How Does A Candidate Stand Out In The Competitive Creative Industry?

By Sven Eckhoff March 23, 2020

The Talent Boom is a global digital and creative recruitment agency with offices in Cape Town, Miami and Amsterdam. Two weeks ago we did a blog on how a candidate can stand out in the tech industry, this week we are having a look at the creative side and how a candidate can stand out in the creative industry. Our Boomers (recruiters) have engaged with countless creative industry clients and candidates. We have filled creative roles across the world from Germany to Tokyo. Through this experience, our recruiters at The Talent Boom have learned exactly what it takes for talent to stand out in the creative industry.

Showcase Your Awards/Events Attended/Sponsorship’s

Many creative/digital companies will want to see your achievements in the creative space. Thus it is important to have them well displayed in your CV and online profiles. Our recruiters will notice your awards and this will put you ahead of the crowd competing for a job role. Showcasing the events you have attended relating to the creative industry shows that you are immersed in the creative industry which is a positive in the eyes of employers. Sponsorship’s mentioned in your CV and online profiles show that your work is invest-able and of high quality.

Keep Your Portfolio Updated

It is important to keep your creative portfolio as recent as possible. Hiring managers and recruiters will mostly view your most recent work to get an idea of what your strengths are and if you have the required skill set for the role. Keeping your portfolio up to date will also show that you have been working in the recent past and that you are not out of practice.

Keep It Relevant And Be Prepared To Work Hard

It may be time consuming but you should alter your CV for each new job you take on. There are many different elements of design in the creative industry, sending a print portfolio to a digital agency wont have much of an impact. Our recruiters at The Talent Boom are much more likely to put you forward for a role if your CV is relevant to the job at hand. The creative industry is though environment and many times you will feel its all against you. Just keep working hard and push through because at the end of the day that is what gets noticed.

Keep Up To Date With Competition

Keeping tabs on what your competition is doing is a great way to keep your work relevant. See what they are doing and come up with ways to do it better. Don’t just do what everyone else is doing, stand out from the crowd and you will get noticed by top recruiters and hiring managers.

Advance your creative skills

The creative industry is always changing due to new trends and technology becoming available. With this in mind, its absolutely critical to keep up to date with new skills that companies will start requiring from you. We have experienced the changing requirements for the creative industry due to a lot of placements being made in this industry throughout the years. We also experience trends in various countries, with some countries having a boost of strong creative skill set and other countries which have a real shortage of talent with those particular skills. A good creative candidate should keep up to date with new tech and trends coming out, through reading articles and news reports as this will give them an edge on other candidates looking for similar roles, particularly if that skill is quite new in the country they are in. There are a ton of great free courses online that you can enrol in to advance and broaden your knowledge of the creative industry. Never stop learning because the more skills you have the more you will stand out and hiring managers will notice you and put you above the chasing pack for creative roles.

 

This is a fantastic article from The Medium on how to keep up as a digital creative:

https://medium.com/@tomaslau/how-to-keep-up-to-date-as-a-digital-creative-f720d71f0a0d

Be Passionate About Creativity

This one is very simple, having enthusiasm for any job is important. To be good at something most of the time you need to have fun while doing it. Be excited about your career and it will help you stand out in every way. Our digital recruiters at The Talent Boom are more likely to notice someone who jumps off the page and their energy for what they do shines through.

Communication Is Key

 In the creative industry collaboration is key as some projects require a wide range of skills that maybe not only one person possess. Communication is also important to gain new skills and learn from others. LinkedIn, Github and other social media platforms is a great way to create connections in your industry. This way, you can learn from a range of sources and keep up to date with what is going on in the creative space. Our team of experienced global digital recruiters encourage all candidates in the creative industry to have a wide professional network as this is a factor that can push them over the edge when it comes to the recruitment process.

This awesome article from SkillsYouNeed will give you some advice on how to improve your communication skills:

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/improving-communication.html

Have An Outstanding CV & LinkedIn Profile

Having a well detailed and eye-catching CV & LinkedIn profile is important to help you stand out when hiring managers are scouting for creative talent. Make sure your CV & LinkedIn profile is up to date and easily readable, make sure the information that is needed is easy to find.

Here are two previous blog posts from The Talent Boom on how to create a great CV and LinkedIn profile:

13 Tips From The Boomers For A Great CV

6 Pointers From Our Recruiters At The Talent Boom On Creating A Winning LinkedIn Profile

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