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How Media Recruitment Agencies Can Find the Talent You Need

Media recruitment agencies can help you to find the top talent and cut your hiring costs.

 

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If you work in the media industry, you’ll already know how hard it is to secure the best talent. Competition is fierce, turnover can be high and costs to hire can be challenging, particularly where attrition is a problem. For these reasons, an increasing number of employers are turning to specialist media recruitment agencies for assistance.

 

 

The Benefits

One key benefit of using media recruitment agencies is that they are specialists in the field and can rapidly cut the lead times involved in recruiting talented candidates. Outsourcing the job can initially seem more expensive than keeping recruitment in-house, but the reality is that most businesses don’t have adequate internal functions to manage this specialist field, and operational managers can end up spending significant periods of time away from their value-adding day jobs trying to manage recruitment. This results in hidden costs for the business and opportunity costs through resource misalignment.

 

Access to Valuable Expertise

By using specialist media recruitment agencies, employers also gain access to specialist knowledge and expertise. This will help employers when developing their own recruitment strategies and can greatly improve retention and talent development in the long term. After all, if the right candidate is brought into the business, he or she is far more likely to deliver and succeed within it, cutting costs for the employer and instead generating measurable additional value.

 

A Full Range of Services

Your agency will also be able to offer additional complementary services such as access to flexible and part-time recruitment solutions when this is preferable compared to permanent hires. Your business can benefit from temporary, contract and temp-to-perm staff without the need to deal with national insurance, tax and other employer administration. You can also access recruitment and employment strategy consultancy to help develop your succession plans and consider your longer-term staffing strategies.

 

Access the Specialist Help You Need

Don’t risk making serious mistakes with your recruitment strategy. If you can’t access the talent you need to grow your business, then it will struggle to thrive and you may lose competitive advantage. Use an experienced recruiter and consider developing a partnership strategy to benefit from a broad range of services. You will find many possible agencies, and a considered selection process with an objective tendering approach will help you to find the right supplier for your particular business.

 

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Skills You Need To Succeed In Conference Producer Jobs

conference producer jobsHaving the correct skills for success is essential if you want the best conference producer jobs. Read on to find out more.

 

If you’re looking for conference producer jobs and a career in events and conference production, then it’s valuable to first do a skills audit and check that you are well matched to carve out a future in the field. Conference production can be stressful and demanding, and it can also be great fun and highly exciting to individuals with the right traits and skills.

 

Initially, you will be producing conference proposals for clients and defining the brief, agenda, outputs and particulars of the day – working according to client needs and budget. You will need to be creative, meticulous and knowledgeable when producing these proposals to ensure that everything can be delivered.

 

Once the brief is agreed, your role will be to leap into action and deliver the event itself. You will be sourcing speakers, and project managing the activities of the sales and event management teams. Conference producer jobs are also responsible for producing or leading on the production of event marketing and communication materials, from conference brochures to social media communications and engagement.

 

Either way, your role will be to deliver everything required to quality, time and budget standards. You will need to ensure that delegates have a truly memorable experience and that the conference is seen to be something special and desirable to attend. Relationships are at the heart of this role, and you will work with people in different roles and at all levels.

 

Other key skills for conference producer jobs are attention to detail, financial nous, negotiation, communication skills and excellent planning. You may also find that it helps to be naturally energetic and resistant to stress, as things can get a bit fraught in the run-up to any large event.

 

Remember that the best conference producer jobs tend to be hotly contested. Finding work experience in the industry is a great route in. Signing up to a niche recruitment agency in the field and maintaining a good and proactive relationship with the recruiter is also a great way to get ahead when hunting for those top conference producer jobs.

 

For more information please contact us or check out our website.

 

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Interview questions for Conference Producer Jobs

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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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Bill Gates’ Advice to School Leavers.

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There is an element of humour to these rules, but could some of these rules apply to the workplace?

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a fancy car until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parent’s fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes – learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying their bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet of your own room.

Rule 8: Your school my have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that in your own time.

Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life people have to leave the coffee shop to do real jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

We are one of the top media recruitment agencies in the UK. For further advice on your job search/ about roles within various sectors such as media, communications, PR, marketing, digital, sales, events… contact the Media Contact’s team today. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants have plenty of experience in helping people find your dream job.

 

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How do I get a publishing job in London?

Publishing jobs 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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Attention job seekers and employers! Is this the end of employer branding?

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I used to get a ‘look’ when I tried to explain to people why I didn’t fancy an iPhone and particularly hate Macs! It was all to do with ease of usage, so when that failed; the shiny Apple sign at the back of my only iPhone did not keep me and I did not think twice in switching to another brand. This example may not be directly relevant to the title of this article, but you get the gist!

 

Employer branding is being affected in a very similar way because modern job seekers don’t only look into company brand/ image anymore but they are considering on what else the employer has to offer. This reflects the survey findings published on the ‘Recruiter’ website. Findings suggest that:

 

  • Only 13% of the respondents (survey of 1026 UK respondents) thought that ‘company brand and reputation’ was a primary consideration when accepting their current role.

 

  • More than half of the respondents (57%) identified a ‘better work-life balance’ as a key motivator when changing jobs/ accepting new offers.

 

  • ‘Salary’ was the main factor to make a move for 43% respondents while 55% changed to their current job because of ‘better location’.

 

  • About 31% identified ‘job security’ was important and similar number of respondents said that they consider ‘opportunity for professional development’ when changing/ searching for jobs

 

This is a clear indication that job seekers are more aware of long term career goals and being serious to get away from the UK’s ‘workaholic’ lifestyle. Consequently, employers need to consider not only the salary/ benefit package but also look into polishing the company culture and keep employees on focus (remember the old saying, happy employees are more productive!).

 

Here is a list of some important factors to consider when taking a new job or offering a job.

 

  • Company culture reflecting better work/life balance
  • Career progression in the relevant industry
  • Company hierarchy/ career prospects within the company
  • Training and personal development
  • Regular performance reviews and mentoring
  • Location
  • Company history, stability and company reputation
  • Money (The ultimate motivator! Is it really?)
  • People within your company – boss and colleagues relationship
  • Workload and expectations – make sure you understand the new job responsibilities

 

The factors mentioned above are basic which may vary depending on what business you have or as a candidate, what level of experience/ qualification etc you have. Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment agencies in the UK and our experienced consultants will be happy to help candidates looking for jobs or employers looking for their next best employee. So, contact us on 0207 359 8244 or simply send an email to [email protected]

 

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