My Job In 5: Suzy Astbury, Managing Director, Inspired Selection

My Job In 5: Suzy Astbury, Managing Director, Inspired Selection


Describe your role...
As m.d of Inspired Selection, it is my role to make sure we are offering and delivering the best service we can to our candidates and clients. Inspired Selection specialises in recruitment and headhunting for the publishing industry in the UK and internationally.

What do you like best about your role?
Working with intelligent, creative and ambitious people at Inspired, and across our client and candidate base. This job is hugely varied, but the most enjoyable element is helping someone along in their career and giving them the good news that they are waiting for.

What initiatives are you working on at the moment?
So many. We have a new website in development which will launch before the end of the year. Also, we’re busily preparing for our attendance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and we will be sponsoring the Society of Young Publishers conference in autumn this year.

What new trends have you noticed in publishing recruitment?
The industry is evolving rapidly and publishers are looking for a skillset enabling them to keep up with the changing needs of the market, so it’s important that we find candidates with a forward-thinking and market-focused outlook, and an understanding of consumer behaviour.

What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
There’s never been a better time to work in publishing. My advice for those looking to enter the industry is to keep hold of the passion that originally inspired you and use that as your guide, whether it is the desire to create content, edit existing content, sell publications, market products to the readership or project manage new digital platforms and many more. Work hard and always enhance your knowledge. Set yourself up to better your career with each step you take, learning from experience and bringing that knowledge onwards with you. You may have to start very low on the ladder, but a good work ethic and all-important passion will open the
next door.