Frequently asked questions

For Candidates

Have a look at what’s available on our Job Search & Apply page. If you don’t see a role that fits your talents, you can register a general profile and let us know which areas of ITV you’re interested in. Or you can apply for one of our talent pools.

Keep it simple, concise, easy to read and focused on selling your skills. The challenge is to do all that while making it more appealing and attractive than the rest. Avoid wacky layouts or fancy gimmicks – the most important thing is that it looks professional and clear. And, above all, it should be completely accurate with no grammatical errors, spelling mistakes or typos.

Presentation and order is important so that we can absorb key points quickly. This brings us on to length. Even for the most senior individual, a CV should be no longer than two pages. In fact, the fewer the better. So you should think carefully about the words and phrases you use.

You should also consider the typeface, colour, headings, capital letters and positioning. We’re not going to be prescriptive about this as, ultimately, it’s down to your personal taste. Just make sure it looks clear and professional, and that it won’t distort when viewed on a variety of software platforms.

A survey conducted by CMC career management consultants in 2008 found that:

  • 88% of employers prefer to see a short profile or summary on page one of a CV.
  • 85% of employers do NOT want a photograph with a CV.
  • Of those who expressed a view, 96% dislike CVs written by professional CV writing services.
  • Two thirds of HR specialists believe that a CV should be no more than two pages long.

You should take all this on board when you’re putting your CV together. We also recommend that you fully research and understand the role before applying. And obviously, you should only apply for positions that you meet the minimum requirements for. In short, you need to make sure you’re fully committed and qualified before submitting an application.

Yes, you can. If you go to our Job Search & Apply page, you can register your profile, upload your CV and tell us what kind of jobs you’re interested in. You can also sign up for email alerts so you know when the right position comes along. 

We’ll be searching our talent bank whenever a vacancy comes up as well. So if we feel your experience matches what we’re looking for, we’ll give you a call.

Unfortunately, our system does not allow candidates to upload show reels. But if you can provide a web link to your reel or site, we’d love to see it.  Alternatively, when the Recruitment or Talent Team review your CV or application, they may ask you to send it through direct to them.

Yes, but please make sure that they are all positions you have the experience and skills to do – and do well.

Yes, you can save and exit at any time. However, as our opportunities only open for applications for a short time, we would recommend doing it in one go and not leaving it until the closing date. 

We usually find these types of issues are related to running an older version of web browsers. For optimum performance on our site, we recommend that you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7.0 upwards or Mozilla Firefox version 3.0 upwards.

You can check the version of your web browser by clicking on “Help” from the dropdown menu at the top of the screen and then clicking on the “About ”  option. The version is displayed in the popup window.

If you are running an older unsupported web browser version, you can download later supported versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox from the links below:

Get Internet Explorer

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/internet-explorer.aspx

OR

Get Mozilla Firefox 

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/fx/

If you are still experiencing issues, to help us look into your issue, please could you take a “screenshot” (you can take a screenshot of any error messages that you encounter by holding down the Ctrl + Print Screen keys simultaneously on your keyboard and then paste this into the body of an email) and email this to us at talkingcareers@itv.com.

Of course we’ll let you know when we receive your application. And if you make it through to the interview stage, we’ll contact you personally. 

If you’re not quite right for a position, we’ll send you an email to let you know you’ve not got through to the interview this time.

It varies depending on the volume of applications and the role. Please be patient with us, we will be in touch with you in regards to your application whether you have been successful or not. 

This does tend to vary according to the role but in general it’s a minimum two-stage process. We’ll review your experience, a range of competencies and if it’s relevant we’ll also ask you to prepare some form of exercise or presentation at either the first or second stage. For some roles, we’ll ask candidates selected for interview to complete a variety of tests. These could include verbal and numerical reasoning or an Occupational Personality Questionnaire.

Please make sure you read your confirmation email carefully especially around bringing your proof to Right to work. 

“Please bring your passport or alternative documentation confirming your right to work in the UK to your interview. We are required to see this before an offer of employment can be made. For further information on what we accept visit: https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk” 

It depends where you were in the process. We’re able to give feedback after interviews, but not after the CV screening stage – the high number of applications we receive means that, unfortunately, we just can’t get back to everyone.

Apprenticeships

Generally, applications for apprenticeships open in June for a September start. You will be unable to apply for an apprenticeship before June. 

If you have completed your Foundation Degree to a level 4 or above, then unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for an Apprenticeship. However, if you do not complete the full qualification then you will still be able to apply for an Apprenticeship. 

This is assessed on a case by case basis. If you quit within of after your first year at university, you will still be eligible to apply for an Apprenticeship. However, if you have started to achieve points towards your degree in the second or third year, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply for an Apprenticeship. 

ITV Insight

Our ITV Insight programme opens 4 times a year - January, April, July and October

For starters, you’ll have membership of the ITV Insight Pool. That means priority access to any Insight placements that become available across the business. These can be up to two weeks and pop up at any time.

You shouldn’t automatically expect to be offered a placement though. Insight placements will become available according to business availability and that depends on a number of factors (things like shooting schedules, how busy we are and the area of the business you want to experience).

You’ll be invited to join the ITV Insight LinkedIn group, a members-only community where you can hear about ITV opportunities and read about other members’ experiences with us. Once you’re on a placement you’ll enjoy the chance to get involved as well as shadowing, so you’ll really get to grips with what a role here entails.  And not only this, ITV Insight is about more than voluntary placements, you’ll get to apply for paid roles, offered exclusively to our Insight members.

You’ll meet and learn from people who really know their stuff, build up a network of contacts and experience the inner workings of the TV industry. So you’ll be on a firm footing when it comes to making informed decisions about your career.

News Traineeship

We select the best candidates at our assessment centres and then allocate a ‘home base’ in one of the following news centres: 

ITV Anglia (Norwich), ITV Central (Birmingham), ITV Granada (Manchester), ITV Meridian (Whiteley), ITV Tyne Tees & Border (Gateshead), ITV Wales (Cardiff), ITV West & Westcounrty (Bristol), ITV Yorkshire (Leeds), ITV Channel (Jersey). 

At the assessment centres, shortlisted candidates may express a preference but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that they will be allocated with the region of their choice. For ITV Channel we are specifically looking for someone from the Channel Islands who has permission to reside and work in that area. 

You do not necessarily need a journalism degree to apply for the scheme, but we are looking for people who can demonstrate an understanding of television news – particularly ITV regional news – its audience and the stories that reflect the communities it serves. 

For agencies

Here at ITV we have our own direct sourcing team. So for permanent and fixed-term vacancies we use a variety of sources to find suitable candidates ourselves and rarely have the need to work with an agency.

On the very rare occasion that we do need to work with an agency, we work with people who have a strong track record of success with ITV. At the moment we’re not looking to make any changes to that list. 

Please note, we’re unable accept speculative CVs and if you do send in CVs we won’t acknowledge your ownership of the candidate. This includes if you send them through to an ITV employee. 

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