So you want to work in the TV industry?
Tracey is the Director of Broadcast and Media Services at boycerecruitment , and launched and developed the division for specialist recruitment within the Television and Home Entertainment Industry sector across Permanent, Contract and Freelance positions.
She has overall responsibility for the Broadcast Team within Boyce Recruitment, managing the recruitment on behalf of our TV Channels and Broadcast clients across all areas including: Presentation Scheduling, Programming, Acquisitions, Sales and Distribution, Marketing, Production, Post Production, Operations, Research, Compliance, Languages and much more.
Tracey’s Top tips: How to get a job in TV
The competition for talent in the TV industry is huge and for many a job in TV is a “dream opportunity”. Unfortunately for the majority of candidates who apply to work in the broadcast sector, the chance to realise this is extremely limited.
If you are serious about working in the TV/ broadcast industry then here are some top tips form one of the most successful and experienced Recruiters in the London broadcast industry
Register with specific specialist agencies like boyce broadcast and Media – they know the market, are able to give good, honest impartial advice and are also able to ensure that your application to a specific broadcaster or company is presented in the best way possible.
Be realistic as you will probably find it difficult to be paid for your first job/experience in the industry. Beat the competition and apply for work experiences, unpaid work, as this will increase your network and enable you to be referred to other jobs in the company as well as make your cv standout when you are applying for roles.
Graduates/ first jobbers: It will be essential to have some kind of tv/media related degree if you are just starting out, this will increase your chances of picking up internships or first jobber positions and also show how serious you are about the industry.
Depending on which area of TV, I would advise you to gain any general office experience in holidays/ breaks from school, when you aren’t getting experience in TV so that you develop your admin and organisational skills, as this is key to most positions within Production, Operations and many other areas of broadcast.
Register with TV specialist job sites and set up job alerts daily to ensure you don’t miss out on any potential opportunities.
Think about which area of TV you wish to work in specifically (it is not always about being in front of camera) and why you are interested in them, when applying for roles. Create a strong cover letter with your cv to demonstrate your understanding of the position and why you wish to apply, this will make your application stand out more to clients/agencies and are more likely to be considered.
Think about the kinds of channels you would want to work for, prepare a list and make sure you think of at least 5 reasons why you want to work for that specific company/ tv channel. This is great prep for any applications or interviews .
Ensure you CV has a strong objective or synopsis that states clearly the area that you are interested in and which key competencies you can offer a potential employer.
Make sure your online profile is reflective of your career choices. It is quite possible that a potential mployer will try to see what they can about you on the web. Google yourself and see what comes up.
And finally, do your research. Make sure that when you apply for roles you highlight your knowledge about that specific broadcaster, the understanding of the role as a job in TV isn’t always the same in every channel. i.e there is no point in applying to a satellite channel you know nothing about.,or the market they are targeting. You may get asked your opinion or views on what they do, so it is always important to be prepared.