What We Learned from Interviewing 106 Designers

A few months ago we had the opportunity to hire a new graphic designer. We were super pumped about the opportunity. So we posted the job online, and we got 106 applicants for the opening.

106 applicants…

So yeah, that was a bit overwhelming. But we did get to walk away with some key insights from the entire process.

Your Resume Matters

One of the first insights we learned was that if you’re a designer and you want a job in design you’ve got to have a stellar resume. I’m not just talking the content of the resume itself; I’m talking the actual design of the resume.

It was surprising to me the number of applicants that turned in a resume that looked like it was just Word document with little thought put into typography. How much did resumes matter? Well, we were able to eliminate 85 applicants just based on the design of their resumes.

And We’re Back…

So where have I been?

Well, one new kid, a Facebook Group with almost 10K members, and launching campus number six and seven has kept me a little busy, but have no worries, I’m back.

And Were Back

I can’t say how excited I am to be back to creating content. The break has been good, but it’s time to get back to work.

While I have your attention, check out this interview that Katie Allred and I did with Aaron West over at MediaShout:

How to Never Run Out of Social Media Content

Welcome to Episode 69 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about how to never run out of social media content.

At some point you might run out of social media content. Or at least you think you’ve run out of social media content. So today, we’re going to talk about four ways you can avoid running out of social media content.

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Reaching Generation Z

Welcome to Episode 68 of the Ask Darrel podcast. On this episode we’re going to talk about reaching Generation Z.

Now let’s be clear Generation Z is different than Generation Y, and we need to know the difference in order to reach them. That’s one of the many topics we’re going to cover in today’s episode.

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How to Manage Your Social Media with Post Planner

Today, I’m going to walk you through the tool that I’m using to manage my personal social media… Post Planner.

The best thing about Post Planner is that it’s very easy to curate your favorite sources of inspiration and then post them on social media. Post Planner is also very good at telling you what will gain the most traction.

Watch the video to see more.

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Post Planner

3 Tips on Managing Generation Z

We’re not talking about Generation Y. Nope. We’re talking about Generation Z (anyone born from 1995-2009) and some tips on managing them.

This is the first year that I’m working with Generation Z on my staff, and I’m starting to notice some differences between them and the rest of the team. So today, I want to talk through some of the research I’m finding and three tips to managing Generation Z.

And yes… I cut myself shaving again.

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