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Vitamin of the Week: Ryan West (Houston)


Ryan West

With his background in marketing, business strategy, graphic design, and recruiting... Ryan’s career path made him the perfect fit as a Vitamin T agent.

Whether you’re a creative talent looking for better opportunities or a company in need of people who fit your business, you’ve gotta talk to Ryan!

That is, of course, AFTER you check out his answers to our 7 Quick Questions.

  1. What made you want to work at Vitamin T and what do you love most about working here? Two things: the team and the culture. I love the level of confidence Vitamin T puts in each one of its staff members. I feel like what I’m working on and doing every day (getting people jobs) really matters and that everyone around me is here to help me to do my best work. That’s not a feeling you get at every company.
  2. What do you love about working with creative talent? The portfolios! I really love seeing their work. It opens my eyes to the high level of talent and skills we have right here in the Houston market. It is amazing to see the work people create.
  3. Biggest myth about being a recruiter? That I can find someone a job tomorrow. Unfortunately, there are some people who expect that I have been waiting for them to show up and already have their job. But the truth is I spend a lot of my time helping talent shape their portfolios and resumes so we can market them better. I think any company who really cares about the people they represent would do the same. But, like I said, sometimes candidates don't see recruiters as support in their own personal job search and that’s a hard myth to overcome.
  4. What’s the BEST thing someone can do when looking for a job? Make a stellar resume and portfolio, then get out of your house and show it to as many people as you can. You should be at every networking event and knocking down every door.
  5. What app do you use regularly that provides great user experience? The iTunes Podcast app. Honestly, I really don't think it provides the best user experience, but I listen to everything while I drive and that’s the app to make that happen. So maybe that’s a UX lesson: if a user is motivated enough by a product, they’ll make do.
  6. Best creative/digital event in your city? AIGA’s Design Week. Designers from all disciplines (including architecture, publishing, environmental design) share their work with all of Houston and join in the creative conversation. It’s massive!
  7. Who is your creative or digital hero? Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She’s written numerous books and articles on design and gives many lectures around the country. Her philosophy is that design is for everyone and we should all learn how to make great design. She’s really helped me build a great design foundation.

Looking for an amazing creative gig in Houston? Chat with Ryan!

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