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Our Favorite Hidden Features in iOS 7


The long-awaited iOS 7 update has come. And gone. It’s been a week, and the new design has been the talk of the town: thin type, blurred overlays, and a home screen with depth. But what about the function? The details? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite aspects of the latest and greatest Apple update.

Swipe to Close Safari Tabs

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Safari has a new 3D interface to scroll through your tabs, as you’ve probably noticed, with “X”s on the upper left for closing a tab. It’s straightforward, but if you’re deep in the internet rabbit hole and have lots of tabs to close, save some time by swiping that tab away to the left.

See Timestamps!

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No more vague idea of what time a message was sent or received. Touch a speech bubble in any conversation and swipe to the left, revealing those handy little timestamps.

Fix that Shortened Battery Life

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An added convenience in iOS 7 is that by default, apps can download new content in the background using WiFi or cellular. It’s nice, but if you’re stretching your batter life as-is, you might want to dive into the Background Refresh section of your general settings.

Customize Your Vibration

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Inside Ringtone options, Create New Vibration allows you to set your own buzzin’. Not necessary or particularly useful? Also it isn’t new, but we didn’t know about it until now.

Train Siri

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You have to appreciate her attempts, but how often has Siri majorly missed the mark when it comes to pronouncing any words that aren’t in the dictionary? Just say “that’s not how you pronounce that,” and run through a quick exercise with her. Problem solved.

Any hidden features you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments below.

image credits: Tech Crunch and The Verge

Catching Up With Kristin (Pt. 2)


Hmm, where’d we leave off? Oh, right. Creative industry unemployment is looking up, digital, video, and mobile jobs are in demand, and we started delving into the world of acquiring and retaining employees.

So, alright. It seems like opinions about the value of creative departments have been changing a little bit lately. Any thoughts on that?

Creative departments often look for the perfect, all-knowing candidate. A superman of creative skills, if you will. Though their intentions are in the right place, a shift is starting to occur where directors are realizing the professional value of developing the needed skills within their current employees, rather than spending excessive amounts of time seeking candidates that have all the necessary skills. They’re starting to consider the solution of maintaining a steady, solid staff, and supplementing it with more specialty-experienced contractors.

Does that mean the market of employable creatives is shifting towards contract-work?

Yeah! We’re actually finding that the recession has steered a lot of companies and creatives towards more contractual work. Since the economy has begun to recover, a little over half of all new roles have been contract roles. 40% of in-house agency Creative Directors plan to hire freelancers this year as well. Perhaps the best part is that it’s given these directors the opportunity to hire temp-to-perm. 75% of my clients grow their creative department this way.

With a decent percentage of agencies and companies competing for freelancers, what advice would you give them to ensure they’re getting the cream of the crop?

Simply put: compete. Put forth the best, most interesting work and the freelancers you attract will reflect that. Treat your contractors like a full-time member of your team, give them opportunities to develop their skills, and be honest and up front about setting expectations. Also, be open to hiring for aptitude and culture over hard and fast skills. People that are both adaptable to your company culture and capable of learning quickly will be valuable members of your team, even if they don’t fulfill your grocery list of technical skills.

We will be checking in with our lady-in-the-know regularly from now on, so stay tuned!

Solve Your Career Puzzle…


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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!

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.”

How Interactive Design is a Lot Like Joke Writing…


Huh? If you’re curious about the title of this article, check out How Jerry Seinfeld crafting jokes is like interaction design, by Joshua Porter. Porter is the Director of UX at HubSpot and founder of Bokardo, (follow him on Twitter @bokardo.)

Porter creatively links parallels between the UI design process with Seinfeld’s joke writing process, how Jerry works on a joke, refines it, and makes sure that it tests well before considering it done is a lot like the steps that UI designers go through. “  As Seinfeld demonstrates in his video, joke writing is no joke – it’s an art form, just as is the creative process of interactive design.

This article grabbed our attention, as we work with interactive talent for our clients’ temporary and permanent hiring needs every day.  We hope you enjoy it too!

Talent Spotlight! – Kelly, Integrated Project Manager


Kelly_bwMotivated by challenge and highly ambitious, Kelly W. is an Integrated Project Manager who finds both strategic and tactical work satisfying. She discovered her love of digital and interactive while researching a website relaunch in her first job, and has looked forward to being a part of that evolving space ever since. In various Integrated Project Manager roles, Kelly has had a hand in everything from Print, Out-of-Home, Television, Radio, Non-Traditional (POP, R&D, Station Domination), In-Branch Merchandise & Internal Branding, Branded Campaigns and Conceptual Projects. She thrives in a team that is enthusiastic and driven towards success.

Jeanine Chandler, Lead Career Advocate, knows she can rely on Kelly to get the job done and recommends her to all of CM Access’s clients. Kelly recently completed a CMA assignment as an Interactive Project Manager for a travel and lifestyle marketing agency that works with premier brands. Detail oriented and personable, she managed web banners, helped with digital resourcing, kept the team on track with deadlines and priority changes, garnered client feedback and conceived, developed and delivered a dynamic status Filemaker database for resource tracking. Jeanine received excellent feedback on Kelly’s work.

Kelly finds freelance and project based work very satisfying, as it allows opportunities to grow her skill set while providing flexibility. She’s looking to make a contribution to an assignment that is both strategic and tactical. Are you ready to benefit from Kelly’s project management skills? Give CM Access a call today: 800-330-4110.

