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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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A guide to Conference Producer Jobs

 

Conference producer jobs are one of the important roles within the events industry. Conference producers are entrusted with the responsibility to organise and plan a successful event or series of events which can involve having a say in every area of the event, from its inception, to its concept, to running it on the day. It’s a very busy and often stressful role but can be highly rewarding when an event you were responsible for is a great success.

Think you have what it takes to be a great conference producer?

Well here are the skills we think you’ll need..

What does a conference producer job involve?

The role is generally very varied. Conference producers jobs generally ensure that every week is likely be very different from the last.

Generally a conference producer’s main tasks are:

  • Writing a proposal for an event which involves a lot of in depth research and planning
  • Finding and attracting the right speakers to ensure a high quality event, which requires strong communication skills
  • Being responsible for the content of the events brochure, which involves strong writing skills
  • Finding sponsors to ensure maximum profitability of the event

 

What skills are needed to be a good conference producer?

  • Communication skills – the role will see you needing to contact a range of people via email and telephone including potential sponsors and speakers
  • Attention to detail – You will be responsible for every aspect of an event so it’s essential to pay high levels of attention to every major and minor detail of the event
  • Time management skills – There is a lot to plan when it comes to organising an event so ensuring you manage your time effectively. Too much or too little time spent on an aspect of the event can lead to a poor event

 

Feel you’re up for the challenge of entering the exciting world of conference producing? Why not take a look at the current conference producer roles on our website or give us a call!

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Thinking of a career in Publishing?

 

We get many enquiries from candidates looking for publishing jobs in London. As has been the case for a long-time, publishing jobs have been in high demand as people are attracted to the vibrant environment of the media industry, the chance to be intellectually stimulated and the financial and job satisfaction offered by working in publishing. The question therefore is, how can you get ahead of the crowd if you are looking for your first publishing job? We would recommend the following:

 

–          Do your research: there are many different publishing jobs on offer and many potential applicants do not seem to have understood the differences between them – do you want to work in magazine, digital or book publishing? All have quite different entry points and career paths. Also, what function would you like to work in – editorial, sales, marketing, design, production, commissioning, licensing etc? It is vital to have decided what type of publishing job you are looking for before even applying – employers will want to see a clear sense of purpose and a strong understanding of what you are applying for

 

–          Demonstrate an interest in publishing: employers receive so many applications for junior publishing jobs that they will typically automatically reject those that do not demonstrate an interest in publishing on their CV. You can do this through three different ways – purpose, experience and training. For purpose, you should have a brief Profile at the top of your CV that states exactly what type of job you are looking for and why you will succeed in it. For experience, any internships/placements/volunteer work (e.g. local newspaper, student publishing etc) shows a clear and early interest. For training, if you can attend a relevant course either in a skill such as editing or in a relevant software package it will certainly help. For journalism jobs, we would strongly advise some comprehensive post graduate training

 

–          Sell yourself: have you thought about what skills employers will be looking for? If so, it is vital that you can demonstrate these. The number one skill or character trait is enthusiasm, followed closely by enthusiasm. Sometimes the less experienced job seekers beat people with stronger CVs to publishing  jobs by getting on the phone to potential employers and explaining why they should hire them

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Medical writing in the “digital age”

 

How much has the role of medical writer changed over the past few years?

 

As many people working or interested in a career in medical or healthcare communications will know, digital communications are taking the industry by storm as pharmaceutical companies seek to reach patient groups and healthcare professionals in ever more innovative ways.  In the past couple of years, we’ve seen campaigns ranging from viral videos for disease awareness campaigns and augmented reality apps being used as sales aids and everything in between.  But what does this mean for the humble medical writer?  Has the job description of medical writer changed with the advance of digital media?

 

The answer is – no, not really.  The key skills are still the same and the qualities that employers look for haven’t drastically changed.  The core of the job is still to communicate clinical and scientific information in a way that is accessible and accurate.  It is still governed by regulations that are regularly updated.  What has changed is how the work that a medical writer produces is used.  In the “olden days”, a medical writer would focus exclusively on traditional print media or journals.  Now, the work produced by a medical writer is used for a much wider variety of both print and digital media.

 

 

Candidates and Employers

 

For those looking at starting a career in medical writing, the market is very favourable at the moment.  We’re seeing more entry-level roles, writing academies and internships and things are definitely looking up.

 

The qualities and qualifications that medical communications or healthcare communications agencies look for in potential medical writers has, as I mentioned, remained relatively unchanged.  You’ll need a life science degree, preferably a post-graduate degree (either MSc or PhD), some research experience and some writing experience.  This writing experience can be anything from your dissertation, thesis, published papers, blog, poetry…  The list is almost endless.

