With an agency background in copywriting and account management and a passion for helping others, Marti knows how important culture can be when making a creative match.
As our temp to perm specialist (we call it Talent Bridge), she helps ensure our clients get the talent they LOVE and our creative talent find a place they can call home.
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What made you want to work at Vitamin T? And what do you love most about working here? Unlimited vacation! Just kidding, of course, although it's certainly a nice perk. I wanted to come to Vitamin T because of the culture. I’ve always worked in the creative field, so I knew I wanted to stay in the industry, but I was hooked by a culture that believed in work/life balance, in making work FUN, and that wasn't content with letting growth be anything but intentional. Now, as an employee coming up on 2 years, I love being here for the same reasons. I love that an idea can be heard on any level here and that some of the most dynamic concepts, ideas, approaches, or processes can come from any individual in the company with the passion to put it to action. It keeps you working your creative muscles, because you don't feel stifled by position or influence. You have the opportunity to make your own opportunity - and that's a cool feeling to wake up to every day.
What do you love about working with creative talent? That no two conversations are alike. I am someone who tends to get bored with repetition—and creatives keep things interesting. Creatives also tend to be a very passionate breed, and passion is contagious.
What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? Network. With real humans! It's easy to shoot your resume out to as many job boards as possible, and, sure, that might have some results. But more often than not, you will be frustrated as you continue to feel like your resume is disappearing into the black hole of the Internet. You'll have a much higher return on your time by spending time getting to know folks in your field, asking for referrals, and making real connections. Don't know where to start? A recruiter is like having immediate access to a robust network. They can help point you in the right direction to have the right conversations that lead to perfect fits.
What app do you use regularly that provides great user experience? Mint! I am a personal finance nerd and also very goal oriented. Tracking all my accounts, spending and savings goals in one place is easy and visually appealing. Typing passwords and usernames and such for different accounts can be cumbersome, so Mint's ability to keep information secure in one place, decrease the number of steps I need to take to access information and use of clean visuals to track goals and budgets helps make everything easy. When testing UX on an app, I use the litmus test question "does this make me want to throw my phone out of my car window?" And with Mint, the answer is no. (Unless I overspent on shoes that month).
What’s your favorite interview question? My favorite interview question is to ask the candidate what their best working relationship looked like. It will give them a chance to paint an honest picture of environments and leadership styles that they were able to thrive under.
Best creative/digital event in your city? I am a huge fan of Leadercast in Atlanta. It's not focused directly on "creative," but certainly leads down the path to being a more dynamic, more creative leader. The event is inspiring—and you spend time listening to thought leaders across industries that give you a chance to learn what innovation can look like in a host of settings.
If you had to pick two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be? No shade to my real mother, who is my actual hero, but if I just HAD to pick a celebrity mom it would be Amy Poehler in a heartbeat. Her unapologetic confidence as a woman is inspiring and I love what she's done with her organization Amy's Smart Girls. As my celebrity father, I would have to pick Jon Stewart. I can imagine that he would be excellent at helping with homework and building a last-minute volcano science project. Both very important parenting skills.
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