How to Design Original Resumes for Creative Careers

In the world of creative thinking, there has been a revolution of digitalization, we have been bombarded with new tools, profiles, and even the creation of new areas of expertise. Writers, photographers, artists, and even fashion designers have needed to upgrade their skills when applying for certain jobs. Resumes are now full of innovation, imagination, and different artistic styles.

We grew up with the idea that the more serious and professional your Curriculum Vitae looked, it would be more likely to achieve the required expectations of the employers and, therefore, to be hired. If you’re a doctor or a lawyer, this might actually work, but for designers, artists, or photographers, it’s a long way from what it’s supposed to be. An artist’s resume needs to show the quality and originality of their work. This does not mean that you will hand in something resembling a high school graffiti. We are here to help you and we have put together some pointers to take into consideration, depending on your application and skills.

Design Students, Photographers, Fashion Designers, and Artists

Creativity is very important, which means their resumes have to be colorful, dynamic, interesting, and eye-catching, but at the same time, they have to be resourceful when showing the information required, always being true to the artist’s style without overpowering the document.

When you go online, there are so many styles of professional resume templates for graphic designers and artists that you can easily download and modify depending on the specific needs of the person.

If you have photos, paintings, drawings, or sketches, you must make sure to include a physical and digital portfolio of your work, specifying the year and the media used to create them. These have to be in high quality, medium to large size, so they can be properly appreciated.

The internet is full of examples of inspiring creative resumes and design portfolios. In order to stand out in this market, it is essential to make your online portfolio as inspiring as possible.

Production and Entertainment 

Productions with real budgets are always in need of individuals to do specific jobs. Therefore, remember to put your profession or your current position immediately after your name. When writing down your experience in the field, the best is to point out professional jobs first, then student and micro-budget projects last. Producers want to see that you have previous professional experience.

If you’re a recent graduate, add your education at the top of your resume and the experience, if any, at the bottom. You must list each position you have held, along with a list of concise points describing your job responsibilities at each company. If you’ve completed any significant personal film projects or won any awards, add them to the list.

There are websites where you can upload your resume, video, and demo reels when applying for specific jobs. Building up a network of contacts by studying media at school, film at the university, or attending a local filmmaking club. By meeting people and making low budget short films, as well as working on movie sets, will help you keep in touch with film crew members on social media. It is known that often directors and producers will work with the same people time and time again; therefore, this will increase the probability of finding a job in the area.

Finally, creating social media profiles and writing a great description can also help put your name out there. Participate in forums, online competitions, Vimeo, twitter chats, and Instagram profiles will definitely increase your chances of getting a job. Creativity revolves around us, digitalized on the internet, and you should try to be a part of it to let people know what skills you offer.

Jacqueline Guzmán/ NEUVOO

Strategic Alliance Coordinator US

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5 Foods You Can Eat to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

By: Andrea Ferrer / NEUVOO

Strategic Alliance Coordinator for US

Several studies have shown that at least one third of the US population lives under extreme stress, while almost half the country (48%) believes their stress has increased over the past 5 years. This condition is contributing to the emergence of health problems, poor relationships, and loss of labor productivity, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).

 

Everybody seems to have their own definition of stress, however, most people don’t really know what it means. Stress is a natural reaction of the body that has both psychological and physical manifestations and that we all experience when we face changes in our life. It causes the brain to be on guard, the nervous system awakens, and hormones are released to quicken the senses, accelerate the pulse, deepen the breaths, and tighten the muscles.

 

When suffering from stress, the body consumes vitamins, proteins, and minerals faster, lowering the defenses and losing essential nutrients. This can be reflected in our work environment, because it can generate: excessive tiredness, depression, pain, loss of concentration, bad mood, and low productivity.

