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Moolah Palooza: On Tour in Dallas

Posted by Monica Nakamine on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Who's ready to rock?! Moolah Palooza – TCG's 2015 Salary Guide – is your exclusive backstage pass to current hiring and compensation trends in the creative field. 

Whether you're looking for your next gig or you're in search of talent that will bring down the house, we're on tour to explore the job opportunities and earning potential for the hottest creative roles in cities across North America.

This week, we're exploring the most creative jobs in Dallas.

Topics: Advice Booklet/Guide, Job Search, Salary Trends, Hiring, Industry Trends

8 Tips for a Successful Coffee Meeting

Posted by Sarah Whitman on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

For many freelancers, coffee shops are a popular venue for connecting with prospective clients. Follow these eight tips to get the most out of your next java-fueled coffee meeting.

Coffee meetings are commonplace, especially for freelancers looking for neutral turf to suss out potential clients. Much like a blind date, they offer a quick, casual opportunity to break the ice and get a sense of whether you'd enjoy collaborating. But these get-togethers can also leave you feeling awkward if you're unprepared.

Topics: Freelancing, Networking

Career Advice Wanted: How to Find a Mentor

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

No matter where you are in your career, having a mentor you can turn to for trusted advice is invaluable. This person can serve several important roles: a sounding board, a source of insider knowledge on business topics, and a connector to key industry contacts.

It's easy to understand the importance of a mentorship program. Harder is knowing how to find a mentor and, once you do, how to approach that person. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate this process.

Topics: Career Advice, Mentoring

The Recruiter Files: Q&A with TCG Division Director Casey Burke

Posted by Jenn Popovic on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

What's it like working as a recruiter for The Creative Group or with TCG as a freelancer or hiring manager? Why are our staffing and recruiting professionals in the best position to help you find a job or creative talent?

To answer these questions and more, we bring you The Recruiter Files, a series profiling TCG team members. Our hope is that you'll better understand who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we can be a career or hiring resource to you.

This month, we spoke with Casey Burke, division director of our Atlanta team.

Topics: Job Search, Industry Trends, Career Q&A, The Recruiter Files

16 Quotes to Boost Your Daily Motivation

Posted by Meg Cannon on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Need some daily motivation to help you power through a creative block? Take a breather, know that you're not alone, and contemplate the following nuggets of wisdom.

As creative professionals, many of us consider ourselves lucky to belong to a tribe that wields laptops instead of sledgehammers for a living. I, for one, feel fortunate to be able to complete a workday in a cozy coffee shop without having to break a sweat. Yet creative work is not without its problems. The struggle to get a great idea onto the page or screen is very real.

Topics: Creativity, Quotes

12 Creative Role Models: Did Your Favorite Designer Make the List?

Posted by Michelle Taute on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

We asked more than 750 designers to name the one person who most inspires them creatively. Find out who made the list and discover some fresh sources of inspiration.

Even creatives with established careers need someone to look up to and help them push their work forward. As part of this year's Creative Team of the Future project, we partnered with AIGA to ask more than 750 designers to name the one person, living or dead, who most inspires them creatively. Here are 12 of the most interesting answers (in no particular order) along with some thoughts from survey respondents on why these people are so inspiring.

Topics: Creative Team of the Future, Design

Moolah Palooza: On Tour in Chicago

Posted by Kellie Shadle on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Who's ready to rock?! Moolah Palooza – TCG's 2015 Salary Guide – is your exclusive backstage pass to current hiring and compensation trends in the creative field.

Whether you're looking for your next gig or you're in search of talent that will bring down the house, we're on tour to explore the job opportunities and earning potential for the hottest creative roles in cities across North America. This week, we're headed to Chicago.

Topics: Advice Booklet/Guide, Job Search, Salary Trends, Hiring, Industry Trends

Are You Management Material?

Posted by Alison Strickland on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Think you have what it takes to move into a management role? Here's what 400 higher-ups told us they look for in potential leaders.

Not all creative professionals aspire to management positions. But for many, assuming leadership responsibilities is the next logical step on their career path. And, despite what you may think, it takes more than just paying your dues to work your way up, according to new research by The Creative Group.

Topics: Career Advice, Infographic, Management

Social Media Marketing: 8 Tips for Effective Brand Management

Posted by Roxan Mathys on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Looking for ways to improve your social media marketing efforts? Here are eight helpful ideas.

Whether you're new to social media marketing and want to launch and manage your own brand accounts, or you've been involved for a while and are looking for new best practices, I'd like to share some of the tips that I remind myself of often.

Topics: Social Media, Marketing

7 Cool Tablet Covers to Up Your Creative Game

Posted by Sarah Whitman on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

When showing off your digital portfolio to prospective employers and clients, make sure your tablet cover is as sharp as your skills. Here are seven presentation-worthy picks.

Topics: Interviewing, Technology