If there's one tried and true job search method, it's checking the good ole classifieds – nowadays, known as the internet. The best chances you have to secure a new job is positioning yourself as the ideal candidate for a job that already exists. You're looking, they're looking – it's a win-win. JobLeads_2
With the speed of some of the world's stupidest videos, we know the power  of word of mouth. They care about your successful job search almost as much as you do, so why not expand your search party and tell people you're looking for a job? They all know people who know people who know people, and a personal recommendation has a lot more sway than a cold applicant. JobLeads_3
Former or current coworkers, that is. Be a little more careful about this one if you're looking for a job while still at another company. While your true comrades might be game to help you fly the coop, you definitely don't want word getting out before you have any concrete plans. If you aren't in another workplace, however, hitting up your old coworkers is a great way to kill two birds with one stone– tell 'em you're looking for a new opportunity all while checking in and catching up with them. JobLeads_4
Looking to your college career office and your alumni network is a great starting place because everyone involved wants you to succeed– the alumni association wants its people to do well professionally, the people within the network love to support anyone from their school so they're more likely to hire you, and you, of course, want to find a job. Definitely don't discount the potential of a university career network– it's a very supportive community with a lot of connections. JobLeads_5
Why spend all of your time looking for a job when the perfect fit could be put right in front of you (Hint hint: us)? The best part of looking to a recruiter (CM Access!) when beginning your job search is that there's a relationship built– we spend time understanding what you're looking for, and have a thorough knowledge of what the company is in search of (we know what's up), so it ends up being a better fit. Plus,employers to come to us (we're cool) with available opportunities, so there's a wealth of possibilities on the job front when you work with us (we're walking, talking career encyclopedias). We'll touch a bit more on why recruiters are so great (and better than headhunters) in our next post, so stay tuned!
Posted: 7/15/2015 3:36:33 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments

With developers and designers commingling, the skills of each beginning to blend with the other, it makes perfect sense that the two might find themselves in a bit of a merging situation. (Anyone see the parallel with CM Access's creative staffing merging with IT?) It might be that the IT and creative departments are combining, or maybe a smaller company is just reorganizing the office layout. Businesses are investing more in digital initiatives, where technical know-how and creative skills are a necessary collaboration.

Whatever the reason, there's a good chance that you, a designer or developer, haven't been sitting near anyone doing different work than you. Designers sit near creatives, developers are next to coders; it's like lunchtime in school all over again, except probably not by choice.

So, say cubicles have shifted or desk assignments have moved and hey! You've got a new desk neighbor. There are some things you should know so that you can both coexist in peace and thrive in your collaboration.

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Check In

The main purpose of the two of you sitting near each other is to foster creativity and keep communication lines open, casual, and frequent. Your communal projects will only benefit from this new office arrangement if you take advantage of the close proximity and check in about your projects as often as possible. The best result of the recent spike in tech and creative collaboration is the shared knowledge of capabilities and limitations. As an example- in the past, a designer would work with a client to develop a design that fits within a client's budget, and then pass it along to a developer, now the developer can assist with cost-saving measures and keep the design reasonable. There's no better way to ensure your projects are on the right path than to have some established time to talk about them. Which brings us to our next point...

Be Respectful

Different types of jobs  work very differently. While you're used to working in small chunks of time, your new neighbor might have a different system of their own in place. Just because you're close doesn't mean you can lean over and ask them a question whenever you feel like it. Nobody likes the office pest! Send a quick email or chat asking them to let you know when they have a few minutes, or at the beginning of the day set up a time to check in. Establishing a time in the near or semi-distant future establishes a relationship of respect, which is key to your success as a team.

Posted: 7/1/2015 8:40:33 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments