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…

How to Apply as a Graphic Designer

We are told “not to judge a book by it’s cover” but we do it all the time, none the less. I am the Studio Manager for the Creatives Department of the Ladbrokes Coral Group in Manila, responsible for the provision of creative services including overseeing the delivery and execution of creative requests across the…

4 Things to Remember before you Resign

We’ve all wanted to quit our jobs at one time or the other. There are a myriad of reasons why you would want to resign (a bad boss being number one) but leaving work is something to be taken seriously. Assuming you’re serious here’re some things that will do you good to remember: Avoid leaving…

3 Ways to get noticed by your Boss

Doing your job is not enough these days which is to say, the bare minimum doesn’t quite cut it anymore. If you’re looking to move up the corporate ladder, you’re going to have to level up your game and be seen by the boss while doing it which is easier said than done. Here are…

3 Tips to Improve your Email Writing

There really should be some sort of guide on how official correspondence in the corporate space is done. While I am hardly an authority on the subject matter, I thought I’d offer a few tips on how to improve your email communications. The Beginning Always start your correspondence with a “good morning/afternoon, (insert name of…

9 Tips on Building a Kick-ass Resume

First impressions last and your resume is a potential employer’s first impression of you. A lot of people take their resume for granted, a necessary evil in the process of applying for a job. Consequently most job hunters put no thought whatsoever on how theirs is constructed and just slap together a bunch of facts…