Want to know how to stand out when applying for jobs? Our Co-Head of Media here at ONQOR has been trawling through applications over the recent months during our rapid expansion of the team. Dave has kindly taken to writing a blog for those of you who might be looking for roles within the Media Industry. Have a read, even if you’re not applying for Media jobs specifically, you might find a few tips useful!

Expanding The Team

For the last few weeks we’ve been expanding our team here in the Media department – which has meant that I’ve been shifting through A LOT of applicants. We’ve been on the lookout for a Photographer, an Animator and an Editor. Averaging at over 500+ applicants per role, it’s been a mammoth task for Isaac and myself to get through. We’re more than happy to put in the work to find that perfect candidate to join our team, being on the other side now, we’ve both admittedly learnt a huge amount about the job application process. So we wanted to share our top tips for those on the job hunt, we’re sure that you’ll find it helpful!

Advice For Applying

This is for any budding creatives out there searching & applying for their next role, not only to ONQOR Group, but any other creative agencies, video or film production companies out there!

SO, here goes, here are my TOP 5 TIPS for applying for full-time role in the creative industry!

1. A Portfolio Or Showreel Is Essential

A showreel or portfolio is essential for almost any kind of Media Professional. If you don’t spend the time building even a basic website, portfolio or showreel you are almost immediately out of the running for any role. There are various ways to put one of these together, and a million resources that you can find for free online on how to best present your previous unpaid/paid projects. These resources will help you build up a showreel for little to no money at all. A portfolio works hand in hand with a CV and in my opinion should be considered as important as a cover letter!

2. Make Your Portfolio Easy To Find

A quick tip is to make sure that you put your portfolio link AT THE TOP of your CV & Cover letter! This isn’t something that should be hidden away at the bottom of your application, it’s actually one of the first things we look for so don’t send us on a hunt for it! Make it as easy as possible for us to find it.

3. Tailor Your Application

If the company you’re applying to is looking for a specialist role. For example, an Editor, then make sure that your social media, website & showreel are all geared towards editing. If you’re an entry-level applicant to a role, I can understand why you might want to make various CVs & Cover Letters so that you can apply to different types of positions and just try to find a foothold in the industry at the beginning of your career. So, if that is the case – then ignore the following (but DO make your application relevant to the role being advertised!).

 

If I’m looking for an editor, I want an editor…not an Editor / Videographer / Dentist / Photographer / Painter / Nude Model & Gardener. Hey, it’s great that you’re experienced in all the above, however, we are keen to find out about how you have the experience to fit into the team for the role we’ve advertised for. We’d love to see additions under ‘Interests’ or at the bottom of your previous work experience, but not as the main subtitle of your application. It immediately makes me feel like you’re not that determined or driven for the role being advertised; it makes me think that you sent off your application on a whim rather than spending time crafting a thoughtful and meaningful application.

 

If you have no work or personal experience in the role you are applying for and are bringing a generalist’s CV – then at least spend some time tailoring exactly how each experience has uniquely geared you up for this opportunity. And finally – if you’re looking for a career change, therefore you are applying with no experience or knowledge of the role – then it is up to you to build up your portfolio and expertise in your own time. As previously mentioned, there are millions of free classes and resources on the internet that you can leverage and learn from. If you do come from a different profession but have a well built up portfolio and knowledge in the relevant software / set etiquette, then you will be at no disadvantage.

4. Be Consistent

If you’re an experienced creative – applying for a specific specialist role, then having a CV that has no consistency in your experience / former job roles – is immediately a red flag to me. Make sure that your previous experience and jobs add up to show you are specialist in your field!

5. Don't Be Spammy, Take Initiative

We’ve had a number of individuals add us on LinkedIn, or other members of the wider team. In my opinion, adding a senior member of the team on LinkedIn and relentlessly spamming them with messages and follow up messages is not a good way to make a first impression. To be honest, it’s really annoying. Our advice? Spend some time reading up on that person’s background, work experience and interests. Then, send that connection request & add a note! The beauty of LinkedIn means that the individual will receive a notification saying that you’ve viewed their profile (dependant on their privacy settings). This is already enough proof that you’re doing your homework! If you REALLY want to send them a message, simply send them two sentences about how you’re excited to apply to the role and something that stood out to you about the company. Do not send them a million questions that you can easily find in the job ad itself – you will look bad because you haven’t taken the initiative to seek these answers yourself.

 

I hope these tips have been useful and that you’ve learnt at one point about the hiring process! If you have any thoughts, feedback or comments feel free to leave them below – I’d love to hear them!

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