Whenever the creative seas get choppy, our clients call Dan.
With 11 years of experience in the creative staffing industry and Sr. Director of Sales for NYC Vitamin T, they know he’s the right guy to guarantee smooth sailing.
Cruise through his answers to our 7 Quick Questions, then give him a ring for New York’s best digital talent!
- What made you want to work at Vitamin T? And what do you love most about working here? Aquent was the top staffing agency in my market, so when I was contacted about an opportunity there—then learned it was to launch this new, cool, awesome brand called Vitamin T—I couldn't say yes fast enough! I absolutely love the culture here, EVERYONE has a voice at every level of the organization. Sure, we have a natural corporate hierarchy, but the organization remains extremely flat simultaneously. It continues to be an incredible experience, and I look forward to work every day! (Which was the first time in my professional career I’d ever thought that!)
- What’s one important skill every person should have and why? Hands down, it’s got to be interpersonal communication. Being a salesperson, it’s an essential component to what I do for a living, of course, but I'm shocked at how many people have not mastered this vital skill. With the continued rapid increase of technology used in every part of our daily lives, this gets lost for many people, especially with the younger generations who have grown up with so much technology around them. Don't forget how powerful a face-to-face conversation is/can be, and how much more meaningful it makes that relationship, whether it’s professional or personal.
- Best creative/digital event in your city? The Webby Awards. We're so lucky to partner with such a prestigious digital awards event here in the Big Apple! This is the Internet’s best of the best and always comes with a star-studded cast of award winners and presenters!
- What’s your favorite interview question? Why is it your favorite? “Name one of your top five favorite movies of all time.” Caveat: this question must be asked in the midst of more traditional interview questions about experience, ability to overcome adversity, challenges faced, etc. It's designed to throw someone off slightly, just enough that a little of their guard is temporarily lowered and their true character can shine through. Their response can be a very interesting glimpse into their overall personality. Of course, as an interviewer, you have to make sure your timing is impeccable.
- What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job?
- Make sure there are NO TYPOS in your resume/CV.
- When communicating in writing, make sure grammar is also correct. Strong written communication is a super important part of any job.
- Be prepared to answer, and expect, tough questions during an interview (gaps in employment, why you left a certain job, etc.), and keep all of your answers positive, i.e. don't bash former employers, no matter how terrible they may have been.
- What do you love about working with creative talent? I love learning something new every day and I get to do that here constantly—whether it's with a client who is working to build/design the next cutting edge digital product or from a candidate who just had an opportunity to work on a similar project. It's endless.
- What most excites you about your work and the contribution you make? That I get to meet new people every day, that we connect talented creative people with amazing organizations, and ultimately, we put people to work.