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Vitamin of the Week: Jessica Montrie (Chicago)

Vitamin of the Week:...

Jessica Montrie
@JessMon

Having worked  in the ad agency world for over twelve years, Jessica understands the critical role that getting the right talent at the right time can make or break an opportunity. As a Business Development Manager in our Chicago office, she’s made it her mission to understand a client’s creative needs and match them with great people—fast.

We’re sure you’ll find her answers to our 11 Quick Questions are as thought-provoking as her nickname (“Clutch"). Read on to discover the number one mistake people make when hiring a creative and the best ways to work with a recruiter to fill a role.

  1. Number one mistake people make when hiring a creative? Not giving them the space they need to create- both mentally and physically.
  2. Best advice to any manager conducting an interview?
    • Prepare for a candidate interview as you would any important meeting.
    • Identify the top qualifications for the job.
    • Review resumes and portfolios in advance.
    • Map out a list of key questions and have a game plan.
  3. In your experience, why does Temp to Perm work so well in the creative and digital space? Even the most rigorous of interview processes can’t ensure a culture fit every time. If a company wants to go on to do great things, it needs culturally aligned employees who are committed to making an impact.
  4. Best ways to work with a recruiter to fill a role? Open, honest communication given in a timely fashion. Great talent won’t be on the market long, so be prepared to act swiftly.
  5. What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Get with a recruiter you can trust, they can serve as a sounding board and guide, all while doing a lot of the legwork for you.
  6. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An Interior Designer.
  7. Digital or creative hero? Emily Henderson, @em_henderson.
  8. Tips for making a compelling portfolio? Make it reflective of the caliber of organization you want to be a part of. I.e., if you want to work for a hot start up or digital agency- make sure your portfolio looks like they type of work they produce.
  9. Best creative/digital event in your city? The Off the Street Club Holiday Luncheon, when Chicago’s marketing & advertising community bands together for a very worthy cause.
  10. Favorite meme or parody? The Success Kid. I’m in a baby phase right now, literally.
  11. Guilty song pleasure? Meat Loaf’s "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." It’s so over the top I can’t handle it.

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