Ask the Recruiter – Tips for a Good First Day

Dear Media Contacts

My son is starting his first job since graduating from university and I’ve never seen him so nervous. I really want to help him to relax and be well prepared for his big day. I also don’t think I can deal with a stressed-out son around the house any longer! I’m desperate for your advice.

Many thanks,



Dear Sue

We’re more than happy to help. This is a typical question we are asked by worried friends and family members. Starting your first proper job can be daunting, and it’s perfectly normal for your son to feel a bit anxious. Here are some tips so he can concentrate on being happy and excited instead.

  1. Preparation – No-one wants to be late on their first day; remind him to make sure his clothes are washed, ironed and ready to wear so he doesn’t have to decide what to put on in the morning. Encourage him to check travel arrangements and make notes of any delays and alternative routes.
  2. Relaxation – He might well have a restless night with the nerves but having a relaxing bath to unwind as well as an early night will really make a difference in the morning, so he’s switched on and can survive the day without guzzling gallons of coffee!
  3. Fuel – They might be too nervous to be hungry, but a decent breakfast will prevent hunger induced nausea and tummy rumbling.
  4. Lunch – Hopefully his new colleagues will take him to lunch on his first day, but it’s not a bad idea to have a sandwich with him just in case.
  5. Boost – A simple ‘good luck’ or ‘how’s it going?’ message can really go a long way.
  6. New Job Survival Kit – Whether you make this yourself or buy one online. A new job survival kit will at least raise a smile and makes a novel alternative to a good luck card.

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Reorg have been a disruptive force in financial news, competing directly with Bloomberg and Reuters, they’ve seen significant growth and investment over the past few years. Headquartered in New York, Reorg recently opened a London office, managed by former Bloomberg editors. They actively promote collaboration between journalists, lawyers and analysts to create best-in-class business information.

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How to succeed as a Marketing Executive!

Skills Required

  1. Digital

To be a highly competitive candidate, you should have knowledge of Google Analytics, AdWords, SEO, CMS, email automation, paid and organic search… the list goes on, but all these digital skills are very useful for a marketing executive.

  1. Copywriting

One of the core tasks of a marketing executive is copywriting; which could mean researching and writing an article for your company’s blog one day, for example, then coming up with content for social media the next – either way creative and engaging writing skills are essential.

  1. Organisation

Being well organised is an advantage in pretty much any job, not least as a marketer. So any project management experience you have will be beneficial when you apply for one of our marketing executive jobs and the ability to manage your time effectively will be crucial in your day-to-day activity.

  1. Working with budgets

Depending on which client of ours you end up working for and whether you have fairly tight budgets or huge spend brands, being able to keep projects on track is essential.

  1. Creating marketing plans

A core responsibility of a marketing executive is coming up with marketing plans; generating ideas on what tactics to follow to hit your company’s objectives is a basic skill that you will develop at all levels of your marketing career, regardless of role.


Career progression

Depending on the size and structure of the company and its marketing department, titles and speed of progression will vary, but here are some examples:

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.