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I want to work in the media industry

Written by Kimberley Startup | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Media jobsGetting a job in the media industry has never been easy. As one of the most competitive sectors in which jobs are few and far between, it’s made even harder by the fact that c100 people are applying for each and every job that is advertised.

As a result, it takes someone special to catch the attention of a hiring manager within the media industry, and more importantly, someone special who can prove it.

Here are some of my tips to help you get a job in the media industry.

1. Do your research

Before you embark on your media job hunt, make sure you’ve done some research. The media industry offers a diverse amount of career paths, so understand what types of media jobs exist and which one is right for you.

2. Understand what’s required

Understand what skills and experience you need to work in this sector and make a plan for acquiring this. With competition for media jobs at an all time high, passion is a key trait.

3. Get some experience under your belt

Like many industries, work experience is favoured within the media industry so grab as much of it as you can. Sites such as www.mandy.com are a great place to start with many people looking for additional crew to assist with personal projects. Some pay, others don’t, but it’s all valuable experience under your belt.

4. Show your value

Even if you’re the most amazing writer, creative genius or technical guru, none of this matters if you can’t turn it into something the hiring manager can relate to.

5. The hidden jobs market

Many media jobs are not advertised as most businesses get enough speculative CVs to create their talent pools to select from so be proactive in your search. In particular, start building your list of contacts and keep touching base every now and then so they don’t forget you.

6. Write a media-related CV

The secret to a winning CV is tailoring your experience specifically to the position. But don’t lie. It will only come back and haunt you later. If you don’t feel you meet the job’s requirements but think you’re CV still warrants consideration, show the hiring manager why.

7. Use your initiative

You know all those credits that roll up at the end of a TV program? Don’t just switch channel, make a note of the names. Then, with a bit of creativity, play around with their name and the production company’s domain to ensure your CV reaches the right contact.

As mentioned previously, getting a job in the media industry is one of the most popular and competitive career areas, but by taking on-board some of the advice above, your chances are already greatly improved.

But of all the tips I’ve shared, the most important advice I can give is to persevere. If you’re got the right attitude, skills and experience, a job in the media will not be as far away as it seems.

Looking for a job in the media? Webrecruit advertises a number of media jobs on behalf of some of the UK’s leading employers. Start your media job search here.

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