Five Minutes with… Ben

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’re meeting Ben Galyas.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was job hunting as a fine art grad and applied for conference production. I met Jonny and he started talking to me about recruitment which, at the time, I hadn’t considered, but it sounded really interesting and I’m really enjoying it.

Tell us about the sectors you recruit in…

Business publishing which is mainly business information covering financial markets and commodities, but also general research roles (i.e. conference production). Business information providers effectively unearth information that isn’t available elsewhere by building relationships in relevant industries.

So, if I was a trader in metals for example, I’d want to subscribe to one of your clients’ sites…?

Yeah, or a hedge fund manager or someone working in private equity.

Why do you think your clients and candidates like working with you?

Clients probably because I’m always on hand come what may. Candidates because I’m generous with my time. I’m more than happy to advise about qualifications, CVs, careers, what companies to look at etc.

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

I wouldn’t not work, because I’d get bored. I quite like having to work, I think I’d be depressed without structure. And I don’t think I’d move jobs. So I’d continue to recruit… maybe I’d buy Rupert out!

I’d buy myself a flat and I’d probably buy my mum something nice.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

*Cannot put this answer in – Ed*

Who would play you in the film of your life?

If someone were to make a film of my life I don’t think it would be exceptionally well funded, I don’t think they’d forecast much of an audience for it! It would just be shown at maybe one amateur festival, so they would probably get an unpaid intern to play me!

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

One Christmas I went home and worked at the bar at Harvey Nicholls and that was truly awful. It had been recently done up in Birmingham and they turned a quite well respected brand into a place for premier league and championship footballers…

What’s your favourite book?

That’s a good question, I don’t read much fiction. There is one fiction book of skits by Richard Prince. He’s an American artist and he plays the part of certain absurd characters in American life. In terms of non-fiction, there’s an Italian theorist called Bifo Beradi who I really like and he writes in a very poetic way. I’ve seen him speak a few times, he’s very passionate and eccentric.

I’ve been dreading this with you…And your favourite song?

Why have you been dreading it?

Because you’re soo into your music, I’m afraid you’re just going to say “here are 150 songs I like”.

Yeah, and that kind of is the answer I want to give. Johnny and I went to see Yves Tumor recently, and there’s a song called Licking an Orchid that I really like. But to be clear, it’s not my favourite song. I don’t have a favourite song.

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

I’d feel so relieved, I’d realise my fate and embrace it. I hate coconut water too, so I’d probably die quickly.

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

I don’t have a favourite colour, and I’m not going to be drawn on that.

Medical Writer Jobs

You’ve got your science degree, perhaps even a PhD. You love science but are keen to work creatively. Medical writer jobs might well be worth a look.

What’s involved in medical writer jobs?

  • Writing scientific copy for a range of publications such manuscripts, newsletters, abstracts, marketing materials, leave pieces, web content, journal features, meetings reports, etc.
  • Assessing strategies used by competitors
  • Helping to develop communication strategies
  • Identifying opportunities to promote clients
  • Keeping up to date with pharmaceutical industry news
  • Attending conferences – often globally, so some travel may be involved
  • Building relationships with clients and key opinion leaders
  • Liaising with designers, editors, account managers etc.

What skills are required for medical writer jobs?

  • Unsurprisingly, you’ll need top notch writing skills
  • The ability to adapt your writing style for specific audiences
  • A keen eye for detail – in fact, being genuinely pedantic is a must
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Research skills – you may have to understand a new therapy area at the drop of a hat
  • Data analysis skills

Our Director, Julia Walton, specialises in recruiting for medical writing jobs so, to find out more, call her on 020 7359 8244.

Ask the Recruiter: Secret Santa edition

I’ve just joined a new company and we’re doing a team secret Santa – anything in particular I should avoid? 

It’s supposed to be a bit of innocent fun to get us all in a festive mood, but there are potential pitfalls when one participates in Secret Santa at work, people’s careers have been made and broken on the basis of  funny and thoughtful or ill-conceived gifts. I’ve compiled a short list of tips based on painful personal experience…


  • Stick to the price limit – likely no-one will begrudge a quid or two here and there, but you don’t want to make anyone feel awkward. Those diamond earrings you bought for Jenny are just going to make everyone feel weird – especially Jenny.
  • Try to personalise your gift. There’s nothing worse than getting a mini bottle of fizz and chocolates when what you really want is a Star Trek t-shirt… it’s not that difficult to give it a little thought. And if something is personalised you’ll be surprised how pleased Gina from marketing might be (and she LOVES Star Trek).
  • Pick up clues. Perhaps you don’t know Dave from accounts very well, but you walk past his desk every day and his screensaver is the West Ham team with their FA Cup trophy from 1980. However misguided Dave’s allegiance may be, this might help you work out what to buy for him.


  • Buy something inappropriate. Getting your boss nipple tassels will likely not get you promotion. And if you’ve drawn your office crush, don’t consider this the appropriate time to show your love with a romantic gift.
  • Leave it ‘til the last minute. Everyone knows if you’ve put no effort in – get in the spirit of the season.
  • Show any disappointment. Yes, Geoff from HR has just given you a Brussel sprout-scented candle and you hate everything about it, but don’t let on. Just take it home and re-gift it to your least favourite family member.

The main thing to remember is, it’s meant to be fun! Enforced fun is the best kind of fun! Happy holidays everyone!

New Year, New Job?

According to research, there has been a sudden increase of people searching online job boards every January for the past three years. It’s safe to assume this trend will continue! It makes sense, of course, as it’s a time of year when many of us assess various aspects of our lives, so why not our jobs?

That means there is more competition for jobs but also that there are more vacancies to apply for. Any job search can be hard work, but if you follow the tips in this article by Trudy Steinfeld for Forbes, the search should be easier.

One additional tip from us at Media Contacts – get going on your job search before the January to get yourself ahead of the competition! If you apply for jobs in December, you can be starting your new job in the New Year rather than just interviewing for it!

Best of luck!


Also, with the New Year fast approaching, now is the time to look ahead to 2019, and for us that means looking at changes in employment law – we found this article really useful, and it has some interesting thoughts and advice from Recruitment Buzz. Give it a read if you’re interested! 

PR Account Executive Jobs

So you’ve seen some adverts around for PR Account Executive jobs and you think it might be the kind of thing you’d be good at…

Before you even start applying for PR Account Executive jobs, you’ll want to know exactly what’s involved and what skills you’ll need.

What’s involved in PR Account Executive jobs?

  • Writing press releases – they might be about a product launch, an event or anything that’s happening in your client’s company.
  • Pitching press releases – now you need other people to write about what you’ve written! Speaking to national, local and trade journalists to get coverage for your clients.
  • Arranging meetings of interviews for your clients with various journalists.
  • Regularly monitoring the coverage your clients get in the press and reporting on it.
  • Handling clients’ social media accounts and monitoring and reporting on engagement.
  • Keeping up to date on the news – both general and industry specific.
  • Helping to devise new ideas for PR campaigns.

What skills are required in PR Account Executive Jobs?

  • Excellent writing skills are essential in PR Account Executive jobs – you’ll need top notch spelling and grammar as well as creative flair.
  • A genuine passion for media and the news
  • PR Account Executive jobs tend to involve a lot of time spent on the phone, so an excellent telephone manner is essential.
  • You’ll often work to tight deadlines, so excellent timekeeping is required.
  • Not every journalist will want to speak to you or pick up your story, so you need the confidence and resilience to cope with rejection!

PR Account Executive jobs can be very hard work, but they can also be genuinely rewarding and, assuming you do well, you can move up the ladder quickly. To find out more, visit our website here