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Advice and articles from Recruiters - Creativepool

--- We speak to recruitment professionals from the industry to bring you interesting articles and advice every month. If you'd like to contribute, email Chris for more information The creative industries just need to do more to reach out and promote...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Amelia Torode

In the first of a new series of interviews with Creativepool's top 100 industry influencers, Amelia Torode, founder of new-age creative company The Fawnbrake Collective, offers insight on her business model, keeping morale high and how she sees the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Careers

How to hire a creative

When recruiting Graphic Designers, Web Developers and other Creatives, not everybody understands exactly what they should be looking for and how to go about it. As one of the UK’s top creative recruitment agencies, Brand Recruitment have put...

Posted by: Brand Recruitment
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Careers

Why a portfolio is a must for creative jobs

Portfolios, love them or hate them, they’re almost always an essential when applying for creative and design jobs. A portfolio is supposed to hold a selection of a designer’s best work, yet we have found that often they are either full of...

Posted by: Brand Recruitment
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Careers

What Makes A Good Intern?

Advertising internships can be intimidating. But they don't have to be. Today, we sit down with some amazingly talented colleagues of mine who turned their internships into jobs. They have some great advice that will hopefully ease your mind as you...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Why Creative Talks Are So Important: Making the connection

Following on from our discussion last week on why creative talks are so important for a sense of inspiration, we’re now looking another reason we believe creative talks are vital to the creative world - networking. This article will look at how...

Posted by: Fiasco Design
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Careers

Is social media ruining your career prospects?

'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' - or so the saying goes. Of course, in the age of social media, the chances of anyone saying nothing at all is very slim indeed. One only has to scan the average street for...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Where's the glamour? They said there'd be glamour!

As the footer of this column will tell you, I’m a copywriter. And a blogger. I also dabble in journalism and podcasting. These are all quite enjoyable and satisfying things - at least from time-to-time - and I’m pretty lucky to do them...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Always pin your ideas to your office wall

When I first started out, I was always encouraged to pin my ideas to my office wall. I used an A3 layout pad and a fat black Pentel marker and just scribbled down whatever came into my head. Once I thought that I had something, I’d draw a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to Beat Bullying at Work

According to a 2010 TUC survey, one third of safety representatives reported bullying at work as a problem. In addition, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development reports that bullying, harassment and victimisation are ongoing issues in UK...

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And the punch line is…

by Ashley Morrison. I love comedy. I love the craft of it. I love how a skilled performer can take you one way, only to throw you in a completely opposite direction - which is the one that gets the bigger laugh. Being a successful stand-up comedian...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Spotlight - Colette Alexandros - Illustrator

- View Colette's Creativepool profile "Always carry your artwork with you. Whether it is a business card or even your artwork on your phone, as you never know who you might bump into." How long have you been a Freelancer for? 2 years. Describe...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

5 minutes with... Laura Jordan Bambach - LBi

Wake up tomorrow and do something completely differently to any way you've done it before. It's surprising how refreshing it is. Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Executive Creative Director at LBi (Lost Boys...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Perfect your interview technique.

So, at last you've got through to the interview stage and you need some advice. Your CV has been scrutinised, your portfolio pawned over and the last thing you need is the perfect interview technique. Below are some vital tips that we have collected...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Online resources for better freelancing

Is it a good time to be a freelancer working at creative agencies at the moment? It's a question that seems to get very varied responses as everyone's situation is different, and the availability of work is spread unevenly across the disciplines this...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

How Creativepool helped me achieve a dream - Jo Clarke

By Jo Clarke. ABOUT JO CLARKE Jo is a candidate on Creativepool. With the help she found on the site, and one of our bloggers Magnus Shaw, she has achieved her dream of becoming a copywriter. Here she recounts her journey... "I am a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

What does 2012 have in store for us?

In truth no one knows. Conversations we’ve had with many of our clients show that 2012 holds a certain unpredictability, which is making many a little nervous. There seem to be a lot of pitches around and enough work for everyone but with the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Write a winning CV.

