Ever Considered a Career in Media Recruitment?

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According to the Business Census 2016 published by companycheck.co.uk, hiring the best employees has come up as one of the biggest challenges to UK businesses in 2016. With the increasing demand for Recruitment Consultant jobs, there is a strong possibility that you can actually build up your dream all-rounder career this year. Now, if you are ambitious, results-focused and motivated by performance-based pay, then media recruitment might be right for you. The recruitment industry is highly rewarding for those who can rise to its challenges. The world of media recruitment is particularly fast-paced and exciting due to the nature of the roles on offer and the caliber of candidates seeking their next opportunity in a sector where project, freelance and contract work is common.

 

Commissions and bonus payments for good recruiters can be extremely attractive, and the role tends to suit people who are naturally outgoing and sociable, as there will be a fair amount of corporate entertaining involved.

 

The Skills You Need to Get Ahead

A media recruitment role combines sales, relationship marketing and business development. You will have stretching targets, relationships to nurture, roles to seek out and quality candidates to find. You will be juggling expectations and possibly managing a recruitment desk within an agency, depending on your experience and job level.

 

Media recruitment consultants work across the UK and will be natural networkers, still focusing on face-to-face contact even though they will have excellent social and digital marketing expertise. They will have excellent skills in communication and judgement, being able to assess whether a candidate is a good fit for an employer and whether they are happy to recommend their CV.

 

You will be comfortable working long and irregular hours and be hungry for success. You will be one of those people who always has a full diary and is regularly attending appointments, setting up meetings, talking on the phone and engaging effectively on social media. You will network confidently & efficiently, have a powerful ‘elevator pitch’ as well as a genuine interest in other people. Expect to attend business events, gala dinners, networking events and loads of client meeting and to travel around the country on the hunt for profitable employer relationships and top candidates.

 

At the heart of media recruitment lies an ability to solve problems – those of the employer needing to find the right candidate and of the candidate needing to find the right role. Your skills, knowledge and expertise will bring the two together and your insight and understanding into the subtleties required in that process will give you the edge you need to shine in the field.

 

Feel free to contact us for more information on how to start your career in the exciting world of Media Recruitment.

Interview questions for Conference Producer Jobs

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We already have a few articles on what conference producer jobs are, the job responsibilities of a conference producer and other interesting facts about this industry on our blog. Forewarned is forearmed, so let’s look into some interview questions for conference producer jobs. First of all, it is crucial before any job interview to conduct proper company research, know as much as you can about the company where you are going for an interview, and also about the role that you have been shortlisted for. You should also research the company’s events – what are the topics, who are the speakers, where are the events held, who are the typical delegates and sponsors? A good level of industry knowledge, positive attitude, energetic personality and a genuine interest in the potential role will greatly benefit you during the recruitment process. Make sure you are focusing on your positive achievements so that you can add examples when answering a question during the interview. Some of the questions listed below were sourced though Glassdoor and interview-questions.com.

 

  • Give a story about yourself that tells us something about you.
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • If you were to produce a conference what would the topic be?
  • Aside from what is on your CV, what unique skill do you think you could bring to the firm that other candidates could not?
  • Practical test: Create a detailed mock conference agenda for a 2 day summit on new product development strategies.
  • What is your expected salary?
  • What is your usual role in a team?
  • What are your career goals as a Conference Producer?
  • What motivates you to work as Conference Producer?
  • How do you make the decision to delegate work?
  • Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
  • Specific example of a time when your work was criticised
  • Give some instances in which you anticipated problems.
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  • How do you keep each member of the team involved and motivated?
  • What was the most stressful situation you have faced as a Conference Producer?
  • How do you assemble the information?
  • How have you changed in the last five years?
  • What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to being a Conference Producer?
  • Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past.
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What is a typical career path in this job function?
  • How would you define success for someone in your chosen Conference Producer career?
  • Give an example of situations when your leadership skills were needed.
  • If you were hiring for Conference Producer jobs, what would you look for?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with another department?
  • What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? How you handle it.
  • What did you like least about your last job?

