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Rocker Turned Strategist: Brendan Brown’s Jungle Gym Career Climb

Sometimes you zig, sometimes you zag, and Brendan Brown advises you to embrace it. From sharing a dressing room with MC Hammer at the Meadowlands, to searching the “Wanted” ads for a job that pays enough to support a family of three, Brown may be the ultimate monkey bar climber.

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder…The ability to forge a unique path, with occasional dips, detours, and even dead ends presents a better chance of fulfilment. Plus a jungle gym provides great views for many people, not just those at the top.” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook  

Brown’s story inspired us, as it’s full of risk and some really awesome perks and pay-outs. His background is diverse to say the least. He’s gone from dropping out of college to headlining for Incubus to selling vacuums, with a few stops along the way. His current gig? Syncing a traditional advertising agency with new media and the digital world.

Choosing to abandon his successful music career – two full-length records and a few international tours – to settle down with his wife and newborn son was a huge risk, but Brown wanted to put his family first. Without a college degree supporting his family was a huge concern, so he took the first “customer service” job he was offered after responding to an ad in the paper. After a few days he realized he would be selling $2,000 vacuums door to door, but to this day doesn’t regret his choice. He says he learned grit, determination and developed his craft of storytelling. Not to mention, it was a vacuum sale that ultimately landed him his first salaried position at a top sales organization. A few successful years later, Brown took another leap of faith as he returned to his creative roots. Since then, he has founded a social media management company for the music industry, worked as lead strategist at a digital experience agency and is now making moves at a traditional agency, helping them reposition themselves as the industry goes digital.

On stage

Brown and son Parker on stage during a 2012 reunion show

You could argue that being in a band, selling vacuums and working at an ad agency have little in common. But Brown argues that they all thrive on connection. Whether you’re writing a song, selling a product or promoting a brand, the challenge and desire to connect with and affect the person on the other side of your art remains the same. Brown stresses this common thread can be extended to the job hunt as well, “It’s all about creating your personal narrative, weaving your experiences together and crafting a story. Once they buy in to your story, they will want to be a part of the next chapter.” No experience is wasted if it is a means to fulfill your dreams.

Are you navigating through a career jungle gym? We’d love to hear your story. Or maybe you’re stuck and need some help getting to the next bar. If you are, we’re here to help. Just ask Brown, we might have lent a little resume help his way.

Jr. Web Designer

Are you a budding guru in the web production and design world? Do you have GREAT attention to detail?

Well versed with InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat and illustrator? This could be your next creative calling!!!

One of our South of Boston clients is looking for a Jr. Developer and Designer. You will need a sound understanding of HTML, CSS, and the Adobe Creative suite, as well as 3-5 years of experience. You will be assisting in the testing and development of their sites. Send your resume and samples to us ASAP if you think you’re right for this role!!

Apply now!

Here Ye, Here Ye!…

Britain Royal Baby

Announcing the best way to find your next great creative gig! Start by checking out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Then connect with the staffing experts here at CM Access, and you’ll have a job search experience that even Prince Harry would think is fun!

CM Access is growing!

We’re excited to introduce the newest members of our growing team: Kevin Barry and David Fernandez. Joining us as Account Executives, both Kevin and David are strong believers in the CM Access philosophy that great work comes from great relationships. They’re looking forward to working with you to find the perfect fit for your creative, marketing and interactive needs.

Kevin Barry
Kevin_barryKevin is a driven sales professional whose upbeat, positive personality draws you in. Building relationships is his specialty and he’s excited to put his talent to work connecting clients with just the right candidates. Kevin is passionate about growing his clients’ businesses and has eight years of experience working with professionals at all levels. Kevin has a B.S. in Marketing.

Not just business, it’s personal… I play golf, hockey and fish, and enjoy cooking something weird I’ve never eaten before. A fun fact about me is that I’m the only person I know who has never been pulled over while driving a car. Must be luck!

 David Fernandez 
david_fernandezDavid’s rapport building and passion for the arts make him a perfect fit for the CM Access team. His interest in recruitment began in college while working in Alumni Relations, where he honed his outreach and relationship building skills. During a stint in an art gallery, David developed his eye for creativity. When David experienced the “CM Access difference” during his own job hunt, he knew that it was the perfect place to put his skills and interests to use, helping clients and talent succeed. David has a B.S. in Philosophy and History.

Not just business, it’s personal… I’m interested in many things including the arts, philosophy and sports. I’m an avid basketball and tennis player, and full time supporter of Detroit sports. Go Pistons!

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!

Rule Your Future…


Since you’re not William, Kate or the future heir to the throne, we have something that will still make you feel like royalty with our latest featured Hot Jobs

So be the Queen (or King) of your career! Connect with our staffing experts to learn more about these and other great gigs with some of the best companies in the Boston and New England area

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!

“Is it Hot Enough for You?”…

thermometer-hotHow many times have you heard that this week?  Too many is our guess.  With summertime in full swing here in the Boston area – complete with our first heat wave of the season – you may be cooling it on your job search efforts.  If the expression, “fight fire with fire” holds true, then you’ll want to check out our latest featured Hot Jobs

Connect with our staffing experts who can help you turn up the heat on your career planning to find the next great gig!

Solve Your Career Puzzle…


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!

The Comeback of Your Career…


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)!