Age is just a number

Age is just a number. You’re not a number you’re a great candidate!

How to approach a career change at 40 plus.

nothing is impossible

 

What would make you really happy? If you could switch jobs now, what would inspire and interest you enough to make you want to rise early and go to work with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose every day?

 

Perhaps you think it’s too late? It might be true that given the years of study it requires, the career in law you wish you had pursued is now out of reach, but with a bit of thought you might find a related role in which you can use the wealth of skills and abilities you have built up over the years as you took a different direction.

 

Self belief is where this re-evaluation process has to start. To tell yourself that you can’t achieve your goal is to admit defeat before trying. The fear of failure can induce failure, and before you know it you’re on a downward spiral without giving yourself a fighting chance. Don’t waste time on regrets and start your positive thinking journey now. Sometimes we just have to dare to dream.

 

Take stock and think laterally

 

So, you know what you should have done twenty years ago. At forty plus it might be too late to start your career as an athlete or psychologist, but maybe you could still become an athletics mentor or train to become a counsellor; both roles in which experience is valued over youth. It’s time to look at the offshoot careers. Consider the length of the academic courses you might need to do, along with any further training, internships or voluntary work that are expected to achieve your goal. Also consider if at the end of the process you will have the competitive edge against other twenty-something applicants. Does the profession you are considering value experience, or is it associated primarily with younger graduates? If the role fits into this stereotype, would you really be happy working in that environment anyway? This is the time to take a step back and look objectively at career paths, and in turn to look inwards at where you are right now, and where you would feel comfortable in being in the future.

 

Seek advice

 

In the UK, despite anti-discrimination laws, age can be viewed in a negative way. In comparison with for example Japan, where life expectancy is longer and culturally age is associated with wisdom, the UK workplace can seem like an unnecessarily biased environment. To build your confidence and gain that psychological edge, don’t be above asking for help to bring about the change you desire. Attend career development seminars, approach CV writing services, job coaches and employment counsellors. Other opinions are invaluable, and professional job search personnel might be able to help you take a step back and see the opportunities you are missing by being too close to the problem.

 

Ask yourself if this is the right time to make a radical career change. It’s a big step and other aspects of your life need to be stable in order for you to focus all your energies on your career. While you make the transition, maybe you will need to take on a low stress part time job to keep afloat financially. Temporary work as a means to an end could help you pay for a professional development course, and if the work is in any way related to your new career, then that’s even better! Your transferable skills are building all the time.

 

 

Keep a sense of perspective

 

To bring clarity and insight, write a list of all your skills and achievements relevant to your dream job. Start a blog or a website related to where you aspire to be. This will also help with job applications and will build your credibility in the profession. Talk to people already working in your chosen career both in person and online. If possible attend relevant networking events. Start to say ‘yes’ to opportunities coming your way, you never know where they might lead. Often your career path unfolds naturally, but if the direction feels wrong, accept that it’s a mistake and take a sideways step. Don’t dwell on mistakes or obsess for too long about making a decision. Constantly worrying about what might go wrong will not help. Life is full of uncertainties and while you spend time worrying you could be missing an opportunity. Lead an interesting life, socialise and seek out different experiences and people. It will help you to decide where and what you want to be, and if nothing else it will make life much more entertaining.

 

While you go through this transition keep things in perspective. Look at this new experience in a positive way, it’s an exciting time and this could be your best year yet! Learn to bounce back when things get tough, and be prepared to make sacrifices because you know that your future happiness and success are worth the struggle. Be resilient and strong. Find your niche and sell your unique self to the best of your abilities.

 

Sell yourself, be yourself

 

Finally, create your own success by offering your skills speculatively to employers. Make doors open by suggesting how your skills might benefit their organisation. Be polite, professional and warm, and try not to take it personally if your ideas are not accepted. Putting so much emphasis on every attempt creates too much pressure. Yes it’s important, but at the end of the day it’s just a job. Show enthusiasm and charisma and enjoy the process of meeting the people you might be working with soon. If they like you but can’t employ you for whatever reason, they might be able to suggest other departments or workplaces you might try. Look at it as a networking exercise rather than as employers assessing you. If you can do the job and come across as being good to be around you are more than half way there. Why would they not want to work with you? As in all things there are no guarantees, but a calculated risk taken now could mean a look back with no regrets in the future. Surely it’s worth taking your best shot at achieving this today?

