Careers in 21st Century Publishing

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Atwood Tate are pleased to be sponsoring the OPuS event tonight, Careers in 21st Century Publishing.

In the fast-moving world of publishing, “jobs for life” are an anomaly and transferable skills essential. But how easy is it to progress in publishing and move between market sectors and different roles? What are the key elements you need to build your career? Is it possible to succeed outside traditional publishing companies?

Focusing on their own specific work experience in moving onwards and upwards from entry level jobs, 4 speakers from a wide range of companies will give a unique insight into the diverse profession loosely referred to as “publishing”.

Confirmed speakers:
• David Spencer: Publisher, Social Sciences, Elsevier
• Emily Brand: Managing Editor, Bodleian Library Publishing
• Robbie Cooke: Marketing and PR Manager at Rebellion
Further speakers to be announced.

Drinks & Networking from 6.15pm
Presentations 7-8.30pm
Willow Buildings, Oxford Brookes University
To register, go to http://www.opusnet.co.uk/events/forthcoming-events/careers-in-publishing

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Brexit & Recruitment

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It’s been 3 months since Brexit and as a recruitment company we’ve yet to see any apparent changes within our business, or indeed the recruiting business as a whole.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) have been a steadying hand in this time of insecurity and have recently released a Brexit Bulletin informing recruitment businesses about the steps they are taking to ensure a continued stability within Britain’s job market.

The most recent bulletin was positive!

  • Hiring for Permanent Positions is on the rise

After a slight decline pre-Brexit, the evidence of post-Brexit suggests that the rumour of businesses planning to keep jobs on hold following the vote has fallen through! Many businesses have moved ahead with making permanent positions and continue to do so 3 months on!

  • Demand for Temporary staff is especially high

Demand for temporary staff has risen every month within 2016 and continues to rise after Brexit, particularly within the private sector.  This is true for us as we’ve got our highest ever number of temps out (well done Kellie, Alison and Michael)!

  • The National Living Wage & National Minimum wage still apply

There has been no change to either wage since Brexit. From October 2016 there will be new National Minimum Wage rate for those under 25, increasing to £6.95 an hour, with the National Living Wage possibly increasing in April 2017.

  • All regulations regarding EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU have not changed!

There has been no change in status for either UK or EU citizens and, according to the REC, it is unlikely to change during the two year period in which negotiations for the terms of withdrawal from the EU are made. This period of discussion may also be elongated depending on the outcomes of the talks.

  • The number of people currently in employment is at a record-high!

Currently 74.4% people in the UK are in employment, with the unemployment rate being the lowest it has been in 10 years! And still more jobs are coming in.

Atwood Tate, as a specialist publishing recruitment company, want to reassure our candidates and possible future candidates that we have roles coming in from every sector throughout the publishing industry, in every mode of employment. From permanent, contract, freelance and temporary roles we are at a steady rate of vacancies and are continuing to help people find the job that’s right for them.

Whilst the lack of surety with Brexit is scary we are reassured that there has been no detrimental effect to the publishing recruitment market over the last 3 months. It is business as usual.

Here are a couple of infographics from the REC:

EU – What Happens Now – Candidates

EU – What Happens Now – Clients

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Our Autumn Reads (part 2)

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Our Autumn Reads continue with three more groups of suggestions and current reads.

Helen

I am planning to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman over the next few weeks as I’ve heard a TV series is coming out and I can’t remember what happens!

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Ellie

This Autumn I plan to read Where am I now? the newly published memoir of Mara Wilson (aka Matilda!)  I also plan to read something horror-filled or thriller-ish – not The Woman in Black! – but perhaps Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. I am currently trying to finish The White Princess by Philippa Gregory which is a monster of a book but one that I’ve been meaning to read since last year!

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Lucy

I am currently reading Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn. It is set in London and revolves around the theatre and Soho, so it’s fun to read about places I know. It also has prostitutes and attempted murder so it’s pretty fun stuff!

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Our Autumn Reads (part 1)

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We’ve been so busy in the office lately we’ve hardly had any time to read at all! So instead of a Summer Reads we’re going to recommend our Autumn Reads – although it still feels like Summer to us!

Claire Louise

This Autumn I am going to be reading The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays edited by Nikesh Shukla, published by UnBound. I also have The Cursed Child (J.K.Rowling) lined up, and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. A somewhat eclectic mix, I will admit, but I like to try new things!

