As the team lead for business development in our Philly office, Eric excels at helping our clients get exactly what they need: amazing talent to help them hit their business goals.
He’s got a lot of great advice for clients and talent alike in his answers to our 11 Quick Questions. (As for where to get the best food in Philly, you’ll have to tweet at him.)
- Any resume reading secrets to pass along? Get right to the details and examples. The heart of the resume lies in the candidate’s “hands-on experience” examples. When they describe what they did at a company or on a project, that’s where you can really decipher if they have the experience and chops needed for a given opening.
- Best advice to any manager conducting an interview? Most people look for the top skills and best qualifications with a potential staff member. That’s great, however the old sports adage also holds true for candidates: it isn't the most talented team who always prevails, it’s the one with the most drive and desire to win. That’s why you need to favor those candidates with strong work ethics and positive attitudes.
- Advice for freelancers to make their first day a successful one? Make an impression! Be friendly, creative, and be yourself. Learn as much as you can about the task at hand and ask questions to ensure your best work.
- In your experience, why does Temp-to-Perm work so well in the creative and digital space? Imagine if you were purchasing a home, a car, or investing a large sum of money in the stock market. Now think about being able to try any of those out for 3 months before you decide whether or not you wanted to keep them... That is exactly what clients and talent get to do through temp-to-perm. #mindblown
- What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Of course I’m going to say contact Vitamin T, first and foremost! But your next step is making sure your resume and/or portfolio are in order. Check that every piece of content is grammatically correct and proofread. Then network, network, network! This industry is very network driven. Get out to events, happy hours, and do more to set yourself apart from other candidates.
- Best creative/digital event in your city? It’s a tough call, since there are a ton of great events and happy hours. I really enjoyed the Forge Conference in Fishtown (Philly). Awesome speakers, well organized, and great food!
- Best tips for a making a great LinkedIn profile? Showcase examples of your work. Have a fun, but professional summary that highlights your personality. Upload a recent photo and always keep your profile up to date.
- Number one mistake people make when hiring a creative? Making sure the "culture fit" is the right match for all parties. For a creative, the work environment, types of projects, dress code, and team are very important. Having the perfect fit allows for a talent’s creative juices to flow, which is crucial for success of the client and the talent alike.
- Digital or creative hero? Elon Musk is a genius. Solar City, PayPal, SpaceX, and what is basically his side project Tesla Motors. Not to mention his philanthropic efforts on science education, pediatric health, and clean energy. In my mind, he is truly a creative hero.
- Favorite place to keep up with changes in the digital world? Social media. My creative network on Linkedin and Twitter keep me up to date on all of the latest trends and advancements.
- Guilty song pleasure? Any cheesy 80's pop song. If my iPod was somehow released to the public it would be an embarrassing day for me. I can't choose just one song, so I’ll share my two karaoke go-to songs: “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean, and “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. Classics.
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