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!

How do you feel when you go to work?

When you go to work do you feel like you need a new career. Media Contacts can help you find your dream.

When you wake up in the morning do you feel that you are undervalued and you have so much more you can give? Do you find yourself going to work and feeling that you are in a dead-end job? Do you dread going into work because it is not what you enjoy and love doing? Do you want a career?

When looking for a career you want to ensure you can go to work on a daily basis and feel that you have accomplished something, you want to ensure you are happy within your working environment and you want a career that has scope for you to develop your skills and room to grow and progress forward.

Perhaps you have always seen yourself as creative and so are swayed towards the idea of pursuing a career as a creative director or other creative jobs. Not many people have the creativity juices flowing and are able to execute art with skill, expertise and precision. If you think you are one of those rare talented individuals then read on.
Do you have the skills to be a creative director?

You must have the ability, skills and expertise in the field of graphic design, fine arts, motion graphics or any other creative industries.  You must be able to work under pressure and manage a team. Are you able to think on your feet and create exciting strategies and plan a campaign? If so Media Contacts can help you pursue a career as a creative director.

No matter what your ambition don’t get stuck in a dead–end job. There are always other avenues and options available. If you need help of advice contact us now. We have a range of media industry job available. Our experienced team has been helping individuals like yourself realise their potential and secure their dream job since 1993. We can and will help you find the right career for you.

No matter what you dream of becoming, it can soon become a reality. Weather you dream of working from anything from PR to marketing we can help. Take a look at our range of job opportunities; you are sure to find something that will re-light the ambition fire inside you.

Media contact can help you get that bit closer to your dream. Contact us now.

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Now For Some Good News. (Julia Walton)

It’s frequently been pointed out that many of the most successful businesses in existence were started up during economic downturns. It sounds a paradox until you get thinking about labour,  rent, and other resources being cheaper. And of course the poor calibre companies in any sector are more likely to be going out of business, leaving those who genuinely add value to clean up.

With the long awaited news that, finally, we just might be coming out of recession, if you are one of the out-of-work-professionals thinking of setting up on your own perhaps  you had better get a move on!

Impressing The Daleks. (Julia Walton)

I sometimes think there are some trained monkeys out there writing CVs (oh, the stories I could tell) but, word is, now robots are going to be reading them. The latest news is that human contact is to be reduced during the recruitment process with intelligent software reading CVs and robots conducting interviews.

I am picturing telling one of my candidates how to prepare for an interview with a dalek. Will I get to talk to the robot myself, what will he/she/it be like? Hmm, we’ll see.