Career Path - Media & Events | Sales candidates Top Tips

Posted on 17/01/2018 by Danielle Clarke


We are delighted to announce that Cannes Lions have chosen to partner with Handle Recruitment in the lead up to the International Festival of Creativity 2018 to recruit their Awards Processors and Assistant Award Managers.  These temporary opportunities offer a fantastic insight into the world of advertising and with the skills obtained opens up doors to a future in the media world!

Here are our top tips for candidates wanting to break into a Sales or Marketing role within the Media Events industry.

Sales – Although an incredibly personality and behaviour-led profession, when it comes to applying and interviewing for roles,

  • Break down your experience into key successes.
  • Discuss past targets, how you faired against these targets and why.   
  • Explain average order values, key client wins and any key achievements in your career that prove your capabilities.

It is always good to discuss your aspirations and motivations in your interview, e.g. do you aspire to manage and lead a sales team or are you a new business developer purely motivated by commission?

Marketing – These days there is a huge emphasis on digital marketing.  A company that is up to date with their digital strategy might need someone to maintain their digital footprint.  Alternatively, a business going through a transition may need a complete digital overhaul. 

Any experience or education you have in this area is valuable. The majority of our roles are within the B2B media and events space so experience of and confidence in working closely with sales/lead generation teams is a huge plus.

Events – Securing a role in event management can be incredibly competitive, the vacancies are few and far between so it’s super important to make your experience stand out! Go into detail about events you have worked on, e.g. what was the event, who was the target audience, how many people attended, budgets, clients/sponsorships and the list goes on!

Temping (across sales, marketing and events) – The key to excelling in temping is flexibility and open-mindedness. Temporary work can be an amazing option for various reasons. Perhaps you are looking for your perfect permanent role but want the cash to come in until you have found it, or maybe you just want to try before you buy! Whether it is for a few days, a few weeks or a few months you should treat your temp contract like a perm role and put as much effort in. That way you have built positive working relationships with the company for the future, work might even lead to a permanent offer, something we see happen quite frequently.

This is a unique opportunity to start from March 2018 on a fixed term contract until the end of June 2018 based in their contemporary offices in Paddington. Get in touch with our Media & Events | Sales consultants today or have a look at our current opportunities here