The Recruiter Files: Q & A with Houston Recruiter Yvette Stanford

What's it like working as a recruiter for The Creative Group (TCG) or with TCG as a freelancer or hiring manager in Houston? 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 Yvette Stanford, division director of our Houston team.

What do you like most about working as a recruiter?  
Meeting new clients and candidates and continuing to build relationships with existing ones. I also love the feeling of hitting and surpassing my daily goals.

What did you do before joining TCG? 
I was a retail store manager for 20 years! I worked for Michael Kors, The Loft, Banana Republic, Express, and Microsoft. My experience taught me the importance of listening to customer needs and providing a great service.

If you could have any other career what would it be? 
I think I would be a florist. I enjoy making flower arrangements and seeing how something as simple as flowers can brighten someone's day. It allows me to express my creativity and it’s also very relaxing!

What's your favorite creative position to place? Why?
Graphic designer because I love seeing creativity at work.

What trends are you seeing in the Houston creative industry?
It’s the beginning of the year, so contract and contract-to-hire roles are hot. We’re finding that many local companies want to stay flexible in their hiring plans until they have a better understanding of long term needs and upcoming projects.

What advice do you have for someone trying to break into the creative field?
If you’re exploring potential careers in the creative industry, interactive is the way to go! Print work is important but there are more opportunities available to professionals who can do both.  The Web is the future and there are so many opportunities for creatives.

Biggest job search mistake people make?
Not thinking outside of the box and only applying for positions within their current field or industry. Take stock of your skills and where you excel. Broaden your job search and if given the chance to do something new, try it!

What’s the best career advice you’ve received?
If you ONLY do the job you were hired for, you’ll never perform at a higher level.

Any creative hobbies?
I enjoy crafts of all kinds. Pretty much anything you see on Pinterest, I'll try.

Biggest guilty pleasure?
Funyuns and reading tabloid magazines but not always at the same time!