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When it comes to running a successful business, finding a highly skilled team of employees is crucial. But it isn’t always easy. In a recent survey by Robert Half, six in 10(60 percent) small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring or managing staff is finding skilled professionals for the job.

 

http://creativegroup.mediaroom.com/small-business-recruiting-challenges

 

Are you having trouble finding skilled talent?

 

If so, check out some of our skilled talent, available as soon as tomorrow!

 

David is a senior UX/interaction designer/user researcher. He just wrapped up a three-month project for TCG to rave reviews and is an expert in user research, human factors and usability testing.

 

Benito has been one of TCG’s best and most reliable visual designers over the past few years. He’s almost always booked up but is currently available…for now! His outstanding portfolio includes websites, direct mail, brochures, invitations, annual reports, ads, posters and vehicle wraps.

 

Derrick is an award-winning digital strategist/supervisor who has managed multi-million dollar accounts for large brands within healthcare, consumer products and financial services.

 

Philip is a front-end developer who just wrapped up a three-month contract at top interactive agency. He has mobile experience and is proficient in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery. He also has experience in .NET environments.

 

Lucyus is a web/print production designer with 5+ years experience. He has a valuable combination of creative and technical skills and is proficient in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Teamsite, Dreamweaver and Flash.

 

Shinnon is a marketing specialist with international email marketing experience. She is skilled in Salesforce, Google Analytics and several email distribution platforms. She has also designed and executed social media marketing plans.

 

Diane is a visual designer with experience designing PowerPoint presentations, websites, banners, emails, brochures, posters, stationary and icons. She’s skilled in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, PowerPoint and HTML.

 

Sandra is a marketing manager with B2B and B2C experience. She is skilled in multiple marketing disciplines including communications, product marketing, sales campaigns, marketing programs and market research.

 

Christine is a visual designer skilled in all aspects of web and print design, strategy, development and production. Her work includes websites, marketing collateral, posters, brand ID and announcements.

 

Josh is a marketing manager/designer with extensive AEC experience. He has worked on proposals, collateral, client presentations and market research.

 

Daniel is a marketing/PR coordinator with strong writing and SEO skills. He has experience with social media, online content production, media relations and qualitative and quantitative analysis.

 

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.

 

We understand web projects can be complex. Fortunately, staffing the project doesn’t have to be when you work with The Creative Group and Robert Half Technology. We can provide you with a full range of skilled professionals for your next web project. From concept to execution, we’ve got you covered.

 

Call me to learn more about how TCG and RHT can staff your next web project!

 

And check out some of the top web/digital talent we have available this week…

 

·         Chris is a junior interactive designer who just wrapped up a year-long contract at a global retailer. He’s proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash, HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver.

·         Craig is a senior interactive art director with agency and consumer experience. His work includes websites, mobile apps, CRM program pieces and direct mail.

·         Ann is a senior web designer/art director with a ton of financial experience. Her work includes websites, microsites, Flash animations, user interfaces and multimedia.

·         Christine is a senior interactive art director and a “great find” according to one of my clients after completing several assignments for them. She has a strong agency background with outstanding references.

·         Brian is a digital strategist who comes from a web design and development background so he truly understands how web sites and applications work. Brian has mostly recently worked as a web project manager and has experience with SEO/SEM, analytics, content management systems and content migrations.

·         Mike is a senior project manager who recently wrapped up an award-winning iPhone app project for a national financial services firm.

·         Steve is a UX/UI/art director who has recently completed contract assignments as several top agencies in Boston. He also has a background in video and film production.

·         Rory is a senior IA/UX designer with agency, consumer, financial and healthcare experience. She has a proven ability to integrate usability practices, build relationships and manage complex projects in order to create successful online experiences. (She’s available for a full workload but only able to work two days a week onsite.)

·         Stacy is a community marketing manager/marketing associate with experience in community management, campaign building, email marketing, events and blogging.

·         Eunice is a marketing communications manager who has experience with SEO/SEM, Google AdWords, collateral development, market research and PR.

·         Alan is an award-winning art director/senior designer with a ton of financial experience. He’s skilled in both web and print design and comfortable with concept, design and production work.

·         George is a multi-media designer with experience in Flash and AfterEffects. He’s also completed numerous assignments for TCG and consistently receives great reviews.

·         Erik is a web content manager who spent  years at a global software company. There, he was responsible for the end-user online experience for the company’s extranet.

·         Kim is an award-winning senior art director with agency and big brand experience. Her portfolio includes print, direct mail, microsites, online banners and emails.

