Rizen Creative is hiring (an AE and production designer). Every time I go through the hiring process – at once an invigorating and frustrating experience – I learn lots am reminded that common sense ain't all that common.With so many on the job hunt, I thought it time to share some of my thinking. Some trivial. Some not so much.
I’m also going to think about tips for job fillers, but I thought it important to share this right away…
#1 Don’t waste your time applying for positions you are clearly not qualified for. Bone up your skills and get some experience anyway you can, then let’s talk.
#2 If you choose to ignore #1, don’t go the traditional resume route. Stand out from the field by demonstrating specific skills and how they can help my clients.
#3 If you choose to follow #2 (or even if you don’t), please don’t be annoying. It doesn’t earn you any points. Interruption marketing doesn’t work for companies and it won’t work for you.
#4 Spell my name right.
#5 Know what we do. Know our work. Know how you can contribute.
#6 Show your passion. Don’t worry about making an ass of yourself.
#7 Study your craft. Know its history and how we got where we are today. Curious people are usually smart people and smart people are the ones we look to hire.
#8 Follow-up. In an economy, we’re seeing a lot of resumes. Most of them crap. There’s a chance yours could get lost in the shuffle.
#9 Follow us on Twitter. You’ll know us and we’ll like you.
#10 Make your resume relevant. If you worked at Chuck E Cheese in college (like I did) and you’re going to share it on your resume, you’d better be able to explain why we should care.
#11 Don’t use buzzwords. I don’t really care if you synergistically leveraged your company’s heart share ROI. Hell, half of the time, I don’t even know what the hell your talking about.
#12 Make your resume look decent. Nice even. Aesthetics matter. In this business more than most.
#13 Be referred. We take recommendations from colleagues and vendors very seriously.
#14 Don’t oversell.
#15 Smile. People like people who smile.
#16 Ask questions. Good, thoughtful questions: about our approach, philosophies, what we want.
#17 Tell stories. Don't list facts.
#18 Never lie. This happens all the time and it is usually obvious. Not only will it kill your chances, it won't be easy to live down.
#19 Treat industry vendors right. We value their opinion.
#20 Show less, but better work. If you are a graphic designer, we don't need to see everything. After two or three samples, we know a lot about you. Often by simply what you chose to show.
#21 Be on time, but not too early. Late is poor form, too early is kinda weird.
#22 Don't be afraid. Relax. Be yourself. You're great. Let it show through.