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A Creative Resume You Can't Miss

Posted by Alison Strickland on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

There's stiff competition for creative jobs today. If you want to capture hiring managers' attention, you may have to go out on a limb.

While you should follow resume rules, presenting your credentials in a less-conventional format may just be what lands you the job, or at least an interview. While gimmicks will leave eyes rolling, a creative resume that showcases your unique skill set and how it will benefit employers can be a good thing.

Topics: Creativity, Job Search, Resume

The Recruiter Files: Q&A with Branch Director Vanessa Stern

Posted by Kellie Shadle on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 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 Vanessa Stern, branch director of our Westwood, Calif., team.

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

What's the Best Time of Day to Get Work Done?

Posted by Alison Strickland on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

When it comes to on-the-job success, the early bird really does catch the worm, new research suggests.

According to a nationwide survey by TCG, 63 percent of advertising and marketing executives said they feel most productive in the morning. When it comes to generating new ideas, 72 percent of respondents said they feel most creative before noon. Take a look at our infographic for a breakdown of the results, which we recently shared in a press release.

Topics: Career Advice, Infographic, Industry Trends

What's on Your Mind? Creative Professionals Tell All in New Survey

Posted by The Creative Group on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

The creative process can be mysterious. Unlike processes in other fields, creative inspiration and innovation can't be plotted out on a flow chart to guarantee success. What do creatives do to stay sharp and at the top of their game? What lies ahead for the design industry? And what are the top concerns of creative professionals?

To find out, The Creative Group and AIGA polled more than 750 creative professionals for its annual Creative Team of the Future program. Read on to learn how they get inspired, do great work and remain relevant.

Topics: Creative Team of the Future, Creativity, Advice Booklet/Guide, Skills Development, Industry Trends, In-house

Moolah Palooza: On Tour in San Francisco

Posted by Monica Nakamine on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 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. First stop? San Francisco.

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

How to Pick the Right Paper for Your Creative Project

Posted by Doug White on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Jim Krause's latest book, Visual Design, offers 95 things all designers need to know. Understanding how to pick the perfect paper for creative projects is one of them.

Author and creativity guru Jim Krause says his goal in writing and illustrating his new book was to provide an encouraging and straightforward one-stop guide to creating effective works of design.

Topics: Books, Design

Negotiating Salary: Questions to Ask

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

As a creative professional, you know how to ask your clients the right questions to arrive at a solution that works. But are you using the same savvy when it comes to negotiating salary?

Regardless of where you are in your job search or in your career, here are six questions to ask yourself or your potential employer.

Topics: Career Advice, Interviewing, Salary Trends, Perks & Benefits

Mobile Web Design Trends: Q&A with Theresa Neil

Posted by Megan Lane Patrick on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Top mobile design experts share their secrets for staying ahead of the curve in this fast-changing industry.

Whether you're just getting started designing for the mobile web or you're trying to help clients understand how they can take advantage of the latest mobile web developments, knowing where to look for information can be challenging. To simplify the task, we asked some accomplished mobile web design experts to share their thoughts on how to succeed and keep pace in this exciting, ever-evolving field.

Topics: Technology, Design, Industry Trends, Buzz Break

A Deep Dive Into Infographic Design: Q&A with Steven Heller and Rick Landers

Posted by Ed Roberts on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Are you interested in learning how the best infographics were developed? The new book Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks is for you. In this Q&A, authors Steven Heller and Rick Landers discuss the significance of data visualization.

Way back in the Stone Ages of the Internet at the beginning of my design career, I created information graphics for a science and technology magazine. After more than six years of whittling down the complicated breakthroughs of scientific research, I'd amassed a huge collection of data visualized into well-thought-out isotypes.

So, when I heard about the new book Infographic Designers' Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press), a masterful collaboration between prolific AIGA Medalist Steven Heller and designer Rick Landers, I craved its release like a hot dog at a baseball game! I had to have one.

Topics: Skills Development, Design, Industry Trends

Register Now for the TCG 2015 Salary Spotlight Webinar

Posted by Monica Nakamine on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Although the year isn't over, it's not too early to look at what 2015 holds in terms of job opportunities and available talent in the creative industry. 

What is the going salary range for your current position? What creative jobs are projected to see the biggest gains in pay? For hiring managers, what skills are in high demand but short supply? How can you recruit and retain top talent?

Topics: Events, Salary Trends, Buzz Break