 

The market isn’t just looking up for the juniors – if you’ve got a bit of experience under your belt, the opportunities are available to get involved in something a little different, to head up a writing academy as a senior medical writer, to lead an award-winning team as a principal medical writer or make that move to a more creative medical copywriting role.

 

For employers as well, there is an expanding pool of talent of experienced hires with digital knowledge or talented juniors with a passion for all things digital.

 

Whether you’re an employer seeking the highest-quality medical writers or a job seeker searching for the latest medical writing jobs in your area, contact our highly qualified team to discuss your needs.

 

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Bigger budgets.

 

As George Osborne delivers the budget this week in the hope of further improving the economic circumstances, many businesses may too be drawn to thinking of their spending plans for the year ahead. If you want to descend into clichés, then there are plenty currently apposite: you have to speculate to accumulate; nothing ventured, nothing gained; make hay while the sun shines; and so on. With increasing commercial opportunities available, many directors will be starting to dream of all that extra potential hay, and wondering if they couldn’t do with a few more farmers to help out.

 

Apologies if you got bogged down in the metaphor there and I hope you’re managing to keep up – that was of course supposed to be a general point about the job market and not a comment on improved employment prospects for agricultural workers (if anything the recent flooding is unfortunately likely to mean the opposite for those involved in the actual business of making hay). Essentially what I’m trying to say is that if you’re thinking about your hiring needs, or about changing your job, now might be a good time to put the wheels in motion.

 

You may have noticed that the improving job market is a recurring theme in our blogs (and quite frankly, if you can’t work out why, then you need to go and sit in the corner). The economy is on the up, businesses are growing, good quality candidates are in demand and we’re here to help.

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Could you be right for a career in marketing?

 

The following attributes would certainly come in useful:

 

  • Being interested in marketing

 

Alright, perhaps there are a few more things that would be beneficial but having a keen interest in marketing is certainly a good starting point. Unless you’ve been living in a cave (in which case you’ve done well to come across this blog), the all-pervading nature of modern marketing means that we are all aware of its influence and significance. As with any media job, you should also have good interpersonal skills; some commercial acumen, creativity and being able to work well in a team would also help.

 

Marketing in the 21st century can be a difficult concept to qualify, because of the enormous range of business activities it covers. With the growing prominence of social media and the online world in everyday life, digital marketing and online advertising in particular have become a hugely important part of any concerted marketing strategy, with PPC and SEO functions commanding an ever higher chunk of the budget. A professional qualification, such as those offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), will definitely come in handy when it comes to persuading a potential employer that you know what you’re talking about. In fact, if you actually have a CIM qualification, chances are you actually will know what you’re talking about – even better!

 

Indeed, a good understanding of marketing is not just important for pure marketing jobs – the Chartered Institute of Public Relations recently reported on the convergence of marketing and PR and the need to be well versed in areas such as copywriting and design, and of course social and digital media management.

 

So if you have some experience of marketing and building on it, visit our website www.media-contacts.co.uk for a full list of our vacancies or call 020 7359 8244.

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Do you fancy a new career as Conference Producer?

 

If you are looking for an amazing career and can see yourself as a Conference Producer, look no further!

 

Are you sick of the job you are doing and feel as though you are not being pushed? Are you in a job that is the same every day and want a career that will challenge you and push you to the limit? Maybe you want something new and exciting that you have never really done before but fancy your hand at? Well, look no further as here at Media Contacts we have a great range of future careers for you. With expert advice from our professionals, we are available to answer any questions you may have.

 

A Conference Producer job is one of the main roles within the events business. The highly competitive nature of the role means that there are always good new openings for this position.

 

As a Conference Producer you will take responsibility for the smooth running and success of a certain event. You will cover all the marketing side of the conference as well as the delivery side. To be a Conference Producer you need to have great attention to detail, you may even need to be a little bit fussy at times to make sure that you get it just right and that everything is done to the highest of standards. As a Conference Producer you also need to be able to see the fine details as well as the larger picture.

 

If you want to earn a great salary with room for improvement and pay increases, maybe you want to work your way to the top within a great company? If this is the case then a Conference Producer role is ideal for you. If you have the outgoing personality to go with it and think you have what it takes to be a great Conference Producer then check out all the positions we currently have available. Why not take a look now? Alternatively give us a call or come in and see us.

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PR – State of the Profession.

 

Bear with me on this one: the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ annual State of the Profession survey, intent on belying its somewhat dry title, makes for pretty interesting reading.

