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7 Reasons to Use a Recruiter in Your Job Search

Thursday, September 15, 2011

7 Reasons to Use a Recruiter in Your Job Search

Last week I asked the recruiters at Artisan to give me their number one reason for using a recruiter to find a new role. I ended up with a pretty comprehensive list. If you are considering adding a recruiter to your job search team, here are some great reasons why:

  1. A recruiter is a consultant acting on your behalf. They are as committed to finding you a perfect new role as you are. They are pro-actively advocating for you and thinking of new opportunities.
  2. A recruiter can get you a lead into the company culture and processes that you could not find out on your own.  Your own research can only get you so far. Recruiters can often provide details not listed on job descriptions.
  3. A recruiter can negotiate salary and benefits for you. By knowing the clients’ actual salary range and benefits offering, recruiters may actually be able to get you a better package than advertised.
  4. Resumes from recruiters go to the top of the pile (assuming your recruiter has a good relationship with the client).
  5. An extra set of professional eyes on your resume is incredibly important (especially but not exclusively to eliminate typos).
  6. A recruiter has access to opportunities not listed on job boards.
  7. A recruiter with a great reputation for representing outstanding talent adds value to your brand.

Having a recruiter on your team can be the difference between landing the perfect role and sitting home by yourself wishing for that great job. Consider signing up with a recruiter who places people in your area of expertise. You’ll be glad you did!

Wendy Stackhouse, Consultant for Artisan Creative, with help from everyone on Our Team

6 Ways to Beat Burnout & Improve your Work Life Balance

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6 Ways to Beat Burnout & Improve your Work Life Balance

In recent years, with a number of cutbacks and layoffs, many employees have felt overworked, struggling to balance the demands of their careers and personal lives.  Afraid they, too, could be out of a job, they are putting in more hours at work and leaving their health, families and personal enjoyment to suffer. 

If you find yourself sharing this frustration - you are not alone!   

The good news is that with just a few small changes, you’ll could find yourself not only more effective at work, but also happier when you’re not working.


Here's what we recommend to better juggle all that work and life have to throw your way:

Schedule it. Whether it’s work or play – plan your time and protect it.  If you won’t be available certain nights and/or weekends due to family commitments or you need an hour each evening to complete work engagements, communicate these times to both managers and loved ones so they know when they can reach you and when you will respond.  With little ones at home, Jess & Jamie G. couldn’t agree more. 

Can you Telecommute? In many industries, working from home is both realistic and possible. With no commute, limited office chit-chat and less meetings, you can get more done at work and use the extra time to meet household or personal responsibilities.

Get out and get moving!  Everyone on our team agrees that getting out of the office and doing something active is the best way to help them unwind.  Jamie D’s article in Business Week discusses how he uses fencing to reduce stress.  Maggie is a certified Pilates instructor and loves how Pilates exercises both her body and mind.  Carol creates balance, literally, with Yoga.  For Laura it’s spinning and walks on the beach!  Ana, our Controller, agrees that walking on the beach is great exercise with the bonus of calming waters and relaxing ocean waves! 

Be creative! Even if you work in the creative industry – by pursuing a creative outlet that you don’t utilize every day at work, you create a separation from your work life and allow yourself to do something you're truly passionate about.  Stephanie in Accounting loves to draw and play music after work.  It’s the perfect distraction from all the numbers she deals with during the day.      

Switch off. Without technology, we could never keep our work or personal life running smoothly.  But it shouldn’t rule your life either.  It’s important to make technology-free time to spend with those who are important to you.  Set aside rules – and stick to them.

Treat yourself!  Doing something special for yourself on occasion isn’t a luxury, but a must.  We all work very hard and deserve to be rewarded.  Margaret plans a number of short weekend trips to literally get away from her work and personal commitments.  It allows her to return to her routine rested and more focused.  Kevin prefers an evening of cigars and fine liquor with friends.  The perfect escape from a normal evening at home. 

Still not sure how to keep everything in check?  Try CNN’s Work Life Balance Calculator to help you strike a balance in your work and personal life. 

What do you do to beat burnout?

Jess Bedford, Marketing Manager

Should you be blogging?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Should you be blogging?

Why Blog for your Business?

Your website is a great place for people to go to find out information about your company.  What you do, what you sell, where you are, what jobs are available, who partners with you.

All of that is important.

Your business blog, however, is important, too, and worth spending time on.  Your blog gives people a sense of who you are and what is important to you as a company.  It lets them know what’s going on at your company that is exciting.  It gives you a place to show your appreciation for your employees’ hard work and commitment.  It’s also a place to show off your expertise in your field and be helpful.

Is your company culture like a family?  Here’s where you can show that.  Is it more like a think tank?  Here’s where you can show off your analytical skills.  Is it a place where creative people collaborate?  Here’s where you can showcase all that creativity.

The real benefit of business blogging is in the relationships you can build.  If you are out there talking about what you do and asking questions, you will start relationships with your readers.  Relationships are everything in today’s business world and are vital to take your business to a whole new level.

Why Blog for your Job Search?

Funny thing is, Job Seekers should be blogging for the same reasons Businesses should.  Whether you are a freelancer or employed full time, your business expertise is what makes you relevant in your field. 

