Below is part of an article published on TheAtlantic.Com
What are your thoughts?
What are your thoughts?
What defines a “creative industry”?
Generally, “creative” companies in various sectors create ‘widgets’ that are unique and based on intellectual inspiration. Creative fields include: advertising, architecture, publishing, software, art, design, fashion, film, music, games, TV, video games, etc….
|“Judging from her fashion, I would imagine that Kelly sees design as the proper combination of key pieces. Take a look at these more casual ensembles, for example. Each is a much simpler silhouette with a more every day aesthetic, but there is an eye catching quality to each.”|
|Have you seen anything like this on the market?|
The creative individual’s personal “brand” is the value they add to their organization, thus, they wear their brand proudly on their sleeve.
|Uzo of Nars Cosmetics dictating her own brand of professional-wear. She is a recognized for the originality she contributes to her field. She is paid to think outside the box. Her individuality and creative discoveries inspire others in her field.|
In other words, each group or functional division operates as one unit (read: everyone dresses alike) carrying out tasks outlined by the head of their departments. A blueprint for how things are done most effectively is in place and provides guidelines for the most efficient way tasks should be carried out.
The focus is on the organization as a whole and the objective is to carry-out processes vital for the organization’s life. Innovative ideas are provided by the organization’s leaders whose experience and expertise provide the group with the best direction to take. Leadership in these organizations are paid to figure things out and make decisions; others are paid to carry them out.
|“Separately, we are organized, results-driven and efficient. Together, we are a well-functioning machine that will ensure your day-to-day operations are run effectively.”|
|“Our business unit has a process in place that can produce those widgets in half the time. We, as a unit, are important to the organization’s bottom line.”|
|Each individual piece must fit well and operate under the same cadence to make the machine run smoothly.|
|“Hi, everyone. I look just like my teammates in my collared, button-up shirt, and neutral-colored palette. Also, this practical handbag carries useful tools making me a productive member of the organization.”|
|“Give me an assignment, and you can consider it done. I have a Navy Seals background and my goal is to help carry our team forward.”|
While I make broad generalizations to illustrate my points, each office has its own culture and a smart job candidate will observe his/her surroundings to gain an understanding of culture. Until then, prevent being a distraction by erring on the traditional side and observe people to understand what is generally acceptable in your new office environment.
Any healthy and productive organization will incorporate elements of each “type” in varying degrees depending on short-term and long-term goals.
(**note: representations of “styles” in the above images are in sterile and generic form to illustrate points more clearly. We understand this is not necessarily an accurate representation of groups as wholes. Again, images are for demonstrative purposes only. Thanks.)
Since my current priorities mostly involve conversations between recruiters and HR people online and by phone, I have to feel comfortable and at ease, without feeling so relaxed I lose my professional sensibility. In other words, bunny slippers are not part of my working-from-home wardrobe. Do you feel like a superstar right when you roll out of bed?
II. STAYING INDOORS
“ Dear youth in the office: I, too, belong in this group. And, I, too, have felt your frustration. I’ve held various occupations since I was 16, and I’ve pushed paper in Dilbert’s office. I struggle between not feeling on track to achieve my full potential and a reality check. If I may make a suggestion that would provide you with a fresh set of eyes, it would be this: …
Sit in a “real” diner. One that Jonathan Gold would never been interested in visiting. Perhaps one in a struggling small town. Take a seat, look into the kitchen and observe the hourly workers prepare your meal.
Breathing in fumes and lard day after day in hairnets covered in grease…Then observe them when they clean up at the end of the day. Rinsing the kitchen mats, rinsing other people’s food off dishes, mopping the floor (I used to whine about this). Then reflect on your perspective again. Passion about one’s work often comes from being proud of the job you’ve done no matter what type of work you do. Pride in one’s work brings the “joy” you described. Enjoyment in one’s work comes with the sense of ownership you get when you give even the smallest paper-pushing task your absolute best effort while biting your tongue. It comes from feeling like you’ve grown and have crossed a rite of passage. All those people at the top whom I admire and strive to emulate have had to “do the dishes” at some point in their lives. It’s a prerequisite and a rite of passage for anyone on the path to achievement. Best of luck to you. Onward!“
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You’ve heard the comparison before: a job search is like looking for a mate.
If this analogy is anywhere near accurate, then I’m currently reading the job seeker’s version of Neil Strauss’ “Rules of the Game”.
His name is Harper. And according to the story’s main character, he’s “big in the right places and small in the right places”. The book’s title is “Harper’s Rules”, and the story is an entertaining account of the relationship between a superstar recruit and her superstar recruiter.
I don’t have an opinion on whether or not I see job-seeking as completely akin to mate-seeking, however, I agree there are at least a few similarities. More importantly for myself, however, are the witty Harper-isms that make me laugh out loud and take notes.
Some of “Harper’s Rules” on finding the best path to your dream job:
Yup. He’s a sexy recruiter alright. And, I like his style (Apologies in advance for the plethora of Harper-isms you’ll be seeing in our tweets as I finish reading the book).
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Best of luck on your connections and interviews.
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1. Email is ok* (*not mass/spam email!) – not ideal, but ‘okay’.
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Secondly, the corporate woman might be as stylish as the trend-setting teen, but her style needs to be a bit more restrained and professionally-appropriate.
One way of expressing individuality in a professional environment is with color. Greys, Navies and Beiges aren’t the only colors welcome in Corporate America. However, these neutrals are necessary “anchors” for brighter pops of color (which, left on their own would be too loud and distracting).
This fall, we see a lot of color-blocking. Reds and oranges grounded by black, stone, and gray is a popular palette (below).
COLORS: ORANGE, RED
ANCHOR COLORS: STONE, GRAY, BLACK
ESSENCE: AUTHENTIC, SOPHISTICATED, INTELLIGENT, CHARISMATIC, CONFIDENT, CHIC, PROFESSIONAL, SELF-ASSURED, FEMININE, SUCCESSFUL, GO-GETTER, RELEVANT…ETC…
Listen to this podcast by Mignon Fogarty, Inc.’s “Money Girl” for basic tips on how to best utilize LinkedIn (free) as a professional resource.
“Nice girl = Bad Networker”
|1. basic white button up + closed toe pumps 2. the sheath dress 3. khakis + dark closed-to pumps 4. blouse + pencil skirt 5. separates 6. basic white shirt + solid black A-Line skirt|