In the sixth event in our #AdrenalinSessions series which encourages knowledge-sharing within the digital industry, we focused on how to get a job in digital.
Speakers from LinkedIn and OMD joined our General Manager to share their top tips and expert advice on searching, applying and interviewing for a new role.
The breakfast event was held in Ultimo on 21st February 2018 at our R&D, innovation lab: Adrenalin X.
Here is a summary of presentations from the morning…
Claire Nelligan, Relationship Manager, LinkedIn
Our first speaker was Claire Nelligan, Relationship Manager, LinkedIn. Claire moved to Sydney from Chicago recently and joined LinkedIn. The platform's vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. In Claire’s role, she helps companies attract great candidates, develop their Talent Brand, and grow as a business.
“When people go on LinkedIn, they aren’t there to waste time – they are investing time”
- Showcase your experience by having examples of your work
- People research you on LinkedIn so, make sure you represent yourself and have a professional photo
- Follow companies you are interested in, it’s a good way to stay up-to-date on career opportunities
“Make sure your personal brand is digitized to excel in the digital industry. Include examples of your work on your profile”
Jack Heyes, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, OMD Australia
Jack is a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist at OMD. Originally from London, now based in Sydney, he has several years industry experience in Creative, Production and Broadcast within the UK and Australia. Jack made the jump from Creative Producer to Recruiter 2 years ago, and has since worked with some of Australia’s leading Digital, Creative and Media agencies. In his current role, he is in charge of all recruitment across OMD Sydney which has over 270 staff.
“Show how great you are! Only record relevant positions on your CV for your next opportunity”
- Make it clear and concise – use bullet points
- Stand out – write a cover letter and don’t make it generic
- Under 3 years’ experience - put your education at the top of your CV
- Over 3 years’ experience – put it at the bottom
- Have a chat with the recruiter, be creative in the way you reach out to them, be memorable
- Use your contacts – internal references are a great way in
- Ask questions about the company and then include these insights in your cover letter
“Think of your CV as a website - you don't want the user to be going back and forth through pages”
Vicky Lalwani, General Manager, Adrenalin
Vicky is Adrenalin’s General Manager and oversees recruitment for the agency and interviews prospective candidates. Vicky has been with Adrenalin for over eight years.
“Think about the value you can bring to the company and also what value the company can bring you - it's a two way street”
- Plan ahead and remember your physical appearance accounts for 80% of a first impression
- Research is key, prep questions and emphasise how you are unique
- Prepare answers for common questions and practice saying the answers in the STAR model
- Take a bottle of water with you
Don’t speak for more than 2 mins
“To know what to wear to an interview, look at a company's social media for an insight on their culture and dress code - it shows you've done your research”
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