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About Michael Lawlor

Michael studied English at the University of Roehampton before returning to Ireland to undertake a Masters in English at Limerick University. He lived in the west of Ireland for several years before returning to London to seek his fortune. He has previously worked as a Business Support Assistant for a Housing Trust but joined Atwood Tate to gain knowledge and develop skills within the publishing industry. Michael's focus is providing administrative support to the temps and freelance team and helping to source the best candidates for temp opportunities.

Filling the Gap – An Increase in Temp Hire

Recently, the REC released the results of a Jobs Outlook research study that indicated employers were predicting a greater reliance on temporary workers in the near future due to a shortage of skills. It showed that 20% of UK employers planned to increase agency workers in the medium term.

The likely reason for this is that temp workers allow a certain level of flexibility for employers and can help with the skills gap. It is also beneficial to workers who are looking to avoid long-term commitments. While temporary or contract roles might seem to lack stability or job security, we have found that many of our candidates prefer these types of roles as it enables them to quickly develop skills and move on into new and challenging environments. A quarter (24 per cent) transfer at least half of their temporary workers to permanent positions each year. We’ve seen this ourselves first-hand as many of our temps have been made permanent, due to their hard work and dedication. It goes to show what making the right impression can do!

The research also indicated that the attitudes of larger companies around temporary workers have also changed and there is a marked increase in employers planning to increase these numbers in the short-term.

Here at Atwood Tate, there’s no fear about a shortage of skills! Our desk is dedicated to sourcing temporary workers and our track record of placing candidates in a variety of short-term and contract roles gives us the confidence to know we can provide much needed support to clients during this period.

Many of our clients have come to us to recruit interim support (urgent, fast and speedy placements – reliable temps with the required skill set and attitude). While it may seem like a period of uncertainty, we see it as more of an opportunity for both employers and employees to ‘try each other out’.

So, if you are looking for temporary workers, do get in touch. And if you are a candidate who has been considering a job change but were nervous about the current market, just give us a call and we can let you know about some of the opportunities that are currently out there. Remember, it doesn’t always have to be permanent to be the right choice for you. There are often no interviews and the hiring process can happen so quickly, you can often find yourself working the very next day!

If you are interested in temping with Atwood Tate or are looking for interim support, please get in touch with:

Kellie Millar

kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk

02070347897

Alison Redfearn

alisonredfearn@atwoodtate.co.uk

02070347922

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Publishing and the unpaid internship

A recent article in the Bookseller covered the attitudes changing around the unpaid internship. For some time now, there has been a building frustration with how impenetrable the publishing industry can be to people who cannot afford to undergo the necessary work placements that make finding one’s first job that much more viable.

Those already in publishing have recognised this roadblock and are making significant steps to facilitate entry into the industry for those candidates who may have considered it an impossible option previously. Paid internships are slowly but surely becoming a feature of some of the larger publishers, who have determined to increase diversity through any and all means. It is certainly a cause for celebration for a lot of recent graduates but also for anyone who has hoped to make the move into publishing from another industry but could never forgo a regular income, even for a short period of time.

Atwood Tate’s temp’s team have helped a number of graduates unable to work unpaid, get their first paid job in publishing. Publishers are always looking for support staff with some office and administration experience, and contact the Atwood Tate temps team often with urgent, start next day roles.

Candidates that do not have a traditional background in publishing also have found their way into the industry through our desk and it is a great source of pride to us that we are able to provide the underdog with a much-needed chance to live their dream.

We do also help interns to build on the experience they have gained and get paid roles. We act as another lever into the industry and our clients come to us when they need help managing a volume of roles or need temp staff quickly.

So, while the industry slowly brings about the necessary changes to internships, Atwood Tate is here to lend a hand. Get in touch, send your CV. We’re here to advise you, and answer questions about salary, job types, the different sectors, feel to pick our brains and see if we can help you get your foot on the publishing ladder!

Our contact details are below and we look forward to hearing from you!

Kellie Millar                                                              Alison Redfearn

0207034787                                                             02070347922

kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk                            alisonredfearn@atwoodtate.co.uk

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Job Roles In Publishing

Our last Q&A dealt with job sectors, breaking them down for candidates to better understand what each entailed and the kind of skills required to excel within them. This week, we’re tackling job roles in publishing! Here’s a brief overview:

Marketing – Marketing campaigns. Social media. SEO. Promotional copy. Analytics. These are just some of the duties you’ll be carrying out within marketing. A keen understanding of your market and strong interpersonal skill are a must.

Sales – Targets. Lead generation. Events. Duties will vary from sector to sector and can include sales rep roles for trade publishing to delegate, sponsorship and advertising sales positions. The ability to excel in a fast-paced environment as well as work autonomously is key to these roles.

