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Vitamin of the Week: Liz Yee (Washington, DC)

Vitamin of the Week:...
Liz Yee

It’s true, the only thing that’s not rapid fire about DC agent Liz Yee is her pet turtle.

And yes, we’re quite sure it’s not a tortoise.

Speaking of fast paced, that’s how Liz answered all our 7 Quick Questions. You, of course, can go through as fast or slow as you like, but we’re pretty certain that when you’re through, you’re going to want to speed over to our site and chat with Liz!

  1. What’s one important skill every person should have and why? I don’t know about everyone, but for a recruiter/agent it’s definitely learning how to “read” a talent and learn what they’re truly like. It’s essential when you’re trying to match them to a client or team environment. It’s not easy to learn!
  2. What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? I’ve got several “bests,” but essentially you need to do whatever it takes to make yourself standout in the sea of applicants.
    • Network Network Network!! I know it sounds cliché, but how are you going to get your name out there or learn about opportunities if you don’t? These days you can’t just rely on sending e-mails or applying blindly to a posting. You have to attend networking events and/or join social sports teams like kickball, because the people who are going to be able to put you in touch with the hiring managers are your peers. So why not become friends with them?
    • Do your research. It looks really good in an interview when you know the little things about a company. It shows that you not only understand their mission statement, but their true values.
    • If you has a company in mind, I suggest looking on LinkedIn to see who you’re connected to or find someone who can connect you. When you do, I guarantee you are more likely going to put more of an effort into your application for a position. Just be STRATEGIC, knowing someone goes a long way!!
  3. Best creative/digital event in your city? Creative Mornings. You can find them in almost any city, but one thing’s for sure: you will always find local clients in attendance. It’s a great opportunity to introduce yourself to them and also meet other talent. Plus you get to hear about cool or fun things going on in your community related to the creative world. Did I mention there’s often free food and coffee? And who doesn’t like free food?
  4. What made you want to work at Vitamin T? The job posting attracted me instantly. The role was exactly what I’ve been looking for and to top it off, it sounded like a place that I just HAD to work at. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the people and culture. We have such incredible and inspiring leaders, why would I want to work anywhere else?!
  5. What do you love about working with creative talent? Just that, they’re creative! Creatives are some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. On a regular basis we meet such interesting people with even more amazing backgrounds. I once interviewed a Turkish translator who escaped genocide and now draws inspiration from her life experiences and pours them into her work. THAT is why I love creative recruiting. You never know who has an incredible story to tell!
  6. What tech innovation has most impacted your life? The mobile phone and what it’s become today. Yes, it basically runs my life and I would LITERALLY be lost without it. But seriously, I think it’s one of the best tech inventions because of how many lives it’s saved by using it to call police or EMS in emergency situations. Or the most common emergency in my life: when I can’t think of who sings that one song and it’s driving me crazy – yep.
  7. Name 3 things you think will become obsolete in ten years. Land lines. CDs/DVDs (um, hello Spotify and Netflix.) Physical credit cards (Android and Apple Pay, anyone?)

Looking for freelance creative work in Washington, DC? Talk to Liz!

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