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Meet Denver-based Talent Representative and Creative Recruiter Lauren Ray! She's here to answer all your burning creative questions.

Lauren Ray is a former Art Director turned Talent Representative in Denver, Colorado. When not playing job fairy for Artisan Talent, she enjoys long distance running, interior design, vintage perfume collecting, and reading vast amounts of true crime.

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Q: I see that lots of people are putting headshots on their resumes these days. Should I do that?

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A: It depends. When I look at a designer’s resume, it better be well designed, and on trend. If you can work a photo of yourself into it, that’s great. But I have never followed up on a resume solely because it had a photo...Read More.

Not sure where to start? Need help creating a better resume? Click to download Artisan's free "Resume Writing 101" Guidebook.


Q: Help! I need to make an online portfolio and I don’t know where to start.


A: I recall the first time I built an online portfolio and spent hours trying to figure out how to change one background color. Much wine was consumed that evening. If you don’t come from a web design background, it can feel confusing to be faced with so many options!

A great place to start is Adobe Portfolio or Squarespace...Read More.


Q: How often should I check in after you submit me for a job?

10_Tips_for_Hiring_the_Best_Talent.jpegA: When I was an Art Director, I would apply for jobs and wait with bated breath, checking my email frantically, torturing myself for days at a time. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have lost sleep over it.

There are SO many pieces and parts to the hiring process, especially when you work with a staffing agency...Read More.



Q: What should I expect when I interview with a staffing agency?

Valentine's Day at Work.jpgA: Staffing agencies can be a mystery to creatives who haven’t worked with one yet, but finding the right agency and the right Talent Representative can change the entire trajectory of your career, if you play your cards right.

Here are five sure-fire ways to leave a (good) lasting impression...Read More.



Q: I might make a good Recruiter. How did you get into recruiting?

Recruiter Myths.gifA: The question I get asked most, after "what's the rate?" is "How did you get into recruiting?"

My degree is in Art and Graphic Design, and I worked as a Designer and Art Director for 15 years. I really, really liked it, but after working in an agency environment for a decade and becoming a mom, I was getting a little burned out...Read More.


Q: Do I Need a degree to be a successful Graphic Designer?

College Degree Graphic DesignA: The long-winded answer is: it depends. It depends on the industry, it depends on the company, and it depends on the niche - UX positions won't necessarily require the types of degrees that traditional Graphic Designer jobs do.

A huge, conservative financial company might want to see that B.A. while a small start up agency might not...Read More.

Q: I don't have any freelance projects lined up in December. HELP!

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A: It’s common knowledge that companies tend to slow down during the holidays...and that can be a scary time for a freelancer, it’s a time that sends chills up the spine for more reasons than the drop in temps. But, with a little bit of preparation, and a little extra investment, you can use this time as a way to get organized, get your marketing game on, and get the contracts rolling in for the new year...Read More.



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