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!

The Skills That Will Set You Apart in Media Recruitment.

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.

 

Confidence

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.

 

Communication Skills

Great communicators will always get ahead in recruitment by knowing how to communicate perfectly on a verbal, written and non-verbal level.

 

Marketing Skills

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.

 

Reliability

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.

 

Relationship-Building Skills

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.

 

Speed

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?