Posted 29.09.15 by prhcareers
Sorry that we’ve been a little quiet on here for a while – we’ve been Scheming…
Now we’re back, we thought it might be helpful to give you a little refresher of our blog posts from the past year which will give you an overview of our top tips along every stage of the application process.
Getting into publishing can be tough – it’s a competitive industry to crack but we think one that’s also great fun and rewarding.
It’s also a sector that is diversifying and evolving all the time, from the development of digital products to the changes in consumer browsing and purchasing behaviour, this has provided even more opportunity for people to join us from different industries and with different skillsets.
So whether you’re just starting out, or you’re considering a move into publishing from another industry, we hope that our advice in our posts below will be helpful in how you can put your best foot forward and clarify a little more about what we look for and our processes here at PRH.
First things first…
When looking at getting into any new industry, one of the best things to do from the outset is to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Do market research, read up and be curious so that you are going in with a good understanding of what it’s all about.
Social media is a good place to start – do check out our PRH Careers Twitter and Facebook where we post job listings as well as general news about what is going on here at PRH Towers! Our lovely colleagues over at PRH Academy have also held some great Twitter takeovers with our staff – e.g. ever wondered how a book is designed?
If you’ve not worked in publishing before, we thought it might help to try and demystify it all a bit – what on earth is the difference between an editorial assistant and a junior editor for example? The post in the link above is designed to break this down for you as well as telling you a bit about what some of our departments do in their roles.
As ever though, if you’re not sure just give us a shout via social media and we’ll try and clarify for you.
This post is to help you ensure that your CV is strong. Market yourself; you need to stand out from other applicants, so make sure it’s clear and really outlines the valuable experience and skills you have to bring to the role you’re applying for. And make sure your application is clearly tailored to each role, addressing the advert and job role; this will show hiring managers you’ve really understood what’s required and how you can do the job.
Our colleagues, particularly in publishing roles, will be looking for a strong and compelling covering letter and good attention to detail, so make sure you check and check again before hitting send!
So you’ve got the perfect CV and a covering letter good enough to sell meat to a vegetarian. The next step to securing your dream job is the interview and we’ve covered a range of topics relating to this next stage, from digital video interviewing through to what to do when you’re stuck for an answer:
After interviews and applications, don’t take an unsuccessful outcome as a failure. As we’ve said, publishing is a popular and competitive industry. If you are unsuccessful, make sure to ask for specific feedback each time and use it constructively to improve for next time.
We’d love to hear from you on what topics you’d like to see covered here in the future, so feel free to leave us a comment or drop us a line on social media.
See you soon!