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Refresh Your Resume in 30 Minutes (or Less!)

Posted by The Creative Group on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 04:30 AM

Quickly updating your resume doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are seven ways to help make it a painless process.

Topics: Job Search

Give Us a Shout at HOW Design Live

Posted by The Creative Group on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

The Creative Group is heading to the Windy City to help celebrate the 25th year of HOW Design Live. Find out how you can get in on the action, even if you're not physically there.

If you're attending the HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 4-8, you're in for all kinds of goodness – including a presentation by Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group. If you won't be at the event, don't fret! We'll try to make you feel like you're there.

Topics: Events

Laugh it Up: 6 Reasons to Use Humor at Work

Posted by Sarah Whitman on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Two witty creative professionals share examples of how using humor on the job can help you build rapport, diffuse tension and get what you want.

While the level and type of humor you encounter on the job depends almost entirely on your company culture, humor can be a key to workplace satisfaction and success across the board. 

Topics: Career Advice, Office Culture

Webinar Wrap-Up: SEO Your Resume

Posted by Alison Strickland on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Applying for creative jobs? Don't just target your resume to the opening  SEO it! Web development veteran Mike Glezos shows you how.

A creative resume may impress hiring managers, but there's a good chance it nevers makes it to their desks if it doesn't pass the ATS  or Applicant Tracking Software  test.

Topics: Events, Job Search, Resume, Buzz Break

Top 5 Job Interview Deal Breakers

Posted by Alison Strickland on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Job interview coming up? Here's what 400 creative executives said not to do.

You've spent hours researching your dream employer, and crafting a clear and concise resume and compelling cover letter. A few weeks after submitting them, you find out your hard work paid off: You get called in for an interview. Before the big day, you role-play how you'll respond to common interview questions and invest in a stylish tablet case so you can display your portfolio in style. During the meeting, you answer every query without skipping a beat; you even manage to update your friends with a quick tweet from your phone.

Topics: Infographic, Interviewing, Job Search

Your Company Needs a Social Media Policy: Q&A with Shel Holtz

Posted by Roxan Mathys on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Harnessing social media to connect directly with customers can have great benefits for your organization or brand, but with that comes potential risks. Here, industry expert Shel Holtz explains why you need a clearly defined social media policy.

Everyone has heard cringe-inducing stories of companies experiencing social media crises. But that shouldn't deter businesses from building their social media presence. With an effective social media policy, you will have the necessary rules and guidelines in place in case something goes wrong.

Topics: Social Media, Buzz Break, Management

Can We Please Get Along? 10 Tips for Collaborating with IT Professionals

Posted by Sarah Whitman on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

As creative and IT teams work more closely to tackle digital initiatives, shared stumbling blocks often prevent projects from flowing smoothly. Here we reveal common barriers to effective collaboration and strategies for improving relationships with your IT counterparts.

Increasingly, creative teams are collaborating with information technology (IT) departments to tackle projects that demand both marketing and technology skill sets. In fact, more than half (55 percent) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said they are working more closely with technology leaders within their company compared to three year ago. But this partnering approach, while beneficial to the business, is not without challenges.

Topics: Career Advice, Office Culture, Team Building

How to Ask for a Raise: 4 Steps to Getting the Salary You Deserve

Posted by Roxan Mathys on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Heading into a salary discussion with your manager? Read this first.

Knowing how to ask for a raise is important considering the inherent trickiness of initiating a compensation-related conversation. The key is to be prepared! Take the time to build a strong case and be ready to sway any doubts your boss may have. Here are four tips to help you do just that.

Topics: Career Advice, Salary Trends

Creative Case Story: Jessica Hische Creates Sinfully Sweet Hand Lettering for Starbucks Ad Campaign

Posted by Emily Potts on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

Hand lettering is all the rage, but very few artists do it as well as designer and typographer Jessica Hische.

Jessica Hische has become something of a sweetheart in the design world with her prolific output and her frequent appearances at industry conferences and events. Her lettering can be seen in movie titles like Moonrise Kingdom, on book covers, and in brand identities and advertisements for clients including Target, Livestrong, Bertoli, and Starbucks, among many others.

Here, she talks about collaborating with ad agency BBDO for a truly scrumptious campaign for Starbucks, featuring four of their signature lattes.

Topics: Typography, Design, Creative Case Story

How to Hire an Employee: 6 Tips to Head Off Hiring Disasters

Posted by Sarah Whitman on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

New to hiring? While you need to move swiftly to land top creative job candidates today, you can't be careless. Taking shortcuts can come back to haunt you. Here's how to hire an employee you won't regret.

Topics: Hiring