Monday, March 9

PP: Catching up on Reading Responses

9 Resume Mistakes that Could Cost you a Job

There is absolutely no room for sloppiness in a resume. A resume remains the most important part of the hiring process and it can help or hurt your chances. One of the most common grammatical errors is having too many commas, this is especially important for me because I know I use way too many on a regular basis. So definitely something I'm gonna look out for. Submitting even the slightest it of incorrect information will come out eventually and work against you. Save the file as your name. Be creative with language rather than formatting. Basic language seems generic and the formatting should be functional. Don't be vague, give plenty of information to highlight your accomplishments. As a college grad, your resume should be one page long. Only choose information that is in line with the position you're applying for. Never omit exact dates. A list of skills and how you've used those skills is essential. Instead of using an objective statement, that often seem state, create a thoughtful headline.

2014 Logo Trends

Because our culture has become more and more reliant on their smart phones. Design has shifted to be more flat, surfaces more plain, and  defined by a mono-weight lines. Logos are being scaled down to tiny sizes. People are also getting more drawn to what's real, brining back the hand-made to make us feel like technology isn't taking over. This is why the revival of hand lettering is so popular. Today insight means learning how to move design forward by turning digital limitations into communication advantages.
2014 Trend Report
Mono Crest: use of non-scalable line weight
Letter Stacks: actively draws viewers in to discover the puzzle
Hand Type: refreshing break from digital world
Dazzle: intriguing and legible in it's incompleteness
Flat Facets: define volume while being dimensionally flat
Geo Wires: canting the shape to create depth
Trans Menagerie: flat, transparent, animals
Waves: people know this means wireless connection / becoming just connection in general
Hexagons: reference to typical shape of crest shield
Geography: incorporating a shape of a location is hidden to make an "aha" moment
Pompons: line segments intersecting
Knit: incorporates textiles look
States: one color with a simple symbolic shape
Links: transparent linkage shows how things work together
Motion Lines: radiating lines show movement

Let's Get Professional: Designing your Personal Logo

First identify your brand and how you want to be perceived as a designer.  Showcase parts of design that you specialize in. Use other logos as inspiration but it's important that your individual personality shines through. Think outside the box for ways to showcase your creativity. The best way to start is by doodling. Your logo will be most successful, the more adaptable it is. Your logo will be used on a variety of materials.

My Last Portfolio Sucked, Yours Might too

Visually impress the viewer within the first ten seconds.
Make it easy for the viewer to contact you and view your work.
Don't use thumbnails that require the viewer to view image larger.
Never ever have music automatically play at entering the site.
Portfolios are not the time to experiment with navigation.

How Awkward People can start NonAwkward Conversations

Desensitization theory= small steps of doing something you fear before jumping in.
Talk to strangers in passing. Find ways to break the ice.
Be sincere= ask thoughtful questions that will reveal positive things in the person you're speaking to.

what interviewers wish they could tell every job candidate

1. I want you to be likable.
The employer- employee relationship truly is a relationship & it starts with the interview.
You may have the qualifications, but if the interviewer doesn't like working with you then they probably won't hire you.

2. I don't want you to say that you immediately want the job.
No matter how much research you've done, you can't know you want the job until you know everything possible about the job.

3. I want you to stand out...
Interviewers are more likely to remember a candidate impressions rather than a long list of facts. Give them one or two things to remember you for.

4. ...but not for being negative
(no whining, complaining, grumbling)

5. I want you to ask lots of questions about what really matters to you...
Make it clear that this job is a good fit.

6. ...but only if the majority of those questions relate to real work.
first find out if you're the right one for the job, then spend time questioning vacation time/ asking off/etc.

7. I love when you bring a "project".
Do research and use that to show what you could bring to the table.

8. At the end I want you to ask for the job and know why.
Ask me for the job and prove to me objectively that you're the right one for it.

9. I want you to follow up... if it's genuine.
The more closely you listen during an interview, the follow up will be natural.

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