A late blog post from me. I recently moved house which means unfortunately my blog has had to take a back seat. However, things have settled down now and I’m starting to get back into a routine, so with that, comes a new interview! This weeks interview is with Dave Wright from G2, who will discuss how to become an Account Manager and how he got to where he is today.
Dave studied Advertising at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2011 and became an Account Manager for G2 not long after. This interview with Dave, about his tips and experiences on how to become an Account Manager is a perfect example of what hard work, persistence and dedication can get you.
1. What’s your day to day role?
4. What advice would give to budding Account Managers?
Get internships and placements and do extra curricular activities at any given opportunity. Enter competitions and put yourself out there whenever possible.
Unless you’re extremely lucky, it may take one month, or six months of non-stop applications before you get an interview somewhere. But when you do, you need to be able to talk yourself up with relevant experience because agencies don’t just interview one person for the role, they interview many.
5. What steps would you recommend to getting into Account Management?
Utilise the University staff for proof-reading your CV. You would be amazing how ruthless potential employers are over the quality of someone’s CV and you don’t realise how bad your first attempt is until someone has proof-read it (trust me, mine was awful!)
In Account Management you will be expected to be able to take a ten page client brief and cut it down to less than one page of factual, but thought provoking copy to inspire a Creative Team. If your CV is long and messy, then it’s not a great first impression.
I’d also recommend that before you go blanket emailing a load of agencies, try contacting recruitment companies first. Again, the harsh reality is that most of them have very little time for Graduates, but if your CV is strong enough and they’re hunting for an Account Manager, they’ll put you forward. Once a recruiter has put your CV in, you know it’s guaranteed to be read by an agency.
6. What has been your career highlight so far?
Helping to complete my first global manifesto (like a toolkit for a marketing campaign) and sending it off to the worldwide hubs for circulation. Also free beer on Thursdays.
I'm an Advertising graduate from Southampton Solent University, working in marketing and loving it! I like to blog about all things marketing and advertising related and tweet about it occasionally too - follow me @mandypops thanks!