What Do Publishers Want?

At London Book Fair 2014, the consultants at Inspired Selection were meeting with Publishers across the industry to find out exactly what they are looking for from their staff. We sponsored an entire seminar stream and hosted a panel to get to the bottom of this.

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So today, we want to introduce 10 key skills that publishers are looking for in their people to future proof their companies.

Here are the top 10 skills that we heard the most about from publishers during the fair from both meetings and seminars which they are especially keen to see on CVs:

  1. Data Analysis & how to use it
  2. Knowledge of Mark up languages e.g. XML
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Publishing work flows and processes  and new publisher platforms
  5. Google Analytics (and other analytical tools/skills)
  6. Social platforms (paid for and unpaid)
  7. Consumer understanding and focus
  8. Entrepreneurial skills
  9. Problem-solving skills
  10. SEO/ Social Media

A passion for books, authors, words and content are still integral to any role within the publishing industry; but in order to be an industry that not only embraces change but leads in innovation, these skills are the key to that success. As the world changes the way in which it consumes content, so must we to evolve the way that we provide so that the publishers remain the industry that authors and creatives continue to look to in the first instance as disseminators of quality content.

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Here at Inspired Selection, we are passionate about the publishing industry; we talk about publishing, read about publishing and attend all major publishing events like the one you’ve just read about. We would love to meet you at events so do feel free to come up and introduce yourselves! If you’re interested in opportunities within publishing do keep in touch and register for our Vacancy Update Service as well as keeping up to date with us on Twitter

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Follow @inspiredjobs at London Book Fair 2014 #lbf14

Follow @inspiredjobs at London Book Fair 2014 #lbf14

The countdown is on to London Book Fair 2014 and we are in a flurry of preparation and anticipation here at Inspired Selection, finalising our meetings, printing off our maps and locating all the stands we will be visiting! With our sponsorship of the People Development seminar stream this year, we will be particularly active on Twitter throughout the event, making sure that we are sharing information with those who can’t make it to the seminars and interacting online with those who are also there.
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As well as tweeting from our Inspired Selection account, each Inspired Consultant will be tweeting on behalf of @inspiredjobs from their own Twitter accounts. As our clients and candidates know, each Consultant works across a specific sector/s of the industry and we will tweet accordingly. Our aim is to make sure that our followers get a rounded and engaging summary of our seminars and of the Book Fair generally. Make sure you are following us and keep an eye on the #lbf14 hashtag for a live feed of updates, info and news. We may even be tweeting details of new roles we pick up along the way!

Here at Inspired Selection, we are passionate about the publishing industry; we talk about publishing, read about publishing and attend all major publishing events like the one you’ve just read about. If you are attending London Book Fair this year, we invite you to take a look at our People Development seminar stream that is running throughout the 3 days. If you’re interested in opportunities within publishing do keep in touch and register for our Vacancy Update Service as well as keeping up to date with us on Twitter.