- Introducing yourself – This may seem obvious, but being the first to introduce yourself, gives a great first impression of a friendly and approachable personality, instantly making the other worker feel they can easily strike up a conversation with you.
- Showing an interest/small talk – This again may feel like an obvious one, but engaging with small talk, asking questions and showing a genuine interest in your colleague’s life can go a long way. You may find that you have a lot in common and similar interests.
- Going for lunch – Lunchtime is the perfect time to get to know a fellow colleague, asking if they want to go for lunch with you instantly makes them feel included and part of a team.
- After work drinks – This is also another great way to get to know your colleagues in a more relaxed and informal environment. You’ll be amazed at the stories you’ll hear!
- Local events – Similarly, have a look to see if there are any events taking place near to your office. This could be as simple as a film showing at a local cinema, a comedy night at a local pub or a BBQ in the park to bring workers together to know each other.
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.
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.
To be the best in the media recruitment field, you need skills that set you apart. This is what you need to do to excel.
Excellent Listening Skill
Great recruiters will employ active listening skills in order to clearly establish what their clients are looking for. Sometimes clients can accurately verbalise this in a clear way, but in many cases the recruiter will need to tease out information by asking the right questions.
Recruiters all possess excellent levels of confidence, and this is particularly essential in the media recruitment world, where individuals in the industry are likely to be extroverted, demanding and successful in their field.
Great communicators will always get ahead in recruitment by knowing how to communicate perfectly on a verbal, written and non-verbal level.
Recruiters need to be able to effectively promote themselves and their professional service in this competitive world in order to secure new business and get repeat custom.
A Focus on Targets
Ultimately, recruitment success is all about hitting targets, which are often extremely challenging. Recruiters will rapidly get noticed by their employers if they keep exceeding these targets.
You absolutely must be able to deliver in media recruitment – every time. Reputation is key in this fast-paced world, and once lost it is difficult to regain. Great recruiters will go above and beyond to successfully deliver for their clients.
By working on relationships, great recruiters can get repeat business from happy clients and have a ready pool of candidates who are ready to engage with them and have faith in their ability to secure a great placement.
Top recruiters are speedy and efficient, recognising that the recruitment world is fast-paced and that clients need to be matched up with top talent as quickly as possible.
The Ability to Multi-Task
The profession is demanding, which means that the ability to multi-task is key, whether you are calling a client, reporting against targets, emailing a candidate, updating social media accounts or managing a desk.
IT and Social Media Skills
Modern recruitment requires a strong knowledge of digital and social media skills in order to engage with clients and candidates via the platforms they operate on.
Can you say that you possess all of these skills and demonstrate them consistently?
The top conference producer jobs are always highly in demand, but what is it about this sector that has so much appeal?
Any job search for conference producer jobs will tend to bring up a range of attractive options, but demand for these roles tends to exceed supply. As everyone knows, corporate events can mean high stress and late nights, so why does everyone want a piece of the action?
There is no doubt that it is highly exciting to put on a large corporate conference or event, and those in conference producer jobs get to enjoy all of the thrill and glamour of the event on the night itself. Often the production team will be running around desperately trying to ensure everything is happening to schedule, but they will get to enjoy food and drink, networking with industry luminaries and meeting fascinating people. Conference producer jobs are perfect for social butterflies with great organisational skills.
Corporate conferences and events are challenging on a number of levels. They require huge amounts of energy, organisation, creativity, networking, social skills, budgetary planning, project management and more. They also require a calm disposition and an ability to deal with last-minute panics on the day.
The Career Opportunities
If you can build a career in conference and corporate event production, you’ll find a huge range of opportunities available to you – often with the opportunity to travel to new and exotic locations. You may choose to work for an agency or ultimately set up your own events production company. The chance to forge the career you really want is an excellent enticement, and the salaries for these roles can also be very attractive.
Conference producer jobs are highly varied and intellectually stimulating. You will constantly be multitasking and dealing with senior level, intelligent contacts across a range of industry sectors, having engaging conversations with them about their businesses. Candidates therefore tend to have a strong academic background in addition to some transferable commercial experience.
So if you are interested in working in the field, make sure your CV is primed, get experience wherever you can, potentially with smaller events to begin with and build up your contacts, as a lot of the best opportunities can come up via networking and personal contacts.
To find the best conference producer jobs and supporting team roles currently being recruited for, get in touch and register your CV today.
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]