Frequently Asked Questions...

Compared to other job-boards, grapevinejobs doesn't have many jobs. Why's that?

It's because we're very selective about what appears on the site. We only accept jobs which have some connection to our specialist sectors of broadcast and media.

I've tried to register for job flash, but my job function isn't listed. What can I do?

We worked hard to devise a list of functions that's comprehensive but not ridiculously long. Here are some comments on our logic:

  • Please look through the list of functions carefully - yours may actually be there but with a slightly different description. For example, we list audience research under “research – audience / markets” ……And research in a production context is listed as “production – research”
  • In some cases, we let salary define the function - for example "production manager/coordinator" is defined by salary level.
  • Some functions are combined with related ones. For example, commercial affairs is listed as "finance / commercial". And again, salary levels would separate an analyst from a commercial director.
  • Some functions must be linked to a sector. For example the nature of a "producer" will vary considerably if it is linked to "production - film" versus, say, "digital / internet ".

Finally, if you still can't find your job function, please let us know.

Why does the order of job listings on grapevinejobs constantly change?


  • New jobs go directly to the top of the job list
  • All jobs are 'refreshed' after 7 days by moving them to the top
  • Jobs without a specific closing date are automatically removed after 14 days. Advertisers may re-list jobs which remain unfilled and if they do so, these re-listed jobs go the top.

I registered for job flash some time ago and haven't received one. Why?

grapevinejobs only sends a job flash if there's a job that exactly matches all your criteria for function, sector, location and minimum salary. Otherwise we won't trouble you.

Obviously, the broader your criteria, the more likely it is that a job will be listed. You can amend your criteria by going to the job flash area.

I applied for a job, and I've been invited for interview, but the job is no longer on the site. How can I see the original ad? Also

I applied for a job, but I can't remember which version of my CV/cover letter I sent. Can you help?

You can find a record of all the jobs you've applied for via grapevinejobs, along with links to the CV and cover letter you sent.

You can also see the original job listing (even if the job has since been removed from the site): just click on application history in the main jobseekers menu.

NOTE: This only applies if you applied via grapevinejobs. For any role where you were directed to the advertiser’s own site and applied there, we don’t have any further details – although we should be able to send you the original ad copy if you request it.

I have a question for an employer about a job listed on grapevinejobs - how do I make contact?

Advertisers have an option to provide a telephone number for enquiries when they post a job on the site. If no number is listed, it means they’re not receptive to telephone enquiries. To email an employer, write to us, and we will forward your message.

Who owns grapevinejobs?

grapevinejobs is privately owned by its employees. Our main shareholder also owns Searchlight Recruitment, which operates separately and at arm’s length from grapevinejobs.

Why don't you indicate when jobs were originally listed - or close dates?

We don't show the original listing date because we don't want to focus attention on new listings at the expense of other, still open jobs.

However, we do take measures to ensure all jobs listed are still open. For instance, all jobs are automatically removed after two weeks, and are re-listed only when the employer has confirmed they are still open.

You should therefore assume a job is still available if it appears on grapevinejobs.

How can I improve the chances of my job application through grapevinejobs being successful?

Firstly, read the ad carefully and pay particular attention to the skills and experience the advertiser is looking for. You should be realistic in assessing how your own background compares with the required one. Remember, the job market is highly competitive, and "long-shot" applicants aren't a productive use of anyone's time.

Please don't apply via grapevinejobs if your intention is simply to make a general, speculative application to a particular employer.

Secondly, having a good cover letter is essential. This should explain clearly but concisely why you think you can make a success of the specific job in question. It should highlight your particular skills, and your interest in the job and the company.

If you use an obviously generic, all-purpose letter, your application will probably not advance.

I heard I can easily get a work permit for the European Union if I find a job first. Is this true?

No, it's not true. Before an employer can get a work permit for non-EU candidate, they have to prove no-one in the entire EU is capable of doing the job. The employer must show they have conducted an extensive search for a suitable candidate, and must also be able to explain why none of the applicants was suitable.

The whole process is time-consuming and expensive. That's not to say it's impossible though: if you have skills or experience that are unique or very rare, an application may eventually be approved. But this is the exception rather than the rule.