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Vitamin of the Week: Kelly Drodofsky (Seattle, WA)

Vitamin of the Week:...

Kelly Drodofsky
@KellyDrodofsky

As a recruiter turned graphic designer turned graphic design recruiter, Kelly truly understands the hiring process from both sides of the desk. Her life’s passion is to help others meet their career goals, something she does every day at Vitamin T Seattle!

You’ll jump for joy when you read her answers to our 11 Quick Questions and discover how to avoid making big mistakes on your resume and how to run a great interview.

  1. Biggest mistake people make on their resumes? Making it too difficult to understand what it is you do. If your resume is a scavenger hunt, don't be surprised if the reader doesn't stay long enough to find the treasure!
  2. Good advice to any manager conducting an interview? Give every person you interview your time and attention. Making them feel comfortable and really listening to what they have to say, in a conversational manner, will give you a true sense of who they really are and what they can do for your business.
  3. What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Other than work with Vitamin T? For creatives, one of the most important things is to become skilled at speaking about your process AND why you made design decisions. (BTW, “Because it looks good” isn't a reason!)
  4. Best tips for a making a great LinkedIn profile?
    • Keep your profile up-to-date.

    • Add contact information for your connections to be able to reach out.

    • When writing descriptions of past roles use keywords that are relevant to your field.

    • Be clear and concise. Make it easy for readers to know what you did in each role and provide relevant success stories.

  5. Digital or creative hero? Debbie Millman! I was fortunate enough to meet her a few years ago and found out she’s not only an inspiring designer, she's also a wonderful person. She told me that “busy” is a decision, which changed my life. She also taught me to not count failures, but rather how many times I succeed.
  6. Tips for making a compelling portfolio? I said it before, but show your process. My favorite portfolios are not overly designed; they’re clean with handy thumbnails right on the homepage.
  7. Number one mistake people make when hiring a creative? Not looking at one of the most critical creative skills: the ability to learn new things quickly and adapt easily. Hiring a senior talent with years of experience doesn’t mean that they will be able to contribute to your projects immediately.
  8. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Either an astronaut, actress, or a singing pig farmer (one of which is still true). Becoming a creative recruiter didn't cross my mind until design school.
  9. Favorite meme or parody? Just one? This Frozen meme. But I also really love this classic Harry Potter one! And of course this Graphic Designer one just hits too close to home!
  10. Who rocks your world on Twitter? I love the Annenberg Foundation’s @exploreorg because, well, who doesn't love bears and penguins? And I love all things @mindykaling!
  11. Guilty song pleasure? 100% guilt-free! Miley Cyrus’“Party in the U.S.A.”

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