 

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Happy New Year with 10% terms for all our client’s until 4th February 2017!

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Happy new year, welcome back and we hope you’ve had time to recharge!

It’s that time of year again when we are offering all clients – old and new – our annual 10% terms for any placements that are made from now until 4th February 2017.

We’ve had many great applications from talented candidates looking for a new beginning so give us a shout if you are looking to fill any roles within the creative / digital / marketing / pr sector.

For our cherished candidates, we’re ready to help with any careers advice you need and to provide you with all the options to make this your year.

Let’s GO!

www.glossrecruitment.com

Salary Survey results 2013

Introduction

We are coming towards the end of another eventful (and fast moving) year, and it’s been interesting to say the least!   The market appears to be constantly evolving ……… take a look at our salary survey as we focus on salaries across the Digital/Creative/ Marketing and PR industry from November 2012 to November 2013. Gain an insight into our findings, thoughts and reflections and some of the changes that we have discovered along the way.  We hope this year’s endeavour is of some use to you!

Amongst all this talk of change there is one unfortunate aspect that has remained the same – salaries have still not gone up.  Whilst the media have been pushing news on how the economy is growing and jobless rates are going down (if you are in the South East), the biggest issue most of our candidates have been facing this year (and the last few before) is that salaries appear to have stagnated. It would seem that the North is experiencing an element of “stagflation” as our results show that most salaries are not rising at all in line with inflation, and in some sectors of the industry, candidates salaries are actually going backwards.  Please read on to see our findings with a few comments to see where this has happened….

With regards to jobs, this year has been one of the busiest we have ever had in what is our 7th year of business. Roles have been much less technically orientated compared to last year’s jobs, with a greater emphasis on content, copywriting, design and online marketing. Results point towards a significant jump from in-house clients looking to move away from outsourcing their digital marketing  in order to bring these services in-house.

Demand for print design and traditional marketing has continued as many companies now have their technical teams in place and are concentrating more on branding compared to last year’s findings. Industry wise, retail has still been a strong market for us but this time a much larger chunk was from newer E-commerce companies as well as our older, more established clients.

One of the biggest obstacles we have had to deal with, has been the severe lack of good Search candidates available – where have they gone? Whilst there has been no shortage of vacancies requiring strong SEO or PPC experience, there has simply been a huge shortage of candidates for these posts.  For this reason, we are unable to include statistics for those salaries this year…there simply isn’t enough data.  Of those candidates that have joined Gloss this year, the biggest shortfall within Search is coming from the lack of junior candidates entering the market.  This is having a knock on effect on the rest of the division – a bit like the UK property market last year (maybe the government should issue a “help to Search” policy)!

Finally, job board advertising has been on a slippery slope for the last 12 months: we still received plenty of applications but the quality candidate responses within them have fallen reiterating a greater emphasis on networking, “head hunting” and passive candidate communication. The bottom line for most of our clients is that they haven’t got the time to train new recruits and therefore need to employ candidates with those skills already in place.  As a result of this, clients have encountered the salary issue previously mentioned – good candidates will normally require a salary raise and clients are struggling to afford them.  It’s a catch 22 situation that will hopefully be rectified soon as more junior candidates do what it takes to get relevant work experience and companies become able to raise salaries in line with (real) inflation.

