This week's People on the Move - week ending 12/03/10
Find out who has moved where this week with The Drum's People on the Move.
Name, Position, Company?What attracted you to the position?What company did you last work for?What was your first industry job?How did you find your new position?What is your favourite website?What was the last book you read? And review it in 10 words.What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Working for an agency with such good ethics was very important to me, as well as being flexible with my working hours and working in a sector that I knew inside out. I’d also previously had dealings with Gareth (Wright, the Director) via the incestuous recruitment network, and I was sure working with him would be fun as well as rewarding.Aquent. I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave last year, when the Manchester office was shut down.I worked for the BBC after graduating as an editorial assistant. It was a great foundation role, I did everything from making cups of tea for Gary Lineker to filing 200 back issues of BBC Music Magazine.I had a year off after the birth of my second daughter, and I rang Gareth towards the end of last year to find out if the recruitment sector was still slow. Gareth was very positive about the way things were going, so we had a long chat, a big lunch and a few glasses of wine, and that was that!Personally, as the mother of two daughters, Mumsnet.com is an essential part of daily life as it’s a great resource for mums like me, who don’t really know what they’re doing. Professionally I love doodlebuzz.com as I’m obsessed with typography, and The Drum / HowDo are great sites for up to date industry information.The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid. Moving, tense, politically insightful, compelling post 9/11 thriller – read it!“How to Apply for Jobs Successfully” – I’ve been recruiting for nearly 10 years, and the number of badly written CVs I get through, even from senior candidates, I still find shocking. Do you people not have a spell-checker?!
ANNA SHORROCKS, SENIOR CONSULTANT, THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK AGENCY
It is exactly the type of job I wanted when I left university and after working away on a smaller project I was provided with an opportunity idea to start my career.I worked with the Moray Media Promotions Group, which is run by Steven Rattray, who specialises in the Highland league and local community sport promotion. I am grateful to Steven for his support and giving me the opportunity to get into the industry. I do in future want to work in sports marketing and this was an ideal place to start.I had a placement opportunity during my study with a local renewable company working with in-house marketing and community projects. In terms of a real insight into the industry this has been my first role.I found this position by speaking to previous people who had worked in the sector and then speculatively applying to a set number of agencies in Aberdeen. Fifth Ring was one that was spoken very highly of by the industry experts so I was pleased to gain this role.I would say I’m glued to the BBC sport website – being sport mad I need to know what’s going on in the world of sport.The last book I read was Dave Barry’s complete guide to guys – lighthearted laugh out loud guide. Perfect after a hectic day.Learning how to deal with the banter and the rain with England losing at Murrayfield every time I go to watch.
ROB POTTER, BRAND & STRATEGY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, FIFTH RING INTEGRATED CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Taking on a new kind of challenge – developing the PR division for a dedicated brands agency with an impressive client list.The Business.PR account executive at The Business.I first heard about the job through word of mouth and applied officially by responding to an advert on S1 Jobs.On a serious note www.timesonline.co.uk and for a one time only visit go to www.comparethemeerket.com to find out who your favourite Meerkat is...Dan Brown’s Deception Point – Similar to Brown’s others, but its gripping all the same.It’s a toss-up between designer shoes and bags or equestrianism.
JANE MAHER, PR ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, DENVIR
Practical consultancy, advertising and brand development constantly repackaged to best meet client requirements.Barkers Social Marketing.AE at Ogilvy and Mather Johannesburg.WWW and dogged determination.BBC – for the serious stuff and the on demand channels for recreation.The Constant Gardener. Western exploitation of Africa – poignant human drama told simply and the more powerful for it.Food, glorious food.
MICHELLE MITCHELL, ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, DENVIR
Evie, the Uber dog! Oh, and of course the fantastic career opportunities, great clients and a welcoming team of people. Sheffield Hallam University (Marketing Department).I guess it was as a photography assistant working on Index catalogue shoots, photographing Christmas trees in April! After that, New Business Executive for Engage Group (formerly Limehouse) in Manchester.Saw it advertised on the Uber website and went from there.comparethemeerkat.com - simples!Dear Fatty – Dawn French’s autobiography. Funny, clever and sad in places, a good read.Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame – I wouldn’t mind studying him in great detail!
MEL FENNA, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXEC, UBER
The usual things: great work, interesting clients. Also a commitment to refined typography and total responsibility for projects. Oh, and Treat Friday™.Ingenious Creative. A casualty of The Recession™.Junior designer for a children’s publishing company cleverly called Toontastic.I was introduced to Paul, the CD, at a professional networking event called Village Drinks.Currently as a design tool kuler.adobe.com is brilliant.I’ve recently re-read How to be a designer without losing your soul. An obligatory read for those in the design industry.The etymology of words or poster design of the 20th Century.
JAMIE VINCENT, DESIGNER, REFORM CREATIVE
The opportunity to work with like minded people and some great clients.Art Director, Frame.Typesetter at King in Glasgow.I didn’t it found me.http://ffffound.comAgincourt by Bernard Cornwell. Why the French should learn to queue.I wouldn’t.
PHIL SANDERSON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DENVIR
I wanted to make the move out of journalism into PR, and working as an assistant is a great introduction to the world of public relations.I worked for The Extra newspaper as a reporter, covering the Renfrewshire and Barrhead areas.I joined Johnson Press as a trainee reporter at the beginning of 2008, six months after graduating.I was looking for a PR-based position to further develop my writing skills and the Smarts opening was ideal for me.I’m on the BBC website a few times a day – a habit from working at a local publication.‘All you Need is Ears’ by George Martin. Some interesting information about The Beatles but he tends to ramble about complicated recording techniques from the 60s.Probably 60s pop music, or The Beatles, which I did my university dissertation on.
LINDSAY CHITTICK, PR ASSISTANT, SMARTS