How Media Recruiters Can Help Graduates Break Into The Media Industry

How Media Recruiters Can Help Graduates Break Into The Media Industry

It is that time of year again when the final academic term ends and floods of fresh talent hit the job market! As the media industry continues to evolve and expand in scope, it is becoming one of the hardest industries to break into. However, to have a good recruitment consultant on your side can really help you to find and apply for jobs in a more targeted and effective way. Whether you’re looking for a job as a medical writer or a conference producer, an account executive or want to try sales for example, as specialists they already know the key players, where the jobs are and how to get them, so they are the best people to get in touch with.

Skills and Experience

Graduates tend to have a unique skill set, they are naturally tech-savvy innovators and social media gurus; key skills that employers are seeking in this new digital age. However, a degree alone is not going to set you apart from other graduates, understanding the importance of gaining experience is vital and that is what will keep your CV from being brushed under the pile. Here at Media Contacts we hold CV workshops to show you what to include and how to present it, enabling you to put your best CV forward to employers.

Salary and Incentives

According to The Sutton Trust, who work to raise aspirations of young people from low income backgrounds, graduates leave UK universities with an average of £44,000 of debt! Comparing this figure to the average graduate annual salary of £18,000 – £22,000, it starts to become apparent how your first pay packet can be a harsh wake up call. However, most companies have great benefits packages, offering incentives including health insurance, pension schemes, free gym memberships and a generous amount of paid holiday. Media recruiters will fight your corner to negotiate you the best salary and incentives package, leaving you free to concentrate on other things.

Top Tips for Graduates

  • Social Media

Potential employers will look through your social media. FACT. So make sure it’s clean! Showcase your skills and experience in a professional manner that reflects what is on your CV. After all, if you’re are applying for jobs in PR but your LinkedIn page says you want to be a superhero, it doesn’t look good.

  • Experience

Determination is essential to break into a competitive industry, experience is critical when job hunting, therefore DO ANYTHING YOU CAN to get a head start while at university, even if it means taking on unpaid but relevant roles.

  • Know your stuff

As well as having experience within the industry, conduct some thorough research and find out relevant information from as many sources, including, but not limited to subscribing to industry magazines, attending graduate career fairs and asking people you know already if they have any contacts. This will help you to keep up to date with what is going on, who is who and which companies are doing what.

Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment consultancies in London, you can contact us if you have any questions and our experienced consultants will be happy to help.

Attention job seekers and employers! Is this the end of employer branding?

Employer & employee

I used to get a ‘look’ when I tried to explain to people why I didn’t fancy an iPhone and particularly hate Macs! It was all to do with ease of usage, so when that failed; the shiny Apple sign at the back of my only iPhone did not keep me and I did not think twice in switching to another brand. This example may not be directly relevant to the title of this article, but you get the gist!


Employer branding is being affected in a very similar way because modern job seekers don’t only look into company brand/ image anymore but they are considering on what else the employer has to offer. This reflects the survey findings published on the ‘Recruiter’ website. Findings suggest that:


  • Only 13% of the respondents (survey of 1026 UK respondents) thought that ‘company brand and reputation’ was a primary consideration when accepting their current role.


  • More than half of the respondents (57%) identified a ‘better work-life balance’ as a key motivator when changing jobs/ accepting new offers.


  • ‘Salary’ was the main factor to make a move for 43% respondents while 55% changed to their current job because of ‘better location’.


  • About 31% identified ‘job security’ was important and similar number of respondents said that they consider ‘opportunity for professional development’ when changing/ searching for jobs


This is a clear indication that job seekers are more aware of long term career goals and being serious to get away from the UK’s ‘workaholic’ lifestyle. Consequently, employers need to consider not only the salary/ benefit package but also look into polishing the company culture and keep employees on focus (remember the old saying, happy employees are more productive!).


Here is a list of some important factors to consider when taking a new job or offering a job.


  • Company culture reflecting better work/life balance
  • Career progression in the relevant industry
  • Company hierarchy/ career prospects within the company
  • Training and personal development
  • Regular performance reviews and mentoring
  • Location
  • Company history, stability and company reputation
  • Money (The ultimate motivator! Is it really?)
  • People within your company – boss and colleagues relationship
  • Workload and expectations – make sure you understand the new job responsibilities


The factors mentioned above are basic which may vary depending on what business you have or as a candidate, what level of experience/ qualification etc you have. Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment agencies in the UK and our experienced consultants will be happy to help candidates looking for jobs or employers looking for their next best employee. So, contact us on 0207 359 8244 or simply send an email to [email protected]


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.



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.