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3 Simple Temporary Staffing Tips to Prepare for Summer

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 06:32 AM

Summer_staffing'Tis the season for sabbaticals, summer vacations and, thankfully, temporary staffing. Stay ahead of the game this summer. Here are three tips to help keep your business running smoothly.

Whether you run a small creative agency, manage a large team within an organization or head up a four-person startup, it's challenging to stay on target while employees are out, especially during the summer months when people are prone to take a work hiatus. As summer approaches, keep these tips in mind to make sure you're set no matter who's out of the office.

Topics: Advice Booklet/Guide, Hiring

How to Get Your First Job: 5 Job Search Tips for Creative Grads

Posted by Kellie Shadle on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 06:05 AM

Job_Search_New_GradsGraduation is on the horizon for the creative class of 2014. While it's an exciting time – no more late night study sessions or buying ramen noodles in bulk (hopefully!) – the post-college job search can feel daunting.

It's a big, professional world out there and the opportunities are limitless. At the same time, it can feel as if there is little chance of getting your foot in the door. Employers want to hire people with experience but recent graduates can't get experience without a job. Here are five job search tips to help you overcome this hurdle.

Topics: Career Advice, Advice Booklet/Guide, Job Search

Hot Job: Social Media Manager

Posted by The Creative Group on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Hot-Job_Social-Media-ManagerA gift for compelling narrative. Diplomacy online and off. Today's social media manager has all that, plus a knack for making sense of metrics-tracking.

The growth of social media manager jobs is strong. This relatively new role continues to change, however, as businesses begin to use social media for much more than just marketing. 

Topics: Social Media, Job Search, Job Title/Description

Comic Neue Teaches an Old Font New Glyphs

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

Untitled_designComic Sans had its fun, but now it's time to pass the torch to the new font on the block. To celebrate its arrival, here are five hilarious ways to incorporate Comic Neue into your day-to-day activities.

Some have noted, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that there's nothing funny about Comic Neue. Others have called it a sophisticated alternative to what was once the only convivial font available. Well, the times have changed. Meet Comic Neue, the font you'll want to laugh with, not at.

Topics: Font Friday, Casual Fridays

Take Your Design Career to the Next Level at HOW Design Live

Posted by The Creative Group on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 05:15 AM

HDL_2014No matter where you are in your design career, experts say it's essential to always have your portfolio in tip-top shape. Of course, a portfolio is key when you're looking for a new job.

But it's also helpful in making your case for a raise or promotion. It's critical when you're pitching to new clients. And updating your portfolio is a great way to take stock of your best work.

Does your portfolio need refreshing? The Creative Group executive director Diane Domeyer is coming to HOW Design Live to present "Putting Together and Pitching a Digital Portfolio That Lands You Work." Consider this an investment in your career with a potentially significant ROI!

Topics: Events, Portfolio, Personal Branding

Why We're Not Work Friends

Posted by Jillian Kurvers on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 06:14 AM

Work_FriendsAre your friends around the office few and far between? Here are two compelling reasons why that could be.

Making friends at work can be tricky. As with siblings, you don't get to choose who you work with (unless you're the boss). Instead, coworkers are bestowed upon you out of necessity and chance. And while you're all in it together, aligned with business goals and mothership strategies, you may otherwise have little basis for friendship.

Topics: Career Advice, Office Culture, Op-ed

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