Rights – Negotiation. Contracts. Trade conferences. This job role suits numerical candidates who will enjoy negotiating contracts and securing publishing rights for books with foreign and domestic publishers.

Production – Typesetting. Proofreading. Processing orders. A role for the technically minded, it calls for strong IT skills including proficiency in InDesign and CMS. Depending on sector, you could be working on magazines, journals, textbooks or fiction/non-fiction titles.

Editorial – Copyediting. Administration. Photo research. Just some of the duties that fall within editorial’s remit. This role proves to be quite popular and naturally requires a creative candidate with excellent oral and written skills but being adept at general administrative tasks is also crucial.

Design – Adobe Creative Suite. CSS. Javascript. Technical skills are an absolute necessity for design roles as well as a creative flair that can be used to create a strong visual company brand.

There are of course other job roles we could cover, from HR and Finance to IT and Operations, but these roles typically fall within or work to support one of the above categories.

So, if you’re thinking about beginning a career in publishing, it’s good to assess your experience and decide what skills you would like to develop further! And if you have any questions, be sure to join us on Twitter @AtwoodTate tomorrow at 12 noon for our fortnightly Q&A on job roles!

Alternatively, you can contact us in London at london@atwoodtate.co.uk and in Oxford at oxford@atwoodtate.co.uk.

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Job Sectors in Publishing

Today, we wanted to do a brief breakdown on the different job sectors in publishing for you. A lot of graduates are interested in working in publishing but are not always sure exactly what sector they would like to work in. It’s good to keep an open mind but to also have an understanding of the fundamentals of each sector and whether it might suit you:

Business Publishing (B2B): B2B stands for Business-to-Business and means producing specialist publications and media for businesses and specialist consumer markets. Sales and marketing roles are prevalent within this sector and editorial positions will often call for journalistic qualifications like NCTJ.

Academic Publishing: This sector is responsible for the distribution of academic research and scholarly, peer reviewed articles. It suits details-oriented people, often with an academic background.

STM Publishing: STM stands for Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing and they report on scholarly research. Like academic publishing, it suits candidates motivated by research as well as a demonstrable interest in scientific reportage.

Educational Publishing: This sector covers a variety of educational publications, from ELT (English Language Training) to creating accessible fiction for struggling readers. It can often suit candidates with a teaching background and a working knowledge of the educational system.

Professional Publishing: This sector is geared towards management and administrators within business, finance and legal industries. Like B2B, it can often require journalistic qualifications and a comprehensive knowledge of one’s subject from finance, government or law.

Print/Production Services & Library Suppliers/Distributors: This sector involves large-scale production of reading materials and is a strong area for technical-minded production assistants and controllers and candidates with an interest in logistics and operations.

Digital/Emerging Technologies: This sector is for the tech-savvy out there, candidates who have a passion for digital products, who can write about them, market them or develop them from inception.

Charity Publishing: This sector contains charities who predominantly publish their own list of titles, to increase awareness about the work they do. Candidates with an interest in local and global issues as well as a desire to make a contribution generally lean towards this area.

Publishing/Rights/Licensing Jobs: This sector covers agencies who cover copying and re-use of previously published content. They also collect licensing revenue for publishers. Candidates interested in rights and legal compliance can excel here.

Trade Publishing: Finally, Trade, one of most popular sectors for publishing graduates. This covers fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing. It is a natural fit for creative types and, with trade editorial being perhaps the most applied for role in the industry, one might consider opting for an alternative job type within this sector, such as sales, marketing and operations.

There’s more information on our website for each sector and you can always get in touch with your questions. Once you know the direction you want to move in, you can start your journey! Contact us in London at london@atwoodtate.co.uk and in Oxford at oxford@atwoodtate.co.uk.

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World Book Day

World Book Day

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, a day in which we celebrate the written word. And on such an occasion, some might ask, Well, do books really need a day? Here in the publishing industry, we certainly think so. In fact, books are perhaps more important than ever, given recent trends in which reading has become portrayed as the pastime of ivory tower academics, out of touch with the real world, rather than the tool with which we better every aspect of our lives, from education to, as some studies show, improving empathy.

The writer William Nicholson once wrote “We read to know we’re not alone.” He credited these words to CS Lewis, the author responsible for one of the most beloved fictional universes in literary history. They succinctly describe the reason why reading has never fallen out of fashion. Despite the drastic changes to entertainment brought about by the digital age. With sales for George Orwell and Margaret Atwood soaring since a certain president’s recent inauguration, it shows that people still go to the same place they always have for comfort.

Everyone remembers the book they read as a child that changed the way they thought. They remember the time they encountered a world they wanted to live in more than their own. They remember people who don’t exist as well as they remember the people in their own lives. Everyone has that book (or books!) they’ll never sell, that moves from one home to another like a member of the family.

