Artisan Blog

The Artisan blog explores creativity, staffing & recruitment, resume & interview tips for job seekers, freelancing & entrepreneurship. Artisan Creative is a premier source for creative & marketing talent, specializing in temp staffing, direct hire & turnkey project solutions.

Announcing The Artisan Creative Weekly

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Announcing The Artisan Creative Weekly

We are publishing a newsletter!  Read more

Labor Day or Thinking Day

Artisan Creative - Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day or Thinking Day

As so many of the people around me are starting a new school year, the importance of having a clean start, with clear goals and benchmarks comes to mind. I, like the students around me, love an empty notebook, new pens and a three-day weekend to take a breath before making a proper beginning. Read more

Leadership: They Will Do What You Do

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Leadership: They Will Do What You Do



Any parent knows: children learn from what we do much more than from what we say. The same can certainly be said for members of a team under your leadership. You can tell them how you would like them to collaborate, what you want from them in terms of respect for others, or the best way to manage their time, but if you are not modeling the behavior, all that will fall on deaf ears.  Read more

Think Like an Entrepreneur

Artisan Creative - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Think Like an Entrepreneur



Some of us are working for ourselves and some for others, but we are all using our skills to gain independence in our personal lives and striving for the freedom to do what we love, even if it is in support of someone else’s company. Read more

Freelancers on a Job Hunt

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Freelancers on a Job Hunt

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At Artisan Creative, we often place people in contract and temp-to-hire positions, giving our talent a chance to test the waters, while giving our clients time to try out talent and find the perfect cultural fit. Freelance roles tend to be more short-term and a long list of them on a resume may make a job seeker who is also a freelancer feel like he or she looks like a job hopper, but those freelance gigs can help if you frame them well: Read more

Reflections: Being Inspiring

Artisan Creative - Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reflections: Being Inspiring


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As creatives, we know that inspiration sometimes strikes when we need it and sometimes it stays away. There are days when we can’t write down our ideas as fast as they come to us and days when we sit staring at the screen, the sketchbook, the canvas, wondering if we will ever have another original thought.

Whether it is getting out into nature, listening to music, exercising or practicing a hobby for a while, most of us have techniques we use to refresh our well of creativity. But today’s topic is being inspiring, not being inspired. So let’s turn it around a bit. When a co-worker or a collaborator is in need of some inspiration, try some of these techniques to help them out of a rut: Read more

3 Tips for Better Mobile Job Descriptions

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

3 Tips for Better Mobile Job Descriptions


Image by Steve Paine via Flickr Creative Commons

Artisan Creative has gone mobile and since we announced the mobile version of our website last spring, the numbers of job seekers using mobile have increased astronomically. Polling on Glassdoor has reported that 65% of people on job search are using mobile devices to do so at least once a week--more than triple the number just a year ago--and 89% of people expecting to look for a new job next year are planning to use mobile devices to find job listings, research their target companies and get salary information

At Artisan, we keep mobile best practices in mind when we post our Open Jobs, but if you are writing or posting job descriptions for your company, here are some tips for optimizing them for the tiny screen: Read more

It's Not What You Start, It's What You Finish

Artisan Creative - Thursday, August 08, 2013

It's Not What You Start, It's What You Finish


Image by Jenny Spadafora via Flickr Creative Commons

Multitasking seems like a fact of life. Especially for entrepreneurs and freelancers, who are constantly both working on projects and building their businesses, it’s impossible to focus on one thing from beginning to end without interruption.

We don’t have to let the necessity for keeping all those plates in the air affect our productivity in a negative way. Here are our tips for effective time management and reaching that satisfying moment when you cross something off your to-do list: Read more