CV (analysis)

Nicole Basran CV

after talking to the careers advisor about my CV, I have update the information on my CV taking out old information. As well as shortening information to bullet points to make it brief and to the point, which also makes it a much easier to read for employers.

I have changed the layout from a standard left to right written word document, to something with is more eye catching. It’s over the top with colours or images. It is just a few font changes with different positions which make it look different.

I have tried to keep my CV to one page, which from my research was an advantage and would work in my favour how ever there is some information that I can’t take away just yet as I don’t have much experience to show case my skills full so I still have some old experiences on my CV that I feel gives employers better knowledge of my skills and who I am. As I get more experience in the future I will be able to change my CV to be less old information which hopefully make my CV shorter and be on one page.

One of the good things about my new CV is that I can easily, so when apply for placements/jobs I can change bites of information so It caters to the job. But I feel with this new CV I will have a better chance at obtaining schemes/jobs, as it is more to the point, letting them know what skills I have. It reads easier and isn’t long winded.

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After Graduation (reflection)

My Plan for after graduation is try an get as much experience in broadcasting as I can, to build my portfolio to eventually get into a higher role, and maybe outside of the country. Right now I am applying to as many schemes which will help boost my contact list and again experience.

This module has help me prepare myself with what to expect from the working world. However I understand that it will take a while to get to where I want to go. I am hoping that by the research done on this module it will give me a better chance when it comes to applying for schemes and jobs. As I have learnt from the bigger companies, what they are looking for It is likely smaller production companies will look for the same things.

As final year is closing in fast, It is time to start applying for graduate schemes that offer a longer placement then, 2 weeks work experience. Applying for schemes/job could be a long process taking the day to search and find, then reading about what they are looking for and then the application process takes time as you want to it to be to its best. Then it is the waiting game, I do wish I had applied for more graduate placements to get a head start before graduating. However I will have to start applying now and hope I won’t be waiting to long for a replies, I have found a few schemes with bigger companies like, Sky, through their academy schemes as well as looking on ‘Creative access’ which is a website that posts internships opportunities from television companies.

overall I need to finish my CV and work on building my portfolio so I can be a strong candidate for when it comes to applying.

Jobs/Vacancies

There aren’t many posted jobs for floor managers, however the closest job to apply for is a runner or to do experiences and working your way through. However there are many websites to help find these experience. I of the best website I have found is ‘My first TV job’ this job site makes you fill a online CV which is on there system, and from there I get send emails for potential job/work placements. Which is really helpful to be able to filter what job, however the one issue is I will have upgrade to be able to apply for the more exclusive jobs.

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Another site that one of my contacts had told me about and is really good, Grapevine Jobs which you get job alerts similar to MFTVJ, there are many site where you and upload a CV and wait for the emails to come in, However I had been told by talking to Lucky, who had worked in the media, had told me with job site it is more likely to stand out is you upload your CV ever 2 weeks. As it uploads there system and employers look for new top of the list CVs not CVs that have been sitting on the system for months. Hearing this was an eye opener to why I stop getting emails after a few moths.

For broadcasting London is a good place to look, However now with the opening is Media City in Manchester. I happen to live closer to London which is a positive as I can get into London with in a hours. But with the move to Manchester it would become difficult and I will have to relocate, on the other hand If I come a freelancer that mean I would be moving around which would be an advantage if you like to travel. With freelancing there are many positives and negatives, like

  • as said before, not being in one place for to long – opportunities with other companies
  • You are your own boss
  • being able to have your own schedule

the disadvantages would be

  • not having a foundation, always uprooting can be stressful
  • work won’t be consistent, which could be a finical issue
  • working long hours to met deadlines
  • competing with a lot of other competition

I ideally would like to work with a production company full time, as it is more suited to the person I am, however I wouldn’t mind freelancing for a while to kick start my career. As I am trying to avoid freelancing I am looking in to programmes with bigger companies like BBC and Sky.

when looking into salaries the majority of floor managers working on a freelance basis can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly rate. A freelance floor manager may earn between £180 and £400 per eight-hour day, with higher salaries being paid in London.Range of typical starting salaries: £14,000 – £20,000. Range of typical salaries at senior level/with experience (e.g. after 10 – 15 years in the role): upwards of £25,000. Working hours can be long and irregular, often including evening and weekend work. It is not uncommon to work a 14-hour day. Hours are usually dictated by studio booking times and a floor manager is expected to stay until the job is done.nWhen working freelance, you will be expected to work the hours demanded by the production company. On the other hand, in permanent positions once established, you may earn over £25,000 but it is likely you will need to start on a lower salary in order to secure work and gain experience. Which is suggested from Prospects.

Being a floor manager isn’t the job for you if you want to live the high life, as the income isn’t the best. Being a floor manager is for a person who is passionate about working in the TV industry. Which I don’t mind as I have wanted too do this for a long time, and I would rather do something I love. however it will take me a while to start earning that type of money suggested above, as I will have to start at runner leave which is next to nothing and work my way up.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact List

This is a list of contact I have made, who is in or works around the TV industry.

Dips Kaur – BritAsia Producer – number and email

Gurjit Singh – BritAsia Producer head of music – email

Shippi – Works in technical service (freelance) – number

Lucky – Worked in media industry (freelance) – number

Kassie Bowen – Wanderlust FP – Video Producer (freelance) – number and email

Tim Jonhson – BBC recruiting manager – email

Chris Seventon – career advisor, coventry uni -email

Even though this list isn’t a full ten required. It is made up of contacts I have met personally and exchanged details. I have found from research that is it difficult to find contacts online, the best way to network and make contact is face to face by going to the scheme days. I have made a linkedin profile to help me widen my search however I will need upgrade my profile to be able to contact the members directly.

