preparing your cv – the first step towards a new av job
Know the role, know yourself
Writing your CV is a crucial first step in the career process. It needs to be clear and concise, reflecting your skills, knowledge and experience in the audio visual industry, and your suitability for the job. Keep your CV to no more than 2 pages. Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for bringing out the most relevant points from your career history. Read the job description carefully, identify the key requirements and be sure to emphasise those elements on your CV. This shows your understanding of the role, how you can fulfil its demands and your suitability for the job.
Put your personal details first, followed by a short statement of your AV skills, relevant experience and aspirations. List your employment history, starting with your current position and working backwards. Do not leave any unexplained gaps. Be sure to expand on any experience which clearly shows you have the skills required for the post. Briefly summarise older jobs to keep the CV short. Finish with your educational qualifications, any AV industry qualifications and relevant training courses completed.
Remember, first impressions count. Imagine you’re an employer with a large pile of CV’s to read. Layout your CV so that they can quickly scan the document for the key points. You need to stand out from the crowd, so do this by providing a CV that is easy to read and gets straight to the point.
Check and Check Again!
Check everything, not just spelling but each word and punctuation mark. Then check again. Get someone else to read your CV, in case you have missed something – a fresh eye will always prove useful and they may spot skills or qualifications that you have omitted. Remember, if you make errors in your CV, how are potential employers going to view that? They may well think that you will make similar mistakes if they give you the job.
Review and advice
We are always happy to review your CV and advise on how to achieve maximum impact.
for more advice and to discuss your av career options, call 020 3705 1965
interview techniques – hints and tips to get the perfect av job
The interview process begins with preparation. Make sure you know the basics i.e. date, time, address, and the names and job titles of the people interviewing you. Find out as much as possible about the company you are hoping to join. Their website should give you a good background on what the company does, where it sits in the market and the importance of the role you’re applying for within the organisation.
Identify the key competencies of the job and think of examples in previous roles where you have demonstrated these. Think about what questions might be asked and how you would answer them. Be sure you’re clear on why this is the role for you. Think about your aims and objectives when you began seeking a new AV role.
Once an interview is arranged we will talk through the key points, ensuring you are fully prepared. If you have any questions before your interview contact us to clarify any issues.
Ensure you allow plenty of time to travel to the interview. Make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes early to give yourself time to compose yourself. Always wear a suit, even if this is not the required dress code for the job.
During the interview answer questions clearly and confidently but limit your answers to no more than a couple of minutes. Be ready to ask your own questions. Remember, they are not just interviewing you, you are also finding out whether this is the right company and role for you. Interviews are very much a two way street.
After your interview let us know how you think it went. We can then give you any feedback from the client. This can be particularly useful for your preparation for a second interview.
for more advice and to discuss your av career options, call 020 3705 1965
you’ve got the new av job – how to handle the resignation process
The job offer
Once you have accepted a job offer we will take you through the resignation process. It is as important to get this part of the process right as your initial application. Only when you have your offer in writing, stating the salary and terms and conditions agreed, and have accepted it, do you resign from your current post. This is usually done formally in writing. It only needs to be a letter simply stating the post you are resigning from and your intended date of leaving. You may be asked your reasons for moving, so be prepared. Often your current employer will offer you more money or additional responsibility to entice you to stay. This is known as “the counter offer”. Be prepared for this and remind yourself of the reasons you began seeking a new position in the first place. More often than not, the offer of a higher salary will not give you the changes you want and will frequently lead to thoughts of “why didn’t they pay me this before?”. Once you have formally submitted your resignation, ensure that you do all you can to make the transition as smooth as possible. Remember, the people you work with or the company you are leaving could be clients in your new job or a future role in the AV industry.
This is usually done formally in writing. It only needs to be a letter simply stating the post you are resigning from and your intended date of leaving.
You may be asked your reasons for moving, so be prepared. Often your current employer will offer you more money or additional responsibility to entice you to stay. This is known as “the counter offer”. Be prepared for this and remind yourself of the reasons you began seeking a new position in the first place. More often than not, the offer of a higher salary will not give you the changes you want and will frequently lead to thoughts of “why didn’t they pay me this before?”.
Once you have formally submitted your resignation, ensure that you do all you can to make the transition as smooth as possible. Remember, the people you work with or the company you are leaving could be clients in your new job or a future role in the AV industry.
promoting access to training
As a member of InfoComm (The International AV Communications Association) and EVCOM (The Event and Visual Communication Association) we promote access to professional audio visual training and codes of best practice. We provide advice to new and existing AV professionals on attaining Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) accreditation and product specific training. We are committed to ensuring that employees, employers and freelancers in AV appreciate the merits of training and the opportunities it affords for growth and development.
Graeme Massey FIRP – our managing director
Graeme leads the Jacobs Massey team that specialises in recruiting for the Audio Visual & Digital Media industries. His extensive market knowledge ranges from AV system integration and on-site service support, through to live events and corporate video production.
By making Jacobs Massey a proven and valued recruitment partner, Graeme has built an extensive client portfolio ranging from investment banks, law firms, corporate HQ’s and conference centres through to audio visual companies and production agencies. He has successfully developed video services leading the company into this growing sector for event filming, marketing and training.
From building AV support teams, appointing senior managers through to video production, Graeme’s unrivalled knowledge of corporate AV is invaluable for bench-marking salaries, candidate career advice, as well as implementing live event initiatives.
to contact Graeme call 020 3705 1965 or 07769 681220
Niall Cunningham – our operations team leader
Niall heads up our freelance division as Operations Team Leader. He coordinates all of the Jacobs Massey registered freelancers for our existing and new client’s AV needs. Whether it’s for three months ahead, or the next day, we will fulfil your freelance requirements. We adhere to a strict on boarding process to ensure all of our freelancers are highly skilled, HMRC compliant, eligible to work in the UK and fully referenced checked.
We are always on the look out for new AV talent for our freelancer division. So if you are interested in joining our freelance team, please give Niall a call to organise a meeting at our Soho offices.