How to get the job you want!
Loads of people want to work in the media. So, to bag yourself a job, you're going to have to set yourself apart from the competition.
Our tips can help:
1. Know the jobs
You need to know about the different jobs in the media. And there are plenty out there: jobs in marketing, PR, art and design, writing, finance and administration… Not to mention production, engineering, computer programming… And loads more! Do your research, especially about the ones you're interested in. To help you out, we've even put a list of the teams with descriptions of what they do, which will be really helpful to you when applying! Check it here.
2. Think about your skills
What are you really brilliant at? Do you like organising people? Have you got a flair for writing or developing ideas? Or are numbers your thing? Do you enjoy designing? Look for jobs where you can do the things you're great at.
3. Don't just watch and listen. Think!
Do you prefer TV or films? Or are you more fascinated by the adverts? Do you spend more time online or listening to the radio? Think about it. Be ready to talk about the things you love, and why you love them.
4. Look for people you'd like to work with
Which companies are doing the kind of things you're interested in? Scrutinise credits, to see who makes what. Google the companies you find. And check out any small, local companies near you who might be offering some great opportunities.
5. Do your homework
Before you get in touch with potential employers, check: do they offer the kind of opportunity you want? Who's the best person to get in touch with? Look at their website first, and if you cannot find the information you need then give them a call, to find out who's in charge of work experience and how you can get involved.
6. Show an interest
Email potential employers, or send them a letter, explaining why they've caught your eye and why you could be their dream employee. Don't just send the same thing to everyone – personalise your message. Companies want to know that you're really interested in them, and want to know a bit about you.
7. Follow it through
If you haven't heard anything after a week, call to check that they got your message. Ask for feedback, and check that it's OK to keep in touch. And whatever happens, respect their time, experience and advice – it's all valuable.