Five Minutes with… Michael

Each month, we’ll feature one of our team members in a brief Q&A, so you can get to know us all better! This month we meet Michael, our current placement student and Admin and Marketing Assistant.

What brought you to the company?

When I started looking for a placement, I wanted to find something that would suit me and be varied enough. Then I found this one which had the admin and IT side and the marketing side of things and because it’s a boutique agency, I’d have the opportunity to get involved in all of the different industries, which really appealed and, thankfully, they liked me enough in my interview!

Give me some context – why were you looking for a placement?

My current uni course is a four year degree and the third year is an industry placement, so when you leave uni and you’re looking for graduate jobs, you have experience to go alongside your academic qualifications. Coming here has given me a lot of skills and experience to back up what I’ve learnt on my course.

Tell us a bit about what you do for Media Contacts…

On the admin side of things, I answer the phones, greet candidates who are visiting the office, deal with our CRM system and our suppliers, amongst other things. For marketing, I work on social media, our recently-launched newsletter, market research for consultants and our website too. There’s a lot to do, so I’m always busy, which I like!

What do you enjoy most about working here?

Not the commute, but the time spent on trains is worth it for a variety of reasons. I like the people, particularly my manager, Rayhana, who is sadly leaving us soon – she’s been a great help to me. And, as I’ve mentioned, I particularly appreciate the variety of the work, not only because I enjoy it but because it’s preparing me for the future.

What are your plans for the future?

In the short term, I’m going to go back to uni and graduate, hopefully with a first. Getting a good degree is important to me. Straight after uni, I’ll hopefully be accepted onto a graduate scheme – I’ve already found several that look interesting involving marketing, business management etc. Long term I’d like to run my own business, but I’m not sure what type of business yet. Thankfully I have time to decide!

Now to get to know you! If you never had to work again and money was no object, what would you do?

As I said, I’d like to start my own business, so if money was no object I’d probably start or work with a charity. I’m quite passionate about working with young people with mental health issues, so probably something like that. I definitely wouldn’t sit on my bum all day, as I’d get bored very easily.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I’ll say my love of Star Wars – my family would describe it as “guilty” but I wouldn’t! I’m definitely a bit of a nerd.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

That’s a hard question! I’ll go for Matt Smith, because when he played The Doctor, he was very weird and very awkward, and I think that would suit me well!

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

This is actually my first proper job. There was one time tried working part time in Subway, which was fine, except that my boss just happened to be my little brother, so I gave that up quite quickly…

What’s your favourite book?

Really difficult to pick one – so difficult that I can’t. I’ll go with 1984, which is great and feels relevant today. I also love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s just totally engrossing.

Also, recently I read Michelle Obama’s autobiography – she’s one of my icons and the book is fantastic.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the first thing you’d do?

I’m picturing an island with beautiful sand, lovely sun so I’d just go for a swim. Make the most of a bad situation!

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

Well, all my clothes are black…

Consumer PR Jobs

If you’re a talented writer, a creative thinker and you’re blessed with a persuasive personality, you might well want to consider consumer PR jobs. There are several sectors within consumer PR to consider – travel and tourism, FMCG, health and beauty, food and drink, property, tech, luxury, lifestyle, hospitality, fashion, entertainment, sport and more besides!

What’s involved in consumer PR jobs?

  • No matter the sector you work in, you’ll be tapped in to any relevant news
  • Keeping an eye on any news specifically about your clients
  • Helping your team come up with ideas for how to sell your clients’ products
  • Writing press releases
  • Contacting journalists to “sell-in” your press releases and other stories about your clients
  • Helping to develop strategic PR campaigns – this might include media relations, social media, video, events etc.
  • Building relationships with existing clients and staying on the lookout for potential new business
  • Helping to pitch for new business

What skills are required for consumer PR jobs?

