Category Archives: Job Seeker

The Talent War: 3 Tips for Job Candidates


So, hiring managers know how to navigate competition for the best candidates, but what about the hirees? What’s to be done when you’re fortunate enough to be the rope in a multiple-company tug-of-war? First things first, pat yourself on the back – this situation is not an easy feat.

1. Don’t burn any future bridges. When a company offers you a position, it’s like the business version of “I love you.” They’ve exposed themselves, they’ve said they want you, they’re just waiting for you to say it back. Even though it might seem like the interview process, a brief professional courtship, isn’t enough to form a real attachment to this company, you owe them a prompt response. If you think you’ll be hearing back from another company in a day or two, tell this company you need more time. Anything less (not responding for a few days, for example) appears unprofessional. This industry is all about networking and you never know who might be a solid resource in the future.

2. Know what you want. If both jobs sound appealing, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Is there a commute (will you need to buy a transit pass – more $)? How long is the commute? It seems like secondary information, but the average American spends ten hours a week commuting. If travel time is something that will make you miserable, acknowledge that. As for the job, are you willing to sacrifice a more stable work environment for contract work on a big brand’s hot project, or would you rather give up a creatively stimulating position so that you have steady benefits?  Know yourself, or be prepared to figure it out once it’s down to the wire.

Boston Commuting Time

Commuting times for the Boston area. Dark purple = 60 min. (source)

3. Don’t be afraid to leverage. You should be wary of how much information you divulge, but it can be beneficial to let a company know you either have another offer or you’re waiting to hear from another company so you can weigh your options. Be polite about it, and don’t let on that either company is your first choice. Chances are they’ll understand your need for more time. Desirable candidates are, well, desirable, and companies know it’s usually worth putting in the extra effort to nail down a new employee.

Good luck! I know you’ll make the right choice. Just play your cards right.

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10 Interview Tips from AMC’s Mad Men


Well, looks like Mad Men withdrawal has set in, everyone. It’s only been a month or so and I’m having a hard time with it.

From an outsider’s perspective, Sterling Cooper appears to be half circus, half perfect-place-to-work. Afternoon drinks get the creative juices flowing, people don’t hold back opinions, and everyone there is charming, in their own little way. You’d work there, right? Honestly, if I could carry Roger Sterling around in my pocket for the rest of my working life, I’d be a happy lady.

There’s a lot to learn from this show, so we’ve gathered some Mad Men gifs for advice on nailing your next interview.

1. You got the call!

Mad Men Sally Draper

Somebody wants you. Or at least was intrigued enough by your resume that they’d like to meet the personality that goes along with it. Keep your cool. When they ask about your availability to interview, pretend you don’t have an excessive amount of free time in your schedule. And if you actually don’t? Even better. A company wants someone who is also wanted elsewhere.

2a. On Interview Eve, get a good night’s sleep..

Mad Men Don Draper

2b. ..followed by an excellent breakfast the next morning.

Mad Men Peter Campbell

People don’t realize, but getting enough sleep, especially the night before an interview is crucial. You’re sharper, quicker with answers, you don’t fumble, and you look alive. In this interview, you may only be representing yourself, but if you’re hired you’ll be representing the company, and they want someone who can take care of themselves.

Maybe Don’s not the best example here.

3. Arrive within the Goldilocks window of time.

Mad Men Peggy  Olson

Don’t arrive late, but don’t arrive too early. Five minutes is perfect. Any earlier and you’ll spend an awkward amount of time with the receptionist, not to mention you’ll rush (and annoy) your interviewer.

4. Stay calm.

Mad Men Pete  Campbell

Your pulse might be going a mile a minute, but keep that to yourself throughout the interview. Speak clearly and deliberately. Don’t eagerly throw your answer in their face, let it roll off the tip of your tongue. Gives you time to really think about what you’re saying.

5a. Pay attention.

Mad Men Roger Sterling

5b. PAY ATTENTION.

Mad Men Don Peggy

Notice the workspace, notice what the people wear, what they’re talking about, and what’s important to this company. Context clues. Are the walls blank or covered with posters? Do they have the latest and greatest technology? Be aware of your interviewer’s personality. Blanket advice can’t be given as far as how to interact in an interview – you have to read the signs. If the person across the table from you is very professionally dressed and speaks formally, you’re expected to do the same. If they’re a little more casual or easygoing, you can let your personality show a little bit more. Don’t push it– it’s still an interview, and it still dictates your future at the company, but it means they’re probably very interested in the type of person you are as much as the type of worker you are.

6. Show ’em what you got.

Mad Men Roger juggling

And if it’s orange juggling, best of luck to you. No matter how the interview has gone up until this point, keep your confidence level high. Be proud of your work, and make sure to explain it well.

7. Be polite.

Mad Men Roger Peggy clapping

If you need to meet with several people and your smile died after Person 2, keep up appearances. Be just as friendly as you were with your original interviewer. They all probably have a say in this decision, otherwise you wouldn’t be meeting with them.

8. Say goodbye.

mad_men_joan_hug

A solid handshake will do. A “thank you” will also do. And a follow-up email reaffirming your interest in the position will mandatorily do.

