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A Day In The Life Of . . . A Temporary Office Manager

Temping with Atwood Tate can open up a world of opportunities and can put you on the road to employment as soon as tomorrow!

We thought we’d share some of our temps’ experiences and demonstrate the variety of roles available…

 

A Day In The Life Of . . . A Temporary Office Manager

What was your role and how long was the assignment for?

I was assigned to a trade book publisher as a Temporary Office Manager for 4 weeks.

Were you interviewed for the role?  

Yes, briefly on the morning that I started in the role. They needed someone to fill the role quickly, at short-notice, so I started working there within two days of being told about the role.

What were your key duties?

As Office Manager, I was in charge of the Post-Room, which involved distributing incoming post, and ordering couriers and franking outgoing mail. It was also my duty to monitor and report any facilities issues within the office, and also to monitor and order office supplies. I also managed the logistics of author book signings in the office. Other duties included processing invoices, general administrative duties, and various ad-hoc duties as they arose.

Tell us about the culture?

The office was a friendly and welcoming environment to work in. As the office was open plan, the different departments were all very approachable, and there was a great sense of a team effort, supporting each other, across the entire office.

What did you like best?

What I liked best about this role was that it was a busy and changing role, where there were new challenges and opportunities each day. I also enjoyed the opportunity to interact and work with all of the departments in the office.

What did you learn?

I learnt a lot about how a trade book publisher works, and how each individual department plays a vital role in bringing a new book title to fruition. I also learnt a great deal about the logistics side of publishing, from sending out new releases for promotional purposes, how to order a courier to transport a large window display. Finally, I learnt the importance of ensuring a happy office, such as getting light bulbs changed quickly, ensuring the air conditioning works and keeping coffee supplies well stocked!

How did you find your experience with Atwood Tate?

I had a great experience with Atwood Tate, being kept informed at all stages of taking on the assignment as to what was going on, and being briefed along the way as to what the role would involve and what was expected of me. They were always available to contact by phone and email whenever needed to.

How did Atwood Tate approach you for the role? Were you registered on Atwood Tate’s database or was it via a job board?

I had registered for Temping opportunities with Atwood Tate, and they contacted me asking if it would be possible for me to start in the role immediately.

Interested in temporary opportunities? Please contact Atwood Tate’s temps team administrator, Michael Lawlor, at michaellawlor@atwoodtate.co.uk

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London Book Fair (part 2)

general lbf view
A view down onto the main Hall

Catherine
It’s hard to believe LBF is over again for another year! It was a great fair and the 3 days flew by. Being at London Olympia was a new experience and I definitely liked the new venue. It was so light and it was great to be able to look out over the halls from the balconies and see all of the hustle and bustle of the fair. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what my favourite thing was this year as I can honestly say I enjoyed all of it. It is always so great being at the book fair and seeing everyone and I’m already looking forward to LBF 2016!

Claire Louise
I always enjoy LBF and this year was no exception – it is three days jam-packed with people all passionate about the publishing industry, catching up with old friends, meeting new people, and going to some interesting seminars. One in particular was “Including the Excluded, chaired by Beth Cox and Alexandra Strick from Inclusive Minds (who we interviewed a little while ago). It was really inspiring to see that many in the Children’s book industry are starting to take positive steps to make more diverse and inclusive titles.

Beatrice and Susan are the B2B team at Atwood Tate.
We found the atmosphere and the variety of different exhibitors quite fascinating – for instance, the exhibitions on the luxury travel book stands couldn’t be more different from the type of B2B magazine we usually work on! We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the LBF.

Alison
There were some really interesting seminars on offer at LBF this year. I attended one called ‘Creativity, Coding and Commercial Savvy – fusion skills for a future in publishing’. This discussion focused on the growing importance of digital technology and how creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills are the key to the success of UK publishing. It was fascinating to learn about how coding can be a solution to problems and provide a unique advantage. It was also great to hear the story of Emma Barnes; founder of Snowbooks and how she created the award winning Bibliocloud system. A key point was that coding is nothing to be daunted by and it is just another language. There was also an important message about creativity and I came away feeling inspired to always take a fresh approach to work each day and to aim to think outside of the box as this can be the key to success.

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London Book Fair 2015 (part 1)

Now we’ve all had a chance to catch our breaths and get our voices back (unlike Helen I did lose mine again this year!), the Team wanted to share some of our favourite bits of the Fair. Claire, Helen, and Katie are up first. The rest of the team will be follow shortly!

View of our stand and banner
Our stand in the Tech zone had a good view over the bustling main Hall and all the stands below

Claire
It was another superb book fair – for me LBF is the highlight of the year. It gives us a chance to catch up with lots of candidates and clients and it’s a rare opportunity to see many of the different sectors we work with under one roof. Saying that the new venue took about 3 days wandering around before I got my bearings again, despite having been several times when it used to be at Olympia. I loved having our booth in the Ivy Club bar, it was an oasis of calm and a great place for our more private meetings. Just need to finish the follow up now…
Claire in the Ivy club
Claire enjoying our booth in the Ivy Club bar

Helen
London Book Fair this year reminded me of my first ever LBF at Olympia, before the move to Earls Court via Excel. I felt quite nostalgic to begin with (not least because I bumped into my MA dissertation supervisor who I hadn’t seen for over 11 years) but so much in the world of publishing has changed since the event was last at Olympia and the atmosphere certainly wasn’t jaded or dated.

I didn’t lose my voice this year, which was a minor miracle given the amount of talking I managed to fit in. There was general catching up and more specific conversations about the state of the market and helping employees to develop relevant skills for a changing industry. Perhaps unsurprisingly, consumer insight and market analysis was one of the more common topics of discussion. Overall, I came away with the impression that publishing has come to terms with the new order of things and seems to be in a positive and innovative phase of growth.

In between meetings I managed to have a quick wander through the buzzing halls and narrowly missed a photo opportunity with Conchita Wurst. I didn’t quite muster the courage to sit on the giant sofa in the Tech area and that is something I regret. So my one plea to the organisers for next year is please, please bring back the giant sofa and I will overcome my shyness and sit on it.

Katie
This was my first London Book Fair and I was pretty blown away by the sheer size and scale of the operation. I thought the venue was lovely – very light and airy – and the staff were really helpful when we were setting up our stand. It was interesting to meet people from various parts of the industry, and to get a feel for the huge variety of products on offer.

Lynne and Claire
Lynne and Claire at LBF 2015

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