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What I’ve Learnt from working at Atwood Tate as Administrator & Social Media Coordinator

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What I’ve Learnt working as Administrator & Social Media Coordinator at Atwood Tate

In July 2016 I joined Atwood Tate as a maternity cover Administrator. In October I was made permanent as the Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. Sadly I am now leaving the company which I have absolutely loved working for, for an exciting opportunity working as a Marketing and Publicity Executive at a Trade publishing house.

As Administrator, and later Social Media Coordinator, I have learnt a lot during my time at Atwood Tate! From the different publishing sectors to the true cost of London commuting!

Upon leaving University in May 2016 I hectically began applying for numerous jobs and work experience placements within publishing and had first-hand experience of the difficulty of breaking into this industry.

Publishing is an increasingly competitive world to enter into and often candidates requires a lot of experience to get an entry-level job. With work experience placements often over-subscribed and most not covering more than expenses, it was sometimes difficult to add extra work experience to my CV. Instead I developed my skills within blogging, social media and coding which eventually led to me gaining a few interviews.

If you want to learn more about how blogging, YouTubing and Coding/HTML can help make your CV’s stand out take a look at our blog posts on these subjects!

I was lucky enough to come across a vacancy at Atwood Tate and attended an interview for the role. I was later offered the position of Administrator and jumped at the opportunity to be working within the publishing industry on the recruitment side of things.

Working in recruitment is a great way to learn about the industry and to network with a lot of people working within it.

Ultimately, I’ve decided to return to my roots within publishing, but during my time at Atwood Tate I have learnt many things about this industry and have had a great time doing so:

What I’ve Learnt Working at Atwood Tate:

  • There are more sectors in publishing that just Trade, Academic and Educational. This includes: B2B (Business to Business), STM (Science Technical and Medical) and Professional publishing. These sectors are just as exciting as the three I knew about prior to joining, and are a great place to build experience and learn more about publishing.
  • Also, there are a lot more roles within publishing than just editorial. A lot of people are looking to enter Editorial positions when they first apply for publishing roles, but Publicity, Sales, Rights and many other job roles are just as engrossing and immersive within the industry
  • Recruitment Companies, such as Atwood Tate, are a great resource for job-hunters, both experienced and entry-level. Even if Atwood Tate have no available roles for entry-level candidates we have created resources for entry-level candidates across our social media and on our website. This includes fortnightly Q&As, a work experience resources page, quick email responses to inquiries and regular helpful blog posts on job applications, temping and skills development.
  • Publishing Recruitment is just as immersive as working in a publishing house. When I first joined Atwood Tate I wanted to meet people within publishing, and develop my networking abilities. Since starting I have gone to numerous Society of Young Publishers event, attended the London Book Fair and LBF seminars, gone to the Borough Book Bash and generally communicated with publishing houses and publishers via our Social Media accounts
  • And last but not least, one of the best things I’ve learnt from working at Atwood Tate: helping people to find a job within publishing is a fantastic feeling.

Not only have I met some great people outside of the office but I have also made some fantastic friends within the company as well – mostly from bringing in copious amounts of cake!

One of the best bits of feedback we can receive from candidates and clients alike is about how friendly they find the staff at Atwood Tate, and it’s true! I may be biased but the main aim of everyone at Atwood Tate is to get our candidates their dream jobs, and clients their dream employees. And to give advice during the times that we’re waiting for those jobs to come in.

I’m leaving Atwood Tate in the full knowledge that if I ever need a new job in future I will be in safe hands when coming to them.

I also leave behind our new social media which I have had the great responsibility and joy of developing, including our YouTube Channel and Instagram. I leave this in the capable hands of our new Administrator and Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Willis.

You’ll be hearing more about Andrew in the coming week! So watch out for that.

For now I leave Atwood Tate with huge thanks for the wonderful opportunities and experiences I have had. And best of luck to our new Administrator Andrew, who’s going to do a wonderful job!

 

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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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The Academic Publishing Sector

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Academic Publishing

In keeping with Academic Book Week (#AcBookWeek), today’s blog we’re discussing the Academic Sector in all its glory.

Most candidates, particularly new candidates to publishing, tend to overlook academic publishing. But Academic Publishing is a cutting edge and often a very exciting sector to work in!

An academic publisher publishes journals, books, articles and monographs on the latest findings within academic research. The content is often written by researchers and academics within a specific area of research – such as historians, doctors and scientists – and it is normally peer reviewed by fellow scholars of the same topic.

There is a lot of crossover between Academic Publishing and STM (Science, Technical, Medical) but we categorise them into two separate sectors at Atwood Tate.

