Finding and Applying for Jobs relating to Digital/Interactive Media

Social Media / Networking

In addition to the more mainstream social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, there are many more that are creative industry focused.  The Creative Skillset website has some useful information entitled:  Marketing yourself effectively.

Freelance / Self Employment

As a freelance worker you will be required to work to very tight schedules and deadlines, and know how to pitch effectively for projects.  If you are keen to develop your own freelance project and would like to learn more on how to advance your project, then why not contact the Enterprise Team here at Sheffield Hallam University. They will provide you with lots of free professional advice on a range of topics including writing a business plan and where to find start-up grants. This facility is available to students up to five years after graduation. 

Nesta is a UK innovation foundation. It helps individuals and organisations develop ideas through the provision of investments and grants as well as offering other forms of support. The Princes Trust also provides support and funding opportunities to young people between the ages 18 -30 who are keen to develop their own creative/business ideas. The website own-it provides useful advice and information on intellectual property rights for creative practitioners.

Job Search 

Begin your search by consulting using the Finding a Job section of this site where you will find graduate and internship vacancies, as well as part-time and vacation work. In addition to Sheffield Hallam's own graduate services, there are a number of national, regional and local graduate recruitment & internship websites available to you. Don’t forget to consult other university career websites in the city or region where you wish to work. 

Applying for Jobs


Creative media graduates will be expected to produce a well-designed and informative CV. However, it is important to strike a balance between creativity and professionalism. The primary purpose of a CV is to demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience to match the qualities that a potential employer is looking for. 

Speculative applications

A speculative application involves approaching an organisation about the possibility of working for them rather than applying to an advertised vacancy. Employers from the creative media/arts industry receive so many speculative applications that it makes advertising vacancies in the conventional manner, unnecessary.


There is no such thing as a standard interview. All companies will have developed their own interviewing techniques which best meet their criteria for recruitment. For some, interviews will take the form of a one-to-one informal chat with the main focus being placed on your portfolio. Others will involve a more formal panel interview and a requirement for you the interviewee, to deliver a presentation. However, whatever style of interviewing is adopted it is likely that you will be asked a mixture of generic and job specific questions all tailored to examine your suitability for the job.

Examples of creative industry specific questions

  • Can you provide an example of when you have successfully followed through a creative/innovative idea from its original concept until its successful launch/exhibition?
  • Give an example when you have presented your work to others and have had to deal with critical questioning from your audience. How did you approach your responses, and how successful were you in arguing your case?
  • How is your work influenced? / What are the main influences in your work?
  • How do you measure your own creative/design success?
  • What major issues are currently affecting the creative industry?
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