Penguin Living – Careers 360 Immersion Day 11th September

Penguin Living, a new initiative from Penguin Random House, is launching a great series of events to promote authors and experts specialising in personal development. We’re really delighted to be involved in the very first one – the Careers 360 Immersion Day on 11th September.

The day will involve a series of talks with workshop elements from selected authors and experts – authors confirmed so far are Tim Vincent, the author of Nail That Interview, Caroline Goyder, author of Gravitas, Alice Olins and Phanella Mayall Fine, authors of Step Up – Confidence, Success and Your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes a Day, John Williams, author of Screw Work, Break Free, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, authors of Designing your LifeBuild a Life That Works for You, and Kevin Rodgers, author of Why Aren’t They Shouting? Books will be on sale throughout the day.

The brand’s overarching aim is to “empower people to live life better” by making best use of its authors’ ideas, advice and insight.

The day, priced £15 per session or £40 for the whole day, will be divided into three segments: “Applying for Jobs”, “Improving your Career” and “Career Choices”, with PRH’s authors and experts – including Atwood Tate! – offering tips on how to give a great interview, changing careers and flexible working.

Check out the Penguin Living website, www.penguinliving.co.uk, the Twitter handle is @PenguinLivingUK and hashtag #DoItBetter.

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   Kevin Rodgers                     Dave Evans                      Bill Burnett                      John Williams       

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The World of Temping

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It’s a fast paced world in temping. Companies can’t always predict when they’ll need someone. The requirements can come fast and without notice – and that’s where we come in. We have a huge database of temps at our disposal, ready and willing to take on short-term placements. They aren’t afraid of being dropped in at the deep end and they love the opportunity to meet new people and work in varied environments. And that’s where you come in!

We’re always looking for new temps, especially those who can start right away. When a job comes in and our clients need someone tomorrow, we provide a rapid response service – but we’re only as good as our temp pool!

Sometimes, there isn’t even time for a face to face interview. In the past, we’ve put temps forward and the client has asked for just a quick, informal phone call so they can ask some relevant questions and gauge a candidate’s answers. For some of you who have gone to second and third interviews, not to mention written and online tests, this might come as something of a shock. But really, that’s how quick it can be sometimes – you might hear from us on Monday and start working on Tuesday.

And we have a good memory here at Atwood Tate. We remember the temps who came through time and again, who always impress our clients and who are guaranteed to meet the job requirements. We’re like an old friend, checking in, keeping you in mind, remembering what you excel at and what you’re looking for. Sometimes, our temps move directly from one role to another, developing new skills and furthering their careers step by step.

So, if you’re looking for pastures new, get in touch today! Next week could be a whole lot different than you expected.

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The Temps Team:

Kellie Millar, Manager (Temps/Freelancers)

Tel:    020 7034 7897         Email: kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk

Alison Redfearn, Temps/Freelancers Consultant

Tel:    020 7034 7922         Email: alisonredfearn@atwoodtate.co.uk

Michael Lawlor, Temps/Freelancers Administrator

Tel:    020 7034 7899         Email: michaellawlor@atwoodtate.co.uk

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The Bookshop Band

Last night a few of us went along to Daunt Books in Marylebone to check out the highly praised duo The Bookshop Band. They were fabulous! Sipping white wine, sitting in a beautiful bookshop and listening to enchanting music inspired by the books surrounding us – I can hardly think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening.

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The band are touring bookshops and other venues now so check out their tour dates and get yourselves along to see them! Check out some of their videos here: https://vimeo.com/thebookshopband 

 

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#iinmarketing2016

A few weeks ago I went to the B2B Marketing Conference hosted by the Industry Information Network (IIN). It was a day packed full of insights and guidance for B2B publishers and media companies and there were a host of great speakers from the industry who really know their stuff!

Topics covered by the speakers included:
– Social media and content marketing
– Account-Based Marketing (ABM)
– Lead generation approaches
– Email marketing
– Marketing automation

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There were also two round table sessions and the first one I joined was a discussion of how marketing and sales teams can work closer to drive revenue growth. As a recruiter who sources candidates for both these types of roles, it was really interesting to hear how companies bring about interaction between sales and marketing staff as well as what approaches work and what don’t!

The second round table was about B2B email marketing best practices. Once again it was great to find out what success B2B publishers and media companies have with this and ways we can all improve our marketing emails. Brexit was of course a point of discussion and a lot of delegates had concerns about how the new EU Data Reforms coming into force in 2018 will affect their usable data.

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The day finished up with a panel discussion about the challenges facing B2B marketers and how they can be overcome. It seems both large and small companies have similar problems to resolve and a lot of the suggestions for overcoming these and improving marketing strategy can be implemented on a small scale and at a low cost.

Thanks Patrick Angell and Naomi Hoad for organising the day!

Learn more about the IIN and their events here: www.iineurope.net/

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Consultant in the Hot Seat – Christina Dimitriadi

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What book are you reading at the moment and what do you think of it?

