Darren Scotland's Blog (6)

Building Culture: 8 things to lookout for

Barely a day goes by without the word 'culture' featuring heavily in my conversations. It’s become a sort of catch-all phrase and having a ‘great’ one is something lots of agencies can be fiercely proud and protective of - and rightly so. It's also a great get-out-jail-free card when it comes to delivering negative interview feedback; "they're good but we don't feel like they fit our…

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Added by Darren Scotland on January 25, 2018 at 4:26am — No Comments

Frustration...

So in the course of any one day I get a stack of emails from people that seemingly have no idea how/why to apply for a role in the creative industry.

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Normally it’s cool, I’m polite and reply with a, “thanks but no thanks…” sort of thing, trying to offer a piece of advice where and when I can. But occasionally, towards the end of a long day, I don’t. And I write something like this:

“Dear *****…

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Added by Darren Scotland on March 26, 2013 at 5:30am — 10 Comments

Does the world really need recruitment consultants?

After a frustrating couple of months I’ve found myself asking this question on a more regular basis. Of course I already know the short answer….no, it doesn’t. What we do is definitely not rocket science and everyone knows what *astronomical fees we charge! (*no pun intended) But if you’ll permit me to continue, I’m going to try and explain why we’re here and why, when you find a good one, they can make your life easier and maybe even save you a few quid.

These days…

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Added by Darren Scotland on February 27, 2012 at 6:47am — 7 Comments

Advice for graduates.

It’s that time of year again, the sun’s beginning to shine, the sound of ice cream vans is filling the streets and I’ve started getting into planting herbs again!



Yes, graduate season is under way and hundreds of design students are emerging from their 3 year old cocoons ready and eager to join the “real” world and begin an exciting and glamorous career as a creative

(shhh… don’t tell them!).



But where to start? There’s loads of you and we all…

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Added by Darren Scotland on May 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

How to attract talent - it's still harder than you think!

Yeah there’s a recession, yeah there’s bags of people on the market but I think creative agencies still need to be working harder to attract top talent.



It’s not enough just to exist and expect the best candidates to come to you - and be grateful for a job - they’re still in high demand so you need to do more.



Here are a few ideas:



Career path:



In my experience, prospects (or lack of) have got to be the number one motivator for a job seeker in… Continue

Added by Darren Scotland on November 18, 2009 at 5:12am — No Comments

Freelancers.....another way.

At the start of the year we (that’s Character Creative) got to thinking about what we could do for freelancers and those agencies trying to find them.



More and more of our clients were asking about them and, whilst we never turned the work down, we hadn’t formalised any offer or even a general response.



Hence we struck upon the idea of a single introductory fee for freelancers, and it works something like this;



Pay us £500 for finding each freelancer and you’ll… Continue

Added by Darren Scotland on October 29, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

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