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Lauren Moore, reflects on ‘Working in Publishing’ Event

Working in Publishing Day – OICPS Thursday 7th March 2013

OICPS students, both undergraduate and postgraduate were invited to attend the annual ‘Working in Publishing’ day, which offered not only the chance to speed-date with a whole host of representatives from the publishing industry, but also CV and prospecting workshops with essential job application tips.

This definitely was a day not to be missed – an introductory talk from Angus Phillips, OICPS Director got the day off to a start before students split off into their chosen workshops. International students also had the opportunity to attend a specific workshop dealing with issues such as visas and working restrictions for Non-EU citizens. As many international students choose to stay in the UK to work after their studies finish, this was a really helpful session.

I found both the covering letter and prospecting workshops really useful, both as a re-cap of techniques I’d already learnt and a chance to pick up new tips on what employers are looking for in an application. I found the following tips the most relevant:

  • Ensure your covering letter is not generic by tailoring it to the individual company and job you are applying to.
  • Make sure you split up the letter into sections covering all main aspects of your application, i.e. why you are applying, what relevant skills and experience you have that fit the job specification, and demonstrate your knowledge of the company.
  • Don’t wait until the deadline is approaching; apply as early as possible to ensure your application is considered.

The afternoon speed-dating sessions were a definite highlight of the day for me. Each student had the chance to sign up with eight publishers or industry professionals, ranging from literary agents, trade, children’s, and academic publishers, as well as recruitment agencies. 

My overall experience was certainly a very positive one; everyone I spoke to gave really insightful answers to my questions and provided engaging conversation about their experiences and industry advice. I had the chance to learn about One World Publications’ new fiction list and their approach to e-book pricing, Barefoot Books' design and production techniques, as well as useful advice and tips from both Book Careers and Atwood Tate recruitment agency.  

Being able to tailor my choices of publisher to my personal preferences was another positive feature of the day. This was all rounded off by a closing talk from Bloomsbury Director Richard Charkin (listen to the podcast), followed by wine and nibbles – a great end to a fantastic day.

Lauren Moore is an MA Publishing Student at OICPS with interests in both marketing and rights. Currently working as the marketing intern at the Voltaire Foundation, she also has placements coming up with Raintree and Watkins Publishers.  Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn: Follow Lauren on Twitter: @Lauren_leverenz

Read more by Lauren on her blog: The Page Turner

Posted on 25 Mar 2013 around 1pm

Filed Under Publishing Work Experience