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.

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?

Graduate jobs

If you’re going to be graduating this year, now might be a good time to start thinking about how you plan to spend at least the next few years of your life – time ticks on and soon enough the 10p rise in the price of a pint at the union will be the least of your concerns.

 

While the graduate job market is definitely improving, with a recent study of employers predicting a 9% rise in graduate recruitment this year (BBC News), finding work can still be an incredibly trying experience (particularly if applying to the ultra-competitive grad schemes).

 

One major way in which a recruitment agency can help is in providing a trusted conduit to employers. The numbers in which graduates apply for jobs are such that many businesses simply don’t have the resources to cope with the recruiting process; for reasons of expediency, many potentially excellent candidates will be filtered out immediately on the basis of something minor. Recruiters play an important part in combating this: come to us, we’ll run through your options with you; provide impartial advice; and if we have an appropriate role, we’ll send you over to our clients with the Media Contacts seal of approval.

 

This way, candidates aren’t wasting their time applying for jobs they’re unlikely to get and, on the other side of the coin, employers aren’t seeing people that are unsuitable – everybody wins! That may sound a bit cheesy but there’s no denying the logic.

 

So, if you fancy yourself as a graduate trainee / Account Executive/ Sales Executive in the media sector and feel that your talents need bringing to the attention of a top class organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a number of open jobs and you can click here to know more about job search/ interview preparation.

The importance of social media – Linked In

 

If you’re reading this on LinkedIn, then chances are you’re aware of the ever-increasing importance of social media in business, particularly when it comes to looking for a job. It really is difficult to understate the part that websites such as LinkedIn play in the 21st century recruitment process – googling ‘social media recruitment’ will return page upon page of results extolling the virtues of social media in both finding and filling a role.

 

As a candidate, there are two ways of approaching your use of social media: actively and passively. Taking a passive approach is not completely without merit (though clearly if you make more of an effort you’re likely to get better results); however it is important even if you’re not actively engaging with social media that if someone were to look you up they wouldn’t be horrified by the results. As almost everyone knows by now (or should know!), most potential employers will look you up on social media prior to making a hire to check for any potential skeletons in the closet.

 

In terms of proactive engagement, the situation becomes a little more complicated – how exactly do you get the best out of social media, particularly if you’re looking for a job? Focussing your energies on LinkedIn should be a priority – make sure you do the following:

 

  • Flesh out your profile – add your skills, experience and a brief summary of yourself using words related to your ideal job (you will then show up when a recruiter or employer is searching for candidates for such a job)
  • Join groups (all our jobs are posted to our LinkedIn group, for example) and follow company pages – this will make your profile more visible, particularly if you engage with other members
  • Make connections! After all this is what LinkedIn is all about. Look for people that might be able to introduce to you to other contacts in your sector.

 

These are just a few basic suggestions, but it’s a good place to start!