9. If it went well, postpone the Happy Dance. 

Mad Men Lane Joan dance

Not in the elevator. Not even in the parking lot. This also applies to any sort of victory phone call. You don’t know who you’re sharing an elevator with, and there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

10. Don’t harumph if you don’t hear back immediately.

Mad Men Peggy

Interviewing is a long process sometimes. However, if they promised you a call “either way,” and if they didn’t follow through, you’re welcome to politely inquire.

So there you have it. Surely, this doesn’t cover everything, but it’s an excellent place to start. You can survive the interview process until Mad Men’s return next year.

The 30-Day Career Workout – 5 Tips to Becoming a More Marketable Creative


WorkoutA friend recently called saying she needed to find a new job and asked me to provide a referral to a former boss.  The first thing I did was ask to see her portfolio, resume and of course (as we were speaking on the phone) took a look at her LinkedIn profile.  As I was clicking on her name, she proceeded to tell me, “Don’t look at my LinkedIn profile since it’s not updated and I’m still trying to figure out what it should really say.”  If that wasn’t enough, she said that her resume hadn’t been updated in years, and her portfolio wasn’t current either.

Hmmm…she didn’t sound too serious about a new job, nor did it seem like she would be a marketable job candidate given her current state.  So how can you maintain or develop your professional persona or brand to get your career where you want it to be?

Simple! Invest in yourself. And it starts by taking a few minutes to read our 5 tips:

  1. Clean up your LinkedIn profile – Recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to check out your professional profile as a complement to your resume and other credentials. If it’s outdated or not aligned with your resume, you’re doing yourself a disservice. While you’re updating, ask your colleagues for a few endorsements and recommendations that will speak to your credibility as a valuable asset to any team.  And it goes without saying, but be sure your resume is always up to date.
  2. Sharpen Your Skills – Fill a void in your skills gap with online learning to strengthen your skills or bridge the gap to expand your career.  How Design University has great options for creative and designers.
  3. NetworkRelationship building throughout your career is a must. If you haven’t reached out or attended a formal event in a while, then it’s time to get to it. Setting a goal of adding and interacting with new professional contacts on a regular basis is all part of maintaining your marketability.
  4. The Business Side – Marketers are expected to leverage data; teams need creatives who can effectively communicate with internal and external teams, deliver killer presentations, understand ROI and have superb time-management skills.   In many creative roles, business acumen is just as important as your creativity, so take stock of where your deficiencies may be and work to develop and improve these skills now.
  5. Be Well Read – Understanding industry trends via social media and picking up a book that other creative professionals are reading will help to round out your professional growth. A couple of our favorites are The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry and Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series) by Jocelyn K. Glei.

As you finish reading this article, set a date on your calendar for a month from now to revisit your professional development. It’s a good way to check in with yourself to be sure you’re following through.

Self-improvement is always a good idea, so let us know how you’re doing!

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!


july_4_fireworksWith 4th of July festivities, barbeques and our celebration of Independence Day tomorrow, career planning and your job search may be the furthest thing from your mind.  So we’re making it easy for you to put some sizzle back in your job search this week with our latest featured Hot Jobs

  • Marketing Communications Coordinator
  • Web Content Specialist

Connect with our staffing experts who can help you “illuminate” your career with you next great gig!

Solve Your Career Puzzle…


Grooviks-Cube

We loved challenging games when we were kids (and even as adults too)  but if your job search is starting to feel like an unsolvable Rubik’s Cube, then you need to check out our latest featured Hot Jobs

Connect with our staffing experts today and we can help you solve your career puzzle and get you on track with your next new creative, interactive or marketing job opportunity and can help you with temporary or permanent placement in some of the best companies in New England!

Sitting in a Window Not Your Thing?…


Window

Looking for a great new interactive gig? No problem, we’ve got you covered!  And you won’t have to go to crazy extremes to get noticed.

Simply check out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Be sure to have your resume and portfolio ready, and connect with us  to learn more.  Simple!

The Comeback of Your Career…


Hockey

The Bruin’s aren’t the only ones who can have a dramatic comeback!  If you feel like you’re just “skating around” endlessly looking for a new career, then check out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Are you ready for a history making, tie-breaking, and cheer-inducing career? Then contact us to learn more (no hockey skills required)!

And The Winner Is…


Horse Racing: 139th Kentucky Derby

With this past weekend’s speculation about who would win the Kentucky Derby, (and more importantly, how many “creative” hats would be spotted), the race that’s often referred to as “the greatest two minutes in sports,” has come and gone.

So if you’re betting on your job search to land you that sweet new creative job, it’s time to check out our latest featured Hot Jobs

This could be the greatest minutes of your job search, and no funny hats are required!  Just connect with us today for your place in the career “winner’s circle.”

Career Home Run…


baseball and glove closeup

Springtime is a great time for baseball in Boston, and we can help get you back in the game with a career hit you’ll love.  So batter up and check out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

This is your career!  Just get your portfolio on deck, and connect with us to learn more about these and other creative opportunities for both temporary and long-term placement!