  • Top notch communication skills, written and oral
  • In depth knowledge of both your chosen market and the news in general
  • Ability to spot opportunities to sell your clients’ stories / products
  • Relevant journalist contacts
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • A persuasive personality and the ability to sell a story
  • Ability to manage your clients and team

If you’d like to find out more, call us on 020 7359 8244 or send your CV to [email protected]

Legal Trainee Researcher Jobs

If you’ve studied law and are keen to use your degree in a creative setting, you may well want to look for legal trainee researcher jobs. In legal media companies, this would be the first step to a b2b journalism career.

What is involved in legal trainee researcher jobs?

  • Speaking to high level legal professionals and their clients to research their work and the services they offer
  • Writing features on national and international law firms, ensuring the tone matches house style
  • International travel to meet with legal professionals
  • Working to tight deadlines, without this affecting the quality of your output

What is required to land legal trainee researcher jobs?

  • Unsurprisingly, top notch research skills
  • Excellent command of written English
  • Other language skills are an advantage
  • Some professional experience of the legal sector can help – even if it’s just work experience
  • Excellent academic background

If you’d like to find out more, check out the jobs on our website, or call 020 7359 8244

Market Update – January 2019

Over the course of 2018, there was a general trend for vacancies to increase, meaning more competition over qualified candidates. Most are predicting this trend to continue during 2019.

Despite the seemingly uncertain economic mood in Britain, studies have shown that the UK economy is expected to perform more impressively this year than previously predicted. Growth is expected to be higher than last year, with record low unemployment. This is the perfect storm if you’re looking for a new job.

We’re hearing of ambitious growth plans from many of our clients. If you’re considering a move, even if you’re not actively seeking a new job, it’s worth striking while the iron is hot. Not only are there plenty of interesting opportunities out there, but those opportunities are in companies that are going places. As companies vie for candidates, they will look to move quickly – meaning you should too. It’s also worth checking whether you’re being paid your market rate – your recruiter will be uniquely positioned to advise on this.

In circumstances such as these, if you’re looking to hire new staff, it’s important to be smart about it – making yourself available for interviews quickly, giving feedback to candidates promptly, and selling your business effectively to candidates. Salaries have continued to rise over the past few years, so it’s also worth checking that your salaries are in line with your market.

Ask your friendly, neighbourhood recruiter for more detailed advice and information about the market!

Featured Client – Montgomery

Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery

Over the years, we’ve had an enjoyable business relationship with Fresh Montgomery.

Who is Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery?

Montgomery is one of the largest privately-owned exhibition companies in the UK. They’re known within the industry for holding award-winning events that span across the globe, within various sectors such as: arts and entertainment, building and construction, hospitality, humanitarian aid, mining, packaging, printing and plastics, and security.

Montgomery has humble beginnings as a family business, which launched its first trade show in 1895, making them a whopping 124 years old this year.

Fresh Montgomery is the UK food and hospitality facet of the business and at their world-class events, they attract exhibitors who are the ‘crème de la crème’ of the UK and international foodservice, hospitality & retail industries. At shows such as: The Speciality & Fine Food Fair, The Independent Hotel Show and The International Food & Drink Event, visitors come to see a showcase of innovative technology that is making the preparation, production and presentation of all things foodie easier on the hands and on the eyes!

IFE, the flagship event of Fresh Montgomery, is the UK’s largest food and drink exhibition focusing on the catering, retail and wholesale sectors. It’s held at the ExCeL every two years and hosts 1,400 suppliers and 38,500 visitors, including 4,000 multinational buyers.

Thinking of working for Montgomery / Fresh Montgomery?

They have an outstanding reputation. They’ve re-invested the fruits of their success back into the heart of the business – their employees. They’re based in a magnificent town house office situated in the heart of the busy London which makes for a productive, cosy and luxury working environment.

We’ve placed multiple superstar sales professionals and events marketers into the company and they’re all still there all these years later (which is always a brilliant sign). All of these people have all given us positive feedback about their career progression and prospects and are excited about their future there.

Any vacancies?

We’re regularly on the lookout for talented marketing and sales people for Fresh Montgomery.

For further information please call Naomi Lane on 020 7359 8244 or email [email protected]