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Vitamin of the Week: Kevin Tran (Dallas, TX)


Kevin Tran

When it comes giving our Vitamin T clients outstanding service, Kevin always goes whole hog.

Check out his answers to our 11 Quick Questions, he’s got great advice for conducting an interview as well as tips for how best to look for a job.

  1. What’s your advice to any manager conducting an interview? Communicate to the talent the top 3 things you would like to discuss. When you do, the talent is prepared to touch on what's most important to you. You’ll be surprised how seamlessly the interview runs!
  2. Best way for freelancers to market themselves on social media? I personally don't think posting status updates gets you anywhere. First, separate your personal account from your work account. Then create a good workflow of items that you are proud of and use your account as a portfolio. Lastly, be sure to join groups and always be involved in open discussions.
  3. Best creative/digital event in your city? The Dallas Digital Summit, hands down. Seventy-five speakers packed into two days. I love it because you can listen in on the ideas and visions of a tech startup CEO, go grab a bite to eat, and then come back to hear someone like Steve Wozniak speaking. Wow.
  4. What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Lay off the Netflix. Kidding (but not really). I’ve got a four step plan for you:
    • Put serious effort into tailoring your resume and portfolio to the role you wish to take on.

    • Utilize LinkedIn to follow up on leads.

    • Do research to find out what your value is at your current skill level.

    • The absolute best thing you can do is NETWORK and be respectful to everyone. If you create and maintain the right relationships with the right people on a consistent basis, you'll never be out of work.

  5. Biggest mistake people make on their resumes? There’s a few I see consistently.
    • Creating lengthy 10-page resumes. (Okay, really long resumes.) It’s fantastic you worked in fast food in high school, but always try to be relevant.

    • Not having a clear career objective and using incorrect titles (i.e. I'm a Web Developer. I'm proficient in Dreamweaver and Adobe Creative Suite).

    • Grammar mistakes and misspelled words. If you aren't going to make sure a representation of yourself is perfect, what makes you think someone will expect that in the work you do?

  6. In your experience, why does Temp to Perm work so well in the creative and digital space? You can't interview creative. You really just have to see it work.
  7. Tips for making a compelling portfolio? Stay up to date with the latest design trends, i.e., flat design, parallax scrolling, bold typography, fresh colors, etc.
  8. Favorite social network & why? Instagram! It's my favorite because each profile is basically a timeline of someone's life. I like the fact that you can literally spend 2 minutes looking at someone's pictures and know everything about them without reading a single word. Plus, I like to eat and people are always taking amazing pictures of food. One more thing: if you didn't take a picture of it, it never happened.
  9. Describe your city in 5 words. Diverse. Tasty. Sweltering. TRAFFIC. DirkNowitzki. (<---I may have cheated on the last one.)
  10. Who rocks your world on Twitter? @mental_floss
  11. Guilty song pleasure? Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”

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