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Vitamin of the Week: Carling Sturino (Boston)

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Carling Sturino

From her editorial work at Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal to her production management role at Travelers Marketing, Carling truly understands the hours, the skills, and the passion it takes to get creative work done right.

Which is why she puts just as much passion (and time) into finding Boston’s creative talent the jobs they love.

Discover why this Vitamin T agent really rocks by reading her answers to our 7 Quick Questions!

  1. What do you love about working with creative talent? I think the best part is seeing the evolution of their career paths. When you’re just starting out in the creative world, you might think that careers are linear, that is, there’s a straight path to your perfect job. Not true. It never fails to surprise me when I hear about the twists and turns people take along those paths: a high school teacher that decided to become a UX Designer or a Project Manager who found their passion in coding. Truth is stranger than fiction!

  2. Best creative/digital event in your city? I might be a little partial, but Vitamin T puts on some pretty great creative/digital events. For example, at our last Digital Rendezvous we hosted a portfolio review at General Assembly for Graphic/UX Designers. It was fantastic chance for talent to meet the our recruiting team, get portfolio feedback from people in the design industry, and learn about General Assembly’s design classes.

  3. Biggest myth about being a Recruiter in the staffing industry? The biggest myth has to be that we’re are only interested in making money. Well, it’s a myth here anyway. We care first and foremost about the wellbeing of our talent. My team and I don't just want to find someone "a job," we want to find him or her the "right job." It’s so rewarding to call a talent after they’ve started a position and hear that they enjoy their new work environment, are expanding their skills on new projects, or have bonded with their co-workers. THAT’S the sort of stuff that gets you out of bed in the morning.

  4. What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? Pay attention, the devil is in the details! Before sending out your resume, have a friend look it over for punctuation/grammatical errors. Practice your response to basic interview questions. Do your research: take a look at the company's website and learn more about their employees via LinkedIn. I promise that if you do, it’ll really pay off.

  5. In your job, what’s your biggest joy? I really enjoy helping people improve their portfolios and expand their creative/digital skills. During the interview, I always like to suggest courses they could take to advance their skills. For example, Aquent Gymnasium is a great (and free!) resource for digital professionals. Also, before I chat with someone, I like to look over their resume and portfolio, so I can see if there’s a better way they could be displaying/presenting their information. It’s always fulfilling when a talent emails me their updates a few weeks after our chat. It’s even better when those improvements help them find a new job!

  6. What’s your favorite interview question? “Can you tell me about a time you solved a problem for a specific project or client?” This question gives me a better understanding of the talent and how they problem solve. Did they tackle this project alone? Did they rally the team to come up with a solution? Also, was the solution successful? And, if it wasn't, what lessons did they learn for future projects?

  7. What’s your favorite brand and why? Kate Spade is my favorite brand. Fashion is my creative space and I really enjoy the creative spin Kate Spade puts on essential items: sunglasses, shoes, and purses. I like that the brand lets me have fun with fashion, whether that be through a pair of cat eye sunglasses or a flamingo purse!

  8. What’s the name of the last book you read? “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson (she also wrote Behind the Scenes at the Museum). The narrative was truly inventive: it follows the life—and deaths—of the main character, Ursula Todd. It proposes the thought-provoking question, “What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?” A great conversation starter, right?

Looking for that special creative gig in Boston? Talk to Carling!

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