 

One of the ways to combat the damage that stress can cause to our bodies and, consequently, to our work environment, is to incorporate foods that will help you replenish some energy:

 

  1. Nuts: this superfood increases your serotonin levels, regulates sleep and pleasure, and promotes feelings of well-being.
  2. Black chocolate: this snack stimulates the production of opiates and dopamine. Opiates are the chemicals responsible for reducing the sensation of pain and creating well-being, while dopamine influences the sensation of pleasure.
  3. Milk: this cherished liquid has powerful relaxing properties that reduces the levels of cortisol, the hormone produced by the body when we are stressed. In addition, it is high in antioxidants and vitamins B2 and B12, as well as in proteins and calcium.
  4. Kiwi: this flavorful fruit contains vitamin C that helps activate a number of enzymes in the body to improve metabolic energy levels. It also contains different neurotransmitters in the brain that increase physical and mental energy.
  5. Black Tea: there’s a reason why the Queen drinks so much of it. Tea helps you recover faster from the stress of everyday life, because it has properties that lower cortisol levels (stress hormone) in the blood.

 

By including any of the aforementioned foods in your daily diet, you can counteract the damage caused by high levels of stress in your body and improve your performance in the workplace.

 

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10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Succes at Work

Jacquelyn Smith

If it has to do with leadership, jobs, or careers, I’m on it.

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tasteful humor is a key to success at work, but there’s a good chance your co-workers aren’t cracking jokes or packaging information with wit on a regular basis–and your office could probably stand to have a little more fun.

“Humor, by its nature, tends to have an edge to it, so people typically tone it down at work,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do at Work (Portfolio, 2013), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2012). “It’s hard to do well and easy to do badly. Plus, we all have a tendency to take ourselves way too seriously.”

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, president of Humor at Work, and author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank (Dec. 2013), says the amount or type of humor you’ll find in any given workplace depends almost entirely on the culture. “In workplaces that encourage people to be themselves–that are less hierarchical and more innovative–people tend to be more open with their humor,” he says. “Even people who aren’t always comfortable sharing their humor tend to do so in more relaxed environments where the use of humor becomes second nature with everyone’s style.”

Then there are workplaces with employees who tone down their humor, often with the desire to be taken more seriously, he adds. “Yet, this can backfire as people who take themselves overly seriously are often, ironically, taken less seriously by the people around them.”

Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, believes employees are much more comfortable using humor with colleagues than they are with their bosses. “You face a higher risk factor when joking around with your boss because you just don’t know how your lightheartedness may be taken. So, you generally find greater reticence to use humor with senior managers.”

Other reasons workers might hold back: A fear of offending someone; a fear of not being funny—that their humorous attempts will crash and burn; or the unwillingness to “get the ball rolling.”

“Many leaders, especially introverts, don’t know how to safely encourage the use of more humor at work and are unsure how to express it in their own leadership style,” Kerr explains. “Many of my clients also simply cite a lack of time as a key dampening factor.  The desire is there, but they simply don’t know how to bring more humor into their busy work life.”

Whatever the reason may be, if you or your colleagues tend to be dry and dull in the office, you’ll want to work on injecting more humor into your workday.

Kerr says dozens of surveys suggest that humor can be at least one of the keys to success. A Robert Half International survey, for instance, found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement; while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job. Another study by Bell Leadership Institute found that the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.

“At an organizational level, some organizations are tapping into what I’d call ‘the humor advantage,’” Kerr says. “Companies such as Zappos and Southwest Airlines LUV -2.22% have used humor and a positive fun culture to help brand their business, attract and retain employees and to attract customers.”

Taylor says humor demonstrates “maturity and the ability to see the forest through the trees.” You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian, she adds, “but well-placed humor that is clever and apropos to a business situation always enhances an employee’s career.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/05/03/10-reasons-why-humor-is-a-key-to-success-at-work/#4

5 Things to Do During Any Job Interview

While applying for a job offer you need to take into account that any company starts their selection process by going through CVs and calling potential candidates in for an interview. If you already applied for the job and are waiting for that call, or if you already have that interview scheduled for your dream job, then you should definitely take into account the following tips our team of experts have put together just for you:

  • Be on time: Not only do you need to be on time for your interview, but we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early. You need to take into consideration traffic, delays in public transportation, the fact that you might not be exactly sure where the place is, etc. It is definitely better to arrive a bit earlier than expected than to show up half an hour late with a lame excuse. Remember, first impressions are extremely important in these cases.
  • Dress appropriately: Sometimes, finding the perfect outfit is not easy, especially for women. For situations like job interviews, the best thing to do is choose the safe option. Go for the classics, pencil skirts, blouses, a modern pant suit, in neutral colors with a little pop of color. Never exaggerate on makeup, leave the heavy eyeshadow and liner for the club. Just a few accessories and you will be ready to knock their socks off!
  • Be honest: Try to have your strenghts and weaknesses all worked out before the interview. The company will definitely value your honesty in this regard and, this way, you can put aside the so called “perfect candidate” profile.
  • Use the resources at hand: If you already have some work experience, take advantage of the knowledge and tool you acquired while at those jobs. Furthermore, recruiters tend to ask about the reason you are leaving your current position; the best you can do is give an honest answer, always try not to talk negatively about your current or previous employer.
  • Do your homework: Never go to a job interview without having done a bit of research about the company and about the position you are applying for. This way, you will not be caught off guard by the interviewer.

You are now officially ready for your next job interview! Remember, do not be scared of being yourself, doing that and following these great recommendations, we are sure you will get that job you have always dreamed of having!

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5 Ways to Look Totally Chic at the Office Every Day

Do you wake up every Monday with a smile on your face, excited to go work after a fantastic weekend? No? Didn’t think so. However, for lots of women, the idea of flaunting a new purchase at the office can change this answer. Fashion is something a most women live and breathe; it’s something that drives them and inspires them most days. Planning your outfit the night before or putting it together in the mornings can give you the boost you need to start and end –who doesn’t love getting the perfect day-to-night outfit ready for Friday– your week on a good note. What are the basic rules to apply if you want to look très chic at the office every day without getting bored of your wardrobe? Office wear has never been easier! Just follow this expert advice and you’ll be the talk of the town among your coworkers:

 

  • Going with a classic look –little black dress, neutral pantsuit, pencil skirt– will always be the safe choice for work wear. However, there are ways to spice up this look with a statement piece. Try wearing a fun and colorful accessory to go with your outfit: a bright pink purse or belt, a very dramatic –and big– necklace, a pair of fantastic metallic heels, a colorful blouse, or long and sparkly earrings. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit! It won’t hurt you to try new things.

 

  • If your job is more relaxed, you can always go for the casual business look, but be careful, casual is not to be confused with sloppy! The secret to this look is being able to look both comfortable and business-like at the same time. If you’re wearing jeans, always favor heels and a feminine blouse to go with it. A blazer and a great looking bag can also complete this look. You can also have some fun with accessories, but be careful not to overdo it, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.

 

  • If your thing is fashion and you know how to mix up different styles, the careless chic look is for you. You might look a bit disheveled to the untrained eye, but you know you’re the queen of street fashion in the flesh. What characterizes this look is the clash of different styles: playing with shapes –wearing both oversized and fitted pieces– and mixing up masculine and feminine pieces with heels, boots, or oxfords.

 

  • The simple and feminine look is exactly what it sounds like, wearing simple and cute clothes to the office. Flowy skirts, thin belts, summer dresses, minimalistic accessories, cute flats, and flirty blouses are all a big part of this beautiful look. Neutral colors are always a must here, but don’t be afraid to use a leopard print or flower pattern with your gorgeous white flowy skirt once in a while.

 

  • If you’re more of a risk taker, the edgy look is for you. This style is more appropriate for women working creative jobs and whose office attire guidelines are less strict. However, a little bit of edge never hurt anyone, if it’s on a low-scale, you can probably get away with it. Play with your statement pieces and maybe wear more than one. Using leather, mixing different prints, bold lip colors, knee-high boots, and maybe even some transparencies are key to achieving this badass look.

 

Don’t be afraid to try these looks for the office and spicing up your work wardrobe! Remember you can always mix up your basic clothes with some statement pieces. Being creative and feeling great about yourself are the only two things that matter in the end. So what will you be wearing tomorrow to work?

 

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Working From Home: Awesome or Awful?

