The SYP's Annual Conference

Posted on September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our annual conference is now not far away (3 November 2012) so in the lead up to the event we will be posting on InDigital the profiles and bios of some of our confirmed speakers. We also have exclusive interviews with our speakers as they tell us more about their seminars and what they hope you will take away from the day.

We all know how tough the job market is and getting into publishing has never been more competitive. Having a sparkling CV and covering letter are not the only things that will secure you that dream job – you also have to ace the interview and prove that you are the person they are looking for. At this year’s conference we’ve invited four industry recruitment consultants and HR professionals to hold mock interviews so you can come and practice your interview techniques and build your confidence. There will be a fictional list of entry-level publishing jobs you can apply for and the chance to convince our expert panel to hire you. Come prepared and armed with confidence to perfect your interviewing skills.

Here is some more information on the recruitment consultants who will be available throughout the Careers Clinic session:

Esme Richardson has been with Inspired Selection since July 2011 and deals with entry to mid-level vacancies across all areas of publishing, with a particular focus on STM and academic roles. Before joining Inspired Selection Esme completed a degree in Physical Geography with Science Communication and gained valuable experience at the BBC and the Science Museum in editorial and production positions.



Top tips from Esme

It is so important in today’s market to be prepared for whatever a prospective employer may throw at you; having a fantastic CV and Covering letter is the first step and if successful you then have the opportunity to present yourself and your skills in all their glory. The ability to interview well is a difficult skill to perfect, it takes research, a confidence in yourself and a lot of practice; this is a great opportunity to practice on us, it’s what we’re here for.


Lisa Gills is a Publishing Recruitment Consultant at Inspired Selection. She is responsible for working with a range of junior and mid-level roles across trade publishing. Lisa’s background is in sales and account management, she was previously with Weldon Owen, part of the Bonnier Group, and has previously worked for Guinness World Records, HarperCollins and Random House.




Top tips from Lisa

Interviews can be a daunting task for most of us, so being prepared is incredibly important. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out where you’re going wrong and how best to correct it.

Samuel Coleman is a Publishing Recruitment Consultant at Atwood Tate. Samuel has an excellent track record of placing highly skilled, high calibre individuals into the publishing industry. He is passionate about investing time in understanding people to help them achieve their goals and evolve their abilities. Samuel strives for a personal, long term working relationship and works to promote a deeper understanding of the needs of both candidates and clients alike.


Top tips from Samuel

Prepare, listen, think and breathe. Try to enjoy your interview. What you put into the interview will normally be in direct proportion to what you get out of it and with enough practice you may even start enjoying them. The more at ease you appear the more comfortable the interview will be on both sides of the table.



Victoria Fletcher who is Group Training & Development Manager at Hachette will also be attending. Victoria works as part of the HR team and is the lead person on all things training-related. Her role is a mix of project management, procurement of training solutions, facilitation and training, management development and coaching of junior staff, whilst looking after a strong internship and work experience offering. She has worked on Graduate Programmes, CV clinics within businesses and training managers on their interview techniques.



Top tips from Victoria

At HUK we receive hundreds of applications each month for different roles we’re advertising: whilst the managers lead their recruitment we often get feedback that CV’s aren’t up to scratch, individuals have not read the job advert properly, or at interview the candidate is too nervous, too confident, too inexperienced, I could go on. As we have a large pool of candidates to choose from it’s really important that a CV stands out, and at interview you really shine. The publishing industry is an exciting one and we need bright, enthusiastic people coming in to keep it fresh and alive but I am afraid that because of lack of skills at the interview and CV stages, we tend to recruit from a smaller pool who are already in the industry, and this is not always the best place to find those willing to push the industry forward. Whilst conducting interviews for a recent Internship placement, I found that many candidates had come straight from University with little or no experience of interviews, had not done their homework on the Publisher they were interviewing with and then struggled to answer some basic interview questions. Your CV gets you in the door, but if you can’t translate this at interview you will fail. I hope this seminar will help those getting into the job market and ultimately aid you in getting a role.