Trends  

Key trends:

1. Rise in content, copy and branding roles.

2. Severe lack of digital search (PPC and SEO) candidates

3. Not enough movement in salaries / benefits to attract “wish list” applications

Salaries

Job Minimum Maximum Average Comments
Artworkers        
Junior artworker (1 to 3 years)

14

20

15.4

Similar to 2012
MW Artworker (3 to 5 years)

18

21

19.5

Similar to 2012
Senior Artworker (5 years+)

15

26

21

Less than 2012
Studio Manager

20

40

26.5

Less than 2012
 
Designers    
Junior Designers Agency (1 to 3 years)

11

18

16

Small improvement to 2012
Junior Designers Inhouse (1 to 3 years)

12

20

17

Similar to 2012
MW Designers Agency (3 to 5 years)

17

25

20.5

Similar to 2012
MW Designers Inhouse (3 to 5 years)

15

30

22.4

Small improvement to 2012
Senior Designers Agency (5 years+)

20

30

25.3

Similar to 2012
Senior Designers Inhouse (5 years+)

20

30

25.5

Small improvement to 2012
 
Marketing (Agency)    
Account Execs

15

25

20.1

Small improvement to 2012
Account Managers

22

30

26.4

Less than 2012
Account Directors

30

40

36.6

Less than 2012
 
Marketing (Inhouse)    
Exec

14

25

19.4

Less than 2012
Manager

23

35

28.2

Less than 2012
Director

40

66

48.8

Similar to 2012
 
Web Design        
Junior Designer (1 to 3 years)

13

24

19.5

Similar to 2012
MW Designer (3 to 5 years)

19

28

23.7

Similar to 2012
Senior Designer (5 years+)

27

35

30.4

Similar to 2012
 
Digital Marketing  
Exec

16.5

25

21.75

Similar to 2012
Manager

18

35

27.3

Similar to 2012
Director

30

55

40.5

Less than 2012
Content

14

25

20

Large rise in vacancies
 
PR Roles        
PR Executive

12

25

17

Similar to 2012
PR Manager

22

27

25

Similar to 2012
PR Director

26

35

30.5

Similar to 2012
     
Junior Copywriter

12

18

15.4

Similar to 2012
MW Copywriter

17

26

21.7

Similar to 2012
Senior Copywriter

18

33

27.8

Similar to 2012

Sources

The data summarised in this survey has been collated from candidates that have registered with our agency within the last year and are based on actual submitted salaries rather than the upper limit of client job specs. Please note that Gloss Creative Recruitment operates on Permanent and contract positions both Inhouse and agency only within the Yorkshire area.

For more information please visit www.glossrecruitment.com or call us on 0870 321 9788

Looking for a job? Start marketing yourself with LinkedIn!

Sure, you may be hardworking, dedicated, and creative, but so are many other applicants applying for the same jobs as you! Even if you have a brilliant portfolio sitting in your bookshelf, it will continue to collect dust until you distinguish yourself from those other applicants.

LinkedIn is a virtual network of over 100 million professionals spanning the globe. A professional profile speaks volumes today as it helps you gain an edge over your competition. By creating an account with LinkedIn, you are more likely to gain a web presence as LinkedIn accounts rank high in search results. Continue reading

Our New Website!

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New website home page

It has been quite exciting here at Gloss HQ over the last few weeks. Not only have we just launched our brand spanking new website (complete with freelance directory) but Gloss Engineering (www.glossengineering.co.uk) is going from strength to strength. Oh, how could we not mention our 555 followers on Twitter!

As the entire team at Gloss are immersed in the creative industry and educated in many aspects of design (whether they like it or not!) we like to stay at the forefront of design trends. We feel that our latest website does just that through its simplicity of allowing you to merely scroll down the page, offering you a rather special experience complimented by fantastic designs. Thanks to the creative minds at the design agency Nugenko (www.nugenko.com), it is as visually stunning as it is unique in its layout.

 

James Bastiman

James from Createinternet coding the back end

Because we get to see the different technology demands our clients make, we can’t help but pick up a few trends for ourselves. That’s why one of the biggest stimulants for the new site was to have it created in standards compliant HTML and CSS using one of the best freelancers we know – James Bastiman (www.createinter.net). James’ brief was to take the creative styling of the Nugenko team, have everything standards compliant, content manageable and not use much flash. The reason for this is because everyone around us at the moment is going SEO and PPC crazy (just check out how many roles we have in this sector at the moment).

