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Writing your CV and covering letter for jobs in the creative industries

Love literature? TV addict? Crazy about the sound of music? So, how do you actually make a career out of it? So whether you’re a fresh-faced graduate or a seasoned professional looking to make a career-changing move, make sure you check out our tips on how to create an outstanding CV and cover letter…   Composing […]

Why stating the salary puts your organisation at a competitive advantage

Over the past ten years, the team at Creative Access have amassed a wealth of knowledge to help organisations attract the strongest candidates from communities under-represented in the sector. One key thing we have learnt is that if you don’t include a salary you are much less likely to generate a positive response to your […]

How to virtually onboard your new starter

The pandemic has had a disruptive effect on people’s jobs and career prospects. It has forced many people into seeking new opportunities, and has turned home into both a living and a working space for many others. Whilst there is yet no strong indication of when (or if!) ‘normal office life’ will resume, the positive […]

Why we’ve moved away from ‘BAME’

BAME is the acronym that has been used in an attempt to describe people who are not from White ethnic groups. We consider whether this term has outlived its usefulness, and whether a more nuanced alternative exists…   What is BAME? The acronym BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) originates from, and is mostly used […]

How to write an inclusive job advert

A job advert is the first touch point between a prospective candidate and a future employee and therefore a critical window into how inclusive your organisation may be.  One study has found that the average jobseeker spends 49.7 seconds reviewing a job advert before deciding it’s not a fit for them. Job adverts can perpetuate […]

Top tips for undertaking a virtual internship

Leyla Mohammed, who joined us this past month as part of the University of Exeter’s summer internship programme has created this guide on how to ace your first virtual internship… Four weeks ago, I was lucky enough to land a short-term internship with Creative Access – entirely remote, due to current circumstances. To most, the […]

How to create an inclusive workplace

It is evident that young people from under-represented communities are disproportionately impacted by recent events; more likely to be furloughed, have work canceled or postponed; more likely to be affected by the COVID virus itself, and more likely to be impacted by the longstanding structural inequality within the creative industries. Now more than ever there […]

How to host a remote internship

The sudden shift towards working from home as a result of lockdown has caused organisations to rapidly rethink their ways of working. Whilst this has undoubtedly seen some benefits (like minimising commutes), one of the downsides has been a hugely reduced number of opportunities for new graduates and aspiring creatives. Young people from under-represented communities […]

How to interview remotely

With many of us working from home, virtual interviews have become a popular part of the hiring process. While the prospect of attending an interview remotely might seem daunting, we’ve put together our list of top ten tips to make the process much easier for organisations and interns: 1. Practice different platforms There are a […]

Improving understanding of racial justice – educational resources

Creative Access joins those across the globe in speaking out in solidarity and to condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd and the many others who have died tragically because of State aggression. We’ve collated a list of resources for those for those wanting to improve their understanding of racial justice. It includes a collection […]

How to stay creative

Writer’s block? No time? No energy? It’s not always easy to stay creative, despite our best intentions, so we’ve put together a list of top tips and resources to help inspire you to get things started… Set up a daily routine Set aside a little time to create every day, even if it’ s just […]

Creating an effective virtual mentoring partnership

Forming a relationship online or over the phone is not always straightforward, so how do you create an effective and fruitful virtual mentoring partnership? We’re so grateful for our team of brilliantly committed and encouraging mentors. We’d thought we’d share a collection of resources and guidance for both our mentors and mentees to help with […]

How to network virtually

Like lots of things, networking has largely moved online. It might seem like a struggle connecting to people with the move to working remotely and few events to meet professionals in. But have no fear, we have a list of top ten tips on how to maximise your virtual networking skills and the chances of […]

Top tips for working from home

In light of the current situation, many of us in the creative industries are working from home at the moment. While it might be tempting to stay in our pyjamas all day and replace our daily commute with a lie-in, successfully adapting to our new work environments takes a bit more adjusting to. We’ve got […]

Managing your mental health

Now that working from home has started to become more of a norm, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental wellbeing. We’ve come up with a list of simple ways to look after your mental health: Keep connected Staying in touch with our friends and family is key to our mental wellbeing. […]

Places to volunteer and offer help during the coronavirus crisis

The UK’s fantastic community spirit has been the source of support and hope during this difficult time. There are lots of ways to help out those in need, from volunteering at home over the phone to going out to deliver supplies. Below is a list of resources on how you can support others during the […]

COVID-19: Resources and funding support

Helpful resources and further support for those affected by the Coronavirus crisis The Creative Access team are now working remotely and doing our best to ensure our Community is well supported to manage the challenges that the global situation presents. We appreciate that these are challenging times for everyone, and especially conscious that interns, trainees […]

Top 10 tips for preparing for a role in the creative industries

We know how hard it is to find work placements, but there are lots of other things you can be doing which reflect your passion even if you haven’t got concrete experience under your belt.  We’ve come up with our top ten tips for preparing for a role in the creative industries; what you can […]