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Claire Law

I’ve recently finished The Circle by Dave Eggers

This was an interesting book but a bit exhausting to read as it was all about social media taken to extreme levels with no switching off time! The Circle is an imaginary internet company, but rather like a combo of Google, Facebook, Apple with the aim of having one central online identity for everyone (meaning they have control over your email, social media, bank accounts, shopping, voting etc). The main character Mae Holland is likeable with some faults and you follow her journey from first day of work where she feels so lucky and learns the ropes quickly. But things soon start to spiral out of control and she becomes a willing pawn in the ever more scary Circle bid for transparency (or world domination!). It’s an unsettling read and ultimately a bit of a moral fable, but definitely a story for our times.

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Lisa

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie LaCava is an absolutely lovely read about a young American girl’s coming of age in Paris. As an adolescent in a foreign country, the author found an unconventional way to deal with her social awkwardness and feelings of uncertainty about the future. She takes solace from the strange and beautiful objects she came across in her daily life.

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How to write a great CV

How to write a great CV

As administrator for Atwood Tate I am the one responsible for going through 70-90 CV’s a week and determining which Consultant to send a CV to. I am also the one who determines whether or not we can help a candidate, at first glance.

Since Atwood Tate is a specialist Publishing Recruitment Company it is imperative that there is some sort of publishing experience, or a relevant skill to be used within publishing, in order for us to consider an applicant.

So for my first bit of advice:

  • Add all publishing experience: be it a one week work placement or a freelance marketing job! Write it down

Blogging, writing your own stories and working as a reviewer for an online magazine are not quite what we mean. But if you’ve worked with editors or a marketing department to promote your blog or reviews then add it! It makes you just that little more qualified.

That piece of advice is tailored to our company being a Publishing Recruitment specialist; the advice below is much more universal.

  • Stick to two or three pages MAX: Be as concise as possible. We do not need a page of publications or a list of quotes from your references. We need your work experience (including dates!), education, personal details and skills.
  • Use Bullet Points: From experience trying to piece together a person’s ability from a long spiel in a paragraph is a lot harder than reading their skills listed in bullet points.
  • Employment History: This should always be written in reverse chronological order, with your most recent or current job at the top. It makes it easier for us to see what kinds of roles you are looking to move into and your current skill-set. Add bullet points underneath of your most relevant tasks – if you have done similar roles in the past pick the most interesting/important achievements in each role rather than list the same skills repetitiously.
  • Education: This should also be written in reverse chronological order. We rarely need to know you’re modules or tutors, we simply need your degrees/qualifications and grades.
  • Further Skills: A useful addition to any CV is a bullet point list or paragraph of additional skills, which may not have been listed in your employment history. For example: IT skills (whether you’re Mac or PC literate) MS Office, a language etc
  • Write in the Third person: Ellie finds that CVs in the third person are much more professional
  • Typos: This is a cardinal sin for all CVs, but particularly for CVs that are about to enter the publishing world. Publishing is all about the written word, whether you’re applying for IT roles or Marketing. You cannot have typos in your CV.
  • Update it regularly! A CV should be updated every time it is sent out, even if you have been in the same job for ten years. Update your skills, personal details, preferences etc. Edit it for the role(s) you’re applying for.

To register with Atwood Tate please click here. For more advice regarding CV’s please see our CV layout recommendations.

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Team Update

It’s an exciting time to be in recruitment right now, and that is evident by the changes in the Atwood Tate line-up!

We’re delighted to announce that Claire Louise Kemp and Karine Nicpon have both been promoted to Senior Consultants!

Christina Dimitradi, currently coCD photo 2015vering consultant Catherine Roney’s maternity leave, has been made permanent so she’ll continue working with us when Catherine returns in January. Christina handles all Editorial (Trade, Academic, Educational, Professional, Associations, Charities and Societies), Rights, International Sales and Contracts roles.
christina@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7902
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Lucy Slater

Lucy Slater has been promoted from Administrator to Consultant, and is now covering Production, Production Editorial, Data, Research and Analytics, Digital/IT, Design, Distribution and Operation roles.
lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7821
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Ellie LinkedIn imageEleanor (Ellie) Pilcher is our new Administrator, currently covering Katie Hargreaves maternity leave until she returns in January. Get in touch with her for any queries regarding your profile, updates or registering with Atwood Tate.
eleanorpilcher@atwoodtate.co.uk
020 7034 7900
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You can find more about our team at our Meet the Team page and for a full list of all our contact info, here’s a link to our Organisation structure which also tells you who covers what job roles/sectors in our London and Oxford offices.