As many of you may realise, whether it is launching work experience scheme or providing unrivalled customer service, here at Gloss we like to offer something that is rarely found elsewhere. Our new website is no different. By the way, if you are a talented freelance designer and want your name to be seen by some seriously high profile individuals, then why not try using our free online directory (http://www.glossrecruitment.com/#ncandidates2)? As the title of it suggests, it’s free and allows you to advertise your services. There is nothing like it in Yorkshire, so get in touch and get listed!

Finally a big thank you to all of you following us on Twitter, we like to keep it informative and a little quirky and we feel that with over five hundred followers we must be doing something right!

Gloss Website

Screen shot from our new site

 

Salary Survey for Creative jobs in Yorkshire 2010

 Gloss Creative Recruitment’s Salary Survey 2010 – Representing Yorkshire’s finest talent

Introduction

For us, January 2010 was a welcome relief after the negative effects of 2008 /2009. It was almost as though everyone took a deep breath over Christmas and we all came back with a much more positive and determined outlook. This has certainly been reflected in the amount of recruitment activity within our sector.

Gloss specialises in the Creative sector and one of the biggest trends we spotted this year was the huge rise in digital requirements – specifically Web design and Search. Where companies had been holding off on expanding and trying to make current staff numbers work, the damns finally burst resulting in a large amount of hiring and a great deal of movement in the area – especially at the Middleweight level.

Towards the middle of the year we have seen more of a move away from the delivery side (designers and developers) to the account handling and marketing aspects. As 2010 moves on, those of us that survived the torrent are now moving forward to look towards bigger market share…

Digital

Key trends:

1. Full service agencies growing their digital presence

2. Digital account handlers in high demand with low availability

3. SEO and PPC vacancies soar as new search agencies open in Leeds

Salaries

Digital Account Handlers      
           
Position     Typical Max  
Account Executive   £17k £25k  
Account Manager   £26k £35k  
Account Director   £37k £45k  
SEO /PPC executive   £19k £25k  
SEO /PPC Manager   £26k £36k  
SEO /PPC Director   £40k+  

 

Digital Creatives      
         
Position     Typical Max
Digital Director   £45k+
Junior Web Designer £17k £22k
MW Web Designer   £22k £27k
Senior Web Designer £28k £35k
Flash Designer   £25k £34k
PHP Web Developer   £22k £36k

 

Key Contact:

Ian Rigby

Ian@glossrecruitment.com

Graphic and Print Design

Key trends:

1. Due to large redundancies there has been a lot of candidate availability

2. Clients want very specific skills to hit the ground running

3. Salaries frozen or reduced depending on agency

4. Many graphic designers moving into digital training

5. Freelancers struggling and many turning permanent

Salaries

Creative Roles        
Position     Typical Max  
Artworker (Junior)   £13k £16k  
Artworker (M’weight)   £17k £22k  
Artworker (Senior)   £22k £28k  
Studio Manager   £28k £33k  
           
Designer (Junior)   £14k £18k  
Designer (M’weight)   £19k £24k  
Designer (Senior)   £25k £32k  
           
Art Director (Junior)   £16k £18k  
Art Director (M’weight) £18k £28k  
Art Director (Senior)   £28k £40k  
           
Creative Director   £40k+    

 

Account Handlers      
Position     Typical Max
         
Account Executive   £15k £25k
Account Manager   £26k £35k
Account Director   £38k+
         
Client Services Director £45k+
         
Copywriter (junior)   £14k £20k
Copywriter (M’weight) £20k £28k
Copywriter (Senior)   £30k+
         
Project Manager   £22k £25k
         
Design Manager   £25k £35k

 

Key Contact:

Nicola Burbridge

Nicola@glossrecruitment.com

Sources

The data summarised in this survey has been collated from Candidates and Clients that have registered with our agency and are based on actual paid salaries and client job specs. Please note that Gloss Creative Recruitment operates on Permanent positions both inhouse and agency only within Yorkshire.

For more information please visit www.glossrecruitment.com or call us on 0870 321 9788