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.

Employers Speeding up Hiring with the Aid of Media Recruitment

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Unemployment is at an 11-year low and so employers are being literally forced to speed up hiring or lose top talent. Media Recruitment makes it possible.

 

The news is good. In fact, it is very good! The latest report coming out of the ONS is that unemployment is at its lowest level in the past 11 years and this means that more people are on the job in the UK. However, there is a flip side to this and that would mean that employers now have to speed up the hiring process or they stand in danger of losing top talent to the competition. With the help of Media Recruitment online, the entire process can be cut to a fraction of the time traditional recruiters take and employers get the talent they are looking for.

Recent Survey Reflects State of UK Job Market

According to a survey cited in Business Matters magazine for SMEs in the UK, almost half the 100 employers surveyed said they have had to significantly speed up the entire hiring process or lose top talent to competitors. As well, 59% of those polled said the entire process is now taking just short of two weeks and in addition to that, 92% said they were issuing offers within a 7-day period following the initial interview. To date, this rapidity in the hiring process is almost unheard of. The speed at which candidates can be found is entirely due to the capabilities of online recruiters such as Media Recruitment.

Media Recruitment Solves the One Real Issue

The biggest problem many employers are having is in finding ways to attract the top talent they seek. Many are putting out online adverts of their own or are using means to attract talent that are, for lack of a better word, archaic. It is no longer sufficient to contact a brick and mortar recruitment agency because that process is much too lengthy and by the time candidates are collected, an online recruiter (again like Media Recruitment) has snatched them up for employers they work with.

Marketing Is Key

One thing that Media Recruitment has that many recruiters lack is the knack of marketing for talent. It is, after all, the same as attracting customers to a business. It’s all about marketing and if an employer wants to attract the cream of the crop, it is essential to pull out all stops and employ a recruitment marketing strategy. This is why we excel at Media Recruitment and how we will continue to place the very best candidates in touch with the very best employers. It’s what we do, have always done and will continue to do. This new rapid-fire market enables us to shine and it is this light that brought you here today.

The Hidden Key to Successful Media Recruitment

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The hidden key to media recruitment can land you the perfect job by setting you apart from other candidates. Can you guess what it is & where to find it?

Today’s job market is more competitive than ever before and this is one of the main reasons why media recruitment is in such high demand. There may be twenty, or more, applicants vying for the same position and many of those will have comparable skills, education and even experience. However, once you find the hidden key to successful media recruitment you will unlock a door to a room where you will be the only person left standing. So, what is the key and how can you find it? You’ll never believe how simple it is!

What You Are Up Against

A large part of the problem when trying to stand out in a crowd of applicants is that you are virtually unknown. It is just as relevant to today’s employers as it is to consumers to be able to identify the face behind a brand and when it comes to applying for a job, you are your brand. You have expertise in digital media but unfortunately, to date, you are merely a presence in the ether, in cyberspace. The hidden key to successful media recruitment is visibility.

Gaining Recognition in a Sea of Faces

Every job applicant knows that a successful interview is one in which the interviewer will remember your face long after those few minutes spent in the office answering a series of questions about yourself and what you have to offer. Many recruitment professionals offer tips on body language and other ways in which to ‘ace’ those interviews, but one thing they usually don’t talk about is that hidden key – visibility.

A Different Slant on Networking to Gain Visibility

Now we get to the crux of the matter! If you step back a moment to what was said about consumers, remember that they want to know a face behind a brand. Well then, your interviewer is your consumer because you are trying to sell him or her something. That would be yourself as the person best qualified for the job. The very best way to make yourself visible to your interviewer is to find out who it is in advance and what charities they donate time and services to.

Volunteering in the same ‘cause’ will give you that instant recognition you need to set yourself apart from other candidates. It’s networking with a totally new and different perspective. By joining forces in causes that are important to that company, that interviewer, you will gain instant recognition and chances are great that it will be your name that heads the list and gets that call!

Why Conference Producer Jobs Will Be in Demand Post-Brexit?

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Some people are nervous about the business implications of Brexit. But conference producer jobs look set to remain in demand in the UK.

Conference producer jobs are some of the hottest around in the events industry, and competition is always fierce from professionals in the field. However, there has been concern in in the industry after the EU referendum vote because the public voted to leave Europe.

 

Feeling the Aftershocks

These ripples have been felt across all of Britain’s economy, but many analysts and business leaders believe that the Brexit result will ultimately be good for Britain, once it has secured free trade arrangements and terms that support its place within the global trading space. The next two years will no doubt continue to be uncertain while the new Prime Minister and cabinet ministers deal with post-EU negotiations, but in the meantime British business will be forging ahead and continuing to grow, evolve and seek out profitable new business relationships with overseas players in Europe and beyond.

 

Britain Is Strong

The reality, of course, is that Britain and its big cities in particular will always be powerful business centers which attract overseas and domestic visitors for conferences of all kinds- from in-house staff conferences to large international conventions and expos. Conference producers will always be needed to manage these large events and may be even more in demand if business in the field continues to grow and become increasingly professionalised.

 

Opportunities Across the World

Equally, many of the best conference producer jobs are likely to be found overseas in coming years, which offers British talent the chance to go abroad and gain vital experience in overseas events markets. Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman are likely to be key markets, as these economies look to countries such as Britain to provide skilled talent in the commercial fields.

 

Position Yourself For Success

The message therefore for events people looking to either stay or move into conference production is clear. Invest in your skills and expertise, build new experiences and continue to develop your CV so that you can position yourself as strongly as possible for upcoming opportunities. Networking is also key to success and a great way to find out about potential roles before they are even advertised.

 

Keep yourself open to new opportunities, and don’t be afraid to travel or take on contracts if they become available. In this fast-paced and exciting career field, almost anything is possible for those with the talent and determination to succeed.

 

Contact us if you need more information.

Why Media Recruitment Could Be Your Perfect Career

Media recruitment is a fantastic career choice for talented graduates. We find out more and see the benefits of working in this great industry.

If you are a graduate looking for a challenging and rewarding role, then media recruitment could be the career choice for you. This fast-paced career offers a host of benefits for the right people.

The Benefits of Working in Media Recruitment

One of the most appealing aspects of working in this industry for ambitious people is the ability to make money, especially with healthy commissions. If you are prepared to work hard, put in the hours, learn the trade and strive to be the best, you will see the rewards coming in. Sustainable, long-term and very lucrative careers can await the best recruiters, and those that have an affinity for sales jobs, relationship management and good service tend to find that media recruitment suits them extremely well.

Another key benefit involves the perks – if you love wining and dining, entertaining and socialising with business people, then you may well find that you get to do this with both colleagues and key clients, especially if you end up working in executive search or on high-value accounts.

The work is also fun and sociable, and the teams who work in recruitment tend to be energetic, fun and friendly, which is a huge perk for other like-minded individuals. Recruitment offices can be pressured, but they are very often fun and engaging as well and filled with energy and buzz. If you want to experience adrenaline at work and meet bright, enthusiastic and go-getting people in your career, then recruitment could be a great choice for you.

The Skills You’ll Need

Recruitment is essentially a sales and relationship business. This means that you need to learn the basics of selling and the art of listening, negotiating, understanding, delivering and closing deals. Delivery is key – you must be committed to ensuring you give the client what he or she needs. You need to be dynamic and go-getting – this isn’t a job for introverts or wallflowers. And you also need to be prepared to really put in the work. This means embracing things such as cold-calling, which a lot of newer recruiters try to avoid in favour of LinkedIn and social sites. Stick to what you learn from experienced recruiters, though – networking in business, hard graft and skills development – and you will find that you thrive.

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