Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finding Creative Industry Jobs

If you are seeking full time employment in the creative industries, it can often be challenging to find good job opportunities. Many job vacancies that arise in this field are not advertised. It is necessary to try different job-hunting strategies in order to find job vacancies.

Why Creative Industry Jobs Differ

When you search for job vacancies in most fields it is usually a fairly easy process. You look for work through a recruitment agency, fill out and application form, attend a job interview and wait to hear if you have been successful. In the creative industries there is a hidden job market, because many job vacancies are filled via networking, industry contacts or business-based referrals.

Finding Creative Industry Jobs

STEP 1 - Research organizations, companies and agencies that you are interested in. One way to do this is to search for advertising agencies, web design companies, digital agencies and media outlets online.

STEP 2 - Volunteer and take part in programmes and initiatives linked to the areas that you wish to work in.

STEP 3 - Cold call and direct market by sending your resume and samples of work to specific businesses
that indicate that they accept applications in this way.

STEP 4 - Network in order to develop contacts. Think of friends, family, colleagues, study groups, volunteer groups, and political groups - anyone who may be able to help you with your search.
 There are a number of ways that you can specifically target groups in order to find job vacancies in the creative industries.

1. Business Directories, such as the yellow pages and other databases where businesses advertise.
2. Search Engines using keywords refined by geographic location such as 'web content writer surrey'.
3. Local Government - local authorities and borough councils can advertise full time jobs in creative areas.
4. Non Profit Groups.

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