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.

A guide to Conference Producer Jobs


Conference producer jobs are one of the important roles within the events industry. Conference producers are entrusted with the responsibility to organise and plan a successful event or series of events which can involve having a say in every area of the event, from its inception, to its concept, to running it on the day. It’s a very busy and often stressful role but can be highly rewarding when an event you were responsible for is a great success.

Think you have what it takes to be a great conference producer?

Well here are the skills we think you’ll need..

What does a conference producer job involve?

The role is generally very varied. Conference producers jobs generally ensure that every week is likely be very different from the last.

Generally a conference producer’s main tasks are:

  • Writing a proposal for an event which involves a lot of in depth research and planning
  • Finding and attracting the right speakers to ensure a high quality event, which requires strong communication skills
  • Being responsible for the content of the events brochure, which involves strong writing skills
  • Finding sponsors to ensure maximum profitability of the event


What skills are needed to be a good conference producer?

  • Communication skills – the role will see you needing to contact a range of people via email and telephone including potential sponsors and speakers
  • Attention to detail – You will be responsible for every aspect of an event so it’s essential to pay high levels of attention to every major and minor detail of the event
  • Time management skills – There is a lot to plan when it comes to organising an event so ensuring you manage your time effectively. Too much or too little time spent on an aspect of the event can lead to a poor event


Feel you’re up for the challenge of entering the exciting world of conference producing? Why not take a look at the current conference producer roles on our website or give us a call!