There are hundreds of techniques and ideas that people have about how to write the perfect CV. Writing a winning CV for work in the creative industries is different from most industries. If you are a creative then quite often a great portfolio will...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Hear The Whole Picture

From communicating with Lauren Leaver, a member of this little creative community of ours, it is evident how passionate she is about what she's doing. It shows in her work. Let's review and critique that work.... ummm.... right now! I think we can...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Master the art of negotiation

“Every negotiation is different, but the basic elements do not change.” These are the wise words of William Ury, a prominent academic negotiation trainer. Based on history, we know that great negotiators can prevent wars, build...

Posted by: Katrina Cooper
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Careers

How to get hired as a creative

At the University of Texas' Portfolio Critique, I sat down with creative director turned creative recruiter, Frank Oggeri, to find out what he looks for in candidates and their portfolios. Here, I pick his brain to get the recruitment perspective on...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Careers

Q&A: Questions For An Art Director

It's time for my second Q&A over some questions around becoming and working as an Art Director. If you have a question you would like answered on an upcoming video, comment on the video! Thanks

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Careers

The Journey - Sherri Krekeler, Group Creative Director

This week, we take a drive with a true super hero who crushes it inside and outside of work. Sherri Krekeler is a Group Creative Director, an inspiring leader, and an awesome mom of two. It was a real treat to gain her perspective and knowledge on...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Careers

Time Tips For Creatives

Scheduling your day correctly as a creative in the ad industry is crucial to be efficient and effective. When should you execute work and when should you get more creative? We explore this backed up by an industry badass named Daniel Pink who has...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Careers

For Beginners Building Their Creative Résumé

Though your portfolio is your golden ticket to obtain that job interview, your Résumé is the ad that leads them there. I hope this helps you out as you start to construct your Creative Résumé and prepare to break into the advertising industry.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Careers

Tips For A Creative Interview

For creative advertising newcomers: Are you applying for an Art Director or Copywriter internship or job? Here is my perspective on how to be successful in a creative interview. Best of luck. Hope you get the gig!

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advice

Every Creative Process needs feedback.

When you are working in a creative process and wants to reassure that you are heading in the right direction, asking for feedback is one of the fastest ways to know that you’re on to something. But asking for input can come at a high price unless...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Originality vs. Innovation

Originality is overrated. It's common to think that in order to be cutting-edge, to be at the top of your game and foremost in your field, you need to be original. But in reality, this just isn't true. You can have something completely original and...

Posted by: Like Digital
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Advice

Our Biggest Build to Date: Behind the Scenes of Amy.com

12 months, 79 spreadsheets, 85.6GB worth of page designs, 90 design templates, 682.75 hours of coding, 137 Google Hangouts and four flights across 34,000 kilometers later and Amys.com was born. Find out how we did it here. This post reflects on our...

Posted by: Superrb
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Advice

You need to find time to write…

I have a relatively busy life. Beyond my 9-6 job in London as a Creative Director, I have to spend 2 hours either side commuting to and from work, 5 days a week. I generally stagger in from 8pm, I find I'm pretty exhausted, hungry, creatively drained...

Posted by: Andrew
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Advice

The ten most insightful quotes from start-up experts

2014 was a record-breaking year. In just twelve months 581,173 new UK businesses were registered with Companies House, substantially beating the figures for 2012 and 2013. These days, we're surrounded by start-ups - and perhaps for the first time, a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Careers

What do copywriters say about copywriting? And are they right?

A copywriting pal of mine has drawn my attention to a collection of quotes about, well, copywriting. I'm always delighted when these things crop up, because I feel sure blog posts on design and art direction outnumber pieces on copy by about a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

The creative project's worst enemy? Panic.

The late Douglas Adams wrote one of the smartest, most intriguing and funniest books of the 20th century. It was called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'. For the uninitiated, it features an electronic book (before they were real things), also...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw

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