Finding and Applying for Jobs relating to Film and Media

Social Media / Networking

Those working in the Film and Media sector tend to be independent, creative thinkers and are often self-employed and/or in occupations involving project work and short-term contracts. This means that it is essential that you are pro-active in your job search. In the 21st century the most efficient way of networking with others in the film and media industry is through social/professional websites. They are invaluable as a means of seeking out professional opportunities, showcasing your portfolio and keeping abreast of events and current issues affecting the industry. In addition to the more mainstream social networks such as facebook, linkedin and twitter, there are many more that are creative industry focussed.  Being self-employed makes it essential that you network and promote your work (and yourself) as much as possible. 

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 possess effectively for projects. Websites such as People per Hour allow individuals (including students) to register for freelance work. 

If you are keen to develop your own freelance project and would like to learn more on how to develop your idea, then why not contact the Research and Innovation Office here at Sheffield Hallam University. The Centre 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. Office space is located in the Workstation.

Job Search 

Begin your search by consulting our vacancies pages where you will find graduate and internship vacancies, as well as part-time and vacation work. There are also 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. 

CVs and showreel

Film and 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 match the qualities that a potential employer is looking for. Employers in the creative / media industry prefer a one page CV.

Employers will be more interested in your showreel as a means of deciding whether to invite you for interview or not. However, be aware that employers’ attitudes towards CVs will vary. It is therefore, very important that you check before applying to a company.  

A showreel is essential for all game designers animators, video & film and motion graphic creatives. It provides an employer with an overview of your work and an indication of your skills and abilities.

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 almost 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.

Typical interview questions may include:

  • What do you know about this company?
  • What are you looking for in a company?
  • Why are you interested in this post?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Can you give an example of when you have deat successfully with a conflict of interests?
  • How well are you able to prioritise tasks – can you provide an example?
  • What personal qualities can you bring to this role and the company in general

 Creative industry specific

  • 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?

 Check out the CV, Application and Interview section for more information an all aspects of applying for jobs.












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Monday, June 8, 2015 - 09:21