The Recruiter Files: Q&A with Division Director Eric Kimble

What's it like working as a recruiter for The Creative Group or with TCG as a freelancer or hiring manager? Why are our staffing and recruiting professionals in the best position to help you find a job or creative talent?

To answer these questions and more, we're launching a new series on the blog - The Recruiter Files - where we'll be profiling different team members each month. Our hope is that you'll better understand who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we can be a career or hiring resource to you.

To kick things off, we spoke with Eric Kimble, division director of our Denver team. He just celebrated his 10-year anniversary with our company and knows a thing or two about the creative staffing industry.

What did you do before you joined TCG?

"I worked at a small ad agency for more than six years. I was officially hired as an account executive but also did some production and traffic management work, as well as business development. I wore many different hats."

How was that experience helpful to your current position at TCG?

"Invaluable! I'd like to think I understand the industry and the creative/marketing community much better because of that experience. It allows me to view each position I'm looking to fill through the eyes of our clients (hiring managers) and our candidates (job seekers)."

What do you like most about your job?  

"My TCG colleagues are wonderful and I've definitely made some lifelong friends over the years. However, one of the best parts is when candidates call me directly to help them find a job. I love being a career resource to job seekers and having the opportunity to play a part in finding them a position they love is great."

You've been in the staffing industry for a decade. Any tips for success?

"Each morning during my commute, I visualize three to-do items for the day. Before answering a single email or returning phone calls, I try to get a jump on each item. It's like stretching or warming up before a workout and I find that it helps me start each day on a positive and productive note."

If you could have any other career, what would it be?

"A movie critic for Rolling Stone."

What trends are you seeing in the creative industry?

"Digital has become a major focus for most companies and design within the digital space is huge. It's a much more interactive experience now as designers have to consider how people interact with websites, smartphones and tablets. Positions in user interface, user experience and responsive design are becoming much more common. Also, the divide between creative and IT continues to close and we're seeing a huge demand for creative technologists."

What advice do you have for someone trying to break into the creative field?

"Students should absolutely try to find internship opportunities. For those searching for a new position, take networking seriously. The number-one job hunting tool is still 'who you know.'"

Any tips for job seekers who are considering working with a recruiter?

"Find a recruiter who you consider a true career partner. You want to work with someone who communicates with you regularly, provides honest and open feedback, and is accurately setting expectations about career opportunities for you. Beware of recruiters who make promises they can't keep!"

What's the best career advice you've received?

"Stay positive and find something to celebrate about your career or life every day."

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