruitment agency?
Simply, a recruitment agency is where employers can get help with filling a vacant position and a job seeker can get assistance with their job search. Normally recruitment agencies are industry specific, for example, PR recruitment agencies, media recruitment agencies, office recruitment agencies etc. Agency size also vary according to what industries an agency recruits for, location covered (national or international or both!) etc.
How many recruitment agencies in the UK?
According to the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation), there are about 8000 recruitment agencies in the UK.
Working process of a recruitment agency?
In general, the recruitment process involves new business & new candidate sourcing, advertising vacancies, interviewing candidates, meeting with clients, reference checking, matching available vacancies with suitable candidates and, on top of all, making sure a clear and precise communication is in place with both employers and job seekers. Once the employer gets a suitable candidate and the job seeker is happy to accept the job offer, the agency can charge an appropriate and agreed fee for the work.
There are about 100+ media recruitment agencies in the UK and Media Contacts is one of the most successful media recruitment agencies, offering the best recruitment services to the media, communications, marketing, PR, sales market.
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