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BAFTA Guru Live


Searchlight was back at BAFTA Guru Live this year, running our CV Workshop. BAFTA Guru Live brings together BAFTA-winners, craftspeople and new creative talents, offering direct access to industry experience and an opportunity to hear from the best in the business.

This year things were back to normal, sessions were run over the course of two days in BAFTA’s iconic Picadilly offices.

Hosted this year by our Head of Development Amy Osterley, Senior Administrator Melanie Hill, Marketing Executive Tom Murhpy and Researcher Seth Cohen.

It was great to see many of the participants engaging with the team asking insightful questions, looking for tips on the inclusion of photos (our rule is no), font and how to create a credit-based CV. The team stressed the importance of your CV – being your introduction to an employer (first impressions count). One insight the team passed on was that hiring managers spend minimal time looking at a CV, ‘anything from 8-30 seconds on average’, so candidates must do everything they can to be selected.

We asked Amy why she loves running the session for BAFTA – “Partnering with such a prestigious organisation like BAFTA is a real honour. We love working with the members, but this year opening up the workshop to scholarships and bursaries was a great initiative from Bafta to make it more inclusive. We always look forward to taking part in Guru Live, we hope our sessions are helpful for the next generation or anyone changing career path.”

We love opportunities to help those looking to start their careers in the media and we look forward to one-day possibly placing some of those that were in attendance. As always, a big thank you to the BAFTA Live Team and the Partnerships team for inviting us back year after year and helping with the organisation of the session – it wouldn’t have been such a success without you!

Any questions on CVs, Showreels and Cover Letters please feel free to email the team and we will endeavour to advise you on your next steps.

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