How to get a job in radio
Media UK's a great place to look for radio jobs. But how can you make sure that you get the right job for you?
Look for decent jobsMedia UK's a great place to look for radio jobs - and you can also get jobs from us via email too.
However, some radio stations aren't enlightened enough to post here - so, for total coverage, you'll sadly have to pick up the occasional dead tree, too. Try the following, all of which have great media jobs sections:
And look out for jobs yourself. Make contacts, ask around, read between the lines in radio news stories or discussion areas.
Applying for the jobFollow the instructions posted in the job advertisement. No, honestly. Sending a massive audio attachment through email or giving a minidisc of stuff when the ad requested a CD, or enclosing a portfolio of pictures of your handsome/sexy body if you're only applying for a music scheduler's job - they all send the wrong message. Good employers want good employees who are good at taking direction. If you fail clear direction at the job ad stage, you risk being "filed locally" before you even get close to an interview.
Realise, too, that the point of a CV is to get an interview. And don't be afraid to ring with a few sensible questions before applying - it'll make you more memorable when wading through a lot of applications.
In your cover letter, say something nice about the company you're applying to, particularly if it's a small company. Everyone likes a little flattery. And say why you want to work at the company, and why you'd be the right person for the role.
Send it from a sensible email address, too. If you're applying for a job from firstname.lastname@example.org you'll look like an idiot.