15 hiring companies, 20+ advice mentors, 1000+ job seekers!
Friday 28th September marked the end of the beast that is Social Media Week London with Chinwag’s Careers Day supported by JobisJob at The Vinyl Factory Soho. Hundreds of highly qualified students, recent graduates, and experienced professionals came along to speak with a great lineup of companies looking to hire including Nokia, Dow Jones, Imagination, Milkround, Financial Times, News International, Ve Interactive, Tempero, General Assembly, Enternships, 1000heads, PutItOut and more.
Job seekers and careers movers were queuing for CVSurgeries and Portfolio Reviews from industry professionals and we could see a vibration of enthusiasm for all things digital spread throughout the room. Our Chill Out Lounge gave attendees an opportunity to recharge (physically and electronically!), make the suggested amendments to their CV/Portfolio from their advice sessions and network.
JobisJob’s ‘Generation S: The New CV – Social, Screen & Stamp’ seminar was a huge hit with candidates with both morning and afternoon sessions selling out! We are Generation S: ‘social’ and JobisJob Sales and Marketing Manager, Christian Palau stressed the potential and importance of having a ‘social CV’ and the new ways of searching for jobs online:
“Now in 2012, 50% of recruitment is conducted via non traditional methods… a massive 86% of recruiters look at your social profiles. The digital revolution has made job hunting possible 24/7, with a worldwide reach.”
Also, Hyper Island’s ‘LET’S MASH_UP’ workshop certainly got all bums off seats for some creative, collaborative fun with two teams being given 5 minutes to cover the walls in post it notes with their favourite apps and services (very colourful as you can imagine)! The time then came to discuss the best ideas from a mashup of the apps and services. This resulted in things like ‘YouSomething’: combining YouTube with Draw Something to get a video charades game – genius or what!?
It was a great way to end the week – seeing both the future and current generation of media experts delve into their future career paths.
But wait – there’s more! Our wonderful advice mentors have also put together some advice and hot tips for you to take advantage of below:
“The @NokiaCareers team thoroughly enjoyed Chinwag’s Careers Day at SMWLDN. The venue was busy all day with so many enthusiastic and engaging individuals, from graduates to experienced professionals. We loved speaking to everyone, getting feedback and giving people the opportunity to get to know us better. We have a GREAT story to share with our colleagues from this event!”
Top Tips: For your paper and Digital (LinkedIn) CV
“Like some of the other mentors, I noticed a big increase in the number of well-qualified overseas candidates.
There’s still a struggle for recent graduates to find relevant work experience. It appears, there’s a strong correlation between this experience and getting hired, standing out from the crowd is getting tougher, as the crowd gets bigger. In contrast, the more technical roles are in huge demand, from coders to UX to mobile developers as well as the rise of new roles such as data scientists. It’s a good time for mathematics and psychology grads.”
“There’s definitely no shortage of desire from the candidates I saw and a willingness to learn and improve. I saw quite a few more people after a career change rather than recent graduates and also a fair number from all around the world. It was interesting learning the different expectations from CVs in different countries, which is an added obstacle foreign visitors have to grapple with. There’s still quite a lack of understanding of the digital world and all the many aspects that make it up, not such a new industry anymore either.”
“In comparison with the the Chinwag’s Careers Day (at Digital Shoreditch), there’s an interesting shift away from British candidates to a truly international crowd. London is still a globally desirable place to work. The standard of candidates was very high, with many CVs requiring minor tweaks rather than wholesale changes. I advised every candidate to consider the importance of layout in guiding the eye and making an impression.”
Keep an eye out on Chinwag.com for our future careers events! We’d like to thank all those who took part in the Careers Day @ SMWLDN – without our generous supporters, exhibitors, advice mentors and volunteers it simply would not be as great an opportunity for candidates as it is!