The Searchlight Team welcomed trainees from the Media Trust to our offices at WeWork Aldwych House to provide an insight into what makes a great CV, a stand-out cover letter and how to break into the media and entertainment industries.
Our session was part of The Media Trust’s Creativity Works: Multimedia Genius Training, supported by Mayor’s Fund for London and Berkeley Foundation. It’s a ‘free intensive 10-week crash-course of high-impact media masterclasses and employment skills training for media-focused Londoners who are not in employment, education or training.’
We started with an introduction to some of our employment histories as consultants. Rosie has an extensive background in production and events, Suzanne has nearly 10 years experienced in media recruitment, Amy originally came from a retail background and Victoria was originally a dancer and an actor! We then continued with a deep insight into what should and shouldn’t be in a CV, followed by discussing the structure of a cover letter and how they should be laid out. We then had a Q&A session where attendees had the chance to dispel any myths or concerns they had about recruitment within the media industry.
Following on, we put on a workshop that pulled together all the advice and insights into the job application process we had presented on. Those in attendance had to put together cover letters from example job-ads, with our consultants also on hand to offer CV advice.
We had a really great time we hope those who attended our session did too! We really hope to see you as you progress throughout your media careers and who knows, our paths may cross again down the line!
Huge thanks to WeWork for their support during the session, ensuring nobody went hungry with a hefty supply of doughnuts for the trainees!
Lastly, many thanks to The Media Trust, The Mayor’s fund and The Berkeley Foundation for everything they do to provide opportunities for young creatives to break into the industry, and for allowing us to play a small part in their inspirational training scheme.