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You are motivated and ambitious, and you are ready to move up the career ladder. You apply for new jobs every single week, and you feel mentally prepared for a job interview – the only thing is, you haven’t heard back from any employers. Can you relate to this? If so, you’re not alone. Most available jobs receive lots of interviews, so if your job application isn’t top-notch it may be dismissed. Here are three tips to help you make sure your job application stands out.  

1. How To Make Your Job Application Stand Out: Tailor Every Single Application

Do you send the same application to every vacancy that you find? If you are doing this, it is likely you are missing out on lots of great opportunities because your job application doesn’t stand out. You might think that sending out the same job application to every role helps to save you time. In reality, if it isn’t well-suited to any of the roles, you are wasting your time sending it out! So take some time to tailor your CV to each role. If the job description lists certain skills and experience, move those skills and experience to the top of your CV so they are immediately noticeable. Remove sections that are outdated or unnecessary. For instance, a 4 week yoga qualification isn’t needed for a digital marketing role! Then include a tailored cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit for the role. This will significantly increase your chances of landing a job interview.  

2. Check For Errors

Before you submit your CV go through it and check for any errors or misspellings. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t do it – and recruiters are clear that poor spelling is a big problem. When you think your application is ready, walk away from it for an hour or so and focus on something else. When you return you will be able to look at your CV with fresh eyes. This means that you are more likely to spot spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. You could also use a free online spell checker (although we do suggest also looking through your application, as bots don’t always pick up on every error). Do you have a job interview coming up? Here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview.  

3. Follow Up

Finally it is important to follow up once you have sent a job application. Wait a reasonable length of time (perhaps a week or so), and then send an email to let them know you are thankful for the interview opportunity. Make sure that the email is professional and well written. This is a great way to make your application stand out, especially if lots of people are applying for the same role.

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Job interviews can be pretty stressful, especially if it has been a while since you’ve had an interview. You might be worried about saying the wrong thing, or maybe you’re worried you don’t have the necessary qualifications for the role. Either way, you’re not alone; a recent study found that over 90% of people feel nervous before a job interview. Thankfully it is possible to ace the interview and get the job; you just need to have the right mindset. Here are four tips to help you reduce your stress levels before a job interview.  

1. How To Reduce Your Stress Levels Before A Job Interview: Have A Rehearsal

One of the best ways to reduce stress before an interview is by having a practice interview. This is because research has found that practising success tends to increase feelings of self-confidence. So try practicing answers to common job interview questions (such as “what are your strengths?”) in front of the mirror before your interview. Go over each question a few times until you feel totally happy with your answer. It can also be useful to wear the outfit you are going to wear to the job interview when you are rehearsing. This will make the upcoming event feel less daunting (and it also means you might spot any potential outfit issues, such as ink on the shirt!).  

2. Reframe The Event In Your Mind

Try to reframe how you see the event in your mind. Instead of seeing it as an all-important occasion that could make or break you, see it as an exciting opportunity to advance your career. If you get the job, that’s great – but it isn’t a problem if you don’t. There will be other opportunities in the future, even if you don’t know about them yet.  

3. Reduce Stress With Music Or Relaxation Apps

On the day of the interview you can reduce your stress levels by listening to music or using a relaxation app (such as Calm). This will help to soothe your nerves and boost your mood, so you will be in the best possible mindset for the interview.  

4. Have A Pep Talk

Finally have a pep talk with yourself right before the meeting. Self-affirmation is a great way to boost self-confidence, and it doesn’t take long; just a few minutes of focusing on your skills and strengths should improve your mindset. So take a few minutes for yourself, and spend the time reminding yourself that you are worthy of this job. You are talented, you are skilled, and you are going to do a great job!

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Do you want to stay ahead of the digital marketing curve? Do you want to further your career? If so, it could be beneficial to check out a digital marketing podcast in your free time. Digital marketing podcasts are useful, fun and free, and listening to just one a week could help you to advance your career. However there are lots of digital marketing podcasts out there, so it can be difficult to decide which one to listen to. Thankfully we are here to help; here are 5 interesting digital marketing podcasts that could further your career.  

