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Building media contacts

Building media contactsWhether you’re looking for a new job or just want some information about working in the media, networking is one of the best ways to get what you’re after. So how do you do it?

Who counts as a contact?

The good news is that anyone you know could be a potential contact to help you get into the industry. Once met someone who works for the BBC? Have an uncle who knew a guy in publishing? Get in touch with these people, and have a chat. It doesn’t need to be intimidating - you’re not asking for a job. You’re just asking for advice, and talking about your career. Most people are usually very happy (not to mention flattered!) when they are asked for advice.

Make the first move

There are people falling over each other to work in the media, so you have to be proactive. If you have a specific job in mind, why not contact the companies that offer that type of work and ask them about it? The first port of call should be HR, the Human Resources department. They will generally be happy to answer any questions you might have, and give advice about the qualifications you need. They may also remember your name if you send in a CV in a few months, so make sure you make a good impression!

Work experience

That guy you spoke to in the tea room may just be your future boss, so making good relationships while you’re doing work experience is extremely important. If you feel that you have done well during your placement, make sure you take names and email addresses of people who might be able to help you in the future. They might be able to offer you valuable advice, or even give you a job one day!

Online forums

The internet has opened up a whole new means of networking, whether it is through specific networking sites, online forums, or interactive publications, there are always ways to get yourself noticed. You can comment on articles relevant to the sector, or get in touch with people who are doing your dream job and ask them for advice.

But remember, you should never divulge personal details online. You should also remember to keep a professional attitude at all times - what you write on the internet may be up there forever!

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