My First Job In

Posted on 5 March 2011

An innovative new website designed to standardise the UK Film Industry recruitment of new entrants was launched today.

My First Job In Film aims to transform the new entrant recruitment by delivering to the entire industry a completely cost free, turnkey solution, for finding the best and most suitable talent for job vacancies. Recruiters will be able to search, sort and filter applicants to specific criteria, view or download CV’s and cover letters and create their own application questions. The site will also automatically rank the applicants to the required criteria.

Sam Kirkwood, CEO and Founder of, commented “The ambition of My First Job In Film is to tackle the problems of equality, diversity and transparency in new entrant recruitment by creating a standardised system throughout the industry. We have removed every obstacle for recruiters including cost. Recruiting through My First Job In Film is completely free. We intend for this site to be viewed as a beneficial resource for the entire industry to utilise and at the same time allow quality new entrants an equal chance to start their careers.”

My First Job In Film invites all film related entities such as film schools, competitions, festivals and industry bodies to join the site and promote themselves to the new entrant community, therefore ensuring that new talent joining the industry are better informed about the opportunities available and the companies recruiting.

This central hub for the new entrant community is framed around the Skillset Guidelines for Work Placement Schemes in the Creative Industries, with every opportunity posted through the site adhering to the guidelines.

Positions posted on the site will include permanent roles, production crew jobs, internships, work experience placements, apprenticeships and volunteer posts. All of the opportunities will be exclusive to My First Job In Film and will not be seen anywhere else. In addition there is an ambition to make the site a resource centre for career advice, tips on getting ahead and learning about the industry.

Martin Spence, BECTU assistant general secretary said, “My First Job in Film will provide an excellent service to new entrants if it succeeds in promoting better conditions at work. Both new entrants and employers have much to gain from using the guidance on work placements published by the creative sector in 2010. If awareness and use of the guidance becomes widespread because of My First Job in Film, the site should be applauded.”

Joint Directors, The Moet British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson added, “We are pleased that this great service for new entrants to the film industry has arrived, a one-stop shop for seeking good support staff, as well as somewhere we can direct the many enthusiastic people who approach us for jobs each year or are just looking for advice on finding work in the industry.”

Evan Leighton-Davis, owner of Industrial Scripts commented, “This unique site, brings together for the first time the diverse range of individuals who are looking to join the film industry, and importantly allows us to promote ourselves entirely for free.”

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