To me, Nick is the best digital creative recruiter in Australia. He cares about the people that he represents. Marco Eychenne - Creative Director, ROMEO Digital / RUMBLE Strategic Creative
We’ve put together some things we think are really important when it comes to looking for
a good candidate. Split into two zones, advertising the role and interviewing for the role, we hope they help you with your search.
ADVERTISING THE ROLE
LINKEDIN OR OUT
We highly recommend keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, particularly while actively looking for new roles and interviewing. A lot of potential employers use LinkedIn as their go-to to look for candidates and to advertise for roles.
FRIENDLINESS IS NEXT TO PROFESSIONALNESS Fake words aside. Being kind and friendly goes a long way. A professional approach is a clear go-to but along with bringing who you are to your LinkedIn,CV, cover letter and portfolio, bring it to all of your interactions and find the balance to strike. Forming professional working relationships and ways of communicating is a whole skill on it’s own, leaning on what you’ve already got working for you.
THEY’LL BE HIRING YOU, NOT JUST THE STUFF YOU’RE GOOD AT Your LinkedIn, CV, cover letter and portfolio should be functional but this doesn’t mean they have to be void of what you can bring to the table outside of your skillset. You’re allowed to show who you are through the way that you write about yourself and your work and the way you present things. Work out how you’ll bring yourself through these functional pieces and you’ll be sure to stand out.
INTERVIEWING FOR THE ROLE
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE JOB (WE HOPE, NO GUARANTEES)
Timing your arrival is one of the most stressful parts of an interview. So instead of trying to figure out how to get to the exact location on time. Look up a cafe or a park nearby and work out how to get there about half an hour earlier. It’ll give you a chance to take a breath and run through your prep notes before calmly walking in to the interview spot right on time.
THIS IS YOUR REMINDER TO DO INTERVIEW PREP A relatively straightforward one. You might already think you know what you need to know for an interview, but it always helps to research who you’ll be interviewing with, specific people, recent projects, awards, any recent press. All of this is great fodder for you to speak about when you’re asked about why you have applied for the open position. If you’re keen, you’re keen, this is just a foolproof way to show it.
SHOW AND TELL
On top of interview prep is being prepared to talk to your own work and experience. Turning up empty handed to an interview is a bit of a no-no, but printing folios is hard to do these days. So at the bare minimum have a PDF presentation version of your folio ready to roll, on your own laptop, opened, with your hotspot ready to connect, so you can dive right in. If you have anything else to take along that is of interest or related to your folio, do it. Tactile versions of work in an interview are all the more impressive.