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The Ultimate Guide to Landing an Entry-Level Marketing Job

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The Ultimate Guide to Landing an Entry-Level Marketing Job

Are you looking to kickstart a career in marketing? You’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re on the verge of graduating or simply want to pursue a passion, this industry welcomes you with open arms. 

A steadfast talent shortage across the UK is encouraging marketing employers to open entry-level positions that will set you up for a successful future.

However, before you proceed with your search, a warning must be shared… you are not alone. 

Over the next few months, thousands of individuals are expected to flood into the job market with the aim of “getting their foot in the door”. 

What is an Entry-Level Job?

An entry-level job is one that requires minimal education and experience in a specific field. 

It allows you to learn as you work and, despite popular belief, you can land one at any age. This means that fresh graduates could be competing against someone with 5 years of experience who is transitioning from a different industry.

You can find entry-level jobs in most industries, and these jobs typically suit professionals with limited experience or those re-entering the workforce. Entry-level jobs can be an excellent first step for you to gain experience and grow a network.” - Indeed

When is the Best Time to Apply for Entry-Level Jobs?

As graduates receive their results over the next few weeks, they’re going to immediately start looking for entry-level jobs. Soon, numerous candidates will find themselves competing for the same position. To get ahead of the curve and give yourself the best chance of success, you need to start submitting applications as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to look far and wide for the best opportunity, focusing on cities like Manchester, London, and even Birmingham.

How to Land a Competitive Entry-Level Marketing Role

As you pursue an entry-level marketing role, there’s one thing you need to remember. Everyone else applying for the opportunity will share a nearly identical history with you.

This can make it particularly challenging to stand out from the crowd.

You’ll be competing against individuals with similar grades, extracurriculars, and even work experiences. It isn’t enough to be proficient with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook… everyone is nowadays.

What makes you stand out?

Update Your Resume 

Even though it’s understandably challenging to fit your life’s story onto a single-sided sheet of A4 paper, your CV should be the reference sheet for all things “you”. 

What’s your background like? Do you have any hobbies that’ll support you in your new job? Which characteristics and qualities do you most like about yourself?

Too many graduates make the mistake of only listing their education and job experiences, missing out on adding so much value to their application as a result. You are more than your history.

Showcase Your Skills

Do you have a blog? Have you volunteered to run your favourite charity’s social media? Are you constantly making fresh designs through Adobe?

As a creative individual, the likelihood is that you’ll live and breathe marketing. This can be used to your advantage when competing for an entry-level position.

Any evidence that you can apply your marketing knowledge in the real world will be so much more valuable than an empty claim. In every job application, make sure to include the details of all your relevant experience and projects. 

You should also talk about your soft skills, which are equally as important in a recruiter’s eyes.

Start Networking

One of the best ways to secure an entry-level marketing job is to get your name out there. 

Instead of sending in application after application through a third-party job board, start speaking to people who are already in the industry. Truthfully, a referral can go a long way in getting your CV to the top of the pile and ensuring you get an interview.

"Networking is marketing. Marketing yourself, your uniqueness, and what you stand for." -- Christine Comaford-Lynch 

Speak to Forward Role

“Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years experience.”

How many times have you closed a job advert due to its over demanding requirements, only to see this very same sentence over and over again?  

While it might feel like your career has been cut off at the head before you’ve even learnt to walk, be reassured. You aren’t failing. You are simply looking in all the wrong places.

Although sites like Indeed, LinkedIn and Seek seem like the best way to submit applications for entry-level marketing opportunities, they are actually ridiculously overcrowded. 

Positions that were filled months ago have been left up, job descriptions either lack detail or are wholly inaccurate, and you’re just one individual amongst millions upon millions of jobseekers. 

There is a better solution… speaking directly to the expert recruiters at Forward Role. We can bypass the hurdles you face by connecting you with entry-level positions across the UK.

Find Entry-Level Job Opportunities through Forward Role

​For help expanding your horizons and driving change in your industry through intelligent recruitment, contact us. 

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As a client, you can expect exceptional delivery and communication as a matter of course. As a candidate, we'll always treat you the way we'd like to be treated.

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