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September is the New January: 4 Tips to Make the Most of Your Autumn

Acorns and autumn leavesFor me, the first day back after Labor Day always feels more like the start of a new year than January 1. With everyone (and it does seem like quite literally everyone) back from summer vacation and Q4 looming, the start of September always marks a renewed focus on work. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of my secrets to a successful September.    Read More →

How to Use Recruiters: 5 Lessons Learned by a Job Seeker

Nikki ReyesNikki Reyes is a marketing executive in the ad tech industry, specializing in product marketing and high-growth, B2B start-ups. This is her first post for The Hired Guns.

Last December, I finally decided it was time for a break. I left my job and took some much-needed time to travel and think about my next career move. When I re-entered the job market jungle in July, I thought recruiters were going to be an ultimate resource. And they would’ve been, had I better understood the recruiting process.

After a month of underwhelming interviews with all types of recruiters (one actually called me “dude”) and unreturned calls, I realized that I must be doing something wrong. So I did my homework, altered my approach, and changed my luck. Here are the lessons I learned along the way.    Read More →

I Landed My Dream Job. Then Reality Set In.

Vintage Mod TVWhen we last saw our hero, he had just asked Grant Tinker, then-president of NBC, for advice on landing his dream job. For more, read Part 1 of Todd’s story, How I Risked Everything to Pursue My Dream Job.

“Excuse me, Mr. Tinker. I hate to bother you. I was an intern at NBC in New York last summer, and the reason I’m on this flight is because I’m moving out to L.A. to try to get a job in the TV industry, hopefully at NBC. It’s my dream job. Again, I’m sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you might have just a minute to give me some advice or suggestions, or anything that would point me in the right direction once I get out there.”

Yes, that’s how I introduced myself to Grant Tinker, the head of NBC. I walked into first class and asked, point blank, if he could give me a few pointers for getting started in the TV industry. When I finished, there was a pause that seemed to go on for eons (OK, it was probably only a second or two). Then the president of my favorite network smiled, slid over to the window seat, extended his hand, and said, “Sure, sit down for a minute. What’s your name?”    Read More →

How I Risked Everything to Pursue My Dream Job

Man with vintage suitcaseI always wanted to work in television.

It was my dream job from the age of about 13. I didn’t want to be an actor, producer, or writer. I wanted to be one of those cool, rich guys in suits at the TV networks who come up with ideas for shows and get to decide what makes it on the air. And I was obsessed with the idea of working at my favorite network: NBC. I thought, “How cool would it be to go to work every day at 30 Rock?”

When I was in college, I‘d been a summer intern for NBC News (I still have the NBC peacock towel that Willard Scott gave all the interns at orientation). So after finishing my master’s degree in communications from SUNY Albany and then working for a year in media buying for Ogilvy & Mather advertising, I realized that if I was really serious about a career in television, I needed to move to the west coast where most of the jobs were. I had already been rejected for full-time positions by NBC, along with every other network, cable station, and production company in New York City. Even though it was the toughest decision I ever had to make, I quit my job at Ogilvy and just blurted out to my parents: “I’m goin’ to Hollywood!”    Read More →

To Be A Better Manager, Keep Your Hands-On Skills Sharp

Keep your hands-on skill sharpBy Daniel Flax

It starts when you land your first management position. Suddenly, you’re splitting your time between telling other people what to do and actually doing stuff yourself. And as you climb further up the chain, the balance shifts and you spend more and more time managing people, projects, budgets, and bosses. Then, one day, you realize that the unthinkable has happened: you’ve been so busy managing a team that you’ve let your hands-on skills deteriorate.

As you advance in your career, you will frequently hear that it’s not your hands-on skills, but rather your ability to lead your team to success that matters. I would never suggest that leadership ability is not critical to your advancement. It certainly is. But I would also suggest a supplement: pick a skill and keep it sharp. Keep it razor sharp. Having a relevant, current, hands-on skill is one of the best things you can do as you advance your career.    Read More →

How to Growth Hack Your Career in the DIY Economy

Typist of the FutureThis post was written by Geoffrey Colon. It originally appeared at Futurist Lab.

Let’s face some harsh facts about the modern work world. The calendar is no longer in the 20th century and neither is the way we conduct business or plot careers. Much of the professional world is moving at a rapid rate of accelerative thrust and it’s almost impossible to keep up. Those who try to “control” all of this will simply lose this game. Business is not so much about being 100% art or 100% science as it is about being 50/50 of both. It takes both a 50% right brained and 50% left brained approach to truly plot a successful course.

I recently relocated to Seattle to take a position with Microsoft. This was after two years at Ogilvy, one year at a small agency, one year at 360i and three years at Bond Strategy and Influence (a digital boutique agency). Prior to that I ran my own company for four years. And prior to all of this I was in the music industry for six years doing international and digital marketing. One headhunter who reached out to me recently for a gig (geez, um, I just started this Microsoft gig but thanks for thinking highly of me to “consider” even contacting me) said, “Geoff, people don’t care about how long you stay at a company anymore, it’s all about thinking about yourself first in this economy even if that means six to eight month tenures.”    Read More →

The Hired Guns Want Your Submissions!

Couple at typewriterThe 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.

Product Council NYC: Solving Product Problems, One Start-Up at a Time

phil di guilioAnyone 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 →

Bruce Kasanoff: My Two-Month Crash Course on SlideShare

bruce kasanoffLong-time Hired Gun Bruce Kasanoff recently got serious press for his SlideShare prowess. The article below originally appeared on SlideShare’s site.

Author and entrepreneur Bruce Kasanoff dove head-first into SlideShare: With barely any previous experience on the site, he uploaded 13 presentations in two months. He did something right — five of his presentations were the most-viewed SlideShares of the week, and he’s gotten a total of more than 270,000 views. The Now Possible managing director and LinkedIn Influencer shares the lessons he learned along the way.

Although I’d previously published a few pieces on Slideshare, it wasn’t until two months ago I got serious about sharing my ideas here. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:    Read More →

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