Blogs offer a way for you to illustrate not only your knowledge of a particular industry or skill, but also show your appreciation for your network.  You can also talk longer and more specifically than you ever would in an interview about your mission.  You can talk about what is important to you, what inspires you and what gets you excited.  You can even showcase your creativity.  You can give a potential employer a sense of who you are and how you might fit into their culture. 

And again, the real benefit is relationships.  Starting conversations, finding people with things in common, getting and giving support all help in your job search. 

Check out or Blogger .com to get started.  They are free!

Wendy Stackhouse, Consultant for Artisan Creative

9 Tips to a More Organized Work space

Thursday, July 07, 2011

9 Tips to a More Organized Work space

I sit back for a moment and look around my desk. It’s covered in paperwork, files, pens, business cards, industry trades and several remnants of my lunch - consumed (once again) at my desk. I know where everything is.  But why does it look so unorganized?  Is this what they call creative clutter or am I just plain messy?

In speaking with friends and colleagues, I realize there really are common elements that make for a more productive, organized work space:

  • Think green. Before you hit “Print” on that email or document, ask yourself, “Do I really need to print this? Or will it just lie in a pile on my desk and collect dust?” If you do have to print it – use recycled paper.
  • Stay organized. For the paperwork you do need to action/review frequently – create a filing system on your desk. In our office we prefer stackable letter trays for certain action items and desk sorters for others. Keep blank file folders nearby so you never have an excuse not to file something properly. Remember, if you use something daily – it should be closer to you than the items you use less frequently.
  • Avoid Post-its. Prevent those sticky notes from getting buried on your monitor, desk and wall. Try using your email calendar or mobile phone to store important notes. If you’re like me and can’t quite give up the paper and pen – try using a spiral notebook instead. This keeps all of your important notes in one place.
  • Throw out all those extra pens. Keep only 3 or 4. General rule – if it’s leaking, chewed or missing a cap – it’s time to go!
  • Keep personal items to a minimum. Pictures of or personal tokens from family and friends help keep us motivated and remind us of what’s important. However, any more than 3 items becomes a distraction.
  • Eat away from your desk. This one is tough for me. I can’t remember the last time I ate lunch at an actual table! When we eat at our desk it encourages trash to collect. An empty cup. A take out bag. Extra utensils. Salt & pepper packets. More napkins than you could use in a lifetime. Prevent the trash (and crumbs) by eating away from your desk (and preferably out of the office). We all need a daily break from work to keep us at our best!
  • Keep phone and computer cords to a minimum - Go Wireless. Move freely by investing in a stylish wireless mouse and bluetooth headset. You can even upgrade to a wireless pen tablet.
  • Keep electronics off your desk. Even if you have the room, items like printers, routers, batteries, etc take up space and just add to the clutter. Move them to another piece of furniture or the floor (if appropriate)
  • Cleaning supplies. By keeping cleaning supplies nearby, you’ll be encouraged to wipe down your surface more often.
Well, I know my marching orders tomorrow: take an actual lunch break, spending 30 minutes outside (away from my desk eating lunch) and the other 30 minutes inside (at my desk) getting organized! Cheers to a more productive week ahead!

Jess Bedford, Marketing & Project Manager

Seize the Summer: Reach your Career Potential

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Seize the Summer: Reach your Career Potential


With summer in full swing, it might be tempting to kick up your feet with a cold one and enjoy the weekly BBQs with family and friends. But summer is actually the perfect time to hone your career-advancing skills. Many people have New Year's Resolutions but Half-Year Check-Ins can be just as useful.

While everyone else is whiling away the longer days, you can seize the season to make sure you are reaching your full career potential. In order to be the star student who’s ready from the get-go on the first day of class, one needs to plan ahead and not let your mind turn to mush in the warm summer months. Read through these tips to get ahead.
  1. Review both short-term and long-term career goals. The summer is the perfect time to take stock of where you are versus where you’d like to be. Don’t wait until December to check in and determine your next course of action.
  2. Update your resume, portfolio, and online profiles. You’ve been busy meeting impossible deadlines and countless client revisions. Now things are slowing down for the summer and you can catch your breath. Don’t forget to update your “sales kit” of resume / portfolio / online profile (LinkedIn, CreativeHotList, etc.) to reflect these valuable projects.
  3. Look into potential skill-enhancing classes to take in the fall. Whether it’s a Marketing class via UCLA Extension or an Animation/Visual Effects class at Gnomon, course catalogs come out months in advance of the first day of class so now’s the time to plan ahead.
  4. If you haven’t already, include industry blogs and self-improvement tips in your summer reading plans. We know everyone wants to read about that girl and her tattoo, but throw in a good measure of fun and insight, too. (Just don’t watch cat videos until 2am. At least not *every* night.)
Of course, all of the above can be done outdoors, under a beach umbrella, or on your backyard lawn in the afternoon. We’re not humorless headmistresses. We know you want to get out there and enjoy the sun. But remember summer should be both restorative *and* productive. The key is in the balance of play and work.

Good luck!
Jo Szeto - Artisan Recruitment Consultant

Welcome to the Artisan Blog!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Welcome to the Artisan Blog!

Welcome to the newest version of our Artisan blog.

With so much information flying around these days, we decided to only bring you information and ideas that will focus in the four areas we feel most relevant to the work we do together:

  • creativity
  • staffing / job seekers
  • entrepreneurship
  • giving back

Our goal is to keep it simple and provide something of value each time you log in, read and reach the final sentence.

Thank you!
Jamie Douraghy, President


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