Being a well-known agency in Manchester, we have the pleasure of many people wanting to work at Tunafish Media. Many of these people are young and often still in or just finishing university, and it’s a great honour to have young talent wanting to spend some time with us.
To put this blog into context at the minute we receive around 15-20 job applications for work experience per month and I imagine that a lot of other agencies are getting the same numbers, if not more. The marketing and media industries are extremely competitive and it can be difficult to stand out. After seeing quite a lot of errors that are simple to solve, I decided to write this blog to help people be more successful with their job applications.
Dear sir, madam or whom it may concern
If you’re applying for a job, do your research. Most companies have their staff member’s names and titles on their website, and if they don’t you always have LinkedIn to search. You may not have a specific email address for a specific person but you can still address that person in your first point of contact. After all, being more direct is more likely for your email to end up under the eyes of who you intended.
Make sure your email, CV and any other documents you send don’t contain spelling mistakes. If I had a pound for every time I’ve received an email saying something along the lines of “I’d love to work for Tuna Fish” then let’s just say I wouldn’t be working for ‘Tuna Fish”, I’d be skipping to the bank. Mistakes are easy to make, but spelling the name of the company you are looking to work for wrong is just sloppy.
Refine/ update your CV – THE BIG ONE
As proud as you are of every exam result you have, you don’t need to include everyone on your CV. Employers check for grades which are relevant to the job in question, things we often look for are English, ICT and any other digital skills. Telling me that you got your badge for your 500m swim is not necessary. Also, prioritise your skills and the work that you have done, especially if they are relevant to the job you are doing. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing position and you were once involved in creating a campaign that was a great success, then put that at the top – don’t make the employer go looking for the vital information.
Don’t use an email more suited for MSN
We all had one, a terrible email address created when we thought ‘we were cool’ such as firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Whilst these were great for when you were 13 and in a chat room, they’re not a good idea when you need to look professional. I’d recommend something which closely uses your name and is easy to remember.
Know your purpose
This is especially important if you’re looking for work experience or a placement as for it to be useful to you it should help you develop and learn new skills. Think about what you want to get out of it and don’t be shy or nervous to tell the employers these things. An employer doesn’t want to just give you rubbish tasks to do but if you’re not going to volunteer or show initiative to work on some of the ‘bigger’ or ‘more exciting’ tasks then why would you be given them?
These are just a handful of tips and remember that what is advised in this blog, might not be right for every job or industry. If you have any questions or want to apply for work experience or a job for Tunafish then feel free to get in touch.