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Recruiters are not very forgiving. If your resume has one of these five errors, you are reducing your chances of being called in for an interview.


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(a) The name, contact information, or job title at the company where you're applying is wrong. Many companies have names that are easy to misspell. Check and triple check that all the contact information is correct. (b) You made a mistake in your own contact information. Be especially careful about transposing numbers in your address or phone number. (c) You provided your marital status, health, or religious preference (unless you are applying for a job with a religious organization). It is illegal for companies to ask for this information and you put them in a difficult legal position if you provide it. And don't include your social security number—that is an invitation to identity theft. The only exception is a federal resume if the directions specifically ask for the social security number. (d) Your e-mail address is cute (skibum@yahoo.com) and the phone number you give is regularly answered by a three-year-old. Companies want to feel they are contacting a professional. You may have to invest in a temporary cell phone to keep your three-year-old from answering when potential employers call, but the temporary investment is worth it. (e) You never proofread your resume. You must proofread your resume every time you change it, word for word. Minor mistakes in grammar and spelling creep in and send a major negative message: you do not care about quality and pay no attention to detail. This post was originally published on an earlier date.


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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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