 

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
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Have you ever found yourself thinking, “if only I had another meeting today…that would be awesome!”

 

Didn’t think so…and you’re not alone!

 

In fact, 45% of managers polled by Robert Half felt that employees would be more productive if their companies banned meetings one day a week.

 

Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group, offers up a few easy tips to consider next time you feel the urge to plan a meeting.

 

http://inhowse.howdesign.com/contributors/donna-farrugia/hold-the-meetings/

 

And here’s this week’s talent:

·         Judson is a UX designer with mobile and e-commerce experience. He’s worked in a variety of industries, including travel, hospitality, luxury, AEC and healthcare.

·         Julie is visual designer with web and print skills and extensive agency experience. Her recent work includes interactive banners and landing pages for a national brand.

·         Leslie is an experienced copywriter with a ton of financial experience. She’s written copy for both print and web and has written copy for shareholder materials as well as internal and client communications.

·         Joie is a marketing manager with 10+ years experience working in the AEC industry. Throughout her career, she’s been responsible for RFP, promotional materials, client presentations and strategic communications.

·         Chris is a senior copywriter/creative director with a extensive experience in branding, direct mail and multi-channel marketing across a range of industries, including retail, technology and media.

·         Patricia is a senior electronic publishing specialist with financial experience. In a recent role, she managed, edited and produced an award-winning newsletter for 1K+ employees. She’s also worked extensively on federally-regulated mutual fund annual reports.

·         Dave is a copywriter with 10+ years experience working in a variety of agency and retail environments. He recently wrapped up a year-long contract where he wrote packaging copy for 20 products, produced in-store materials and edited thousands of online product pages.

·         Traci is a marketing specialist who is wrapping up a long- term contract at a national software company. She also worked for TCG at a health care company and received great feedback. She has experience with media planning, advertising campaigns, marketing projects and e-newsletters.

·         Cisco is a production designer and one of our go-to contractors. He’s successfully completed dozens of assignments for TCG over the past few years, has worked in a variety of industries and is proficient in Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

·         Sarah is a production artist with web and print skills. She just wrapped up a successful assignment for TCG a top online retailer and received outstanding reviews.

 

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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When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get a new backpack each year and fill it with all sorts of fun school supplies (I was such a geek). But times are still tough and not everyone can afford a new backpack and school supplies.

That’s why I’m proposing this deal…

For each 40+hr assignment secured between now and 9/2, I will donate a brand new backpack to The Home for Little Wanderers.

Check out the following link to learn more about the backpack program:

http://www.thehome.org/site/PageServer?pagename=give_backpackdrive&printer_friendly=1

It’s a great cause and I’d love nothing more than to go back-to-school shopping! Do they still have Star Wars gear?

(PS, I’ll be out of the office on 8/25 and 8/26 for my wife’s birthday, but anyone on my team can help in my absence.)

This week’s top talent…

    Theresa is a web production specialist who is proficient in HTML and CSS. She has experience using content management systems and is a Certified Usability Analyst through Human Factors International.

·         Kevin is a multi-media specialist with experience converting video files to Flash format, hand-coding online educational courses in HTML and CSS, and uploading images for course content.

·         Ashley is a marketing coordinator with strong writing skills. She recently spent two months at a top A/E/C firm working on proposals and also has experience writing press releases and placing articles.

·         Peter is an award-winning UX designer with 10+ years experience working for a government organization. His work includes mobile apps, Flash-based virtual tours, websites and videos. He’s available 40 hours a week but can only commit to two days onsite.

·         Colleen is an interactive designer/IA with agency and corporate experience. Her portfolio includes designs for e-commerce, websites and application user interfaces. She’s available as of 9/6, which is just around the corner.

·         Stephanie is a communications/project manager with outstanding writing and public relations skills. Her experience includes print and online materials, including news releases, pitch letters, media alerts, web content and by-lined articles.

·         Alexie is one of our go-to web production artists. He has completed 50+ assignments for TCG including a recent assignment hand-coding HTML email blasts. He was able to help our client knock off a bunch of email blasts in a very short period of time.

·         Paula is a writer/editor/proofreader who spent 25 years at a top university here in Boston. There, she produced print and internet versions of over 40 annual publications.

·         Jennifer is a project/account manager with agency and consumer experience. She has extensive experience with print, web, direct and email marketing.

·         Shad is a senior IA/UX designer with health care and retail experience. He’s worked on microsites, intranets and various web-based applications. He’s also available for 40 hours a week but can only commit to two days on site.

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.

Thanks,

Eric

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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