Suitability within Academic Publishing

Many fields within academia have their own publications in which to publish their findings. These are the societies and publishers for which you would be applying to work for.

As such a degree, PhD, or a background within non-fiction publishing, or an evidential interest in a topic of academia, is preferable to many employers within academic publishing. Some more so than others. It often depends on the specifics of a role.

For an entry-level role in Academic publishing we recommend you gain as much as admin experience as possible. With regards to sales, design, marketing and other roles within publishing, a clear interest in academic publishing can be enough to be considered for a role. Also, if you have experience working within the higher education sector in some way this can also be useful. It shows a developed insight into the academic market and customers.

The skills and academic background required is dependent on the publisher in question.

If we have a role within academic publishing which you are interested in but are unsure of the qualifications required, feel free to ask us for clarification. We will be able to let you know what is required and discuss the role further.

What type of Publishers are Academic Publishers:

There are many different types of academic publishers. Here are some examples of the companies we’ve worked with before.

Many University establishments have their own academic presses, such as:

  • Oxford University Press
  • Manchester University Press
  • Cambridge University Press

But there are also societies and specific academic publishers, such as:

  • The Biochemical Society
  • Elsevier
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Springer

These are just some of many Academic Publishers in the UK, some of which have positions internationally as well.

Due to the exciting nature of the published content within academic publishing, this is a great sector in which to have a career. You can work on the latest research and publish exciting findings across many different topics. You can also work in an industry which is very often ahead of other publishing sectors, in terms of publishing innovations such as digital publishing, online platforms etc. It is as intellectually challenging as it is creative.

Interested in a role in Academic Publishing? Want to know more about the sector? Get in touch:

And make sure you check out the Twitter Feed and official website for #AcBookWeek.

Let us know what you would like to learn about next on our blog on our social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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Blogmas: Day 21

Blogmas: Day 21

We’re into the final countdown of Christmas now as it’s Day 21! Today is jam-packed with work!

It is also the last day of our Twitter Q&As! We will be answering questions from 12:30-1:30pm about any publishing subject you wish: Work Experience, CVs, Interviews…anything! Tag @AtwoodTate or use the hashtag #AskAtwood!

We will also be releasing a new blog post! So watch out for that!

Let us know if you’re excited for Christmas on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram!

Not long now until Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 20

Blogmas: Day 20

Today is the last day of our Instagram Competitions so make sure you’ve head over there and take part to win a prize! We will also be active on Twitter and continuing to work on all registrations, jobs and future positions! We’re going to be busy but we’re always free for a chat if you need some advice on registering, a job or work experience advice!

We’ll be getting ready for tomorrow’s Q&A as well! So if you do have any outstanding question feel free to ask away then, on  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 16

Blogmas: Day 16

It’s the big reveal of our Christmas Giveaway winner! We can’t wait to send all the goodies to the lucky recipient!

Today is also CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY! Make sure you check out our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see what jumper’s we’ll be rocking in the office! Don’t forget to share your pics too! We’d love to see!

We will also be releasing a new Blog Post today and our weekly Christmas Quiz – theme to be confirmed! – over on our Facebook page! It’s going to be a great day with only 9 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

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Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing

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For the last two weeks we have been running a Twitter Q&A every Wednesday and most of the questions have been about ‘Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing’

In a previous blog post about Work Experience we mentioned most companies require a minimum of 3-6 months’ work experience within publishing before considering applications for part-time or permanent entry-level roles. This is because Publishing is an incredibly popular business and entry-level roles are heavily applied for! Some of the larger publishers can get between 20 and 200 applications for any entry-level position, with editorial roles being the most popular!

If you really want to make your CV stand out then you need to get some work experience.

