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Weekly feature of interactive, design and marketing creative professionals available on a contract basis in the Boston area.

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many writers, designers and IA’s

wait for spring to come out and play.

like good ole St. Patrick

I’ll work me Irish magic

to drive the talent your ways!

 

This week’s lucky talent…

 

·         Bethany is a digital project manager with agency experience. She recently relocated from California where she spent the last few years managing key client relationships for both digital and print initiatives.

·         Colleen is an interactive designer/IA/web production designer who recently wrapped up a contract at a top insurance company. Her work includes e-commerce, corporate websites and software application interfaces.

·         Luke is a marketing specialist with experience in communications, sponsorships, social media and PR.

·         Amanda is a front-end developer with design skills. She’s proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Joomla and Wordpress.

·         Courtney is a program/project coordinator with event experience. She’s skilled in Creative Suite, PowerPoint/Keynote, Dreamweaver and SEO.

·         Erica is an account manager with agency and non-profit experience. She has strong client-facing and communications skills.

·         Brian is a digital strategist with a web design/development background. He’s worked as an interactive producer at two top agencies and is experienced with web project management, strategy, SEO/SEM and web content migrations.

·         Deb is an email marketing specialist with strong project management skills. She has completed two long-term successful projects for TCG.

·         Bob is a senior graphic designer with strong production and photo retouching skills. He’s completed 10+ assignments for TCG over the past few years and has worked for several global brands and top agencies.

·         Davin is a marketing associate with experience in print collateral development, website management (using TeamSite and SharePoint), account management, PR and event coordination.

·         Bonnie is a traffic/print production manager with extensive retail experience. Throughout her career, she has succeeded in reducing costs and improving efficiency in prepress, scheduling and workflow.

·         Andrew is a web content manager/analyst with extensive experience in financial services. He’s not available until 5/1 but we expect to have him lined up for his next assignment long before that.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just interactive, marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our eight lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting/finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

 

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
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Robert Half International again was named to FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, ranking #1 in our industry. (March 19, 2012)

It’s a wonderful time of year-

 

·         We gain an hour of daylight this weekend when we turn the clocks ahead (don’t forget).

·         It’s going to be 60+ degrees this week. I’m totally wearing shorts to work.

·         The Sox are in Florida for Spring Training.

·         Clients are busier than ever with new projects and increased hiring. Yea!

 

And, as always, we have great talent available this week…

·         Ron is a senior graphic designer with web and print skills. His strong portfolio includes emails, websites, direct mail, sell sheets, brochures, info graphics, ads and logos. In addition to CS5, he’s also skilled in Quark, HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver.

·         Alvona is a marketing communications coordinator who recently wrapped up a contract at a top biotech firm. Her experience includes events, social media, proposals and coordination. She also speaks Spanish and French.

·         Carlton is a graphic designer with higher-ed and publishing experience. Comfortable with concept through production, his portfolio includes brochures, direct mail, flyers, posters, signage, web banners and emails.

·         Jason is a multimedia producer who just wrapped up a contract at a top agency. His experience includes sites, webcasts, Flash banners and emails.

·         Bailey is a junior project manager with experience developing websites, e-newsletters, promotional campaigns and strategic marketing programs for several top retailers.

·         Will is a senior marketing coordinator with AEC and travel experience. His strength is project management, whether it’s marketing and promotional campaigns or proposals and presentations.

·         Lori is one of our go-to production artists/presentation specialists. She just wrapped up another successful PowerPoint assignment and is also skilled in Indesign, Quark, Photoshop and Word.

·         Onix is a graphic designer/production artist who just wrapped up a six month contract at a Boston agency where he was working on Flash banners and a variety of print production assignments.

·         Alexie is a web/print production artist who is particularly strong with HTML emails. He’s also one of our go-to consultants and is consistently asked for by our best clients.

·         Jose is a marketing coordinator who is wrapping up his second successful TCG project at a top AEC firm. For the past eight months, he’s been helping to write, develop and coordinate RFP’s. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

 

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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…think of all the work that could get done!

 

Check out the TCG talent available this week to help with your lucky Leap Year projects…

 

·         Lee is a web/print production artist who spent the past four years at a top retailer. She has experience designing web pages, slicing and optimizing images for the web, creating templates for catalogs and collateral, and expediting workflow.

·         Dara is a senior graphic designer with agency, financial and non-profit experience. She has worked on web and print projects and is a certified usability analyst.

  • Ingrid is a marketing manager who spent the past six years in the energy industry. Her skills include vendor management, direct mail, email, print collateral, telemarketing and online campaigns.

·         Rebecca is a senior web/interactive project manager with agency and financial experience. She also has strong copywriting skills.

  • Bonnie is a senior copywriter with B2B and direct response experience for high-tech, healthcare, environmental and education clients.
  • Chris is a studio artist with 10+ years working in several of Boston’s top agencies. His references spoke very highly of his skills as a mechanical artist and his ability to handle large volumes of work on a daily basis.

