How to get a Radio Job
You would be astonished at just how dumb, intelligent people can be.
When it comes to applying for an advertised radio job, you would be shocked at how ordinary human beings can make such disastrous mistakes.
In the job world, what appears to be obvious common sense is often simply ignored.
In a recent recruitment study, only 10% of all applicants followed the stipulated recruitment application guidelines.
What does this mean? Well, it means that the employer would have immediately seen 90% of all applicants in this study as unsuitable.
This is a terrible shame. 90% percent of otherwise perfect candidates could fall at the first hurdle for not properly following instructions. Basic common sense, obvious instructions.
Would you employ someone to represent your company who can’t or chooses not to follow basic instructions?
From time to time we come across actually quite seasoned radio professionals, who either think that they know best, or are genuinely clueless when it comes to applying for a job.
So other than read our book. (Which we feel might serve more so called professionals than we first thought) Here are some obvious tips to consider when applying for a job on the radio. Actually no. Applying for any job, anywhere.
1 – Read the advertisement.
2 – Read the advertisement again
3 – Make sure you really are applying for a position, you can actually undertake. For example, if the position requests a level of experience which you do not have, either do not apply, or communicate with the advertiser and ask if you can apply.
4- Make sure that you actually have tangible proof you can do the job. In other words if you see an advertisement for journalists and your application includes a demo of your production work, you are wasting everyone’s time; most importantly, your own.
5 –If the advertisement requests demos, include one. Yep, you would be surprised! Some people don’t.
6- If the advertisement requests demos, make it easy for the recruiter. Keep demos short and easy to access.
This might be a short mp3 attachment of no more than 2-3mb or a link to your demo on sound cloud for instance. (Soundcloud is great but is no substitute for a one click play option in your email)
7- If the advertisement requires a demo, don’t send a We Transfer link and expect the recruiter to download the file.
8 – For presenter positions, don’t send a link to your show from last week on a website somewhere.
9 – Don’t direct people to your personal website where they can “read all about you” – they are not interested and probably don’t have time.
10 – Keep your covering email short. Covering emails are rarely spared more than 2 seconds, so make your words count.
11 – Do not send anything to a recruiter that they have not specifically asked for.
The above sound so obvious – but 90% is a high number of people and this proves even the most intelligent among us can let ourselves down.
12. Read our book. There are tons of tips on demos and applications.
The book not only explains all this in greater detail, but also tells you exactly what to put on an application, what to put on a demo and how to be more efficient with all applications. Take a look.
It is packed with industry insider secrets that will not only catapult you into the 10% of applicants who are taken seriously but might just put you in the 1% of those that get the job.
Walking on Air – Book