 

 

My personal recommendation on a bullet proof interview preparation is ‘understand the job description inside-out!’, once you understand the skills required for the role you are going to be interviewed for, it will be easier to tackle the interview questions. Some of the essential skills required for conference producer jobs are:

 

  • Business skills
  • IT skills
  • Research
  • Networking
  • Negotiating
  • Communicating at all levels
  • Copywriting
  • Initiative
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Persistent
  • Persuasive
  • Planning budgets
  • Project management
  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Some marketing/ public relations/ sales experience
  • Analysis

 

Finally, if you are looking for conference producer jobs or you are an employer and need help to find the best conference producer for your company – we can help! Please check out our latest jobs here. Also, our experienced consultants at Media Contacts will be very happy to help assist if you have any questions.

Need help with writing a cover letter? Tips from top media recruitment consultants in London!

How to write a cover letter

I have heard mixed opinions on whether a cover letter is important or not. I personally believe it is – but… only well written cover letters! A cover letter should accompany a precisely focused CV; explaining your suitability for the role with examples referring to the CV. Whether you are looking for ‘conference producer jobs’ or ‘medical writer jobs’ – the overall job market is very competitive. You have to think about how to grab the hiring manager’s attention to stand out. Of course you need a nicely prepared CV and this will be incomplete if you don’t explain your experience and skills, showing why a potential employer should shortlist you instead of other applicants!

 

Based on personal experience and some online findings, let’s have a look on how you can prepare that winning cover letter:

 

  • One for all!

 

I receive countless job applications where applicants do not personalise the cover letter with who they are writing to or for which role. I get the feeling that ‘I am too busy applying for jobs!’ – I am afraid a ‘one for all’ cover letter will not get you anywhere.  You should take time to understand the role you are applying for, customise you letter reflecting the job description and elaborate relevant experience from the CV to show the hiring manager how you are suitable for the advertised role.

 

  • Do you know about my business?

 

So you are applying for the ‘conference producer jobs’ we have advertised, but do you know what type of business we are? What is our mission or how long have we been in the industry? It is impossible to write a good cover letter without doing some research. A well researched cover letter stands out and assures the hiring manager that you already know or at least tried to understand their business and you are interested!

 

  • Watch out the length

 

Recruiters generally deal with hundreds of applications every day. To make sure you’re CV and cover letter don’t end up in the rejection folder, keep them short and focused. It should be easily readable and understandable.

 

  • Link and refer to the CV

 

Remember, a cover letter is a supporting document for the hiring manager to understand your suitability based on the information that you provide in the CV. Therefore, you should link both documents by using skills and experiences as examples.

 

  • Follow the job description

 

Job seeking is hard work and requires patience. But, if you keep applying by just looking at the job title, and with very little or no understanding of the requirement of the advertised role, then I am afraid you are wasting valuable time! Understand the job description inside out to sell your skills/ experiences for the advertised role.

 

  • Check & correct all spelling/ grammar mistakes, pretty please!

 

Well the above can happen but you should check and double check before clicking on that ‘send’ button! All jobs require up to certain level of attention to detail, imagine you are applying for medical writer jobs and your CV/ cover letter has grammar or spelling mistakes – most of the hiring managers will probably stop reading further. No matter what role you are applying for, please make sure the CV and letter are spot on, without any silly spelling/ grammar mistakes.

 

  • A second opinion

 

Having a second/ expert opinion will help you to identify any error or misleading/ confusing content in the CV/ cover letter. Sometimes, to even suggest on better examples! You can get a friend or family member to help. But, based on my experience of working in one of the most successful media recruitment consultants in London, you can get the best expert assistance from an experienced recruitment consultant. How? The consultant already has dealt with the hiring manager and probably placed other people within the company,  so they will not only be able to help you with industry knowledge, but also can provide customised guidance on CV/ letter preparation (and if shortlisted, you can get help with interview preparation).

 

Our experienced and friendly consultants at Media Contacts can help candidates looking for jobs in the media communications industry (namely PR, healthcare PR, conference, sales, marketing, digital, publishing, medical writing). Here is a list of our live jobs, you can contact us on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]