Looking to learn about freelancing tips and tricks? Wondering how to hire top talent? You’ve come to the right place! The Artisan blog offers a captivating look at the creative industry from those who know the business best.

Do I Need a Creative Director or Art Director?

Posted by Robin Walters on Jun 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It’s easy to get confused by the job titles. But a Creative Director and Art Director probably have more similarities than differences when you look at the tasks behind their titles. So which one do you need?

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The Rules of Power Seating at Corporate Meetings

Posted by Artisan on Jun 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Where you sit matters.

The corporate world is rife with rules about what you can and can’t say in meetings and how you should or shouldn't behave with co-workers. But it turns out, there are also some rules governing the most basic activity in business—where you sit.

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Math Matters: Adding Quantifiable Statistics to Make Your Resume Pop

Posted by Artisan on Jun 22, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It’s all about the numbers. If you’re looking for the best way to make your resume stand out, highlighting your accomplishments by quantifying them with statistics will help.

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Ask a Recruiter: So You Want to Be In Recruiting?

Posted by Lauren Friesen on Jun 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In this month's "Ask a Recruiter" column, Talent Representative Lauren Friesen tackles the question she gets asked most often.

The question I get asked most, after “What’s the rate?” is “How did you get into recruiting?”

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Guest Blog:10 Pieces of Chicago Freelance Advice

Posted by Julia Thiel on Jun 15, 2017 11:01:00 AM

If you're a freelancer, you're not just an're the CEO of your own organization, the president of your own brand! And even scarier, you're the entire PR department for your business.

So how do you succeed in all these roles AND manage to work on projects you love? Copy from the professionals! Meet Julia Thiel, one of Artisan's talented, successful freelancers who has been working in Chicago for years. She's managed to meld passion and project using these 10 pieces of advice.

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Thanks for Being Great! Artisan's Referral Program

Posted by Artisan on Jun 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

We want to say thank you. It’s Artisan’s clients and talent that make our business great! To show our appreciation, we’ve created a “thanks for being great” referral program.

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What is Culture Fit?

Posted by Kirsten Agnello-Dean on Jun 8, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Like Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!, we’re going to lead this article with an answer:

This workplace characteristic is considered the most important attribute for hiring and retaining talent.

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Why You Should Make Mood Boards for Your Clients

Posted by Artisan on Jun 6, 2017 11:01:00 AM


When is a picture worth 1,000 Words? When it isn’t a picture at all – when it’s a mood board.

This has nothing to do with the emotional stability of your client, of course. Mood boards are a visual or depiction of the tone of a brand, and designers use them to convey emotion. When words aren’t enough, there’s a mood board.

If you haven’t used one, you should; designers in fields from advertising to architecture have been using them for years to steer the direction of a creative project. So why are they so darned effective?

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How to Hire in the Gig Economy

Posted by Kirsten Agnello-Dean on Jun 1, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Freelancers are everywhere. You may be riding in an Uber taxi as you read this right now. A freelance writer may have written the article you post on LinkedIn today. From babysitting to website design, this is the gig economy, where it seems like everyone is supplementing their income – or working exclusively as a contract worker. But don't confuse the gig workers (Uber, Lyft, etc.) with contract freelancers. There is a difference.

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