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Vitamin of the Week: Michael Eisenstadt (NYC)


Michael Eisenstadt

When Michael walks into one of our client’s offices, everyone can start to relax. They know he’s not going to rest until he finds them the perfect creative talent.

Ready for some of his hiring and job seeking secrets? Then scope out his answers to our 11 Quick Questions to find out the best thing you can do when looking for a job and the number one mistake people make when hiring a creative.

  1. What’s the BEST thing you can do when you’re looking for a job? Be able to articulate what you can/will do to help a team and an organization. Organizations exist to solve problems, so you need to be able to demonstrate your strengths relative to the organization's key goal(s). And be gracious.
  2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox (I'm originally from Brookline, MA).
  3. Tips for a making a great LinkedIn profile? There’s so many, and you can’t cover it quickly. This article is a great reference.
  4. Best way for freelancers to market themselves on social media? Set up an easily navigable portfolio site, reference it on all social accounts, and engage with the community. Be curious about what's happening and, above all, get involved.
  5. Digital or creative hero? I don't know about heroes, but I have to hand it to Larry Page and Sergey Brin for creating Google.
  6. Advice for freelancers to make their first day a successful one? Show up early with a full stomach and get ready to amaze people!
  7. Favorite online quiz? (And your answer.) The Gender Prediction Quiz -- Is it a Boy or Girl? My wife and I did this one several times before our daughter was born. It always predicted a boy.
  8. Tips for making a compelling portfolio? Share only your best work and make it super simple to navigate.
  9. Number one mistake people make when hiring a creative? They don't fully understand what they are trying to accomplish and look to the creative to have all the answers.
  10. Biggest mistake people make on their resumes? Too functional. Everyone in that role would also have done everything you've listed. What was unique about what you brought to the job?
  11. Guilty song pleasure? I met my wife when I was waiting tables at the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District, and we had a DJ that would always put Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do” in the mix. It's a classic.

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