Top tips to widen your search for talent

To find the best talent for a role, you need to attract as wide a pool of applicants as possible. Considering diversity when recruiting can reap numerous benefits for you as an organisation, both creatively and commercially.

  1. Set yourself a diversity target. Have it in your mind that you want at least 20 per cent of shortlisted applicants to come from under-represented backgrounds
  2. Avoid limiting your job search to a word-of-mouth search of existing contacts or always using the same agencies, head-hunters or publications
  3. Advertise the roles on your own and others? social media networks
  4. Use contractor databases
  5. Use an agent committed to sourcing diverse new talent
  6. Widen your search to the creative industries more generally
  7. Think about job sharing
  8. Contact organisations who train individuals for a career in TV
  9. Search for organisations providing experts in their fields for on-screen factual roles
  10. Check out membership organisations aimed at particular contractors
  11. Capture new talent before they graduate by advertising in academic institutions or attending careers fairs
  12. Check out YouTube and other social media networks for breakthrough talent
  13. Avoid using unpaid internships

Links to relevant organisations and sites to widen your talent pool:

Fresh Voices – promotes the work of BAME writers

BBC BAME Expert Voices – database of industry experts specifically from BAME backgrounds, who have been professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy

Expert Women – database of female industry experts, who have been professionally media-trained by the BBC Academy

Triforce Creative Network – including Monologue Slam talent showcase for actors from diverse backgrounds?

VisABLE People – talent agency which provides professional on-screen opportunities for disabled actors, presenters and models

Think Bigger! – talent agency for diverse on- and off-screen disabled talent

Working in TV -Facebook group for TV professionals to post vacancies and apply for roles

Loving Your Work – Facebook group for TV professionals to post vacancies and apply for roles

Project Noir – Facebook group for TV professionals from BAME backgrounds

Mama Youth – trains young people from under-represented groups to work in the media industry on- and off-screen.?

The TV Collective – offers information on development, training, networking and job opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds

Media parents – a website which includes vacancies aimed specifically at those looking for flexible working

Searchlight – recruitment agency specialising in TV and media industry roles