If a company needs you but they aren’t hiring for a role where you can shine, don’t let that stop you from pitching the idea. That’s the lesson that Hired Gun Ashley Milne-Tyte covered in November 10′s Metro. Our very own Top Gun Allison Hemming lent her expertise on the art of pitching a job, making the article a Hired Guns double whammy.
You can read the whole article over at Metro.us, but here’s a bit to wet your whistle:
Conjuring up the job you want is far more common than some of us may think, but according to Allison Hemming, CEO of placement agency The Hired Guns, you have to be judicious. When you go for an interview, you can’t forget you’re auditioning for a particular spot. “You have to know what the company’s pain points are.” So don’t start by enumerating all the extra things you can do (or would rather do); gain the trust of the interviewer first. Listening to and questioning your interviewer, according to Hemming, “is the most under-utilized skill set when it comes to job hunting.”
Natural Selection is an exhibition of new portraits of scientists and their skulls created from everyday materials. The artist, Noah Scalin, is the creator of the award winning Skull-A-Day project. He’s also our friend and a long-time Hired Gun. Check it out!
149 Orchard Street
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Thursday 10/17 – Sunday 11/24
Get tickets and more info here.
The Hired Guns are looking for new voices, and we really hope one of them is yours.
We’ve been writing about the future of work and all things digital since way back in 2011 (that’s pre-cronut, if you can even imagine), and now we want to hear from you. Got a networking trick that never fails? How about an interviewing horror story? Those are great, and we want them. We also want informed POVs on the digital landscape. You can write about UX, digital marketing, content, or any other facet of the digital work.
You can pitch us one-off features and featurettes, but we’re looking for regular bloggers, too. We want to hear from people who’s voices don’t always get heard. Are you a stay-at-home parent who’s looking to rejoin the workforce? Maybe you’re transitioning from a traditional field to the digital world, and have some war stories to share.
If so, pitch us. Drop me a line at rgalloway at thehiredguns.com and tell us about your idea for a feature, a featurette, or a series. We’re listening.
Anyone who’s ever founded a start-up knows that there’s a billion product problems to solve before you can even think about launching. That’s why Phil Di Giulio and Tami Reiss founded Product Council NYC. Product Council NYC provides entrepreneurs and agencies with a fresh new outlet for critical feedback, ideation, and improvement of their products through a curated panel discussion. Their inaugural event is Thursday, August 15. Tickets are still available.
So who is Phil Di Giulio?
I spent my early career on the creative side, mostly implementing digital display advertising solutions. Since I moved to New York City, most of my work has been focused on early stage start-ups. In the past 8 years, I’ve become engrossed in the start-up community in New York, and I’ve been excited to watch that community grow beyond its fragmented roots into and grow into something larger and much more cohesive. Read More →
The biggest UX event of the year is just days away. The 3rd Annual International UX Awards are on Tuesday, May 21 right here in NYC! 10 exceptional submissions will be awarded prizes, so come see their awesome work and meet the winners from all over the globe!
This year’s UX Awards also features a keynote from Mashable CTO Robyn Peterson. Peterson will discuss Mashable’s recent redesign and key UX industry trends. The 2013 jury panel includes Salon.com’s CEO/CTO Cindy Jeffers, Google’s Tomer Sharon, Netflix’s Chris Jaffe from CA, Moment’s John Payne, Agile UX maestro Anders Ramsey, IXDA NY Local leader Lis Hubert, and Cory Lebson from UXPA DC!
The Hired Guns is a proud sponsor and supporter of this important event, and we’ll definitely be there. It’s going to be a very inspiring and enlightening night, so make sure to get your tickets ASAP!
Sign up here. And be sure to use the discount code “TheHiredGuns” for 20% off the ticket price.
Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden are veteran User Experience designers and Managing Directors at Neo, a global product innovation company. They’re also the authors of Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. Jeff and Josh graciously answered a few questions about their new book and the future of UX.
What, in your own words, is Lean UX?
Josh: It’s a response to the new reality of software production. Software is no longer duplicated and distributed on physical media. It’s updated and distributed continuously. Designers need a new way to work in this new reality. Lean UX is a response to this new reality. Read More →
Time’s 100 Most Influential People, that venerable annual accounting of who’s who the world over, is in its final stage of voting. We’d like to encourage you to vote for Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union and all-around champion for freelancers’ economic rights. As our economy continues to shift to a freelance, distributed model, Sara is a vital voice for the economic and social well-being for countless professionals. Swing by Time and tell them why Sara deserves a place on the Top 100. All it takes is a click.
Back in January, Todd Cherches penned a piece called Thirteen Books That Can Change Your Life in 2013 (If You Actually Read Them). The response was (and still is) overwhelming. We heard from scores of readers who were interested in Todd’s selections. Some thanked us for bringing new books to their attention. Others were reminded of some venerable old classics. Somewhere in the middle of it all, we had an idea: what if we did a book club based on five of Todd’s books? We kicked the idea around for a while, and finally decided to put the idea to a vote.
Here’s the deal: you (our dear readers) get to select five of Todd’s 13 books. Once we’ve got that nailed down, Todd will kick off each book with a blog post designed to guide and inform your reading. We’ll give you six weeks to read each book, because we know you’re busy. At the end of each reading period, we’ll host a meet-up at our offices where you can come and chat with Todd and your fellow Guns about the book and how it’s impacted your professional and personal life.
So what do you say? Deal? Read More →