HOW TO GET AHEAD: What it’s like to work for ... The Telegraph - Now the Canary is on song, selling for Britain’s biggest quality newspaper is a lark

What does it do? ’Sells display advertising in Britain’s biggest selling quality daily newspaper and second biggest quality Sunday,’ says Peter Barrie (pictured), display advertisement manager, newspapers.

What does it do? ’Sells display advertising in Britain’s biggest

selling quality daily newspaper and second biggest quality Sunday,’ says

Peter Barrie (pictured), display advertisement manager, newspapers.



Good office? Located in the heart of the ’new city’ - that’s Canary

Wharf to you and me. Barrie says that after a rocky start, the area now

offers ’an excellent working environment with numerous bars, restaurants

and shops’. Transport has improved with the opening of the Jubilee Line

Extension and you can now get to Bond Street in 20 minutes.



Display sales are located on the 15th floor of 1 Canada Square in an

open-plan office overlooking the Thames. Onsite parking, a canteen and

gym all help to make it ’a superb place to work’.



What’s it like? Display sales has ’a slight male bias, helping to create

a lively atmosphere,’ says Barrie. For a few sharpeners after work, the

staff make their way to the Slug & Lettuce or Corney & Barrow. ’The gym

gets a fair amount of use, but it doesn’t have a bar!’



What about perks? Six weeks’ holiday, cars (or if you prefer, cash), a

company pension scheme, free private healthcare and, of course, the gym.

The annual conference features a stay in a five-star hotel. What more

could you want?



Is it good at training? Various internal and external courses are on

offer. Individuals from classified who apply to join display as sales

executives are put through an intensive nine-month training programme

covering all aspects of the business. This includes spending time with

various departments, as well as with ad and media agencies.



How does it recruit? The paper has its own appointments section and uses

various recruitment consultants and headhunters. ’We are also approached

directly by individuals,’ says Barrie.



How do you get ahead? ’A brown nose may help,’ jokes Barrie, ’but hard

work and enthusiasm will win the day.’



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