Jobs in Events for Grads

Most people who have just graduated from university look for certain things in their first job – earning potential, a structured career path, perhaps international travel opportunities and a like-minded team of bright sparks.

What if you could find all those things in one job?!

Jobs in event sales are becoming increasingly popular with graduates and second jobbers. With trade shows, live events and consumer festivals covering a wide range of specialist sectors from fashion and education to food, technology to telecoms, energy and,  construction, cosmetics, security, SaaS, retail, music, leisure and lifestyle, there really is something for everyone.

Why choose a job in Event Sales?

For those who are fascinated by learning about how businesses change, grow, adapt and reach new levels of profitability and want a job that enables them to consult businesses to help them to reach out to new markets and increase their profit margins, event sales jobs can give them exactly that.

What are Event Sales jobs like?

Working in event sales will give you the opportunity to research and on-board new brands to sell to, create clever floor plans and develop existing accounts to become repeat, big spenders and you’ll be paid handsomely for doing so. If you like strategy, event sales will give you the opportunity to work with the marketing, operations and content functions to create the best show in town whilst globetrotting to competitor shows across; from Paris to Peru and Sydney to San Francisco, Jamaica and Japan, giving you the perfect platform for world domination!

What are the best bits about working in Events?

Show season in event sales goes from zero to one-hundred pretty quickly so it wouldn’t suit someone who panics every time things get busy – event sales teams are notorious for the ‘everyone-mucks-in-and-helps-each-other’ vibe so you’ll be nestled in a team with true camaraderie and work well with organised chaos!

You’ll likely find that each event organiser you speak to is absolutely team focused. They look forward to seeing each other on a Monday morning and when you walk into the office, there’s a special feeling and a buzz in the air. They rely on each other to be successful, so everyone pulls together (They’re also the best craic in the pub after work on a Friday!)

Event sales will give you the opportunity to work with different companies, different industries and different people on a variety of different and often unusual products. You’ll gain great insight into what companies do, how they market their brands and how they grow product lines. Your role will teach you how to react to different market conditions and how to keep your finger on the pulse of your sector. Most importantly, the events industry will give you a career, prospects and an education in business.

What are the worst parts about working in Events?

Event sales is a full contact sport sometimes. If you get it right it’s the best job in the world and in the tougher times, it can feel tough. Every day is different and provides you with endless challenges. If you pride yourself on helping businesses achieve their strategic objectives and you deliver your absolute maximum, the roller-coaster ride is one of the many reasons why events professionals LOVE their jobs so much!

What Can a Job in Event Sales Lead to?

It’s no secret that some of the events industry’s brightest minds first cut their teeth in event sales jobs. Some of the CEOs, vice presidents and managing directors of the industry’s biggest event organisers have grown up in event sales and now spend their days developing people and coaching them through jobs they love whilst helping them to discover a brighter future for themselves, carve new careers and create a more fulfilling livelihood for themselves.

If you’d like to discuss event sales jobs further, call our expert, Naomi Lane, on 0207359 8244 or email her – [email protected]

Job Hunting Tips for Grads

Dear Media Contacts, I graduated this year and although I’ve been applying for jobs since April, I am no further forward. What am I doing wrong? Jane, Sussex

 

Dear Jane, we completely understand how frustrating and disheartening it can be to not find employment after spending a considerable amount of time and money on studying for a degree. However, there are so many graduates looking for jobs that competition is always incredibly stiff. It’s important to step back and think about re-structuring your job search and changing your approach.

Start by asking yourself not just ‘What job do I actually want?’ and, ‘What do I want to gain from the job?’ but ‘What have I got to offer?’ You can begin by searching for many useful tips on commencing your job search if you are partially struggling to find a job after graduation.

If the problem lies with the interview process, there are many websites available which provide useful interview confidence boosters.

