5 reasons to use a recruiter

5 reasons to use a recruiter

As a recruitment agency, some might say we are a bit biased, but we truly feel that working with a recruiter is the best path to find not only your dream job, but the job that will suit you best. From matching your skills to the job and considering issues like culture fit, our consultants have the knowledge and expertise required to help you make the best decisions possible, and here we set out just a selection of the top qualities recruiters have that will help you progress your career.

  1. Industry expertise

A recruiter is a professional who makes it their job to know their sector and their clients in as much detail as possible – they will know their industry in a lot of depth and even have access to job roles that haven’t been advertised on job boards. Therefore, they are very well positioned to be able to help you find a new role, and you’ll be able to leverage their insider knowledge to make you stand out.

  1. Matching the candidate to the client

Similarly, consultants will have relationships with many different clients; certainly for us at Media Contacts, we have a huge network that spans some of the biggest companies in multiple industries. Rather than having do to do the extensive research yourself to find a company that will fit you, a consultant is likely to be able to find a client that matches you a lot quicker.

  1. A personal career mentor, for life

In addition to forming relationships with clients, consultants exist to form a relationship with you; part of this is really understanding your skills in depth, and matching those to the roles they have – they won’t just show you every role they have, they will tailor their relationship with you to revolve around something that matches what you are best at.

  1. Making the most of a candidate-scare market

Now is a great time to look for a new role as there is a shortage of candidates currently; recruiters will try and show you only the roles that match close to what you want, instead of overwhelming you with every role they have on their books that doesn’t really match up with what you are looking for.

  1. Save you time!

Job searching can be a full-time role in itself. Think: sifting through job boards and countless websites, meticulously perfecting your CV, then waiting for the phone to ring! Juggling a packed diary for interview slots and then negotiating the best possible salary… A recruiter will be able to help you with all of these aspects of job hunting and more, getting you valuable feedback and advice, coordinating the interview process and facilitating salary negotiations. They really are a valuable tool.

What is a Conference Producer?

Conference producers are a vital part of the events industry. They have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, from the inception of the event, through to concept, and running it on the day – no, this doesn’t mean dealing with logistics and setting out tables! They are likely to be up on stage, giving out the opening address, and liaising with teams across the company to ensure that the event reaches its full commercial potential. It is a very busy and demanding role; a lot is expected of you and there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders, but in return, you gain good exposure to all areas of the business and event, great earning potential particularly if you’re fresh out of university and has benefits such as international travel.

As a popular role within the events world, here’s everything you should know about being a conference producer!


What does being a Conference Producer involve?

Mostly you would be researching the content for the conference – desk and telephone research may be slightly tedious but is totally necessary for the event to reach its full potential.

It is a very commercially-demanding role; essentially, each event is run like its own business – profit the aim, and the role involves a lot of communication across functions.

It is a very varied role, and some of your tasks may include:

  • Conducting research – as you are basically the project manager, this needs to be in-depth and will inform the entire event’s contents.
  • Find and attracting the right speakers to create a high-quality event that will appeal to your audience.
  • Working closely with the sales team to find and attract the right sponsors for the event.


What skills do you need to be a Conference Producer?

  • Communication is key, both verbal and written; building relationships with speakers and sponsors is the key to a great event.
  • Excellent research skills, as you’ll need to find the right people to talk to and have expert knowledge of the market.
  • A keen eye for details is paramount – everything needs to be perfect and that responsibility rests with you!
  • Commercial awareness is also important, as are the crucial project management skills; constant multitasking and being able to work effectively as part of a team.


Ready to face the challenge of taking on a conference producer job? Email your CV to [email protected] or call 020 7359 8244 for more information.

6 reasons to leave your job

There are many different reasons why you might be dissatisfied with your job and want to leave. We’ve rounded up a selection of those we hear the most, and if any of them ring a bell, it might be time to give Media Contacts a call!

  1. Money

One of the biggest career motivators is, obviously, salary. If you feel you aren’t getting paid enough, do some research; our consultants have expert knowledge about industry salaries and they can help if you’re due an increase your boss can’t or won’t give you.


  1. Job scope

Maybe your problems stem from the work itself – maybe the job you signed up for isn’t the job you are doing right now? In this case, talk to your line managers – an open and honest dialogue about your issues might result in changes to keep you on board. Equally, it might be likely that you could do the job you want to do, but in a different company or sector.


  1. Career progression

If you’ve been in your current job for a while and don’t see any prospect of moving upwards; don’t be hesitant to explore other opportunities – remember, the current job market is candidate-scarce, so you are a valuable commodity and building your professional skills in a new company could be the next step for you.


  1. Management style

Sometimes there might just be a fundamental difference between you and the way your manager or the business itself operates. It’s important to find satisfaction in your job and if you feel that your ideals clash with those of management, then there is absolutely no harm seeing what other roles there that are out there might be a better fit for you.


  1. Work-life balance

Even within sectors, different companies have vastly different work-life balances. If you’re feeling demoralised because you’re expected to stay late every night, there are other companies that can allow you to do the same job, without the soul-crushing thought of consistently staying late. Better work-life balance means you will be better motivated and enjoy your job more.


  1. Flexible working

Many companies are more open to trying different forms of flexible working (read our previous article here) and it may be something you want to take advantage of – starting later so you can drop the kids off at school, for example. Benefits like these are increasingly common so feel free to ask our consultants which companies offer a schedule that suits you.


Regardless of the reason, our recruiters are there to help you find your next move, a job that you can be happy and satisfied with. Sending your CV to [email protected] as the first step towards your dream job…