The Hunt is on!

Job hunting is never easy. It’s one of the most stressful part of your professional career and possibly the most loathed. Think about it: you put yourself out there time after time, risking your ego and sanity under the threat of constant rejection. It’s not a pleasant process by any means but it’s a necessary…

Feedback for your Manager

Providing your manager with regular feedback is a job. Your job, believe it or not. Why you? Because, more than anyone else, you know your manager best (possibly even better than his own line manager) because you work with him on a daily basis. That puts you in a unique position to help improve his…

Riding the Wave

Change is inevitable, I am told. Aside from death and taxes (and taxes can be circumvented at times), change is the other thing that we can consistently count on whether we want it or not. It’s been said that the most successful people are not always the smartest nor are they always the strongest. Often…

On Vacation

Some years ago (in a former workplace), an Australian colleague with extensive experience managing Philippine BPOs shared a particular insight that he had after working several years in the country. He noticed that there are some Filipino agents who usually avoided using their Vacation Leaves, usually because these are often convertible to cash by the…

Advice for Freelancers

Neil Gaiman, from his 2012 commencement speech at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, offers some great advice to freelancers. He says that freelancers who continue to get work do so because of three things: they’re good at what they do, they get their work done on time, and they’re likeable. According to the very successful…

Focus

For the most part, multi-tasking is an illusion and I mean this in an office productivity context. I’m not saying it can’t be done but when you multi-task, it is often tiring and produces get sub-par results (sometimes even below standard). I understand why it is sometimes necessary but it should be a once in…

Advice to my Younger Self

I’ve had a very colorful career to say the least. Like everyone else’s I’ve had my share of highs and lows, of successes and failures. There are times I wonder, more often than I care to admit, if my life would’ve been made easier or more fulfilling by knowing some of the things that I…

Does a Creative Director need an MBA?

Recently, a junior member of the Manila-based Creative Team I am managing for the Ladbrokes Coral Group came to me and asked for advice. He wanted to eventually become a Creative Director (or its equivalent) someday so he wanted to know if: Pursuing an MBA was going to help him achieve his goal and; If…

Preparing a (Kick-ass) Portfolio

I’ve been working as a Creative Manager for over 18 years now, give or take a few days. I’ve produced mobile content for some of the biggest telcos in the Southeast Asian Region, provided storyboards and animatics for the US and UK advertising industry, and I currently oversee the provision of creative services to the…

3 Skills an Ambitious Creative Should Have

Say you’re currently a graphic designer or a writer working in the Creative Field. You’re new in the industry, currently in a junior position, but you have big dreams. You aspire to move up the corporate ladder and eventually take your place among the movers and shakers of the field, calling the shots. The question…

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

A job interview is usually an interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and an individual or a panel meant to represent the employer. It is done to evaluate whether the applicant’s suitability for the job being advertised. Job interviews are one of the most popular devices used for employee selection. For many…

How to Write a Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is more art than science but there is a method to the madness. As discussed on a previous article, a cover letter is a letter sent with your resume and portfolio to provide additional information on your skills and experience when you’re applying for a job. Often enough however, the cover…