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Vitamin of the Week: Briana Biancolin (Toronto, ON)

Vitamin of the Week:...

Briana Biancolin
@bree_z

With her expansive background in creative recruitment, media, communications, and the performing arts, Briana uses her patent “subtle” sense of humor (her words not ours!) to mentor our amazing Toronto Agent team.

Tune in to hear her answers to our 11 Quick Questions and find out the best thing to do when looking for a job and how to promote yourself on social media.

  1. What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Let the world know! Whether you’re at the dentist, a party, or visiting your in-laws—be sure to mention to all the people in your network that you are LOOKING for work. The more you put it out there, the more likely you are to attract new opportunities.
  2. How can freelancers market themselves on social media? Engage with people, don't just “talk” at them. I think sometimes we all forget the social part of social media; it's a conversation! Find people who have the kinds of jobs you want and ask them compelling questions. Be memorable and, If the conversation gets good, take it offline and go have a coffee or a beer. Build on the relationships you create. It's a small world and you never know how you can affect / be affected by other people down the road.
  3. Advice for freelancers to make their first day a successful one? Get up extra early and have your morning planned. Lay out the outfit that you feel best in, have a hearty breakfast, and have the route already plugged into your phone or GPS. You don’t want to be scrambling on the morning of your first big day!
  4. Tips for a making a great LinkedIn profile? Choose a picture that clearly shows your face and, if you can, use the same picture for your Twitter profile. I think it helps in branding yourself and gets people to remember you! Also, keep your profile concise, accurate, and relevant. If you have done a good job for someone in your network, ask for their endorsement or recommendation.
  5. Biggest mistake people make on their resumes? Not being honest. Of course you should sell your experience, but don't oversell a skill you don’t have (or aren't confident in) just to get a job. If you aren't qualified for the job you get, it will show and it will hurt your credibility and reputation in the industry. It’s really not worth it.
  6. Favorite place to keep up with changes in the digital world? Mashable. I really like the variety of their articles as well as their ability to incorporate wit into everything they do.
  7. Describe your city in 5 words. Vibrant. Diverse. Delicious. Magical. Lively.
  8. Best advice to any manager conducting an interview? As simple as it sounds, be sure to make eye contact. It can be uncomfortable to give an interview, but by ensuring you look at your interviewee will take the edge off the process for both of you.
  9. Favorite meme or parody? IKEA Monkey. (The backstory is pretty bizarre.)
  10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was just 10 years old I was often caught watching Just for Laughs or BET Comic View and I think it worried my parents because of the “mature content,” but I always aspired to be a stand up comedian, so I had research to do!
  11. Guilty song pleasure? Will Smith’sGettin' Jiggy Wit It.”

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