Thursday, December 23, 2010

Year in Review

Nearing the end of a year always means a collection of year-end lists. Best Ads of 2010, Worst Dressed of 2010, Top Tweets of 2010 and, the one I am certain everyone looks forward to, Top Advice from a Creative Recruiter of 2010.

1. Don't take credit for someone else's creative work.

2. Beware what you say in an exit interview.

3. You as a person is just as important as you as a creative.

4. Link your portfolio to your LinkedIn profile. Please.

5. Know when to move on.

6. You will run into that A-hole again. Be nice.

7. There just might be more to life than a job in advertising. Just might.

Enjoy my year in review and have a wonderful holiday.
Cecilia Gorman

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Remember This?

Behold the phone.

Remember when this was our primary means of communication? We actually picked up the phone and called people when we needed to say something. We'd chat and laugh and share stories. We'd spend a few minutes getting to know one another, do a little business, then make up a good excuse to hang up. All was good back then.

Today we all seem to be overly inundated with texts, IMs, emails, LinkedIn messages, and Facebook posts. Electronica killed the Phone-ica star. It is just faster and easier to type and text than it is to make a phone call. Yet easier and faster shouldn't justify the end of personal human connections.

In the last week, two people cold called me out of the blue. And I have to say, it was so nice.

One, a local designer I didn't know and two, a junior art director from Humber College. Both said they were in the middle of typing me a note when they thought "why not call?"

It makes you forget how nice a simple human connection is until you get people saying they chose calling over writing. It also makes you feel a bit special that they chose to call you over write you. Next time you have the choice (and the time), pick up the phone. Establishing a new business relationship hearing someone's voice makes a difference. You can text and type all you want from there on out.