Where to Find Work Experience in Publishing

  • Atwood Tate, as a company, do not handle work experience placements but we do have a Temps Team! Our temp’s team can help you get a paid temporary job, starting tomorrow in some cases, all you need have is a small amount of admin skills or equivalent. Temps are paid weekly and can have work lasting from a fortnight to three months. To get in contact with our team and learn more about how they can help you, email Michael, their team administrator: michaellawlor@atwoodtate.co.uk
  • Twitter: A lot of people say they struggle to use twitter to find work experience but it’s all about following the right people and making connections online! For example: If you want to work at a Literary Agency follow the Literary Agents and the company pages! They are more likely to post work experience placements on twitter to gather interest from people who are clearly interested in them! It is the same for publishing companies, particularly smaller publishing houses. You can also follow certain pages which are dedicated to helping people finding jobs and work experience within publishing, for example: @PubInterns and @BookJobsUK and specific job pages for publishing houses and academic presses!
  • Facebook: Another Social Media site. A lot of the bigger named trade publishing houses have specific Work Experience Vacancies pages on Facebook. They advertise anywhere from fortnightly to yearly with opportunities for interns and work experience, from yearlong schemes to two week placements! It is well worth seeing which publishing houses are on Facebook and finding their Work Experience pages!
  • BA/MA Courses: This is not always a viable option, but if you want to learn more about publishing in an academic way or within a learning environment you can apply for multiple BA/MA courses all over the UK. Some come with guaranteed Work Experience placements as part of the modules. You get a broad overview of Publishing within these courses and will usually graduate with many skills across multiple publishing sectors and job roles. They will not guarantee you a full-time publishing position straight away upon graduation though.
  • Company Pages: Nearly all companies will post Work Experience schemes on their websites. We recommend you keep an eye on smaller, more independent, publishing houses across all sectors from trade to B2B to gain some experience. These schemes are normally less over-subscribed and in some cases can last longer than an average fortnight placement.
  • Blogs: Much like Twitter there are several blogs dedicated to finding Work Experience within publishing. To name a few: Diary of a Publishing Professional and Publishing Interns. They release weekly to monthly bulletins of all of the latest entry-level roles and work experience placements going across Book Publishing, Magazines, B2B and Newspapers across the whole of the UK.
  • The Society of Young Publishers: Open to anyone with under 10 years publishing experience. There is an annual fee to join the society but you are given access to a private jobs board with work experience and entry level roles, as well as tickets to publishing events where you can network with other publishing professionals and more! If you want to know if Networking is helpful read our blog on the subject here! It is well worth joining the SYP if you are sure you want to work within publishing.
  • Jobs Boards: Last, but not least, jobs boards. You can get job alerts from many of these jobs boards which you can tailor to the positions that you want, i.e. Publishing or B2B or Editorial etc. There are also specific job boards to Publishing as well as the standard job boards. Example: Guardian, Reed, PublishingScotland, Oxford Brookes Publishing Board, Indeed, The Bookseller and more!

We hope that these tips will help you know where to find work experience in publishing!

If you have any more questions comment below or join us for our next/last Q&A of 2016 on Wednesday 21st December at 12:30pm on Twitter. Use the hashtag #AskAtwood or tag @AtwoodTate!

Let us know what you think on our social media sites too: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Instagram.

 

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Blogmas: Day 14

Not long to go until Christmas Day! Have you got your Christmas Jumpers ready for the 16th of December? Remember it’s Christmas Jumper Day and here at Atwood Tate we’ll be rocking our jumpers to raise money for Sav the Children!

For today though we will focusing on several things:

  • Our Twitter Q&A at 12:30-1:30pm – we’ll be answering all of your questions on publishing, work experience, CVs and more! Come on over to Twitter, tag us in a post @atwoodtate or use the hashtag #AskAtwood!
  • A New Blog Post – another blogpost will be going up today – To Be Confirmed – so watch this space!
  • Instagram Advent Calendar – we’ll be posting another fact about Atwood Tate to go and check that out!

Not to mention our Christmas Giveaway – only 2 days to go! Make sure you enter before Midnight tomorrow to have a chance of winning a Huge Stocking of Christmas Goodies!

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and re-tweet the Giveaway and, for extra entries, like us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 12

On the 12th Day of Christmas Atwood Tate gives to you…

  • A new blogpost! – To be Confirmed! – so keep your eyes peeled!
  • Instagram Advent Calendar – make sure you’re following our Atwood Tate Instagram Account for more tips, tricks and Christmassy Contests!
  • Facebook Infographic – Exclusive information about Publishing and the Publishing Industry! Follow the Atwood Tate Facebook Account for more details!
  • Christmas Giveaway – it is the last week to enter our Christmas Giveaway – entries must be in by Midnight on the 15th of December!

And so much more! Make sure you’re following all of our links to take part in all of our Christmas Events! And let us know your thoughts online: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.!

Merry Christmas!

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Blogmas: Day 9

Blogmas: Day 9

It’s Friday! And it’s Day 9 of Blogmas! We will be releasing our Christmas Quiz on Facebook this morning – theme to be confirmed – and also uploading a new blog post! So keep your eyes peeled for that!

Make sure you’re following our Instagram feed for our challenges and Advent Calendar! And our Twitter for all our updates and more!

Have you entered our Giveaway yet? Only 1 week until the winner is announced!

Merry Christmas!

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