Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Intern Opportunities: 28 August 2012

Are you looking for your first job?

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Intern Opportunities: 21 August 2012

  • Lighting magazine is looking for an online/editorial intern to work across both print and online. Click here to apply

Would you like a paid internship to start early 2013?
  • Profile books are currently taking applications for 8-week placements to start January 2013. Click here to apply.

Do you want a temporary paid internship?

Are you looking for your first job?

Did you know...
Curtis Brown provides paid internships on a regular basis in their books department. Keep checking their website for vacancies. 

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Things to know while you're job hunting

At school we’re never properly educated in the methods of job hunting, and it can vary from industry to industry. It’s important that when you’re job hunting to really put a lot of effort in. It’s easy to fall behind on job seeking, especially if you feel as though you are getting nowhere. However, you should try to implement it into your daily routine.
Once you’re in the full swing of job seeking its easy to become lazy and forget about the little things. Below are a few small things you may want to remember…

1)Widen your search
We already know that there aren’t enough entry-level jobs for the number of graduates, so don’t be too picky when applying for these types of roles. Its slim pickings out there and only the very best candidates will be able to secure the positions. For instance, you may want a job in digital marketing but don’t rule out the general marketing positions.

2)Search and apply in good time
If you can’t start working for a while then you need to make sure that you don’t apply for jobs too early. Six weeks before you can start is probably the maximum amount of time in advance – usually employers want to employ people as soon they can. Plus, make sure you alert the employer to any holidays coming up that may affect interview schedules.

3)Pay attention to your online presence
Don’t forget about the little things like online presence. However big or small your employer is potentially watching or ‘reading’ you – not that you’re being stalked or anything – they’re probably just curious. It’s nothing to worry about, but just to keep in when you’re tweeting or blogging about job hunting. Anything negative has the potential to give negative impressions.

4)Incorporate job hunting into your daily routine
The key thing to remember is that effective job hunting needs to be done on a regular basis. You’ll probably be much more successful at finding a position if you’re, job seeking each day, applying to a job each day (spending time on your applications) and keeping an eye out on social media for vacancies.

5)Keeping positive
However hard this may be, try to stay positive when looking for a graduate role. Your day will come; it’s only a matter of time. Everything else that may happen before, like an application rejection, take in your stride and consider it a learning curve.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Intern Opportunities: 14th August 2012

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Are you looking for your first job?
  • Hodder and Stoughton books have a position available for a publicity assistant. Click here to apply

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Intern Opportunities: 07 August 2012

Do you want a 3-month internship?

Are you desperate for a book-publishing placement?
  • Don’t forget that Random House often advertise their placement opportunities on their Facebook page.... 

Are you looking for your first job?
  • Closer magazine has an entry-level position available for a picture researcher. Click here to apply

Are you a graduate seeking temporary work?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

My Graduate Success: My First Day

I’m glad I had the opportunity to take a week off on holiday after my course had finished and before my job began.  Although to be honest, in this climate, I’m glad I even have a job at all – not to mention a job that I enjoy.

Before I started I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had done loads of internships that were based around a lot of administrative duties – so the work was mundane a lot of the time – I’m sure other interns would agree. However, in light of this, I couldn’t really judge how my new job would compare to internships; I just knew it would be more than just admin work.

On the first day itself I arrived early (of course) and just in time for a ‘what am I getting myself in for’ Starbucks (just kidding) – though I did have a Starbucks. I guess I was feeling calm with a few nerves (to be expected), not anywhere near as nervous as I was for my interview though.

One of the first things I did was meet the team - the people sitting around my desk - who are all lovely. I felt at ease straight away. Even being presented with my very own desk was a definite high moment. They had even put some new stationary on my desk – I love the little professional freebies.

Next I had a couple of one to ones with my new bosses – this is now a regular weekly occurrence. These are basically briefing meetings about what I was going to be doing in the job on a day to day basis and were a suitable time for me to pose any questions. I’ve now accumulated an entire folder of help and handover sheets! I knew straight away that there was going to be plenty of work to do. Also, I did all the general housekeeping (to be expected) such as setting up my voicemail and the computer. In fact, my mailbox was already set up for me and I had over a hundred emails – luckily quite a few of them could just be deleted.

I handle all the marketing enquiries so I had a lot of those to attend to, and honestly the whole first week was very busy indeed. I like being busy though. I started slightly early, left slightly late and there was no time to have a lunch break, but I enjoyed the fast paced environment and I learnt things very quickly. As I’ve said to my bosses the job is better than I expected though it was difficult to form any expectations anyway.

I know that a few of you are keen to find out what I do and what some of my duties are, so I guess I’ll leave you with a little description…

I handle all online competitions for woman&home and the Homes titles, including print comps for Style at Home. I send out four newsletters a week to our Homes database. I create and analyse data spreadsheets. I handle all enquiries. I organise goody bags for events and anything else events related. For woman&home I as well design (brief to designers) and write content for our emails, whether it’s a new issue email or an offer email. Not to mention anything else my bosses throw my way! It’s quite a varied role, it has a technical side to it too, but I do really enjoy it.
2012 has been proven to be a great year for me and securing my first job has allowed me to reflect a bit. I’m really glad that the last few years of my life have happened – that I went to University, undertook work experience and was motivated enough to get this job.

I’m never leaving out of choice - IPC would literally have to throw me out!