The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. It’s not a book I would easily pick up and I am not a fan of English romantic literature so when I saw the names of Lord Byron, Keats, and Shelley as the main characters I was a bit put off. It did take me a while to get into it but when I did, I was very pleasantly surprised. Powers sets a very interesting mood which is at times like reading someone else’s dream where you feel that there are moments of haze and you are not sure about what’s happening, while at other times things are bright and clear. It’s a very unusual vampire story in which the author has combined historical facts with traditional myths with folklore and fiction. It’s not consistent in pace so it can at times be a bit slow and then suddenly spur into action. This book does have some great action and gruesome terror and it builds up well towards the ending so I’m very happy I stuck with it!

What three books changed your life?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This probably has to do with the fact that when I was young I discovered this book in a small cupboard into which I had been trying to get for quite some time. One day I found the key and finally opened what turned out to be my mother’s book collection from when she was herself a child. I grabbed the most tattered book I could find and started reading it, and I did not put it down. This was the first time that I realised that reading a good book was one of the best pastimes.

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett. It took me exactly three pages to fall in love with Pratchett’s style and writing. I finished the book in a few days and ran to the bookstore for more. Having now read all of the Discworld novels, Lord and Ladies is still one of my favourites. It’s a very balanced book between light and fun and darkness with a very tight and capturing plot. This was the best random book choice I’ve ever made and I would definitely recommend it. No matter what I’m currently reading, I always have a TP book open by the side of my bed. Revisiting the Discworld time and time again is like going to see an old friend.

I can’t think of a third one!

What’s on your birthday wish list?

Books, books and more books! I’m getting back to my passion for cooking and my dream of one day having a very attractive cooking library. So I’ve decided to try my hand at one of the most challenging cuisines; Persian and Middle-Eastern. Top of my list is Persianna by Sabrina Ghayour with food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. And to compliment that with something sweet, my second choice is The Baking Book from Honey and Co and their mouth-watering recipes from their restaurant in Fitzrovia, London – which is also top on my to-visit list.

What has been the highlight/s of the past year?

Leaving Athens (and 365 days of sun behind) to move to London. Shortly afterwards I started working with Atwood Tate which has been a lovely experience so far. I feel I am part of a small and supportive family in a very active and productive environment. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to be in for my first job in the UK.

True Fact: I never travel without a Terry Pratchett Book!

To find out more about the roles each of our consultants covers, go to the “Meet the Team” page.

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BAME in Publishing

Sarah Shaffi, online editor and producer at The Bookseller, and Wei Ming Kam, sales and marketing assistant at Oberon Books, have recently set up the BAME in Publishing network “in response to the endless diversity debates and panels that have come and gone in the last few years”. The following blog is from Sarah, giving a bit more of the background behind the network and some next steps we can all take to improve things for everyone in the industry.

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Let me tell you a story.

I was at a book launch and was introduced to a man working for the publishing company which had released the book in question. We’d not met before but within seconds this man, let’s call him Colin (not his name), said that we had. I told him we hadn’t.

He then named a very specific occasion on which we’d met. Impossible, I said, I wasn’t at that event.

Ah, of course, Colin countered, he’d met me at this other event, he said, naming a place and rough date. Nope, not me either, I said, with frustration probably suffusing my voice.

Luckily he stopped, because I was this close *holds thumb and forefinger apart just enough to slide a piece of paper in between* to snapping at him that he was clearly mixing me up with some other brown girl he’d met at a publishing event.

My story isn’t unusual. Ask any person from a Black, Asian or majority ethnic background in publishing if they’ve ever been mistaken for someone else because of their skin colour, and I guarantee most of them have similar stories to mine.

Which is one of the many reasons it’s time to make sure publishing diversifies its workforce. It’s a selfish reason, but I’d like there to be more brown girls in publishing so the six of us here already (OK, maybe a few more than six) don’t keep getting mistaken for each other.

But on a more serious note, publishing should recruit more people from ethnically diverse backgrounds (and economically and geographically diverse backgrounds) because it will be a good thing for the industry. Why? It kind of boils down to one thing…

The wider the backgrounds of the people working in publishing, the more likely publishers are to come up with new ideas and new books and see new voices. And this means that publishers can reach wider audiences, sell more books, and make more money.

Helping to increase the number of people from BAME backgrounds in publishing, and then hopefully the number of books by BAME people published in the UK, is behind why me and Wei Ming Kam set up BAME in Publishing.

The group, which is for people already in the industry and those aspiring to work in publishing, is a positive, fun space for BAME people, but also a safe one, where people can share experiences, get advice, and make connections and find mentors. It’s time to turn the discussion around diversity in publishing from one where we moan about how terrible it all is to one where we celebrate the BAME talent already in the industry, support them, and make sure they’re visible, to the industry itself and to those wanting to join.

