Top Tips for entry level candidates starting out on the job hunt!

Job hunting can be daunting enough, but particularly for those who are just starting out or who may have recently graduated it is a whole new journey that is both scary and exciting all at the same time! For those who are now looking to kick-start their career in the publishing industry, we are here to help you! We are constantly being asked what are the key skills that qualify me to work in publishing and so make sure you have these to start with!

  • Communication
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity

Then the more prescriptive skills could be:

  • Strong administrative and organisational skills
  • Data skills – able to use Excel
  • Adobe creative suite – InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Social Media skills – make sure your social media accounts are up to date and clean/ professional!
  • Content Management Systems – why not set up your own blog?

We are also delighted to share our top tips to ensure you are ready and confident to start your job hunt journey! Check them out below!

  1. Do your research! Preparation is key, so do plenty of research on the clients and jobs you are applying to. Have they been in the news recently? Understand what the job actually needs and clearly demonstrate how you can either do this already, or pick it up! (For example if a job requires Excel skills – go onto You Tube and learn basic Excel!)
  2. Be organised! Have a plan and keep a note of all the applications you’ve made including the date you applied, the company, job, contact and the deadline – remember there is also no harm in following up if you haven’t heard anything back in a little while. (Why not use your newly found Excel spreadsheet skills to keep track of this!)
  3. Show your passion! Do everything you can to show interest and enthusiasm for the industry and for learning something new - even if this is doing something a bit different to begin with to build on experience and skills like working part time in administration or customer service, all experience is valuable, particularly when you are starting out.
  4. Stay connected! Online networking is key to making contacts and increasing your market knowledge, as well as getting an understanding of roles currently out there, so ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and get connecting with industry experts and groups. There are lots of publishing people on Twitter so that’s another great place to connect with people.
  5. Be open! Remember, publishing is not all about editorial so be open! As an example, there are some brilliant entry level technical / data focused roles which can be a great entry point into the industry and open up so many more avenues!
  6. Tempted to temp? Don't dismiss temp opportunities - if you're available and looking for a foot in the door and more publishing experience, temping can be great. Even if it's a 2-month admin role, it's all experience you're building and relationships you're making, and will add wonders to your CV whilst you wait for that perfect role!
  7. Ask for help! Choose someone you trust to look over your CV and cover letter and to practice interview questions with you who will give you honest and helpful feedback.
  8. Keep Learning! Keep an eye out for any new short courses, webinars or classes that might help you to develop your skills further for that dream role! We never stop learning, and showing that you are keen and passionate in wanting to keep developing and growing to a future employer will score you top marks!
  9. Believe in yourself! Don’t be disheartened if you get rejected for a job – rejection is unfortunately part of the hunt and is never nice, but ask for feedback if you can, learn how you can improve from this and keep on applying! You can also check out our top tips for handling rejection here.
  10. Get in touch with us! Check out the Inspired Selection website to view our latest jobs and blog with lots of hints and tips on creating a stand out application and what it is like working in the Publishing Industry! You can also sign up for our Vacancy Update Service to receive alerts straight away when new roles come in.

We would love to hear from you and support you in your journey to success within publishing, so if you are just starting out on your job search do connect with us and we’ll be delighted to help!

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