With this list, which I hope will get longer over time, is conducted with people that have a connection with broadcasting. Which would be a good way for me to get my foot in the door. The last two contacts are impotent to have someone whose job it is to give advice to improve yourself and market yourself in a better light, and as my portfolio is my CV I will need as much advice as I can get. Which I have started to do, I contacted Chris Seventon to get advice on how to improve my CV

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Networking

I have been lucky in getting some experience in working at a television channel and other small freelancing experiences like camera work. I had obtained an Internship which one of the biggest British Asian music channels, BritAsia.

I came across the opportunity through social media, which I have found to be a helpful source to finding new opportunities. From there I send out an email and got an Interview.

While I was at BritAsia I just to shadow the producer and saw what happens behind the scenes. I also got to meet different members of the team, from the programme manager to finance directors. It was great being about to talk to them and get an insight to the different departments and see how each one works together. However as the channel wasn’t based in a studio, but in an office and all production is on location. I didn’t get to experiences first hand how a floor manager would work. But it I was able to pick up skills which would help me when I do go on in the future.

As an ultimate goal I would like to work for a television company abroad, in the states. I had spoken to the members at BritAsia about this goal, and as they have contacts out there and have been been in talk with people in the industry, She has suggested production house I could contact in the future.

I looked into schemes like the BBC, I had gone to the BBC production trainee scheme launch, which was a workshop showing us how the scheme application process worked and what they are looking for. We got to meet with members of the BBC and people there where on the scheme.

I have also applied for The Network, a four day event for 50 people, where you learn the skills to work in television. I have found the other way to network is to just talk to people. I found the more people tell about what I want to do they reply with ‘I know someone” and I just pass my information on to them, which could just get lost however it is a step and there is that chance it will get passed on.

building a portfolio

For my future career goals I will have to produce create CV, as I will have to rely on my experiences to build my portfolio to showcase my skills. However ever I have had the same CV for a while and is in need of some TLC.

So what does the media industry look for in a CV?

When researching what companies look for in a CV, Mediargh suggest a few points before starting

  • Give myself some time – taking time to read through your CV and tailor it to each job I apply for, if rushed when reading back I’m most likely to fine errors.
  • Have a Look at other CVs – it is likely that there will be a CV online that relates to the same industry I want to work in. I should examine the CVs critically, and think about how it could be improved also whether or not I would invite them for an interview.
  • Online presence – CVs isn’t Just the only thing anymore, Interviewers/employers can google you, so I should check my privacy on social media and see what is under my name.
  • One page – keep it short and sweet, Employers scan your CV so they won’t want to read pages and pages of information that isn’t relevant to the job at hand.

here is my Old CV, if I’m going by the few bullet-points above, I am in dire need of help.

from further research into making the perfect CV, I found some good tips from the BBC Academy website, which is similar to the other career advices website.

Tips
– Keep it relevant

– Keep it concise

– Ask yourself “So what?”

– Keep it factual

– List achievements rather than replicating a job description

– Talk positively and enthusiastically – use empowering words like “Responsible for”, “Ensured” etc

– Don’t have false modesty – if you are proud of what you have achieved get it on your CV

– Don’t presume people know what you have done – spell it out

I also have gone to the university careers consultant to get face to face advice, I have also sent my cv to him to get feedback. Going to the consultant was a really good way to get feedback and talk about the path I have to take to get to my ultimate goal.

The feedback I received back my CV is to update experiences, changing the layout and taking away irrelevant information from high school. He had given me hand out with examples for not only a CV, but a cover letter which was really helpful as it showed me what a professional CV/cover letter looks like. Even if I don’t get into the career I want I will have the knowledge of how to set my CV out to look professional.

 

 

Being a Floor Manager (Research)

So what does it take to become a floor manager?

According to Prospects a careers website, the skills required are

  • the ability to foresee, solve and avoid problems under pressure;
  • a friendly disposition and an air of calm authority;
  • excellent communication skills to receive, interpret and convey information accurately and concisely;
  • interpersonal skills, in order to quickly judge how to get the best out of different people;
  • good organisational skills and the ability to multitask.

I would say that I have most of the skills however the skills like, Interpersonal skills, is something that I will build on as I get more experience with different situations and meeting different people. With most things in life the more hours you spent working on it, the better you get at it and I feel this applies to becoming a good floor manger.

Where to make contacts?

The best way to make contacts is to start out local, getting in contact to local production companies to get possible work experience. other ways are to apply for training schemes with TV companies, like Channel 4 and their 4Talent programme as well as BBC’s training schemes.

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these schemes are a good way to learn the ins and outs of a production company, with making contacts with the hope to possibly offer being kept on. Reading about networking on My World of Work they suggest it is unpaid work experience is essential, also starting a professional career in television it is likely to start in a small role like a runner or assistant floor manger . It is also suggested to read media press, Like Broadcast which keeps reads updated on the latest media news. It is a good way to stay relevant and show your interest  in the industry.

Portfolio?

With the television industry a portfolio is made from the experiences gained working in the industry. The more experience obtained the better the chances are with getting a job with bigger company and make the way up the ladder. as there is no set requirement to getting in the industry, the best way is to build up a CV. It is also know now for floor managers to Free lance with short contracts.

With my portfolio I will have to work on my CV as a show reel or website won’t do my much good with getting into the industry. I have had the same CV since 6th form, it is a basic CV so I will have to update it and make it look more professional.