Here, at Atwood Tate, we’re proud to work with all kinds of publishers, helping people find their dream jobs in an industry that couldn’t be more head-over-heels in love with books. So, to celebrate World Book Day and the publishing industry, tweet us your favourite book @AtwoodTate and shout out to the writers who changed your life!

You can also shout out your favourite book on our other social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram. And check out the official Book Day website! 

 

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Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Why You Should Consider Temps

Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Our articles on temping have typically been to inform candidates of the many benefits that come with temping, both professionally and personally. But today, we’d like to point out the many reasons why temping is such a useful avenue for clients to consider.

  • The flexibility of temps also means company flexibility.

If you’re expanding your team but you’re not quite prepared to hire a permanent person, a temporary employee is a great way to establish exactly what it is you need in terms of additional resources. Maybe you’ve never had extra hands on deck and you’re only now starting to realise the new objectives you can tackle. A temp-to-perm scenario can be a match made in heaven for company and employee alike. As someone grows into a newly created role and reveals the kind of results that can be produced with more staff. The manager can then take these results to HR as Exhibit A on what expanding the team can mean for everyone.

But more than that,

  • Temps bring their own expertise with them.

They don’t need to be entry-level candidates acting as a stop-gap. By hiring consultants or veteran freelancers, a company also gets to avail of a temporary worker’s own experiences, the different business practices they’ve witnessed in their time. New blood often means new ideas and even if the worker doesn’t stick around, their contributions can last forever.

And, of course,

  • Temporary workers can provide much needed breathing space to permanent employees.

When the day-to-day administration is taken off their hands, they’re able to concentrate on the bigger picture and implement the projects. This improve service and streamline practices. You can get a lot done when you don’t have to sweat the small stuff. Even if it’s only for a little while.

So, for anyone who’s currently reviewing team numbers or work-loads, don’t commit until you know for sure exactly what you need – try a temp today! Get in touch with Kellie Millar, who manages our Temps and Freelancers desk, or her colleague, Alison Redfearn, and they can send you more workers than you can shake a stick at!

5 reasons to get a temp:

  • Cover sick leave
  • Cover holiday
  • Help with a project
  • Flexibility – have for 1 day / 1 week / 1 month…
  • No admin – we cover all payment, NI, holiday pay, pension

Kellie Millar
E: kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk
Tel: 02070347897

Alison Redfearn
E: alisonredfearn@atwoodtate.co.uk
Tel: 02070347922

You can also contact us with any questions via our social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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New Year, New Goals 2017

New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

January is a tough month. The Christmas buzz has worn off and the bills for the holiday period hang over everything. It’s a tough time to think about future prospects but concentrating on your next step can be a great way to shake this feeling off.

But now that it’s finished, it might be time to consider a new job. Our clients have returned from the holidays, looking to fill roles that were put on hold before the Christmas break. Check out our website to see the latest roles we’re working on and if you see something of interest, get in touch with the relevant consultant. If you don’t see anything you like, drop us a line anyway. Let us know you’re looking and what it is you want. The first step is the hardest but once you’ve started the search, everything else will fall into place.

For those considering a move into publishing, why not consider temping? 2016 saw an increase in temporary roles, following the post-Brexit scare. Temp roles are a great way to join a company that is looking for additional resources but who regularly discover along the way that they need someone on a permanent basis. The work isn’t going away so guess what? Neither are you!

For more information on our current temporary roles, contact Kellie Millar, our Temps/Freelancers Manager, or Alison Redfearn. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram where we post our latest roles or sign up for Job Alerts on our website and receive a notification as soon as they go live.

So, with January done and dusted, it’s time to really tackle the new year! Take a risk, find the job you really want to be working in, even if it’s only a contract role, and make 2017 a game-changer!

Make sure you share this post so we can help others too! And get in touch via our website, phone or any of our social media accounts:  on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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Recruitment at Christmas Time

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It’s that time of the year again. The first dates of the advent calendar have been pried open, the decorations have gone up, the streets of London are lit like a chandelier and, of course, Die Hard is on TV. But what does it mean work-wise?

Well, for a lot of offices, it means a short month as everyone closes up for the holidays. And where there are brief intervals, there are temporary contracts!

Already, the temps desk has had several short-term roles in that start immediately and run up to Christmas Eve. These vary from junior roles to more senior ones, with some contracts extending into the new year, depending on workload and performance.

A lot of people think Christmas is an unstable time to go job-hunting but here at Atwood Tate, we can attest to the fact that the search never stops. Some people like to wait it out, go into professional hibernation, so to speak, and check what the lay of the land is in the new year. How is anyone supposed to think about a new job when there’s Christmas shopping to do, family and friends to see, Star Wars films to watch in the cinema?

But we know from experience that some companies are looking to fill roles right up to the holidays and the industry is ripe with opportunities for the brave and the bold.

