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Guest Blog Post by
Diane Domeyer, Executive Director, The Creative Group

The start of another year is a great time to reflect and reevaluate. As you make resolutions about personal improvements, don’t forget about your career. If your compensation has been flat for a while, 2015 could be the year for a salary negotiation and raise. But you can’t just march into your boss’s office and ask for more money – not without some prep work first. Here are some tips.

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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.

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 creativegroup.com
Connect with The Creative Group at facebook.com/thecreativegroup or twitter.com/creativegroup

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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.

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Twelve percent of advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said they will expand their creative teams in the second half of 2014. Nearly three-quarters (73%) said their organizations plan to maintain current staff levels and 12% said they project hiring freezes, down 10 points from six months ago.

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Following are the top five roles executives plan to hire for during the second half of the year:

Account services – 24%
Brand/product management – 21%
Media services – 19%
Social media – 17%
Mobile development – 16%

For more information about these results, visit the TCG Blog.

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