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Social Networking Etiquette: How to Handle Sticky Situations

Posted by Alison Strickland on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 05:20 AM

Social_Networking_EtiquetteWhen it comes to social networking, there's nowhere to hide. No matter how careful you are with your privacy settings, people will want to connect and engage with you – and you may not always feel the same.

So how do you handle unwanted friend requests or embarrassing content that's tied to your name? The answer is not always easy, but social networking etiquette guidelines can help.

Topics: Career Advice, Social Media, Online Etiquette

3 Easy Ways to Turn Freelance Work into More Freelance Work

Posted by Bryn Mooth on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

business_developmentAs a freelance creative professional, business development is your most essential activity – and probably your most challenging. Researching new opportunities, connecting with prospects and doing all the follow-up can be difficult and time-consuming. Here's how to make it easier.

If you're seeking more work, finding ways to spin more projects out of the freelance work you're already doing presents a smoother path to business development.

Topics: Career Advice, Freelancing

5 Lessons in Client Management from 'Mad Men'

Posted by Eileen Burick on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

client_management_mad_menThe new season of Mad Men will transport us back into the late 1960s ­– and if the rumors are correct, the early '70s. But when you step away from the fashion and social turmoil portrayed on the show ­– and the three-martini lunches – it also offers some timeless lessons in client management and the creative process.

Topics: Client Management

Hot Job: Creative Director

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hot-Job_Creative-DirectorDesign master. Magnificent mediator. Highly skilled multitasker. A good creative director brings it all to the party.

Who makes sure creative team members work together like a well-oiled machine, consistently cranking out genius deliverables, never missing deadlines and frequently landing coveted work from desirable clients? It couldn't happen without the guidance of a creative director. 

Topics: Job Search, Salary Trends, Job Title/Description

I Love My Job Because …

Posted by Alison Strickland on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 @ 05:35 AM

Love_Job_Feb._21,_2014Working in the creative industry is no doubt challenging, but it's also very rewarding. Despite the daily struggles of our jobs, there's often a silver lining.

Lengthy to-do lists, unrelenting deadlines and demanding clients can take a toll on any creative professional – sapping our energy, creativity and morale. Sometimes, we even have to make a concerted effort to be happy at work. But despite these headaches and hurdles, at the end of the day, many of us love our jobs.

Not convinced? We recently asked a simple question on our LinkedIn company page: "What's one thing you love about your job?" The responses rolled in – and it was quite uplifting.

Topics: Casual Fridays

Career Q&A: How to Follow Up on a Job Interview

Posted by Alison Strickland on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 @ 05:25 AM

In this Career Q&A, a reader wants to know how to follow up on a job interview without coming across as annoying or desperate. 

TCG_Career_QAI just interviewed for a UX design job and feel the meeting went really well. The hiring manager seemed impressed by my portfolio and responses, and we seemed to have a lot in common – a good sign considering he would be my future boss. Now that the job interview is over, what should I do next to increase my odds of landing the position? – TCG Blog reader/job seeker

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search, Career Q&A

6 Presentation Styles

Posted by Gavin McMahon on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 @ 05:15 AM

Presentation_Style_WebinarThe pitch. It's the big moment in any creative professional's life. The chemistry meeting went well. You have a handle on the brand. They asked for a big idea.

Since then, the team has been toiling away for weeks. Late nights, endless cups of coffee, arguments, creative differences, brilliant ideas and a lot of hard work. Your masterpiece is ready to be unveiled to the world. It all comes down to this. Is the way you present the work as good as the work?

Topics: Events, Skills Development

5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Annual Job Review

Posted by Doug White on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

canstockphoto18328900It's a simple equation: What you get out of your annual job review depends on what you put into your annual job review.

It's that time of year again: review season. While some creative professionals consider the annual job review to be a perfunctory chore to endure, others choose to view the performance evaluation as an important event worthy of significant thought and preparation. Guess which approach is better for your career?

Topics: Career Advice

6 Most Inspirational Leadership Styles

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 05:16 AM

LeaderNo matter where you work, creative leaders are called upon to inspire success in others. Discover six of the most inspirational leadership styles and then ask yourself: Which one am I?

In the work place, we expect leaders to be ethical, influential and diligent. They must excel in their specific roles while also bringing out the best work in others, ensuring their teams have the resources and support to succeed. We call this managing. However, exceptional creative leaders do more than simply manage. They challenge and inspire, making others want to do better and be better.

Topics: Leadership, Management

Cultural Quandaries: Why Organizational Culture Matters

Posted by Doug White on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Broken_bookAttention leaders of creative firms: your organizational culture is far more critical than you might think. The authors of the new book Broken explain why. 

Broken: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work is a humorous, insightful, no-nonsense and frequently profane book about coping with the demands of the modern creative workplace. Authors Nate Burgos (founder of Design Feast) and Stephanie Di Biase dig into many challenging aspects of today's workworld, including culture. 

Topics: Books, Office Culture, Management