The Recruiter Files: Q&A with Lead Recruiter Megan Holstine


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 bring you The Recruiter Files, a series profiling TCG team members. 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.

This month, we spoke with Megan Holstine, lead recruiter on our New York City team.

What do you like most about your job?

"I am fortunate to be working with some of my closest friends. Beyond that, I would say connecting people is the best part, for sure. There's no better feeling than when you get a really hard position to fill and you find a perfect match. It really makes you appreciate what we do as recruiters and shows the impact we have on people's lives. Working in a creative field allows us to see a project, campaign or billboard that we gave candidates the opportunity to help with  it's awesome!"

What trends are you seeing in the creative industry?

"Without a doubt UI, UX and responsive design have continued climbing. I recently read that mobile users will surpass desktop users by the end of 2014; a responsive site can no longer be an afterthought for clients. It has to be a key part in the initial concept and strategy for their brand."

What's your favorite creative position to place? Why?

"I love recruiting for advertising projects that require everything from copywriters to art directors to event planners. To see their campaigns while you walk around New York City and say, 'Oh yeah, one of my candidates made that!' is amazing! You feel like you're a tiny part in that creative process."

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

"When I fell in love with photography, I always thought about being a photography teacher for high school students. I also went on to graduate from School of Visual Arts with a B.F.A. in photography. I still shoot on the side, and it remains a passion project of mine. I'm usually doing some kind of photo shoot in my spare time – from family, friends and kids to live pythons. I love any kind of hands-on crafty project."

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

"Practice your craft constantly. Seriously, all the time. Make something every day. Just because you graduated school doesn't mean you stop learning. Keep taking classes and keep challenging yourself."

When and where do you feel most creative?

"I'm a morning person at work; I usually get the most done early in the day. But I'm usually more creative late at night. I keep a journal next to my bed and I'll draw out messy (unreadable to anyone but me) sketches for shoot ideas or projects I want to work on. After a shoot, I'll stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning editing images because I'm too excited to wait until the next day."

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

"Know how the process works. Many people come in and meet with us and sometimes expect to be called and placed right away. I wish it was that easy! I try and help candidates understand that we're an additional resource for them, not a sole resource. And it's truly about being a match for open roles. Candidates who are flexible and even-keeled are the ones we'll work with over and over again."

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

"The best advice I ever got was from one of my professors who always said, 'Just keep working. Even if you think you're only making bad work, make more bad work until it isn't bad anymore.' In the creative field, you go through ups and downs with creativity. You can't always be 'on,' but people who push through those blocks are the ones who are successful. And never, ever be rude to the receptionist!"

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