This very minute, we are reading applications, arranging interviews, sending congratulations, playing matchmaker between client and candidate like we always do. Christmas doesn’t need to be a quiet period, it can be the ladder to a very different year for you! So, if you’re looking for a change, drop us a line. John McClane was in the wrong place at the wrong time but if you’re smart, you could be in the right place at the right time!

To get in touch with the temps desk about possible temp work over Christmas call Kellie Millar on 02070347897 or Alison Redfearn on 02070347922!

Be sure to enter our Christmas Giveaway for a  chance to win a Stocking of Christmas Goodies!

If you have any questions regarding our temps team, temp jobs or other just get in contact with us via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.! We’re happy to help!

Merry Christmas!

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Break into Publishing: Networking

Breaking into publishing: Networking

Common Symptom #2: Networking

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Book

You’re at a fancy venue. You have a glass of wine in your hand, maybe some food or maybe only the fond memory of food at this point, you’ve been standing here so long, watching, waiting, trying to find an in, an opening, a shot – that’s right, you’re networking.

Networking in publishing can be a fairly daunting prospect, especially for young graduates. It’s difficult to be assertive when you don’t claim to be an expert on anything this early in your career. And if you’re quiet and retiring, you’re not exactly going to make a lasting impression. But it’s a worthwhile endeavour so it’s important to try.

As we’ve previously covered in our work experience blog, publishing is a saturated market so you will always have to run a little faster, climb a little higher, work just that little bit harder, to make any headway. It can be bitter pill to swallow but it comes back to how badly you want it.

The important thing to remember is that, believe it or not, networking in the publishing world can actually be quite fun! It’s a chance to mingle with like-minded people who know your struggle and are usually quite helpful in offering advice or tips. A memorable conversation can go a long way. What starts as an observation about the venue or your journey there can lead to suggestions and introductions you could not have come across in any online search you might try. Take a business card, take two! Take as many as you can until you have a winning hand. And if you have your own cards, even better.

Events

There are great events happening all the time, from Christmas parties to pub quizzes, hosted by a variety of societies and institutes, all of them masters at bringing people together for a night of fun and games while also creating an ideal space for networking.

And don’t worry, if networking doesn’t come naturally to you, remember that, like everything it gets easier the more you do it. You don’t need to own the room, you can be yourself and let your passion show through. Think of talking points in advance to help break the ice, familiarise yourself with publishers and who their authors are so you can show you know their company and what they’re about.

Next step? Sign up to newsletters, check out websites like the SYP, Bookseller, BookMachine, then pencil in some dates – who knows, it’s possible you could bump into one of our staff making the rounds and we might be just the person who can help you!

If you have a question in need of answering, about networking or other work experience related questions, let us know on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn!

 

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Work experience in Publishing – Is this the best way to break into publishing?

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Common Symptom #1: Work Experience

  • Work experience. Are those two words causing you dread? It’s a natural reaction if they do.

For anyone renting privately in London, working for free simply isn’t viable. But don’t despair. There are publishers offering paid internships from £200-300 per week, depending on sector. It’s not for the faint of heart but it is worth it, if you really want it.

And therein lies part of the problem – a lot of people really want it. The market is saturated, which has in part devalued any and all graduates trying hard to break into the industry. You’re a fearsome young go-getter, dedicated, driven and you love books more than anyone else in the world – except the next person!

When you have no experience to refer to, you’re not exactly starting from a position of strength. So, work experience in publishing becomes the avenue through which you not only separate yourself from the pack but make the necessary contacts. While we all might like to think that our CV speaks for itself, the fact is that people remember a face, a conversation, an attitude, more than the most articulate and knowledgeable covering letter ever put to paper.

A publishing internship, or even a few weeks’ work experience in a publishing environment, puts you in the building. Here, at Atwood Tate, we call it FID – foot in door. And it’s a good place to start, particularly when it comes to temping.

On the temps and freelance desk, the turnaround is sometimes so quick an intern is exactly what we need, someone who has some experience but is not necessarily a seasoned pro, or doesn’t have a 4-week notice to give, and is looking to prove themselves. These are often jobs which are not long-term but might last the duration of, say, a project or acting as an additional resource during a busy period. Experienced candidates are not much interested in jumping ship for a few months but junior candidates can use this as a springboard to the rest of their publishing career.

A lot of publishing houses offer publishing internships and work experience. Many of them advertise them directly on their Careers page. Sites like Indeed and the Publishers Association also advertise them, as well as on company Twitter pages, the Society of Young Publishers and blogs such as Publishing Interns.

It’s important to do a little research and know what sector you’d like to work in. And when you’ve gotten your foot in the door, let us know – we just might be able to help you open it the rest of the way!

For more advice about entering publishing follow us on twitter at @AtwoodTate and Instagram for daily pieces of advice, or like us on Facebook and LinkedIn for all of our latest job postings, including Temporary and Freelance!

 

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