Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but please make sure that they are all positions you have the experience and skills to do – and do well.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Predominantly not. 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.
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.
Sorry, no we don’t. 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.
We’re going to be completely honest and say that really we would prefer it if you didn’t. We’ll get in touch with you.
However, if you do decide to contact us, email is best. Please use the address given above and do be aware that you may not get a response. As you’d expect, both line managers and individual members of the recruitment team are extremely busy, so we’d appreciate you taking note of this. It means we can get on with our work and, if we do decide to take you up on your offer, our relationship will get off to the best possible start.