How To Get Ahead: What It’s Like To Work For ... The Guardian - It may resemble the local pool but sales staff don’t throw in the towel easily

What does it do? It’s a quality national daily, of course. ’Working in classified recruitment means working for the market leader and selling ads across a variety of markets, ensuring that The Guardian stays ahead of the competition,’ says Helen Bird, head of classified for The Guardian and The Observer. ’We carry 49 per cent of all job ads carried across the quality press,’ she adds. And that’s according to AC Neilsen MMS.

What does it do? It’s a quality national daily, of course. ’Working

in classified recruitment means working for the market leader and

selling ads across a variety of markets, ensuring that The Guardian

stays ahead of the competition,’ says Helen Bird, head of classified for

The Guardian and The Observer. ’We carry 49 per cent of all job ads

carried across the quality press,’ she adds. And that’s according to AC

Neilsen MMS.



Good offices? Pretty grim and 1970s. They’ve just demolished the

reception area, which resembled the entrance to a municipal swimming

pool. ’On arrival, you imagined asking for a towel. We are anticipating

a glamorous, very ’meeja’ entrance by the end of March,’ says Bird.



Don’t be put off by the fact it’s on Farringdon Road. What was once a

windswept hinterland is now handy for hip Clerkenwell. Good restaurants,

pubs and bars abound, including the Eagle, the original ’gastropub’.



What’s it like? According to Bird, The Guardian has ’a unique

atmosphere: lively, friendly and social. Pubs like the Three Kings

thrive on the support of 119 Farringdon Road’.



Any perks? Five weeks holiday a year, a good pension scheme, health

insurance, a season ticket loan and company cars for field sales. You

also have access to a pool of mobile phones.



Is it good at training? ’Excellent’ training is provided by an inhouse

recruitment, training and development department. There are external

courses for people who request something it can’t offer.



How does it recruit? You’re kidding, aren’t you? Haven’t you seen its

media section on a Monday? And, of course, word of mouth is

important.



But let’s face it, your average graduate is gagging to work for The

Guardian.



How do you get ahead? ’By working hard and showing a passion for your

job. By bringing something extra to the team and having bare-faced

cheek!’



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