Your First Year in a New Job

 You’ve landed your dream job, congratulations! The first year of a new job is not unlike the first year of a marriage, except in the obvious ways, of course. You know you love the job, the company is a good fit, and your skills fit the job responsibilities.  You are compatible. But you’ve never spent …

Tips for a Successful Resignation Meeting

The negotiations are complete, a new job offer has been made, you’ve formally accepted the position and now you just have to turn in your notice.  Easy, right? For some job seekers who are currently working, the resignation meeting can be a daunting process… How do you say “good-bye” to your current employer, while maintaining …

The Proust Questionnaire for Creatives

  You’ve heard of the Proust Questionnaire, I’m sure. Made famous in the back pages of Vanity Fair Magazine, it was named not for questions, but for the answers given by Marcel Proust to a set of questions asked by his friend Antoinette Faure. I remember them best from a television show called “Inside the …

Global Entrepreneurship Week

This week entrepreneurship is being celebrated in 123 countries engaging more than 10 million current and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Entities such as The Kaufman Foundation and EO are helping the world learn how entrepreneurs are driving the change we need to overcome these challenging times.  By coming together to share their …

What type of creative talent does Artisan actually recruit?

We’re often asked by both prospective clients and job seekers – what exactly the “Creative” in our company name really means.  After all, the creative industry can encompass so many areas of expertise.  So where does Artisan focus our core recruiting, networking, and talent development efforts?   You can see a comprehensive list of the …

What Really Happens During A Reference Check?

  If you’ve never had to conduct a reference check for a perspective employee yourself – you may wonder what, specifically, employers ask your former managers, colleagues and friends about your work experience? Or, if you’re a small buisness looking to expand, you might wonder what types of questions are best for checking the references …

How to Use Research Effectively in Your Job Search

Research.  The word probably conjures up bad memories from your school years where you spent hours in the library, leafing through books and periodicals to complete that paper you’d waited until the last minute to start. Fortunately, with improvements in technology, more information is right at our fingertips via the world wide web then ever …

Portfolio DOs and DONTs

Over the years we’ve seen our fair share of creative portfolios.  Some AMAZING portfolios.  Others…well, not so much. So what makes a portfolio really stand out?  Here are just a few tips to consider when sending your work out to potential employers! Creative Portfolio DOs DO Showcase your best/most impressive piece first. Remember that your …