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5 of 5 Things Most Recruiters Won’t Tell You

I don’t want to sound too cliched, but here it is: The old saying it’s not what you know it’s who you know absolutely resonates in our industry. Often it can be the difference between an interview or not. And you’re right, it’s not fair!

Once you’ve written your CV you need to get it in front of the right person. Often recruitment agencies will be sifting the CVs and will also take out the personal details and the bits you’ve spent ages getting right.

My advice: it’s far better to get your CV directly into the hands of the person recruiting the role if you can.

The other thing to bear in mind when there are so many graduates applying for each job is that the person doing the first pass of whittling the CVs down from 100 to 20 or even 10 to interview will often not be the person recruiting for the role.

Work your network

Aside from the traditional routes of applying for roles, the other thing you can do is make a list of everyone you know in full-time employment and ask them if they know the marketing people within their organisations. You never know what could come of it. Be ready to supply your CV at the drop of a hat. If someone else recommends you that’s an endorsement that may put your CV to the top of the pile.

Forge some of your own relationships

There’s also a bit you can do on social media. Follow the right people. Connect with and start-up relevant conversations with the Marketing Manager or Director of the company you want to work for. If you can get their attention on social media by commenting on one of their posts or asking them to explain something, you may just be able to start a relationship. Marketing is all about relationships. So it’s time to start forging a few of your own.

So there you have it. 5 Things Most Recruiters Won’t Tell You when you are applying for your first role.

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Hello. My name is Lucy Smith. I recently quit my full-time Marketing Director role at a tech start-up in London, (after 13 years hard graft getting there), in favour of starting up on my own. Why? The journey from graduating with a 2:1 in Media and Cultural Studies to Marketing Director hasn't all been plain sailing, but is has been challenging and tremendous fun. A career path that I heartily recommend to anyone who will listen. Digital Marketing For Graduates is my brain-child. I'd like to give something back, as well as have the experience of starting my own business. I will give it my all. Provide and source the very best information I can, but I know I can't do it all alone. For Digital Marketing For Grads to evolve I will need some help. Please get in touch if you'd like to be part of the idea.
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