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 AVIXA (Audiovisual and Integrated Experience
Association) and AVIXA – Audiovisual and Integrated Experience
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 JacobsMassey 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 JacobsMassey 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 AIRP – our operations manager
Niall heads up our freelance division as Operations Manager. He coordinates all of the JacobsMassey 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.
to contact Niall call 020 3705 1965 or 07493 212464
Annie Van – our senior contracts administrator
Annie supports our freelance and contracts division. Degree qualified in Business Management and Human Resources, she brings a wealth of technical know-how to JacobsMassey’s Operations Team. She specialises in on-boarding, compliance, GDPR and HMRC Intermediaries reporting. She works closely with all our freelancers, from entry level graduates through to highly experienced AV professionals, ensuring that all assignments are scheduled, co-ordinated and delivered in accordance with our client’s requirements.
If you would like more information on how to join our JacobsMassey freelance team or use our contract services please do not hesitate to contact Annie. Simply call to arrange an informal meeting at our offices.
to contact Annie call 020 3705 1965 or 07555 173 520
Matthew De Gannes – our delivery consultant
Matthew supports our permanent recruitment division. He is an experienced delivery consultant with expertise in both AV and Digital Media, as well as IT. Highly personable and with an eye for detail, he offers informative advice, guidance, and assistance when you are looking either to start, or further your AV career. With a proven academic background in creative design and digital media, he has a passion for AV technology which is testimony to his success.
As your AV recruitment partner, Matthew works tirelessly to get results. Every candidate is qualified by him in detail. Consultancy with personality. Recruitment with integrity. So if you are seeking your next AV job or you’re hiring then call our permanent team today.
to contact Matt call 020 3705 1965 or 07826 808 983
Jane Thomasset – our recruitment administrator
Jane provides administrative support to JacobsMassey’s permanent and freelance divisions. Degree qualified in Economics and HR, you can be assured that when you send your CV to her your aims and objectives are meticulously recorded, registered in confidence and passed onto the relevant division. Every candidate and freelancer is responded to in person. Through a detailed Q&A be assured that you pursue only the right AV jobs, and relevant freelance assignments.
Jane doesn’t stop there though. She is also an invaluable member of our video services team. She assists in co-ordinating crew, pre and post-production requirements, as well as social media campaigns. It appeals to her creative nature! So whatever your enquiry is, a specific career move, registering with our freelance team, or video services then don’t hesitate to contact her. Simply call to discuss anytime.