Channel 4’s Kick Start

Check out Channel 4’s Kick Start web site for lots of advice and notices of their 2011 programme of talks etc.

http://4talent.channel4.com/getstarted/kickstart

They provide some great advice for job seeking in the New Media industry:

Top tips for getting the job you want

Lots of people want to work in the media, so landing the job you want means getting yourself noticed. A bit of research can put you streets ahead of the rest.

1. Know the jobs

It’s important to know about the wide range of jobs in the media. There are many kinds of jobs from marketing to PR, art and design, writing, finance and administration to production, engineering, computer programming and lots, lots more.

Find out all about the job that you’re interested in. There’s loads of information on the web, and you could start at Skillset (skillset.org), BBC (bbc.co.uk/jobs), UK Careers Advice (careersadvice.direct.gov.uk),WorkInGames (workingames.co.uk), AnimationWorld Network (awn.com) or Association of Photographers (the-aop.org)

2. Think about your skills

What are you good at? Have you got writing skills? Do you like organising people? Or is art your thing? Look for job opportunities that will make the best use of your skills and talents.

3. Don’t just watch – think!

Think about what you enjoy and why. Do you prefer TV, films or the ads? Do you spend more time with the web or the radio? Pick out the things that really interest you and be ready to talk about them – we want to know your opinion!

4. Find out about potential employers

Who are the companies? What do they do? Look at credits to see whomakes what and use the web to look up who’s out there. Start small and local – theremay be companies near you with great opportunities.

5. Take an interest

Show your interest in the company and let them see you’ve thought about it. Every company will want something different, so don’t send the same letter or email to them all. Think about why you want to work for this company, what they’ve done that inspires you and what makes you a good match for them.

6. Check the facts

Make sure you get in touch with the right person.Who should you contact?What do they need fromyou? Do they offer the opportunities you want? Look for details on their website or phone themto find out who deals with work experience, whether they have opportunities and whether you should send a letter or an email.

7. Follow it through

Your first letter or email should be simple, clear about what you can offer and stick to the point. But do follow it up – call a week later tomake sure it was received. Ask for feedback and whether it’s okay to stay in touch. Respect their time, experience and advice too – it’s all valuable to you.

Source: http://4talent.channel4.com/getstarted/kickstart/guidance-teachers

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