Monday, February 28, 2011

Couple of Tips

Couple of important tips for creatives, I may have mentioned a few of them before on Twitter (@AdSchoolAdvisor).

* You gotta put a link to your portfolio on your LinkedIn profile. I guarantee you are missing out on opportunities if you don't. See us recruiters are generally lazy and we won't take that extra step to email you/link with you/call you and ask for your portfolio. This goes for Creative Hot List as well.

* Include a note with your LinkedIn request. Please. I don't know you, and still don't if you drop me an anonymous request. Just a one liner is fine, but I really am not interested in people who can't include a few words to introduce themselves.

* You gotta have a digital portfolio. End. of. story.

* When you are checking back in with a recruiter, always remind them of what you are (copywriter/art director), and include a recent link. I am amazed at the volume of notes I get that don't have either. I don't have that good of a memory that you can rely on me remembering you from a year ago.

A whole lot of recruiters and I appreciate you taking the time to following these tips!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Someone else's great advice

Sometimes I come across advice to juniors written by other people and get sooooo jealous, wishing I was as brilliant to write it myself.

This gem on the Ad Buzz site, was written by Mat Zucker, Chief Creative Officer of OgilvyOne Worldwide. It's called "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me" and is capital B-Brilliant.

I have been hounding students about the art of the craft and Mat echos this in his point about typography. I urge students to be savvy and knowledgeable about current events and pop culture and Mat too prescribes this when he says know your content.

Have a read, it is some of the best advice out there for juniors.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two Seconds

Yep, that's what it takes. Two seconds to open an email account.

I can't think of a technology feat that is easier to do than open your own personal email. Hence, why I am so utterly confused when I get emailed portfolios through another person's account.

Like a creative has his wife/girlfriend/sister email me his portfolio through her email address. Weird. Really weird. I truly have tried to think of reasons why people would do this. Yea, none come up.

The question is, when I reply, should I acknowledge the person whose account it really is? "Hi Darcy, I see this is your email, but someone named John just sent me his portfolio from this email address. Could you let him know to get back to me? Thanks."

Take the two seconds.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

To Lock or Not Lock

A couple of weeks ago, I received a link to a portfolio that required me to input a user name and password.

My first thought was, Really?! A creative portfolio does not need to be under lock and key. Plus I am usually short of time when looking at books and having to take that extra step tends to bug.

Is this a Glamour Don't? Well, I sent a note to the person and said I was curious as to why they locked their portfolio. His answer made me think twice about this extra step.

"I'd rather not lock up my portfolio but I've got some spec work that clients would prefer to keep private. I've also had some problems with former colleagues using pieces of my work in their own book when they really shouldn't have."

Smart on both points. Protecting the spec work that wasn't bought by a client but is still strong work. He's right, the client might not want that all over the internet. And protecting your work from the sticky fingers of former colleagues (I am floored this even happens in this world!) is a rightful concern as well.

Lock or Not? I'm leaning towards not, solely because I am a recruiter and I hate taking that extra step to get into someone's book. But for you, a creative, you might want to spend some time deciding if locking up your goods might be a smart choice.