Meet the Team – Kristen Ritter


With six years of experience in the marketing industry, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and MBA in Marketing, Kristen is an industry savvy professional. While new to staffing and recruitment, the transition has been seamless thanks to Kristen’s passion for problem solving, client satisfaction and networking. Her zeal for marketing doesn’t stop when she leaves the office, she works on building her personal brand through a number of social channels and is  on top of the latest trends and technologies. Kristen is eager to put her experience and expertise to use, and help lead the Interactive business at CM Access.

Kristen loves running, getting together with friends and family, as well as traveling and exploring new cultures. She’s been to 13 countries and is planning on crossing off three more in 2013!

Connect with Kristen on LinkedIn now….and follow her on Twitter!

We hope you enjoyed meeting the entire CM Access team. Did you miss someone? Check them out now- Kristin M., Ryan, Diana, Jason, Lisa, Amie, Jeanine and Adrienne.

Talent Spotlight! – Dynamite Graphic Designer Dominique


Translating clients’ ideas into positive reflections of their identity, products and goals is Dominique’s passion. A seasoned design professional with 10 years of experience, creativity is a strong factor behind her impressive design, but it’s not the only one. Dominique is driven by attention to detail, brand consistency and timeliness. A true creative, her thoughts stray outside the box as she easily switches gears and explores different directions.

Dominique is meticulous and comes highly recommended, with experience at both large corporations and agencies. She’s worked with CM Access for two years and is finishing up a long term contract with a large retail pharmacy and healthcare corporation as a Packaging Production Designer. She’s honed her concepting, design and production skills for various signage and large format window graphics. Previously, she hit the ground running at an international branded play company which targets children and families through a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings. She created design, layout and production of style guides and brand standards for a number of well known children’s toys. Her agency experience focused on retail design consultancy, where her environmental design skills were strengthened while working directly with architects to structure pathways, design fabric structures and large, formal graphics that were displayed throughout a bank.

Always eager to flex her design muscles, Dominique enjoys projects that blend her specialized skills in branding and identity, environmental design, retail point of sale and multiple graphic design disciplines. She would love to take on a role outside her comfort zone that also allows the opportunity to positively impact and improve clients’ business through her design expertise.

In addition to her full-time work, Dominique runs a multifaceted graphic design and gift boutique service. Launched in 2008, she is the sole designer of the website, packaging and logo. She offers personalized gifts including invitations, greeting cards and ornaments.

Dominique’s favorite personal accomplishment was designing a winning greeting card for the Massachusetts non-profit Project Bread’s holiday card contest. Out of thousands of submissions, her design was one of four chosen to be sold at Whole Foods during the 2009 holiday season. A portion of the sales were donated to benefit Project Bread, a charity Dominique is passionate about.

To discuss how a talented designer like Dominique can benefit your business, give CM Access Career Advocate Lisa Manning a call today at 800-330-4110. Have you seen all our  featured talent? Interested in being featured?

Check out samples from Dominique’s portfolio!


Designed fabric structures, screens, formal graphics, retail pathway.

Carton illustration, layout and production.

Greeting card design mock-up for Whole Foods to benefit Project Bread.

Don’t Let Video Kill the Interview Star


Creative hiring managers are using video conferencing not only for internal meetings, but also for the interview process…and it’s paying off for both companies seeking talent and job seekers.

Here at CM Access, we’re leveraging video to bring candidates and hiring companies together in a more efficient way…

We’re offering time-strapped hiring managers and job seekers an alternative to the traditional interview. To shorten the time to hire, CM Access has embraced video conferencing to quickly bring candidates and hiring companies together. No schedules to juggle or travel expenses to incur, while the job seeker gains a job and the hiring company quickly adds a talented team member to hit the ground running.

Cost and time efficient, the video interview sounds great, right?  But like anything else, getting the most out of new technology doesn’t come without challenges. Job seekers, have no fear: We have a how-to video and a few tips to help get you “ready for your close-up” and make video conferencing work for you…

  •  Keep it Professional – Since you’re not in an office setting, it’s easier to become slack about your level of professionalism. Keep in mind you’re not chatting with a friend. This is a job interview, so prepare as you would for any face-to-face meeting – with a sharp, polished and professional appearance and attitude.  Don’t take any wardrobe risks with “business in the front, party on the bottom.”  You may shift in your seat and give your potential employer a shot of your pajama pants they will likely not forget.
Don't Let Video Kill the Interview Star

No pajama pants!

  •  The Setting –You’ve combed your hair and you’re dressed to impress, but does the interviewer really need to know that you’re sitting in your bedroom with laundry hanging on your treadmill?  Be sure to create a professional-looking background, free of clutter and without any hidden surprises lurking or interrupting (that means no barking dogs, lingering cats or children barging into the room!
  •  Practice Makes Perfect – Even if you’re an interview pro, the camera can add to your nerves and throw you off your A-game. Enlist a friend to help you rehearse to ensure that you feel comfortable when it comes to the real interview.  For the most realistic eye contact, don’t look at your screen but at the camera. Be sure you keep your movement minimal – try to avoid talking with your hands, fixing your hair or fidgeting.
You can also check out a great video from Time, “How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype,”  to help get you prepared for your video. Now that you have some tips to get you “ready for your close-up,” will your next interview be virtual?

Opportunity Knocks…


Open the door to your new career by checking out this week’s featured Hot Jobs

Our Career Advocates are here to help guide you through your job search and long-term career planning, so give us a call today to learn more about these  and other great creative, marketing and interactive opportunities!