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I have worked most weekends of my life. Sometimes it is motivated by practicality, and sometimes driven by sheer habit and compulsion. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the two but there it is — weekends in the office are my default position. Perhaps for this reason, I was drawn this week to a set of career tips by The Creative Group, the very wise specialized staffing firm, about how to minimize weekend work. The Creative Group presents quite nicely pragmatic ways to avoid unnecessary weekend labors. I thought they were also addressing the compulsive aspect — since one piece of advice is headlined ‘Seek Help’. Turns out they meant to hire freelancers, rather than a mental health professional. Oh well.

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We’ve all had moments of frustration at work – some leading to hastily crafted emails or thoughtless tweets. The Creative Group has some online etiquette tips that can save you, your product or company from disaster.

As the creative staffing agency notes, one flip comment in today’s digital world can go viral, quickly damaging a career and more. Before you hit send or share, consider these five online etiquette rules:

1.   Don’t vent.
While frustration, stress and anger are natural emotions, your first priority should be to remain professional. Nothing you share online or in an email should be considered private.

2.   Be considerate.
Never say anything rude or inappropriate about your company, colleagues, clients or other business contacts – even the competition. You never know who might see it or who you may need assistance from in the future.

3.   Pause before hitting send.
If an incident or conversation leaves you heated, stop and take a breath to gain perspective on how to respond. If you do compose an email or post while emotions are fresh, clear your head before you send or share.

4.   Pick up the phone.
In certain situations, it may be better to pick up the phone or meet face to face than shoot off an email or IM to resolve a sticky situation.

5.   Acknowledge your mistake.
The best way to recover from a mistake, digital or otherwise, is to own up to it and make amends if you’ve offended someone.

For more tips, visit the TCG Blog
You might also like to read:Your Business Etiquette Questions Answered

The Creative Group specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design and marketing professionals with a variety of firms. For more information, please visit

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According to a recent survey by TCG, one-third of advertising and marketing executives said the percentage of creative staff working remotely is higher than three years ago. If you telecommute, consider these five productivity tips:

1.  Start strong.
Get ready for the day as if you were heading to the office (i.e., shower, get dressed, eat breakfast). This will help you transition from personal to professional.

2.  Force yourself to be disciplined.
Stay on track by creating a prioritized daily to-do list, establishing interim goals for big projects and then holding yourself accountable for meeting each self-imposed deadline.

3.  Keep in close contact.
Be accessible during core business hours and provide regular status updates to your boss and colleagues. Make a point of being in the office when group activities are scheduled, if possible.

4.  Mitigate misunderstandings.
Avoid problems by taking sensitive or complicated conversations offline. It’s better to pick up the phone or save the discussion for an in-person meeting if the subject matter can wait.

5.  Stick closely to a set schedule.
By starting and stopping around the same time each day, you’ll keep your job from bleeding into what’s supposed to be your downtime.

For more telecommuting tips, visit the TCG Blog.

The Creative Group specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design and marketing professionals with a variety of firms. For more information, please visit

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Guest Blog Post by The Creative Group

One of the greatest challenges facing recent grads as they seek their first full-time design job is a lack of professional experience. How can you get a foot in the door with prospective employers if they seek candidates with previous experience? An internship can be an effective way to bridge that gap.

These opportunities allow you to gain on-the-job skills and make valuable connections – they can even lead to full-time opportunities. In fact, more employers than you might think use internships as a way to find prospects for entry-level positions. Advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said the top benefit of offering internships is the ability to identify new talent. The challenge for students is landing a useful internship. A majority of executives said their agency or firm does not offer this type of program.


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