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Best in Show
Kickstarting your career in any industry, at anytime, is hard work. The perfect role doesn’t always come knocking on your door and often you have to fight off the competition to showcase to future employers that you are the right candidate for the job.
At Speed, we really believe in nurturing grassroot talent which is why we have a number of programmes and initiatives to offer comms consultants of the future the opportunity to gain work experience in our agency.
COVID has, in both the short and long-term, changed the way we work, the environment we work in and with that, the way we offer work experience and internships. Remote working has become the norm and at Speed, we’ve recently formed working ‘bubbles’ to allow for collaboration and team work whilst adhering to all Government rules and guidelines.
So, how does work experience, internships or placements fit into this new way of working? One of our Associate Directors, Laura Murphy, offers her advice to those looking to get on the first step of the career ladder.
With many businesses working remotely, most things are now carried out virtually – including sourcing and attracting talent so make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to scratch and you are using the platform to network.
Follow companies, brands and people that you want to work for. It will give you a feel of how their buisness is doing in the current circumstances and will help you in identifying if they are looking for new recruits. Don’t be afraid to comment and like posts of possible employers, not only will it put you on their radar but it will help you to better understand their business which is only a good thing when it comes to interviewing.
It’s fair to say that most businesses have experienced some degree of change as a result of COVID which may impact their recruitment and employment practices. For example, you might find there are more opportunities around offering a fixed term contract. This is a great way of gaining experience and building your CV whilst you look for a longer term opportunity. And if you are starting your career, it will help you to get a broader spectrum of experience which can only be attractive when it comes to interviewing for your perfect role.
And it’s not just fixed term contracts that are worth considering, many business – including Speed – are offering virtual work experience places. Gaining a few weeks of virtual work experience will still benefit you when it comes to interviewing for a permanent roles, as will volunteering experience. So, remember even if the perfect role isn’t out there just now, you can still be building your experience remotely in the meantime.
Remember you aren’t the only person that is looking for their first professional role so make sure you standout from the crowd. We’ve been receiving lots of speculative applications from recent graduates and those looking for their first role in PR so it really does make a difference when we see something unique. Looking for an opportunity with a social content agency? Showcase your portfolio via Instagram. Production assistant? Why not share your CV as a showreel. Make sure you still attach a traditional CV but make your covering letter compelling so that you are defintely top of the list for an interview when a role does become available.