Have you lost a gig to this interview mistake?

Fidgeting WomanLove LifeHacker!  Quick, concise, impactful.  This recent LifeHacker tweet caught my eye.  Couldn’t agree more that fidgeting might cost you the gig.  And the key to not fidgeting?  Be prepared!  At Maris we not only give you the gig requirements (both hard/soft skills) but also prep you with intimate client insights as to creative philosophies, company cultural norms and work flow.  Plus you have been pre-sold to the client in our submission pitch.  All this pre-interview counsel and advice helps you be the chosen one.  Confident, prepared resource + great gig = satisfied client.  Easy. So relax, no need to fidget.  Read on here . . .

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Can you check the boxes for the freelance lifestyle?

imagesCAD30KBRAre you a marketing or communications professional who has always wanted to “go out on your own?”  Do you love product marketing or digital media but want to work with more flexibility?  Perhaps it is time to seriously explore becoming a consultant or freelancer (or as the IRS will refer to you, an independent contractor).  Following is the checklist we recommend to use in assessing your freelance readiness . . .
Have you consulted with a professional for advice on financial flexibility and tax ramifications?
 Have you banked six months of income in liquid assets?
 Do you have a fully functional remote office (smart phone, protected laptop or PC, scanner, current software etc.)?
 Have you registered a business entity with the State of Colorado?
 Do you have the confidence and comfort level to work independently?
 Have you identified the highest potential freelance clients as well as the “low hanging fruit?”
 Have you discussed with those around you about this lifestyle/income change?
Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire

How to Get the Gig and Forget the Economy, Stupid.

 

With Colorado’s unemployment rate just dipping below eight percent, the marketplace is flooded with tremendous marketing, coget-more-gigsmmunications, product and digital talent. How do you make it work FOR you instead of against you? Go for bright and shiny and easy to find but realize everyone is attracted to sparkling high profile opportunities (sign up for Indeed.com push e-mails, read the Denver Egotist and visit the career sites for your targeted companies).Take advantage of every opportunity to hone your skill set or connect with potential employers or entrepreneurial partners (Connect on LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter, FB and Instagram). Get a marketing project assignment from your last employer or create a website for your local coffee shop. Volunteer to write content for your favorite non-profit (everyone/everyplace is hungry to share their own valid and authentic story). Post yourself on eLance. Join the Maris Talent Tribe. Go ahead, give us a try, we want to help you Get the Gig.
Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire

The Six Most Important Resume Tips for the Maris Talent Tribe.

  • resume typewriterForget the two page resume. The longer the better. At least for Maris. The more robust the resume the more likely you are to show up as a match in a keyword search whether the client is seeking marketing, communications, product management or digital. Your resume submitted to the Maris Talent Tribe should have absolutely everything you have ever done that you are willing to do again for money (save the love for other opportunities). Typically we will ask for a more targeted resume once we are positioning you for a specific placement.
  • Start with your expertise. A bulleted list of  expertise at the top of your resume not only covers more critical key words but lets us (and our clients) know at a glance what you consider to be your killer talents. LinkedIn can help build a resume but do not rely on their app alone.
  • Show results. Another bulleted list of “career high” results and achievements across all your work. Be concise and specific with target and outcome and reveal as much as allowed about the program/project and how you exceeded results.
  • Software expertise is CRITICAL in many placements so by all means go ahead and list WordPress, SalesForce and Eloqua along with Excel and Office and all those silly named interfaces that start with “monkey”. While you’re at it, include professional training, certificates and impressive seminars.
  • List all your industry experience. Yes, all of them – from hi tech to healthcare to telecom and consumer packaged goods. We place talent across all industries.
  • Chronology.  Give us companies, titles and dates to present. Dangling gaps?  Just explain them (like gave birth to triplets or learned to cook in Italy).

Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire