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Original articles from Steve James.
 
Job Postings, Translated
“Must be able and willing to defend the creatives against outside interference from account services, clients, traffic, agency principals, etc. Must approve and ‘sell’ the creative work to the account team and client. If the creative work isn’t sold properly to the account executive, it will not be sold properly to the client.” Yikes…I get it! Why would I want to work there?

Job Postings, Translated
“Must be able and willing to defend the creatives against outside interference from account services, clients, traffic, agency principals, etc. Must approve and ‘sell’ the creative work to the account team and client. If the creative work isn’t sold properly to the account executive, it will not be sold properly to the client.” Yikes…I get it! Why would I want to work there?

Advice for the Job-Worn: Redux
Dear H. R.: I’m currently employed, but recently began a search for a new job. However, before I got my current position, I was out of work for over six months. My resume needs to be updated, but I also noticed that on some prospective employer’s online job applications, they want an explanation for any missing work history. How do I fill in the blanks?

New Rules for Creating a Commercial
Here at sTeVe Productions, we're specialists at creating up-to-the-present-moment television commercials for clients short, tall, grande, or venti. We use state-of-the-art proprietary Klokworx Orange™ analysis involving media researchers whom — with their eyes taped open — view countless hours of commercials to identify visual, aural, and content trends.

Email Overload!
A large part of this "digital age" is, of course, communicating via email. Everyone has experienced the phenomenon where no matter how trivial or mundane an author's thought is, it finds its way into an email. And somehow these gems of wisdom end up in my inbox, where they beg for attention. Not literally, mind you.

The Super Bowl, Up Close and Personal
Now that I reside in Indianapolis, where Super Bowl XLVI — or forty-six for us Roman numerally-challenged — will be held, I've been following the preparations closely. I never imagined the kind of work that is involved in staging an event this big: the world's biggest one-day sporting event.

Don't Carry Your Own Axe
Here it is, almost the end of January 2012, and I'm sure that job seekers are already full of all the New Year’s advice from recruiters, job board advisors, and consultants. "Reinvent yourself." "Jump-start your job search." Better yet, pay a resume expert to rewrite your resume for the sixth time, because the one you're using is deficient in some way

Best of TZM 2011: It's Nobody's Business But Your Own

Employment in the U.S.: Ideas for Job Creation

Advice for the Job Worn
Dear H. R.: I apply to many online job postings and I just received another email rejection from a potential employer. I'm furious! I matched up to the job description line by line, wrote a dynamite cover letter, and answered all their posted questions thoughtfully. Yet I get the impression that the company didn't even take the time to read my documents.

Creativity Was Jobs One: Core Beliefs About Creativity
I was just beginning to write this when I got the news that Steve Jobs, the visionary of Apple Computer died. After reading a couple of obituary articles about his past and passing, I realized that many of his core beliefs about design and creativity were very similar to mine. Unfortunately, even though we share the same initials (SJ) and sported graying beards and thinning hair, I'm nowhere near as successful as Jobs was.

Steve Jobs: Now On iCloud
Steve Jobs made his very prominent mark in world history with his drive, innovation, passion, and foresight. He was an inspiration to all of us who are designers by trade. We should all be so fortunate to accomplish a fraction of what he did. I miss Steve Jobs.

Money Talks: A Guide to Getting Paid
A client not paying a bill for contracted creative work is literally robbery. They've stolen your brains, ideas, and skills, and really, it should be a punishable crime! I think all these steps are worth it. CYA!

It's Nobody's Business But Your Own
Now that the U.S. economy has officially tanked — again — and the job market is expected to get worse, I was nonetheless excited to run across a couple of how-to articles on finding a job when one is middle-aged and out of work. Someone had the key!

Bad Boss, Bad Boss: Watcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?
I’ve heard horror stories about bad bosses from many colleagues and I’ve experienced firsthand working with both the good and bad. This isn’t advice on how to work with a “bosszilla” but how to avoid one in the first place. Based on my mistakes, here’s what I would advise.

The Age-Old Question
I’ve been in denial, and drowning because of it. No, I didn’t fall off a barge into an Egyptian river. I failed to acknowledge my age’s impact on my current job search. I’m north of fifty and south of sixty, the age where, when I was younger, professionals had been respected and sought after for their wisdom and experience.

Career Matchmaking: Connecting the Dot-Coms
Looking for a date or a soul mate? There are plenty of websites that claim to provide you with the perfect match based on your answers to in-depth profile questions. TV commercials show couples who found happiness via a mouse and keyboard. Should you hope for as much in your job search?

Salary Expectations: How Low Do You Go?
If you already have a job—and you love it—a pay cut of 10 or 20 percent is tolerable, particularly if it coincides with reduced hours. But what if you’re applying to jobs and the salary is 10 to 20 percent—or more—lower than your previous job? How low do you go?

Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer
During my lengthy job search, I’ve discovered two important things. One: I may have a lot of the answers; but two: I don’t have all the questions. Going into an interview with a dynamite resume and portfolio is just part of being fully prepared.

Blame It On Equipment Malfunction
Four things are imperative when you start a business. A snappy business name, a good accountant, a trustworthy lawyer and especially a great tavern within two blocks of your office. Three out of four wasn’t too bad in the mid-eighties.

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