Conference Producer Jobs

You’ve got your degree and a bit of commercial experience, but you’re not sure you’re in the right industry – perhaps you feel you’d like something more dynamic, maybe with a bit of travel involved. If this sounds like you, you might well want to look at conference producer jobs.

What is involved in conference producer jobs?

  • Conducting in depth market and industry research
  • Generating new ideas for content of conferences based on global trends
  • Developing strong relationships with key stakeholders including senior level industry professionals
  • Overseeing conferences from conception to completion – including business plans, close liaison with marketing and sales teams, delivery of events strategy and production of the conference itself
  • Both research and conferences themselves may well involve international travel
  • You’ll find conference producer jobs in a wide range of industries and sectors, including defence, oil & gas, legal, pharmaceuticals, gaming, finance, healthcare, tech, media, innovation, digital disruption…

Key skills and attributes needed in conference producer jobs:

  • Top notch organisational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • A team player
  • Knowledge of your chosen sector is a bonus, but not always required
  • Strong academic background

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

Job Interview Technique

You’ve prepared meticulously for the interview – you know as much as possible about the company, the people you’re meeting, general industry news and you’ve practised like mad… but the actual interview can still be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips for the day of your interview to help you perform to the best of your ability.

  • Try to schedule your interview for earlier in the day and in the week – interviewers will hopefully be less flustered and/or tired which should make for a more successful interview.
  • Ensure you get plenty of sleep the night before and lay your outfit out if you can. You should have an idea of what to wear from your research or your recruiter.
  • If you’re concerned about nerves, there are a few things you can do to mitigate them: Make sure you eat beforehand, but not immediately beforehand; arrive in plenty of time – enough time for a calming walk round the block will help; try to breathe deeply – shallow breaths increase anxiety.
  • When you arrive, be sure to be friendly and professional with everyone you meet – security, reception etc. This will help your confidence and demeanour. Also, why wouldn’t you?!
  • While you’re waiting in reception or a meeting room, stay standing. This is also good for your confidence and allows you to breathe more deeply. It’s also good to greet someone for the first time on the same level, rather than have to scramble out of a chair.
  • When you meet your interviewer(s) make sure you give a firm handshake, smile and keep eye contact (but don’t be creepy, obviously!).
  • Sit forward on your chair, back straight, shoulders down.
  • Don’t cross your legs – this can affect your breathing and voice.
  • Don’t cross your arms as it can seem defensive, and keep your hands visible as this is a sign of trustworthiness.
  • Take a notebook and pen with you (and portfolio if relevant).
  • Take your time answering questions – it’s okay to pause briefly before giving your answer. If you need to buy some time, you can always start by telling the interviewer they’ve asked a good question!
  • Answer questions using specific examples – use the STAR technique if it helps: Explain the Situation, the Task involved, what Action you took, and what the Result
  • Be clear about your career goals and answer questions in that context.
  • Ask intelligent questions – prepare a few in advance and ask some relevant to this specific conversation.
  • At the end of the interview ask whether there’s anything the interviewer(s) would like more information about, if there’s anything they feel you haven’t covered or if they have any concerns. This will give you the opportunity to objection handle.
  • If there’s nothing left to cover, express your keenness to progress to the next stage / work for the company and ask what the next steps will be. If you’re comfortable with a more assumptive close, you can mention your availability for follow-up interviews.
  • Time for that firm handshake and eye contact again!
  • Follow up with an email thanking your interviewer(s) for their time – do this via your recruiter where appropriate.

If you’d like any more advice, call us on 020 7359 8244 or email your recruitment consultant.

Best of luck!

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