Then there are a range of factors to consider, from where you are searching for jobs to how you interview. Here are some ideas:

  1. University job boards – These job boards will have the latest job vacancies advertised where you can easily apply and speak to careers advisers about all aspects of the process.
  2. Contact recruiters – Reach out to people like us! Our team can match your skills and experience with companies currently hiring staff.
  3. Widen your job search – You can easily do this through signing up to sites such as targetjobs.co.uk where you can receive job alerts for relevant positions.
  4. Network – The old saying, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ holds water. Go to as many career events as you can and make the most of all the networking opportunities on LinkedIn.  You can also search for advice on the best ways to make the most out of the job fairs.
  5. Work experience – If you can do an internship it will speak volumes for your commitment and give you a head start over other applicants.
  6. CV – Arguably, your CV is the most important document you will ever write. It is the sales aid that will get you an interview, so make sure it’s perfect. That means ensuring perfect attention to detail and absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors. Ask a recruiter for a free professional critique. Your accompanying email creates a first impression, so make sure you’ve spelled the name of the person you are sending it to correctly.
  7. Interview – Everyone hates being rejected, but constructive criticism is invaluable and the way you respond to rejection will make a huge difference. Asking for feedback from interviewers will allow you to identify areas you need to improve on. You may find that there is a recurring issue, which you can then address.
  8. Social media – Be conscious of what you are posting on social media channels, as employers can and WILL check. In the same way that you check the company out before attending your interview, they will be looking at your social media footprint. Ensure your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn doesn’t contain any untoward pictures or comments. Also, if you’re a blog writer, ask yourself ‘Would I want a future employer to read this?’ because they almost certainly will.

Ask the Recruiter – Tips for a Good First Day

Dear Media Contacts

My son is starting his first job since graduating from university and I’ve never seen him so nervous. I really want to help him to relax and be well prepared for his big day. I also don’t think I can deal with a stressed-out son around the house any longer! I’m desperate for your advice.

Many thanks,

Sue

 

Dear Sue

We’re more than happy to help. This is a typical question we are asked by worried friends and family members. Starting your first proper job can be daunting, and it’s perfectly normal for your son to feel a bit anxious. Here are some tips so he can concentrate on being happy and excited instead.

  1. Preparation – No-one wants to be late on their first day; remind him to make sure his clothes are washed, ironed and ready to wear so he doesn’t have to decide what to put on in the morning. Encourage him to check travel arrangements and make notes of any delays and alternative routes.
  2. Relaxation – He might well have a restless night with the nerves but having a relaxing bath to unwind as well as an early night will really make a difference in the morning, so he’s switched on and can survive the day without guzzling gallons of coffee!
  3. Fuel – They might be too nervous to be hungry, but a decent breakfast will prevent hunger induced nausea and tummy rumbling.
  4. Lunch – Hopefully his new colleagues will take him to lunch on his first day, but it’s not a bad idea to have a sandwich with him just in case.
  5. Boost – A simple ‘good luck’ or ‘how’s it going?’ message can really go a long way.
  6. New Job Survival Kit – Whether you make this yourself or buy one online. A new job survival kit will at least raise a smile and makes a novel alternative to a good luck card.

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.

Toughest Interview Questions!

 

An Interview can cause a lot of stress and a raised heartbeat. Stress can increase considerably when being asked unusual questions that we are not prepared for.

When looking for new employees, entrepreneurs often aim at exceptional talents, who can astonish with their creativity and innovative perspective on weighty matters for the company.

Finding the top talents would be difficult if the interviews were limited only to the painfully standard questions. Therefore, when recruiting candidates many corporations including world giants such as Apple and Google tend to ask how to resolve unexpected problems.

Business Insider presented a collection of Internet users strangest questions, which fell last year in the premises of several giants of global businesses. We present the most interesting one of them:

1.If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use. (Google Administrative Assistant)

  1. How would you test an elevator? (Software Development Engineer at Microsoft)
  2. How would you solve problems if you were from Mars (Senior Recruiting Manager at Amazon)
  3. Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of. (Apple Software Engineering Manager)
  4. If you were a street sign what would you be? (Sales Associate at Pacific Sunware)
  5. A Russian gangster kidnaps you. He puts two bullets in consecutive order in an empty six-round revolver, spins it, points it at your head and shoots. Click. You’re still alive. He then asks you, do you want me to spin it again and fire or pull the trigger again. For each option, what is the probability that you’ll be shot? (Internet Marketing Analyst at Facebook)
  6. Why wouldn’t I hire you? (Recruiter at Twitter)
  7. If you were to be a Sony product, what would you be? (Retail Sales Specialist at Sony)
  8. How would you estimate how many radio stations are in the US? (Product Manager at Google)

 

If you are looking for jobs in PR (Healthcare, Consumer, B2B, Fashion, Retail, Financial PR, Technology PR), Events, Publishing, Marketing (General, Digital) and Sales – do get in touch with us. Media contacts is one of the most successful media recruitment agencies in London. We have more than twenty years experience and our well trained consultants will be able to help you throughout the interview process, so no need to worry about tough interview questions!