Don’t forget to Link in with your Consultant to keep track of new job vacancies, industry news and events.

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Top Tips for Temps

Top Tips for Temps

Here on the temps and freelance desk, we know how tricky temping can be for newcomers. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful tips to guide you!

  • Listen up

It’s your first day. You’ve just met the team. They’ve been doing this job for a while now, how do you make a good impression? Listen closely. The sooner you understand exactly what’s required, the sooner you can get started. Temps who respond quickly and effectively are a dream for our busy clients. If you can hit the ground running, you’ll never be out of work!

  • Get to know people

This one’s pretty straightforward but it doesn’t just apply to your team or your line manager. Get to know the company, the different departments and what they do. Being a temp is like being the new kid at school – you can make this a lot easier by getting to know your colleagues across the board. An anecdote here, a joke there, soon you’ll be joining them for lunch or a cheeky drink at five in their beloved local.

  • Remember your timesheet!

If you’ve never temped before, this is quite an easy mistake to make. You’ve showed up, you’ve done the work, it’s time to go home, right? Afraid not. As a temp, you’ll need to submit your hours every week for approval. The smartest thing to do is set a calendar reminder to submit every Friday. That way, it gives your line manager time to approve and prevents you having to make a panicky phone call to your agency at the eleventh hour. Most agencies have a very straightforward process for this so it only takes a minute – get it out of the way and enjoy your weekend!

  • Prove yourself 

Volunteer for extra assignments. Check if your line manager needs a hand with anything – they don’t always delegate everything and it can impress them when you ask for more than they’ve given you. This makes the right impression so when it comes to hiring a permanent employee, they realise the perfect person has been with them all along. We’ve placed lots of temps who ended up going permanent because they went the extra mile.

  • Stay in touch with your agency

This is important because as an agency, we are in touch with HR all the time. We feedback to you and let you know when they’re happy with your work – and, most importantly, if they’re considering keeping you on longer. We can also let you know about other roles we have in that might interest you so you can move smoothly from one position to another with as little fuss as possible. We’re here to help so give us a call or drop us a line at any time.

  • What are you good at? What do you like?

The beauty of temping is discovering what you’re good at and what actually interests you. Temps often carry out a lot of ad hoc duties, sometimes providing support to different departments. This can help you to figure out what you enjoy the most, whether it’s communications, administration, financial aspects, data analysis – and once you know, you can set your sights on that specific role. You can let us know too and we’ll be sure to let you know if we have any suitable jobs in.

  • Holiday

Finally, holiday. As a temp, you won’t have a set amount of holidays like a permanent employee. Instead, you will accrue holiday at a percentage of your hours. Your agency can let you know how much holiday you have to take so you can save it up or use it to cover that long-awaited trip of yours. The longer you temp for, the more holiday you’ll accrue so it’s good to plan ahead.

That’s it for handy tips. But remember, when you temp with us, we’re always here to advise and guide you so if you’re not sure, just pick up the phone!

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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Ten Things you should never say in an Interview

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Interviews can be scary and sometimes we say things which we really shouldn’t! Here are ten things you should never say in an interview.

