You're Hired! - Heather Newill for CLP/W2W

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You're Hired! - Heather Newill for CLP/W2W

  1. 1. Cultural Leadership Programme “YOU’RE HIRED!” Heather Newill Director AEM International Ltd Arts Entertainment and Media Executive Search January 12 th 2011
  2. 2.     <ul><li>AEM International Overview </li></ul><ul><li>We are specialists in finding, placing and developing </li></ul><ul><li>leaders in the Arts, Entertainment and Media </li></ul><ul><li>internationally </li></ul><ul><li>Our assignments are high profile and frequently in the </li></ul><ul><li>public domain </li></ul><ul><li>We transfer talent across public and private sectors and </li></ul><ul><li>geographic boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>We have a reputation for the transparent way in which </li></ul><ul><li>we work and for our successful, long-term </li></ul><ul><li>appointments </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Global Market <ul><li>Convergence across cultural industries </li></ul><ul><li>Technology as the driver </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in Western culture predicted for Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Operating on an international platform </li></ul>
  4. 4. Steps to Success <ul><li>Finding the right job </li></ul><ul><li>Submitting a succinct and relevant application </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering a persuasive interview </li></ul><ul><li>Surviving the Psychometric Tests </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finding the right job <ul><li>Assess your skills – identify transferable ones </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive in seeking out opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Register with headhunters </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to consider something different </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research the organisation… <ul><li>“ I am working in a joint-venture bank since 1997. I want to work in this bank (South Bank Centre). Please send details about it (also send useful Banking Book) as soon as possible. Thanks for your kind co-operation. Good night.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. … and the skills required <ul><li>“ I believe my experience as a computer analyst, founder of a theatre company, casting director, financial controller, conductor, instigator of a community programme, and someone adept at dealing with the media and artists, makes my candidacy for this position plausible”. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Preparing your application <ul><li>Research! Research! Research! </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritise the evaluation criteria – what are they looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor your CV and ensure your letter or application form is carefully crafted </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Perfect CV <ul><li>No more than 3 pages size12 Arial or ‘clean’ font – no colour, columns or photo </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly outline career path - title, organisation, dates; fill in gaps (e.g. time out for children, travel, short-term contracts, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>List responsibilities and achievements of only the most recent posts </li></ul><ul><li>List Trustee and Committee memberships – demonstrate breadth of experience beyond your art form </li></ul><ul><li>Add referees – you’d be amazed what a difference it makes </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone number and private email address </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Perfect Letter/Application <ul><li>Less is More – 2 pages maximum </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the key criteria and match your experience and skills - sharply honed skills are critical to today’s employer </li></ul><ul><li>Show enthusiasm without being personal </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Interview/Pitch <ul><li>Prepare well – do your homework, it always shows </li></ul><ul><li>Remember there’s no second chance to make a first impression </li></ul><ul><li>Keep focussed and succinct – the best interviews are the shortest </li></ul><ul><li>Know what you want to get across and work out what the panel want to hear </li></ul><ul><li>Ask intelligent questions, but don’t outstay your welcome </li></ul>
  12. 12. Gaining Competitive Advantage <ul><li>Plan your career path carefully – the ‘brands’ on your cv will open the most doors </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire international experience wherever possible – a global viewpoint cannot be underestimated in today’s market </li></ul><ul><li>Be known in and beyond your field of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Network constantly, develop your address book – Women help Women! </li></ul><ul><li>Join Boards and Committees; speak at conferences; develop strategic alliances </li></ul><ul><li>Make friends with headhunters – they can help align your skills to opportunities and will support you through the recruitment process </li></ul><ul><li>Find a respected cultural leader to support/mentor you and secure an impressive list of referees </li></ul>
  13. 13. Be Ambitious ! <ul><li>“ The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” </li></ul><ul><li>Michelangelo </li></ul>

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