Q: What are the key features recruiters look for in a CV and Cover Letter when recruiting for entry level publishing jobs?
A: Office/admin experience is useful across the board, as are work experience, internships or temp roles in publishing houses! A well written, clear and concise cover letter will also get you a long way.
Q: How important do you think events like literary events and trade shows are?
A: Getting to know people at industry events can be really useful, especially as you can get a feel for different roles and sectors! Having said that, it’s not compulsory, so if you don’t live in London and you can’t get to events easily, don’t worry!
Q: When considering a job offer, it’s not just about salary. What else should candidates be thinking about?
A: Consider what’s important to you – the commute time, flexible working opportunities, training/professional development and company benefits!
Q: What are the most desirable additional tools to have experience in?
A: It depends on the role! But skills like InDesign, social media, general admin/database experience are useful for a lot of publishing work.
Q: I have a lot of volunteer experience with indie pubs, and I’m starting to look for my first publishing job. What would you say my next step should be?
A: Sounds like you should start applying for entry-level roles! You’d also be a great temping candidate, which can sometimes lead to long term roles.
Q: how can I make myself stand out from the hundreds of other graduates when applying for jobs?
A: Make your cover letter stand out by talking about your work experience, any temp roles, admin experience, and extracurricular interests which give you transferable skills!
Q: Are entry level publishing roles hard to come by? I feel like I haven’t seen many around since I graduated.
A: Entry-level roles are VERY competitive so get filled quickly, but a great way to get your foot in the door is through temping! Register with us for temping opportunities and we may be able to help.
Q: What are the most in demand roles in publishing?
A: Most people want to work in editorial, but publishers are always looking for Commissioning Editors and Production Controllers!
Q: What are your top tips for writing a good CV?
A: Be clear and concise, use bullet points, and put most relevant experience at the top! No long paragraphs please! For more tips see our blog post here.