Gillian B. White

For over a year, I worked almost exclusively from my tiny apartment in Harlem. Aside from trips into an office every six weeks or so, my work schedule and surroundings were mostly left up to me. On some days, I would fly through assignments and personal tasks with unusual efficiency. But on other days, telecommuting meant working from the time I woke up until the wee hours of the morning with no breaks, or spending entire days seemingly accomplishing nothing other than making headway on my Netflix queue

While my own lack of self discipline likely played a role in my frenzied schedule, a recent paper authored by the professors Tammy D. Allen, Timothy D. Golden, and Kristen M. Shockley, shows that the results of my telecommuting experiment were pretty typical. They found that in 2014, about 25 million people worked remotely at least one day per month. And for most people, working remotely was a mixed bag.

Telecommuting has some definite advantages. Allowing workers a choice in where and how they work can increase employee loyalty and job satisfaction, and may reduce turnover. Those who have the option of working outside of the office also reported somewhat lower levels of stress and exhaustion. And studies have suggested that teleworkers tend to get higher performance evaluations.  The list goes on: Allowing people to work away from a company’s main office means increased opportunities for those who work in rural areas and those with disabilities. It can also help the environment, as more people are able to eliminate lengthy commutes.

And then there are the downsides. Though workers have more control over their time, many who telecommute find that balancing work with personal life can be difficult, especially since the lack of physical separation between workspace and family space means that everything blends together. That can lead to lots of stress. The study finds that when looking at work-family conflicts, working remotely doesn’t necessarily make things better. The researchers suggest that this may be because when individuals work from home, they’re automatically expected to take on the bulk of familial duties—from waiting for repairmen to childcare to chores—and that can create tension, especially if they’re still struggling with a full workload. But the researchers also noted that if people work remotely for more than a year, these conflicts seem to decrease as families settle into a routine and create boundaries.

The largest criticisms of telecommuting have to do with the findings that working from home can increase feelings of isolation and that can impact how workers feel about themselves, their work, and their personal lives. The study also shows that there isn’t yet clear data on how telecommuting impacts wages and promotions—which can leave many employees feeling hesitant about committing to a consistent-telecommuting arrangement. Not having colleagues around can also impact the perception of a workers commitment and dampen the creativity that comes from random workplace interactions.

So do the positives or the negatives win out? It’s a toss-up for now, but the frequency and location of telecommuting can tip the balance. Job satisfaction increased for people who work remotely about two work days a week. After that, though job satisfaction plateaus. The study also finds that most research showed productivity for those had a choice of work locations—which can include satellite offices, home offices, or coworking spaces—increased, while peers who worked exclusively from home were less productive. This suggests that allowing workers to spend some, but not all, of their time outside of the office could be beneficial for everyone.

For now, many of the downsides of telecommuting might just be due to the fact that many remote-working programs are in their early stages. Both workers and companies alike are still hashing out how exactly to work together even when they aren’t in the same space.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/is-working-from-home-working-telecommute/411805/

3 Advantages of Hiring a Bilingual Candidate

Vanessa Fardi neuvoo

Having bilingual employees in the workforce can only bring benefits to the company. Studies have shown that bilingual people are good at multitasking and have excellent communication skills. Any company looking to expand or to have global reach should have at least 5 bilingual employees on their payroll. The most common language combination nowadays is English/Spanish. However, Chinese, German and French are languages also being sought after by recruiters. So if you are a job seeker, start looking for the best language school in your neighborhood, and if you are a recruiter or a company owner and you are not yet convinced bilinguals will eventually rule the world, here is a small list of the advantages of hiring bilingual candidates:

  1. International reach. Bilingual employees not only know how to speak the language, but, in most cases, they also have knowledge about their native country’s culture, which is always an advantage when dealing with international clients.

 

  1. Translation made easy. Having a bilingual employee makes using localization services a breeze. The staff member could be in charge of proof reading the translation of the content of the website and can assess the localization process. He or she can also adapt the information for what is more suitable in the different regions.

 

  1. A recent study showed that bilinguals can switch between tasks a lot quicker than people who know only one language. Researchers found that people who spoke several languages could process information faster and more efficiently than monolinguals.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to hire a whole lot of bilingual employees! Make sure to use a bilingual recruiter who can test their skills and that will be able to make a decision based on the candidate’s skills. Languages are the future, what do you have to lose?

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