For people from ethnic minority backgrounds wanting to come into publishing, I have the following tips:

  • Don’t be afraid. I know it can seem daunting to be one of the only non-white faces around, but you’re paving the way for future generations, and you should always remember that.
  • Speak up. One of the valuable things about you is that you might look at the world from a slightly different perspective, so if you have an idea or an opinion, share it. (Politely and in an appropriate setting, of course.)
  • Go for paid positions. There are a number of paid internships out there, so make sure you apply for them. Work experience is fine, but working for free should only be done for a week or two absolute maximum.
  • Make connections. Find people who have done the jobs you want to do, and drop them a line to say hello and ask if they would mind you asking their advice. It’s especially easy to do this with Twitter.
  • Join BAME in Publishing!

And for publishers, a few things you could be doing:

  • Look beyond Creative Access. Creative Access is brilliant, but one intern a year in your company probably isn’t going to change anything fast.
  • Reach out to schools. London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and so many UK publishing firms are based in the capital. It’s not difficult to find schools where the make-up of pupils is diverse, so go out there and talk to them, make sure they know the many different roles and opportunities available to them at a publishing house.
  • Pay. I can’t say this enough – publishers should be paying interns and, if possible, should at least be shouting travel expenses for work experience students.
  • Widen the advertising net. Sure, The Guardian and your own website are great, but are you making an effort to reach new audiences with your job adverts? Are you advertising on Twitter and Tumblr, in publications targeting people of different ethnic backgrounds?

My hope is that, if we all work together, BAME in Publishing will no longer need to exist, and I’ll never be mistaken for that other brown girl in publishing again.

Want to find out more? Go to BAMEinpublishing.tumblr.com/faqs, email bameinpublishing@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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Welcome to the team Lisa!

We are excited to welcome Lisa – the newest member of the Atwood Tate team!

Lisa Smars

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After completing her MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes,  Lisa spent two years working in the Children’s and Educational Rights team at Oxford University Press.

She has recently joined Atwood Tate as a Publishing Recruitment Consultant and will be based in our Oxford office. She’ll be mainly focusing on Academic, Professional, and STM roles outside of the London region, but don’t hesitate to drop her a line if you are interested in publishing roles in general as she can always put you in contact with another member of the team.

lisasmars@atwoodtate.co.uk

01865 339 529

 

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Candidate Testimonial

Atwood Tate contacted me with a role they thought might suit me, and although I was not actively looking for a new job at that time, they were right! The role they suggested was a perfect fit for my skills and experience. I applied for the job, and Olivia and Helen at Atwood Tate kept me informed through every step of the process, from putting my application in, to attending two interviews, to receiving a job offer. I found them professional, friendly and very helpful and I would recommend Atwood Tate without any hesitation to other candidates looking for a career in publishing. — Helen Ward, Key Account Manager at Bloomsbury (candidate), June 2016

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Pensions and Temporary Workers

I was reading a book a few nights ago about saving for a pension, as new legislation has been introduced to enrol employees into pension schemes. Not only is this applicable to employees but also temporary workers.

Employees as well as temporary workers will automatically be enrolled into pension schemes where employers match a percentage of the contributions they make. From June 2016 any of Atwood Tate’s temporary workers will be automatically enrolled in our pension scheme after 12 weeks in the same assignment, unless you choose to ‘opt out’. But the contributions you do make into a pension scheme are tax deductible. The minimum contribution by employees is 1% contribution with employers matching this 1% payment. This is set to increase over the following years.

As Manager of the Temps and Freelance Team here, I was a bit sceptical about temporary workers making pensions contributions. Temps work in short term assignments how can it possibly work for them to make pension contributions?  Also when you’re young and you have your whole life in front of you, the last thing you want to think about is saving for old age and retirement.

However, what I learned in this book was something my parents failed to educate me on.

I was intrigued to read, the older you get the bigger your contributions need to be and the more money you should be saving. Being originally from the US and Canada, I also learned you won’t get a full pension in the UK if you have lived here less than 35 years. The book also said the government can only do so much and is trying to make us aware now that you won’t be able to afford to do so many lovely things on a state pension.  Pension legislation is complicated but there are people out there to help.

After reading this, I realised this scheme also helps make people of all ages think about the value of saving, not just for a rainy day, but for all of those wonderful things you will be able to finally do when the kids have left home and you are no longer in the working world, free to enjoy your retirement.

I also started to warm to the idea that starting to save for a pension as a temporary worker is a beginning and a way to get you started early. The younger you are the less you need to start contributing.

I now understand it’s a good idea to save a little now and you can still have holidays when you finally don’t have to work anymore. Live your dreams now and in the future and with good advice and a plan, you can!

For general Pension advice: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-pensions/about-workplace-pensions

If you’d like to more about temping with Atwood Tate and the latest legislation, have a look at our brochure with more information and guidance. Please also call us to sign up!  https://www.atwoodtatepublishingjobs.co.uk/downloads/ATW20_BROCHURE.pdf

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