1. 5 Interesting Digital Marketing Podcasts That Could Further Your Career: Marketing School with Neil Paten & Eric Siu

Neil Paten is well-known in the marketing world for co-founding global companies such as CrazyEgg and QuickSprout, as well as his successful marketing website NeilPatel.com. His podcast features co-host Eric Siu, who is also a marketing expert, and every podcast has useful, relevant marketing advice for 2021. The podcasts are also fairly short, so you can easily listen them during a work-out or a commute.  

2. Social Media Examiner Podcast

The Social Media Examiner is a fairly well-known marketing website, and they recently started a podcast with the same name. There are two episodes per week that are around 40 minutes long, and every podcast comes with useful tips and tricks to help with digital and social media marketing. There are also interviews from industry professionals, as well as digital marketing success stories.  

3. Online Marketing Made Easy

Online Marketing Made Easy is a useful podcast hosted by Amy Porterfield that makes marketing simple. Every episode ends with a clear call to action to help you improve your digital marketing campaigns. We think that this podcast is very inspiring, and the call to action at the end will definitely help to motivate you!  

4. The GaryVee Audio Experience

Gary Vaynerchuk (who is probably better known as Gary Vee) is a digital marketing pro, and every episode of his podcast comes with actionable, practical advice. He mostly covers social media marketing, online marketing and entrepreneurship. So if you are a business owner or marketing manager, this podcast could be perfect for you. One of the best things about the GaryVee Audio Experience is the quality of the advice. He is an expert in his field, and it would cost hundreds to hire him for an hour of consultancy – but this podcast you can discover valuable insights for free!  

5. Marketing Over Coffee

Marketing Over Coffee is a fun, casual podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Each episode is only around 20 minutes long, so it is very easy to listen to one while you’re on the go, and hosts John Wall and Christopher Penn are interesting and insightful. The podcast covers SEO marketing, social media marketing, email marketing and copywriting, so it is ideal for bloggers, online marketers and website owners.

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Football has been a huge part of my life from an early age. I was always found in a park kicking a ball around or at a game with one of my parents - one being a Chelsea season ticket holder, the other being Fulham, meant it was always good fun! However, I did not realise then how much of an impact football would have in helping me build a career in recruitment.  

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It’s real, it’s happening and it’s going to impact on several areas of established eco-system currently delivering advertising to the masses. Should you be concerned? …That all depends on the business you are in. If you work for a big network media agency, you may have reason for concern.  

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The move to bring recruitment resource in-house has been happening in media-land for many years. It makes a lot of sense for companies of a certain scale to employ dedicated resource for this and these people often work alone or in small teams and are under pressure to deliver. They are not viewed as a golden bullet to solve all the recruitment needs of the business, and are expected at times to engage with external specialists to help fill tricky positions.  

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 Why are some media disciplines way harder to hire than others?
Media agencies are finding it increasingly hard to hire talent, and are sometimes struggling to maintain standards of employees resulting in quite frankly ridiculous staff churn rates. This is a problem across the board, but some areas are worse effected than others, begging the question “Why is it so incredibly hard to find decent PPC people these days!” There are a number of factors contributing to this infuriating dilemma, but the biggest and most important is one of choice. If you work in a decent London media agency as a TV planner buyer, and you want to move on, you can go to another media agency in a similar TV planning and buying related role. Easy. You could move into an auditing company focusing on TV or if you are very lucky you could move client side into a TV specific role there, but the avenues open to you are reasonably restricted.  

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Write a good job brief!

  • Get the balance right between “the company”, “the role” and “the candidate” and make the brief clear and easy to decipher.
  • Be highly prescriptive when specifying things the candidate must have, and feel free to state that without a specific skill or experience your application will not be successful.
  • Break the document up into clear sections (the employer, the job, what you are looking for, and why it’s good to work there).
    • Pitfalls: Say an appropriate amount about you as a company/employer. If you are e.g. Mediacom, people will know you, so don’t bang on about it. If you are e.g. Electric Glue, more explanation will be required.
    • Pitfalls: Make sure the person reading your job spec knows precisely what you are after. It must be clear and obvious!

 

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