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“Who’s That Girl?”

Making a Great First Impression Doesn’t End When You Get the Job…

You got the job, congratulations!  You obviously made a great first impression on the hiring team during the interview!

But as you start your new position and navigate your way through the first year, are you still the same person your manager and colleagues were impressed with, or have you started to fade into the background (or worse, getting unwanted attention because of some negative habits you’ve started to share with your new team?)

As the “new girl” or “new guy” on the job, the first 90 days is a crucial time.  You are setting the stage for your career within this company, and what you do (or don’t do) can either make or break your future.

We loved this article from Cybercoders.  It really says it all about making a great first impression during your first few months on the job.

So take a few moments for a self-check to ensure that you’re still projecting a positive image as the best candidate for the job.   Your future will thank you!

Your Career – Under the Influence of Media…

I loved Bewitched…the 60s/70s show that often featured the misadventures of Darrin Stevens as he worked for the fictional McMann and Tate Ad Agency, often having his ability to deliver effective ad campaigns somehow manipulated by his wife’s (or her madcap family members’) witchcraft antics.

I was recently talking with a friend who works in advertising.  We somehow got on the topic of Bewitched and he admitted that the agency story line intrigued him as a kid, and made him think that a career in advertising would be his calling as an adult.  And there you have it.  Although not all of us can connect the dots in our career path with such a straight line, media can definitely have an influence on our choices.

Fast forward to today with MadMen, the modern show with the retro ad agency appeal.  It’s probably having an effect on someone somewhere who will pursue his or her dream career in an agency.

When a popular show or movie features a work environment or someone’s career as the story line, (or as a reality show), it’s bound to influence us.  As a multimedia society, we’re consuming more information than ever and are influenced by what we’re taking in – whether it’s how we dress (think how Banana Republic launched their MadMen inspired clothing line this summer), what we say (“yada, yada, yada” thanks to Seinfeld), or in some cases, how we choose our career.

There’s definitely an appeal that popular culture and media emanate.  Whether it directly impacts our career choices, or gives us something to think about, it makes a difference in our choices of where we work and what we do.   The influence of media…whether you’re a wanna-be writer who would love to have the writing gig (and shoes) of Carrie Bradshaw, or are sharpening your cooking skills to be the next Iron Chef, you have been influenced by your favorite entertainment.

The poet and author Allen Ginsberg sums it up nicely, Whoever controls the media — the images — controls the culture.”

We are what we watch!

It’s Your Move…

Making the right career decision isn’t always easy, so we’re giving your game a competitive edge with this week’s featured Hot Jobs

To learn more about these and other creative, marketing and interactive positions – simply give us a call!

What Are You Doing Right Now?

In the time it takes to post something on Facebook, check your email, or chat with a friend about how you’d like to really get that next great role in a really great company (but just don’t have the time), you could simply click on our Hot Jobs and check out this week’s featured positions including…

Contact us to learn more about these, and other great opportunities today!

UI Design & UX Design– Stop Blurring the Lines

For hiring managers who need talented creative, marketing and interactive professionals, it’s essential to understand what you’re looking for before you start the search – especially when it comes to specialized skills such as interface design and user experience design.

By not clearly defining these positions, managers are setting themselves up for an unproductive (and expensive) recruiting process.  Educating yourself on the differences, and sometimes overlap of each role is key to finding the candidate you truly need, as well as a team that will work well together.

Here’s the 411 on UX and UI design –

  • UX (User Experience) design deals with the overall subjective experience associated with the use of a product or service.
  • UI (User Interface) design deals with the specific user interface(s) of a product or service. The UI can be a component of UX, but many user experiences don’t have UIs. The design of a UI will be heavily informed by the UX design. The UX design will be less informed by the UI.

Want more resources? Check these out.

Resource for UI Design

Resource for UX Design

It’s Tuesday…Do You Know Where Your Career Is?

If it’s not where you’d like it to be, then we can help.  We have some great Hot Jobs including…

We work with creative, marketing and interactive professionals to help them with their job search and career planning.  So what are you waiting for…give us a call today!

#6 – References

Editor: “I called over there for a reference, left word with some snooty girl, next thing you know I got a fax from Miranda Priestly saying that of all the assistants she ever hired, you were by far her biggest disappointment. And if I don’t hire you I’m an idiot. You must have done something right.” – From The Devil Wears Prada

As Miranda so beautifully illustrates, the next step in the hiring process is very important and probably the most difficult.

Speaking with a candidate’s references is not just to determine an applicant’s weaknesses, but to gain insight into the candidate’s personality, work style and ethics.  References should add to the snapshot you’re creating of this marketing, creative or interactive candidate.

To get the most out of your reference calls:

  • Speak with a variety of contacts – A peer, manager and perhaps a direct report will help you get a perspective on the candidate from different view points.
  • Get the facts – Confirm dates, position title and responsibilities.  Get qualitative information to gain insight into the candidate’s work style.  How does the person work with others?  Are they a team player or lone ranger?
  • Listen – People will often reveal a great deal about someone if you ask an open ended question and just listen.  Include inquiries into skill level, professionalism, strengths and weaknesses, and other points that are relevant to your position.
  • Know the law – You must always get permission from the candidate to speak with their references.  Be sure you understand the EEOC guidelines for conducting a reference check as well.

Now that you have your references in order, it’s time for the next step.

So Stay Tuned for Tip #7

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5 Ways to Not Get the Job…

Check out  this article for tips on avoiding the “open mouth, insert foot” style of interviewing.  We can’t say it enough — be prepared.  Being too casual in conversation, attire, and attitude is not going to impress your potential employer.    Don’t go there!