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