Audio visual (AV) job seekers are often much more in the dark about the process of an AV integration gig than clients and employers. Before this year, there was no universal industry standard or platform to facilitate how employers were expected to onboard and communicate with AV job seekers. Lack of a centralized way to seek out and make legitimate partnerships with reputable employers often resulted in unfair freelance work situations, where incompetent employers left freelancers mostly in the dark and sometimes unpaid and chasing their paycheck.
Now that there’s a centralized online marketplace with AV Junction, however, AV jobseekers have a way to locate top AV integration or rental and staging employers. There’s also a messaging centre that allows for thorough documentation, communication and options to submit invoicing and receive payments through the website. But even with all these tools, it’s important that job seekers become knowledgeable about what makes for a good employer and to recognize warning signs of those who are exploitative.
So, with all the above in mind, check out these key characteristics shared by every good AV employer.
The best employers are those that are serious about offering AV job seekers all the required documentation they need to proceed with a project. Flow diagrams to show how the AV integration is envisioned, scope of work documents, and work contracts are all necessary for freelancers to perform to the best of their ability. If you only have a vague idea of what your employer and the client want for integration, this should be a warning sign.
Of course, when you’re working with employers via AV Junction, AV job seekers have back up in the form of a work contract tool that affords you more security. If an employer isn’t willing to sign a contract ensuring you get proper documentation to work and are ensured payment when the time comes.
Timely Communication and Administration
A frequent sore spot for employers is when freelancers they bring onboard their project do not communicate regularly. But the reverse is also true—AV job seekers should be wary of how often their employers update them with vital info for a project. If you have a network of other freelancers, check with them to see if a potential employer has a track record of poor communication. For the integration to go smoothly, you should be on the level with your employer about what the client wants and needs in their AV designs.
Related to communication issues is the issue of administration, especially on the topic of payment. Freelance technicians often find themselves, when dealing with bad companies, having to chase their hard-earned payment. The submission process for invoices is often tedious and drawn-out, and at times companies even forget about the process altogether. If an employer seems reluctant to set concrete terms of payment stay well away.
All job seekers know the pains of working with an employer that not only has spotty communication habits, but unprofessional attitude tendencies as well. Watch out for an employer’s tone and past reputation for how they’ve treated technicians. Not only will fair treatment affect your motivation and performance level during a project, it could affect your reputation as an integrator, too.
For instance, let’s say you’ve had a rocky time working on the project—from unclear or inadequate documentation to unfair payment terms. If your employer is irresponsible enough, they could pin the blame of bad administration and the poor job results entirely on you. And depending on the employer, this misunderstanding could sully your reputation.
Make certain that your employer shares similar values and ethics to you. Your best work will come out of projects where there is equal give and take.