Guest Post by The Creative Group
What will you earn in 2015?
Here’s something to smile about: According to The Creative Group’s newly released 2015 Salary Guide, average starting salaries for creative professionals are projected to rise 3.5 percent in the coming year. Following are in-demand positions that are expected to see even bigger gains in 2015:
1. Creative Director (8+ years) – 3.9% increase
2. Web Designer (1 to 5 years) – 4.4% increase
3. Project Manager – 4.9% increase
4. User Experience (UX) Director – 6.8% increase
5. Mobile Designer – 6.8% increase
To download a free copy of the 2015 Salary Guide or calculate local salary ranges using our online salary calculator, visit The Creative Group Salary Center.
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Guest Blog by The Creative Group
Should you stay or should you go?
On the surface, it sounds like a dream situation: you receive an exciting new job offer from a cool company and an enticing counteroffer from your current employer. Accepting a counteroffer can be very tempting: more money and other shiny new perks, all without having to uproot yourself from a comfortable routine. But after finding another opportunity, think twice before renewing your workplace vows with your current employer. Accepting a counteroffer can be a bad career move. If you find yourself being wooed by your current employer after turning in your notice, here are some things you need to know before making a final decision.
1. Downsides of Staying
According to a recent survey by The Creative Group, 28 percent of respondents admitted they would question the loyalty of workers who opted to stay. So, accepting a counteroffer can create several problems. One, you’ve already played your card and signaled to your boss that you’re a flight risk. That can take you out of the running when it comes to earning future promotions, and it may cause your company to think twice before investing in you by sending you to conferences or paying for training. Two, it doesn’t look good to commit to a new employer but then go back on your word. You may burn a bridge and tarnish your reputation.
2. More Than Money
Perhaps the most important reason to think twice about a counteroffer is it often doesn’t address the reasons you want to leave. A bump in salary might give you an immediate sense of being appreciated, but chances are that it won’t keep you happy in that job in the long run. As you weigh the new offer against the counteroffer, recall what originally compelled you to search for another position. Perhaps you feel your creativity and skills are not being fully utilized in your current job, or the company is moving in a different direction. Maybe the new position affords a more flexible schedule and better opportunities for advancement, or is just a welcome change after working for the same company for so many years. Unless the reason is purely financial, know that a raise won’t address your concerns.
What to do? For information and insights on How to Deal with a Counteroffer and How to Proactively Find Ways to Improve Your Work Situation, visit The Creative Group blog.
We have all been there. The sweaty palms, pounding heartbeat and dry mouth that come with anticipating a job interview. You hope you’ll get easy questions — sometimes I have — and you pray you don’t get the hard ones — sometimes I have.
The Creative Group suggest that you hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In other words (appropriate for baseball season) expect some curveballs. The creative staffing firm par excellence recently asked more than 400 advertising and marketing executives to share the toughest or trickiest interview question they pose to weed out poor candidates. Many of the queries could trip up even the savviest applicants. Here are five tough ones to contemplate:
1. Why do you want to work here?
2. Can you describe a frustrating workplace situation you faced and how you solved it?
3. Why are you leaving your current position?
4. What is your biggest weakness?
5. Please give me a 60-second sales pitch about yourself.
In truth, I could never hit a curveball. And I wasn’t all that good with fastballs or change-ups. Luckily, The Creative Group not only throws the hard stuff but provides some coaching as well. To see tips for effectively answering these questions go to the TCG Blog.