Do you fancy a new career as Conference Producer?

 

If you are looking for an amazing career and can see yourself as a Conference Producer, look no further!

 

Are you sick of the job you are doing and feel as though you are not being pushed? Are you in a job that is the same every day and want a career that will challenge you and push you to the limit? Maybe you want something new and exciting that you have never really done before but fancy your hand at? Well, look no further as here at Media Contacts we have a great range of future careers for you. With expert advice from our professionals, we are available to answer any questions you may have.

 

A Conference Producer job is one of the main roles within the events business. The highly competitive nature of the role means that there are always good new openings for this position.

 

As a Conference Producer you will take responsibility for the smooth running and success of a certain event. You will cover all the marketing side of the conference as well as the delivery side. To be a Conference Producer you need to have great attention to detail, you may even need to be a little bit fussy at times to make sure that you get it just right and that everything is done to the highest of standards. As a Conference Producer you also need to be able to see the fine details as well as the larger picture.

 

If you want to earn a great salary with room for improvement and pay increases, maybe you want to work your way to the top within a great company? If this is the case then a Conference Producer role is ideal for you. If you have the outgoing personality to go with it and think you have what it takes to be a great Conference Producer then check out all the positions we currently have available. Why not take a look now? Alternatively give us a call or come in and see us.

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.

The importance of social media – Linked In

 

If you’re reading this on LinkedIn, then chances are you’re aware of the ever-increasing importance of social media in business, particularly when it comes to looking for a job. It really is difficult to understate the part that websites such as LinkedIn play in the 21st century recruitment process – googling ‘social media recruitment’ will return page upon page of results extolling the virtues of social media in both finding and filling a role.

 

As a candidate, there are two ways of approaching your use of social media: actively and passively. Taking a passive approach is not completely without merit (though clearly if you make more of an effort you’re likely to get better results); however it is important even if you’re not actively engaging with social media that if someone were to look you up they wouldn’t be horrified by the results. As almost everyone knows by now (or should know!), most potential employers will look you up on social media prior to making a hire to check for any potential skeletons in the closet.

 

In terms of proactive engagement, the situation becomes a little more complicated – how exactly do you get the best out of social media, particularly if you’re looking for a job? Focussing your energies on LinkedIn should be a priority – make sure you do the following:

 

  • Flesh out your profile – add your skills, experience and a brief summary of yourself using words related to your ideal job (you will then show up when a recruiter or employer is searching for candidates for such a job)
  • Join groups (all our jobs are posted to our LinkedIn group, for example) and follow company pages – this will make your profile more visible, particularly if you engage with other members
  • Make connections! After all this is what LinkedIn is all about. Look for people that might be able to introduce to you to other contacts in your sector.

 

These are just a few basic suggestions, but it’s a good place to start!

Graduates

 

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.

Interview questions on Strengths and weaknesses.

 

Having recently been through the job search and interview process myself, I can testify that there is one thing that you’re always likely to get asked: what are your strengths and weaknesses?

 

While everyone knows what to say when asked about their strengths (clue: it’s the things that you’re good at), there are two trains of thought when it comes to how to respond to enquiries into your shortcomings.

 

Firstly, tell the truth. Of course there’s no need to go overboard – if you’re not a fan of collaborating with colleagues, then “I think I’m more suited to working independently” is infinitely better than “I don’t take kindly to being put in a team with idiots”.

 

The alternative, generally espoused by loud-mouthed city boys when giving advice to some terrified graduate they’ve cornered in the pub, is to cloak a strength in the self-deprecating language of a weakness. The best one I’ve ever heard (clearly ‘best’ is used advisedly here) is: “If anything, I’m too much of a perfectionist”. Quite what this means is a matter of debate, aside from meaning that the interviewer is going to think you’re a bit of a prat.

 

Like most things, the right answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. If you can think of an attribute that is generally useful but has caused you the occasional problem, that would be reasonable response. The most important thing, however, is to be honest. You won’t be doing yourself or your potential employer any favours if you fail to disclose your poor numeracy skills when applying for a job as a maths teacher. Click here to see some of our current vacancies.

 

By Joshua Havers