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Careers

Life as a junior. Be prepared to work hardest of all.

Starting out in the creative industry can be hard for anyone, and you should be prepared to feel as though you are doing more work than the MD or CEO. The basics are easy, arrive first or go home last (whichever is noticed), and pretty much be...

Posted by: Jason Holmes
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Features

Bidding for freelance work on websites. A mug's game?

For the jobbing freelance there can only be one priority. Ahead of the bookkeeping, email answering, blog updating and business card ordering - there's nothing more important than bringing in the work. And, when the industry is buoyant, it's not too...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Should creatives ever work for free?

Have you been to a supermarket recently? If you have, did you ask the till operator whether you could take the contents of your trolley for nothing? Of course you didn’t. The very suggestion you might be entitled to free groceries would be...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Freelancers work harder

by Ashley Morrison It's a bold statement, granted. And one which is certainly arguable. But I was chatting to a friend recently who maintained that freelancers definitely, definitely worked harder than permanent employees. I'm in a slightly unusual...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Anyone want to work on Barclays?

by John Fountain Have you noticed that there are some accounts that have a bit of an odour about them? Not just those that reject all the good ideas, I mean the accounts that really question your moral judgement. The accounts that make you wonder...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

The Most Important Soft Skills Freelancers Need to Develop

You’re an expert in your respective field and you’re confident that a stellar freelance career lies ahead of you. I know the feeling because I’ve been there. Freelancing gives you a lot of freedom and hope in the very beginning. While this is...

Posted by: Laura Buckler
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Careers

How to achieve the perfect portfolio: Part 1

For most of us the days of creating our own portfolios from scratch are way behind us now (except if you're a developer), so make life as easy as possible for yourself by using portfolio builders, creative services and platforms that are designed for...

Posted by: Fabrik
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Job Description: Advertising Account Planner

Account planners set the communication strategy for advertising campaigns. They establish the goals and objectives, target audience, message and tone in which the campaign should be delivered. Planners define how a particular strategy can help a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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News

How 'ambition' became a dirty word.

Do you remember Cait Reilly? She was the graduate who brought a legal case against the government after she was forced to abandon her voluntary work with a museum, and replace it with unpaid 'work experience' at Poundland. Both situations allowed her...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

You're hired! Are brands really taking on celebrities as staff?

When you arrived at work this morning, did you notice a pop star sitting at a flat-screen, typing away? Was there a movie idol in the kitchen fixing some coffees? Or a minor royal handing out the mail? If not, I'm afraid your firm is way behind the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Interns - don't take the p***

Everybody knows that the creative industry is a hard field to crack into when you are first starting out. Everyone also knows that job offers mostly come about because of who you know, rather than what you know and whatever vast sum your student loan...

Posted by: Creativepool
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News

Show me yours. Why the new Creativepool will benefit copywriters.

By Magnus Shaw Well, I'm just having a look around. Being on the new Creativepool is rather like moving into a swanky new apartment, where all the furniture has arrived, your clothes neatly hung in the wardrobe and you've been carefully placed on...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

5 minutes with... Neil Harvey - Group Brand

Tell us what you do for a living and who you work for? Executive Creative Director at Group Brand What does that involve? A mixed bag really. We work with clients large and small to help solve business, marketing and communication challenges. I'd...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

How to... Make sure you get paid for a freelance job.

We recently had a freelancer get in touch with us who had found a brief through the site, completed the work required - but still hadn't got paid. Well, to help them and those who may be in a similar position, we have created these notification...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Why creative jobs aren't always a bowl of cherries.

by Magnus Shaw. I work as a copywriter and blogger. I also do something I call consultancy - advising people on their writing, marketing or branding, really. Sometimes, I produce or present radio programmes too. These are all very enjoyable and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - What does the future hold for an old creative?

by John Fountain Like it or not, the industry we work in is youth biased. They don't tell you this when you first start out on your career, but the fact is, when you reach about 40 years of age the trajectory of your career will change. Unless you...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - What if a creative doesn't feel creative?

by Ashley Morrison I've been working very hard every single day for the past couple of weeks. Till silly o'clock. Being freelance, when the work comes along, I don't really feel able to say no. After all, in the current economic climate, to trot out...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Are creative people more likely to lie and cheat?

by John Fountain A few years back a copywriter, who shall remain nameless, took it upon himself to take a piece of my work and put it on his website. He claimed that he had a right to do this because he was involved in the creative process, although...

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

Opinions - A quick guide to being made redundant.

by Magnus Shaw Throughout this increasingly insane financial crisis I have worked as a freelance. Disadvantage: I have to find my own work and therefore income. Advantage: I can't be made redundant. However, I have faced the redundancy...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Wedded bliss - discovering an inspiring media hub.

It'a college. No it's not, it's a record label. Sorry, it's a TV studio. Hang on, no, it's a computer games firm. Let's start again. Confetti is definitely a bar and meeting place. And all of the above, it seems. Nestling in the centre of...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Careers

What makes a good creative portfolio?

Are you an aspiring Art Director or Copywriter looking to get into advertising? The portfolio is your ticket in. I hope that this video can help you form your creative portfolio to get you that internship or job. If you would like me to critique...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advertising

Scooter brand Lime slams its riders in new print work

Following rising tension over the reckless riding of electric scooter users in France, leading brand Lime has launched a light-hearted print campaign through Buzzman encouraging better behaviour. As the electric scooter situation in Paris comes to a...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Careers

Bruce Daisley on fixing your work culture

Besides being Twitter’s VP of EMEA, Bruce Daisley is intent on helping creative companies improve their working cultures and hosts the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast on the subject. He’s also written a book called The Joy of Work offering...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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WARC to join Cannes Lions’ new digital offering, The Work

Digital subscription business WARC brings expert guidance and insight on marketing effectiveness 15 June 2018 - Cannes Lions today announces that WARC, the global authority on advertising and media effectiveness, will become a part of its digital...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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News

Who will see my work in the Annual 2018?

Every year, we put creativity at the forefront of what we do with our unique award. One of the main questions we get asked each year is, "Who will see the work that I submit?". Winning a Creativepool Annual is not just about celebrating your...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Trends

All Eyes On You - Visuals That Work

Brand Licensing Europe 2017, a B2B trade exposition for licensing professionals, recently achieved impressive delegate numbers of over seven thousand, five hundred visitors; an increase in four percent in comparison to 2016, and an eleven percent...

Posted by: Phil Michael
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News

We want to see your best work: Enter by Friday, 28th July

Before you go on holiday this summer, you must cross one thing off your to-do list: Entering the 7th Annual Lovie Awards. The Extended Entry Deadline is on 28 July, so don’t delay! The Lovies honours the entire spectrum of the European...

Posted by: The Lovie Awards
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Design

Adobe and mcgarrybowen's hovering art director is the ultimate work toy

Recognising the dynamic between hard-pressed designers and their indecisive art directors, ACHTUNG! mcgarrybowen and Adobe are launching a competition to win the Hovering Art Director action figure. This highly recognisable character promotes the...

Posted by: Industry Updates

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