In the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to see a sample of applications for some senior production jobs at a UK broadcasting company.
What dismayed me was the naivety of applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the roles. I’ve seen media undergraduate students applying for roles which demands at least ten years experience in the industry. This reflects very badly on their application and those put forward in the future.
If you have little or no experience in the industry, go for entry level jobs. This seems like common sense, but you wouldn’t believe how applicants lack such sensibility…
Also if you do have experience in the industry, be realistic. You can’t walk into a factuals department as a researcher if you have only been running in entertainment shows. There is some degree of overlap, but typically a factuals department would like someone from a factuals background, same with entertainment and drama.
When you apply for media jobs, please do your research. Study the role, know what to expect, find out from people who have been in that role. Also know that company you apply for inside out. Its no good applying to somewhere when you haven’t seen any of their shows.
Spellcheck your cv/applications, as those with errors get chucked out. Hundreds if not thousands of people apply for positions every day, so it makes it easier for recruiters to whittle the list down.
Finally, I’ve seen this one case where it was an utter LMAO moment and complete imbecilic farce:
“I would love the opportunity to work for Ch4 as it provides shows that are provocative and entertaining. I wish to take viewers upon a journey and believe that Ch4 must continue to take risks if they wish to be at the vanguard of creativity and boldness.”
The broadcaster I work for isn’t Ch4…