Advice in Finding a New Media Job

One of the main pieces of advice you will be given when looking for either a new job or work experience, is to always phone the company you are interested in working for and be knowledgeable about what they do. Even though the new media industry is mainly based online this is still the case, as they are just as unlikely to respond to any email you send.

The Number One Skill?
Web designer and developer D. Keith Robinson believes that all new media professionals need to become adaptable, as this is the number one skill they will require. “We learn guidelines and best practices (remember there are no rules yet) and then we learn how to get around them, or adapt them to suit our needs and meet the goals of the projects we work on.”

Skills to Make you Employable 
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a US association of more than 5,200 college career services professionals. NACE has compiled a list of the twenty top personal qualities/skills that employers request the most.

1. Analytical skills
2. Communication skills
3. Computer skills
4. Creativity
5. Detail-oriented
6. Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker
7. Flexibility/adaptability
8. Friendly/outgoing personality
9. Honesty/integrity
10. Interpersonal skills
11. Leadership and management skills
12. Motivation/initiative
13. Organizational and time management skills
14. Real Life Experiences
15. Self-confidence
16. Strong work ethic
17. Tactfulness
18. Teamwork skills
19. Technical Skills
20. Well-mannered/polite

Tips for graduates
Although the majority of new media professionals tend to be self-taught, according to Paul Farrer, chief executive of the Graduate Recruitment Company (GRC), there has been a rise of 17% in the number of media jobs taking on graduates.

Natasha Bergg, a work place coordinator and recruitment communicator at the BBC, advises that although a degree isn’t compulsory on your CV, they do look for relevant skills, experience and an obvious passion for your area. So, make sure you know everything there is to know about your area and have a portfolio of your skills.

As a staring point, you can keep up-to-date with the latest in new media news at MediaGuardian.

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