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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.

Create Happiness, Don't Prevent It

Artisan Creative - Thursday, April 04, 2013

Create Happiness, Don't Prevent It


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We know you have a great attitude and are generally a happy person. You’re grateful for what you have and always have a friendly smile for those around you. Ever notice that sometimes people are scowling back at you? Those people have learned how to prevent themselves from being happy and you can learn a lot from them, if you want to:  Read more

5 Ways to Create a Standout Online Portfolio

Artisan Creative - Thursday, March 21, 2013

5 Ways to Create a Standout Online Portfolio


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Every Creative knows that the interview process for them is unique. While the resume is still important to potential employers to see where creative talent has been and what they’ve been doing, the work produced is what matters most.

Whether you’re a designer, developer, copywriter or producer, employers expect to see an online portfolio of work that emulates what they are trying to create.  Read more

Take Charge of Your Luck

Artisan Creative - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Take Charge of Your Luck


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Ever feel like if you didn’t have bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all? Or are you one of those people who always gets the best parking space, always hears their favorite song on Pandora, or manages to snag those rock concert tickets in the 10 minutes they are for sale?

Some things in life truly are luck. We can’t really control when the guy in that perfect parking space is going to leave. But we often relinquish control of things that we can influence and wrongly put them down to luck. Here are some ways to improve your odds of being lucky: Read more

Personal Branding: Facebook

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Personal Branding: Facebook



Facebook seemed to have been created to allow us to reconnect with old friends, to help us remember birthdays and sometimes even to shout into the void when we feel the need to express ourselves. However, the longer Facebook is around, the more it changes and the more it becomes a marketing tool for companies, brands and people. Are you using Facebook to your best advantage for marketing your personal brand? Read more

Managing Time Wasting Managers

Artisan Creative - Thursday, March 07, 2013

Managing Time Wasting Managers



You’re humming along, checking things off your to-do list, confident that you will accomplish all of your goals for the day and then—screech! Your productive day comes to a halt.

Your manager has interrupted you. And your flow.

Hopefully, your manager has an important idea to discuss, practical suggestion to make or new solution to recommend. By stopping to review them together, you could ultimately make your day even more productive.

However, some managers just don’t know when to leave you alone to finish your work. They often find a few different ways of stopping you in your tracks. The key is knowing how your manager could try to derail you and, more importantly, how to manage the situation so you can maintain your workflow, productivity and a successful relationship. Read more

Getting Paid What You’re Worth

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Getting Paid What You’re Worth

 

One of the biggest challenges - whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced creative - is getting paid what you’re worth. There may not be a formula for determining salary, but armed with some research, you will be ready to negotiate pay in either your current job or for a new position.  Read more

The Importance of Mentorship with Artisan Founder Jamie Douraghy

Artisan Creative - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Importance of Mentorship with Artisan Founder Jamie Douraghy



I sat down with Artisan Creative's Founder Jamie Douraghy recently to talk about mentorship. Jamie has mentors and is a mentor and is committed to mentorship from both sides. Read more

7 Tips for Your Online Writing Portfolio

Artisan Creative - Thursday, February 07, 2013

7 Tips for Your Online Writing Portfolio



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For copywriters, the work samples of today are often easy to find on the internet and only a click away. However, if you’re looking to secure future clients like your designer counterparts, it’s best to have an online portfolio with examples of all the different kinds of writing you have completed. 

Some may choose to use a more traditional, hosted portfolio site like Behance, Coroflot, Creative Hot List or Krop. But if you’re looking to create your own website of work, there are some important elements to consider: Read more