Job hunting using social media in the TV and film industries has never been a more popular way of finding work.
However, one of the most common questions asked is: where exactly do I start to look for these type of job opportunities?
There are many social media groups and pages created by industry professionals which aim to help individuals starting out in the industry gain access to entry level positions.
Some of the sites which I highly recommend joining to get you started on your job search are the following:
Here are some tips to help increase your chances of being a successful candidate:
1. Make sure you read the admin rules
This is very important as it gives you an understanding of how to conduct yourself professionally within the group and avoid asking obvious questions. Any questions you have regarding the group will most often be answered in the rules.
2. CV Feedback
Use the access to these groups to your advantage and post your CV for feedback on how to improve it. Receiving feedback from industry professions and implementing those suggestions really will increase the chances of your CV getting noticed.
3. Is your social media profile NSFW?
Employers can and often do carry out social media searches on their candidates. Posting last weekend’s drunken photos or angry rants will not give a great first impression. Use common sense and ask yourself the question before posting: “would this post cost me a job interview?”
4. Ensure you meet the requirements of the job post before applying
Read the job specification carefully and decide whether you fit the criteria. Employers find it very frustrating when they receive applicants who are not suitable. For example, if a job specifies applicants must be able to drive and you don’t, you know you are not suitable.
5. Turn on notifications
Get alerts for when a new job advert is posted. These groups are highly competitive and have hundreds of members, so you need to be ready to send your CV in a timely manner.
6. Do NOT privately message the Individual advertising the job position
It really isn’t fair to bombard someone you don’t know who is probably very busy. Keep it professional and send your CV to the email address provided and refrain from sending that cheeky DM.
7. Create a work email that is solely for applying for TV jobs
It can be much easier to keep track of the jobs you have applied for and ensures you don’t miss any responses.