·         Jean is a senior marketing communications specialist with outstanding design skills. She recently wrapped up a four-month contract for TCG where she managed all aspects of a new product launch for a health care organization.

  • Stacie is a senior marketing professional with experience in non-profit, education and healthcare. Her skills include strategy, branding, communications, events, social media and media relations.
  • Elisa is a junior account/marketing/PR coordinator with her MBA. She has strong communications skills and is  bilingual in English and Spanish and even knows a little French.

·         Jill is an award-winning copywriter with strong headline writing skills. Her experience includes retail and healthcare.

·         Liz is an account director/production manager with agency and publishing experience. In her most recent role, she managed strategic and design projects for over 20 clients.

·         Lou is an art director/creative lead with experience working in a variety of professional service environments. He has experience designing collateral for annual events, new business pitches, ads, POP displays, microsites, CDs and reports.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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Our new 2012 salary guides are out and the research suggests that professionals in creative fields can expect average starting salary gains of 3.5%in 2012. Those with interactive skills, such as user experience (UX) designers, are especially sought after as firms look to improve their web presence and transition many of their marketing programs online.

 

Call me to schedule a time to hand deliver a salary guide and I’ll throw in a coffee on me. (I won’t physically throw in a coffee but you get what I’m saying.)

 

This week’s talent…

 

·         David is a senior copywriter/copy director with e-commerce experience. He’s worked for several top brands and his portfolio includes promotional email campaigns, landing pages, catalogs, ads, branding, product, packaging and radio copy.

·         Karen is a web content manager with extensive financial experience. She’s written copy for email drip campaigns and managed content development for site redesigns.

·         Stephanie is a project/print production manager with agency experience. Her projects have included brochure design, direct mail campaigns, print ads, tradeshow graphics and new business pitches.

·         Alexie is one of our go-to web production artists. He’s completed 50+ assignments for TCG over the past few years and just wrapped up another one working on Flash banners. He’s proficient in Photoshop, HTML and CSS.

·         Jim is our PowerPoint guru and he just wrapped up another successful TCG assignment for a top Boston agency where our client once again raved about his work.

·         Elizabeth is a graphic designer who recently relocated from CT where she worked for an A/E/C firm on print and email campaigns. She’s also comfortable working on RFPs and RFQs.

·         Christian is a marketing/PR coordinator who is wrapping up a long-term contract for TCG on Friday. For the past eight months, he’s been assisting with web articles, social media postings, press releases, press conferences, talking points, pitches and media buys.

·         Kerri is a marketing communications manager with Marketo, Google Analytics and Wordpress experience.

·         Divya is a marketing assistant with social media experience and solid graphics abilities. She’s also strong with market research and cold calling.

·         Tim is a senior marketing writer with experience in technology and financial services. He has significant experience writing web copy, product copy, press materials and collateral.

·         Thai is a studio artist with agency experience. He just wrapped up a quick assignment for TCG and received rave reviews. He’s particularly strong with mechanicals and versioning.

·         Deb is a web project manager/marketing communications specialist who recently wrapped up a long-term assignment for TCG managing a monthly newsletter and related website.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

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Eric DiChiara
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According to a new survey by TCG, the number one critique voiced by executives (32%) when viewing creative portfolios is that they fail to show value. Lack of organization came in second at 19%.

 

For the full survey results, along with tips for building and presenting a portfolio that demonstrates value, click on the link below.

 

http://creativegroup.mediaroom.com/portfoliopitfalls

 

I’d love to hear from you too…what do you feel is the single most common mistake creatives make when assembling a portfolio?

 

This week’s talent…

 

·         John is a web designer who just spent the past five years working for a top online retailer. There, he designed online promotions and managed production of high-quality images. He also has strong print design skills.

·         Alexandra is a marketing associate/digital marketing specialist with strong social media, SEO, blogging and copywriting experience.

·         George is a multi-media designer/jack-of-all-trades. He recently wrapped up two assignments where he created animations and Flash-based presentations. He consistently delivers on every assignment.

·         Pat is a web/UI designer with higher-ed experience. He is proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery.

·         Bill is a senior production designer with 15+ years experience working at some of the top financial services firms in Boston. He has an appreciation for clean, crisp design and white space.

·         Thai is a studio artist with agency experience. He just wrapped up a quick assignment for TCG and received rave reviews. He’s particularly strong with mechanicals and versioning.

·         Richard is one of our best PowerPoint specialists and is seldom available…but he is available this week and he’s outstanding! He’s top-notch when it comes to new business presentations and branding.

·         Jenna is one of our go-to production artists. She routinely delivers for our clients regardless of the project and is particularly strong with Indesign production.

·         Brandon is a front-end web developer with web programming and application development experience. He has worked with HTML5, jQuery and CSS3, and recently built a content management system used by over 4300 clients.

·         Craig is an award-winning senior copywriter with agency experience. He’s written copy for some of the top brands out there and his work includes print, broadcast and interactive.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

If you prefer not to receive future general email broadcasts from The Creative Group, please reply to this email and put “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Thank you.

 

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)
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