  1.  ‘I don’t know – If you don’t know the answer to a question ask them to re-phrase it. ‘I don’t understand’ is ten times better than ‘I don’t know’. If the question they ask is something like ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time’ definitely don’t say ‘I don’t know!’ Talk about your career plan, your ideal future, anything but ‘I don’t know.’
  2. I hate my old boss! – Imagine how this looks to a prospective new boss. Answer: not good. It’s not the right attitude and it isn’t the right etiquette for an interview. No matter the circumstances with regards to the parting of the ways, you should never bad-mouth professionals to other professionals, particularly in interviews!
  3. ‘What is your sick leave and absence policy? – This is a worrying thing for an interviewer to hear. If you’re asking about time off before you’ve got the job then why employ you in the first place? If you have a long-term illness or an unwell family member/friend under your care, then by all means let the employee know, if they need too, but never ask about sick/absence policy during an interview.
  4. What does your company do?’ – Not only does this show poor preparation it also shows lack of interest. If an interviewer has one job and five applicants, and you ask this question then they are not going to employ you. Even if you have the best CV. Understanding your prospective role in a company and having knowledge of the company itself is crucial to surviving in a job, not to mention an interview. You should always prepare for an interview by looking at the company’s website and the job description given!
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  5. I just want a job!’ – Many of us have been in that situation when all you want is a job or a change of scene, but saying this in an interview is unsuitable and off-putting. It will make the interviewer doubt whether you are there because you are genuinely interested in the position, or if you are simply trying to earn a wage.
  6. *BEEP* – Don’t swear! It will make you come across as aggressive, rude and inappropriate. You’ll put off your interviewer and may well end the interview early, depending on the severity of the language and the context it is in.
  7. Where did you get your shoes?!’ – There is a time and place for questions and compliments like this – the interview room is not one of them! It is distracting and inappropriate, and if shoes (or other physical attributes) are the first thing on your mind when you enter an interview then you won’t come across as professional or good candidate material.
  8. No, I don’t have any questions – This shows a lack of interest! If the interviewer has been incredibly thorough throughout the interview, or your mind goes blank from an information overload, ask them to repeat something – the wage range, what training is offered, who you will report to etc. It shows regard whereas simply asking nothing will bring the interview to an abrupt end, and it can quickly become awkward with you coming across as disinterested. Not the lasting impression you want.
  9. I’m Motivated, Reliable, Organised, Creative & Intuitive’ – Never say just these 5 things when asked ‘Describe yourself in 5 (+/-) words’, they are over-used and almost always a cover for not knowing how to answer. Instead of these use less-used or more exciting adjectives like: ambitious, punctual, honest, confident, diligent…among others. Stand out from the crowd and mean what you say!
  10. So when do I start?’ – Be confident Yes! Arrogant no!

 

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The London Digital Book Printing Forum

I recently attended an event for print and production professionals – the London Digital Book Printing Forum at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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The event give updates on the key trends and issues in the book market, looking at both  the supply chain and book manufacturing, including the status of digital printing. I made it to the afternoon session where speakers covered:

Market Evolution and Emergence of New Business Models: Some of the key players in book publishing, distribution, and manufacturing gave their insights on the changes occurring in print procurement and book distribution, and on the impact of digital printing on the streamlining of the supply chain.

Richard Fidczuk, Production Director at SAGE Publications spoke passionately about their use of digital – they publish 250 books a year and over 500 journals with most journals still being print rather than digital. They printed their first frontlist digital 4 colour title in March 2016 and most reprints are now printed digitally to reduce stock and print runs. In terms of the impact of digital on the supply chain, it means books never need to go out of print. They can also print locally in many different locations which is useful for new books with no sales history.

We also heard from Paul Major, Global Senior Procurement Manager, Oxford University Press and David Taylor, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition International, Ingram Content Group.  All of the speakers agreed keeping stock in warehouses was much reduced nowadays due to print on demand options.

We also heard about some innovations from international publishers, the one that really caught my eye was Frédéric Mériot, Managing Director, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF) talking about sending a ‘statement of disruption’ to the market. They opened a shop in Paris to print their own list (and 3 million Google titles). It’s proved a huge success – you can go in, select a book, get a coffee and the Espresso book machine will print your book while you wait – and with a personalised message if you wish!

It was also great to hear from some smaller publishers in the ‘Medium & Small Publishers’ Points of View’ section. Their workflows and requirements are often very different to the larger publishers but all were using digital printing and POD to some degree. Michelle Jones, Production Manager, IWA Publishing said they need to be flexible and open to new technology and they often select a print process on a book by book basis based on price, quality etc.  Claire Watts, Production Manager, Oldcastle Books agreed the POD option would be good for reasons of cost and the environment. Anne Beech, Managing Director, Pluto Press said her colleagues can tell the difference between a litho and digitally printed books (but it’s less likely the readers would) and that POD is the hidden saviour of the small publisher.  Daniele Och, Production Director, Zed Books said 90% of their frontlist and all backlist titles are printed digitally and it’s essential to their business to have good digital printing options.

And lastly Jane Hyne, Production Manager, National Gallery Company gave an insight into how she has been working with digital printing to produce high quality colour books.

Overall it was a good opportunity to catch up on production and printing news, terminology and what the future might hold.

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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.

        Tim Vincent                 Caroline Goyder                    Alice Olins                   Phanella Mayall Fine

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   Kevin Rodgers                     Dave Evans                      Bill Burnett                      John Williams       

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