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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.

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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.

The Talent War: 3 tips for employers on the hunt for top talent


As we’ve touched on recently, the landscape of the creative industry is in a constant state of motion. As jobs become available, candidates must adapt to the changing views of employers, all while employers are struggling to do the same. We have a saying around CM Access: “When you’re good, you’re gone.”

Talent wars and counter-offers are commonplace, but how  should they be navigated? Hiring is a game for both sides, and this week we’ll focus on how an employer should play it.

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(credit: Mikey Burton & Mike Pierce)

  1. Don’t sit on a candidate. If they’re “perfect” for the position, they are probably perfect for a few other companies as well. If you offer a candidate the job, and they don’t respond right away, or skirt around an answer, state a deadline. Say you’re willing to give them some time, but you’ll need an answer by ____. You could lose other talented candidates by putting all your eggs in one potentially-perfect-employee basket.
  2. Be flexible. If you’re replacing a recently-departed employee, don’t pigeon-hole yourself by seeking a replacement to fill those exact shoes. Sure, you’ll still need to be able to walk in these shoes, but if you’ve lost a sneaker, don’t be afraid to consider what a sandal could do for your company. Just because a candidate hasn’t perfected one aspect of the To Hire laundry list doesn’t mean they can’t. Being more open-minded than a competing company can better your chances of winning.
  3. Give a sneak peek. Sometimes it’s hard to look past what’s right in front of your face. Sure, your company probably has a plethora of great projects, but to this candidate, the here and now is what will stick in their mind. Give them a taste of what they’d be working on, throw them a bone, and you’ll pique their interest. If they’re deciding between you and another company, it could come down to the project they’d be working on, so by golly give them a good one, eh?

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Leo Hiring Horoscope


Leo (July23-August 21) Leo is a Fire sign ruled by the planet Sun. Leo needs to have control whether at home, in a relationship or at the workplace.  Easily able to forgive and forget – Leo will strike back if crossed. Leo has an infective energy that will capture the attention of others. 

If you are searching for a job: As confident and ambitious as you may be, a job search can be frustrating. Take control of the hunt and contact CM Access for help with your job search. Our Career Advocates take a personal approach to recruiting and placing qualified interactive, creative and marketing professionals and they’ll match you with that perfect high energy position.

If you are hiring:  Use your love for the new and unexpected to find a candidate that will bring life to a position. Search for someone with your energy to keep the team motivated and active.  Don’t settle for a candidate based only on their qualifications – personality and fit are just as important.

Business Compatibility: Leo, Gemini and Capricorn

Cancer Hiring Horoscope


Cancer (June 21-July22) Cancer is a Water sign ruled by the planet Moon. Cancer have a strong intuition, some may even suggest psychic.  They are dependable and loyal, always standing up for what they believe in.  Moody at times, Cancer never stop caring for those close to them.

If you are searching for a job: Rely on your intuition in your job search, do not follow the mood swing of the week and accept the first job offer that comes along.  You should not only seek the ideal job, but also a company that shares your beliefs and professional ideology. The right company will value your dependability, strong voice and commitment to hard work.

If you are hiring: Be sure a candidate fits with your company’s culture before making a hiring decision.  Restarting the recruitment and hiring process to replace a bad match is time consuming and costly. You may experience push-back from others, but stand your ground and speak up for the candidate you believe in. Trust your instinct and hire the perfect candidate the first time.

Business Compatibility: Taurus, Cancer and Aquarius

Gemini Hiring Horoscope


Gemini (May 22 – June 21) Gemini is an Air sign ruled by the planet Mercury.  Clever and energetic, Gemini are not afraid to speak their minds – though they may have trouble making up their minds. Gemini fear routine and monotony, they will not sit and watch the world fly by.

If you are searching for a job: Focus your energy into your job search and pinpoint the position you are seeking. Utilizing your gift of articulation and go-getter attitude, attend networking events to increase your circle of contacts. Hone in on your ability to adapt to any situation and tweak your resume for each position to which you are applying.  List previous positions, skills and other credentials that are relevant to the job.

If you are hiring: All of the candidates have been interviewed; now it is time to decide who is perfect for the job.  Make the decision carefully and quickly, resisting the urge to waiver and second guess yourself.  Allowing too much time between the interview and decision could give the candidate the opportunity to accept a position elsewhere, leaving you with unsatisfactory choices.

Business Compatibility: Leo, Aquarius, Pisces

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.
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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?

Taurus Hiring Horoscope Forecast


Taurus (April 21 – May 20) Taurus is an Earth sign ruled by the planet Venus.  Known to persevere, Taurus pushes on when everyone else has thrown in the towel.  Taurus may seem slightly stubborn and a little lazy at times but don’t let that fool you – their persistent drive gets the job done.

If you are searching for a job: Be prompt when writing a “thank you” note to an interviewer.  Procrastinating could cause the job to be filled without giving you an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the position.  Send a letter within two days after the interview and use your creativity to make your follow-up stand out from the rest.

If you are hiring: Create a detailed job description that clearly communicates with prospective applicants the criteria you are searching for.  A vague description will leave you piles of unrelated resumes to sort through, causing even the most patient Taurus to become irritated.

Business Compatibility: Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius

Aquarius Forecast


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) 

Aquarius is an air sign and ruled by planets Uranus and Saturn. Aquarians are known as masters of manipulation and can charm their way through many situations. They embrace change and are drawn to the unconventional. 

If you are searching: Though you can act as an expert on any topic, it doesn’t make you one. Do your research! Go into an interview knowing the facts about the company and the position first. Then use your creativity and personality to your advantage. 

If you are hiring: Trust your knowledge and intuition to make the right decision. Don’t hesitate when the right candidate comes along. 

Business Compatibility: Gemini, Capricorn and Cancer

What’s in Your Future?


Curious about what the stars have aligned in your job or candidate search? Take a glimpse at our crystal ball with CM Access’s monthly Hiring Horoscopes. A new forecast will be revealed for that month’s reigning zodiac sign.