 

Perhaps the standout stat in the report is that, somewhat surprisingly, only 2 in 5 respondents said that they enjoy their job and look forward to work. Although clearly working in PR can at times be stressful, should this not ideally be coupled with job satisfaction and, dare I say it, a bit of fun?

 

Furthermore, only 19% of PR professionals feel that they have already achieved their career goals. Now it may be that their career goals lie in a completely different sphere of work, but for those happy in PR then perhaps a new role in a new agency could be the answer?

 

If you’re not happy in your job then don’t worry, the timing’s pretty good. With the economic upturn meaning nearly half of all consultancy practitioners are spending more time pitching for new business than last year (with a third spending the same amount), this is having a knock-on effect in recruitment, with agency hiring up 50%. Got all that? Let me break it down for you:

 

Us: One of the UK’s most respected PR recruiters.

You: A talented but unfulfilled PR professional.

Our clients: On the lookout for top candidates.

 

All the ingredients are there – let’s put them in a big bowl, mix them up and see what we can make. Visit our website for a full list of current vacancies or call 020 7359 8244 for a chat with one of our experienced consultants.

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Looking for conference producer jobs? Do you know what qualities are needed to apply for conference producer jobs?

 

If you are thinking of a career change, read on to find out more about the qualities needed for conference producer jobs.

Whilst some people may view a career change as a midlife crisis, here at Media Contacts we think that it is only natural to want to push yourself further and utilise your varied skill set in a new industry or role. Now in our 21st year of trading, we are one of the UK’s leading recruiters in the communication industry; including working on an exclusive basis for Media Publishers, Event Organisers, PR and Digital Agencies. Therefore, we have a vast amount of experience and knowledge in this area. This month we are going to discuss the skills and qualities you will require to successfully fill conference producer jobs.

Those considering conference producer jobs should realise that the job requires a very varied skill set. The correct candidate should be able to efficiently research, plan, possess fantastic people skills and intuitive management skills. They should be a professional that will take responsibility for the success of either an individual event or series of events. You will be involved in every aspect of the conference, from the initial stages through to marketing and delivery.

We now have a macro overview of what conference producer jobs entail, however what skills and personal qualities should you possess in order to be suitable? The job itself is very varied, from planning and research to organising people and the event itself. From this perspective, it is therefore useful to have a good balance of being introvert and extrovert. For example, you will be required to efficiently research appropriate speakers for the event. You should then be prepared to write to people and cold call them in order to persuade them to participate in the conference.

When planning a conference, it can be easy to think solely of the big picture and forget about the smaller fine details. It is therefore important to be able to strike a balance. You should have the ability to see the event as a whole however; you should also be able to iron out the finer details to ensure a successful event. After all, as a conference producer you will be taking responsibility for the success of the event.

For more information on conference producer jobs, please visit our website www.media-contacts.co.uk or contact our team who will be more than happy to assist. If you feel you maybe suited to a different type of role, we also specialise in account executive jobs, medical writer jobs, creative director jobs and publishing jobs in London. Please contact us for further information.

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The Winter Olympics

 

As the Winter Olympics draws to a close in the coming days, with Team GB celebrating their best medal haul for 90 years, you could be forgiven for wondering what that could possibly have to do with recruitment. Indeed, you might think that a blog on such a subject seems like an attempt to tenuously link some rather general points about changing jobs with something that happens to be in the news. Well, you’d only be partly right.

 

Picture the scene: as you sit at the breakfast table, pouring coffee down your throat in a desperate attempt to wake yourself up, the newsreader reminds you that someone ten years younger (and twice as good-looking) has just fulfilled their lifelong ambition in Sochi. You begin to wonder what happened to your hopes and dreams. Admittedly, you’re probably a bit old now to be a professional footballer, but what about actually having a job you enjoy? You ask yourself whether your current twice-daily ten mile commute across London is really worth it. Particularly when your boss is constantly giving you a hard time. And the staff canteen has stopped doing those cakes you like.

 

Changing jobs isn’t something that should be undertaken lightly, but nor should you stay in a role where you’re unhappy, or feel that you’re going nowhere. With the increasing fluidity of the job market, good candidates are in demand – just make sure you take a new job for the right reasons. Don’t feel hurried into making a decision by unscrupulous recruiters looking to make a quick buck, with little regard for whether it’s the right move for the employer or the candidate.

 

At Media Contacts, as evidenced by our twenty years of successful recruiting, we’re in it for the long haul. For an honest chat about your future, or to hear about our latest opportunities, call 020 7359 8244.

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