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    Professional development Q+A sessions with career experts, exclusively for members

    Ask Aquent bannerLooking to advance your design career? AIGA and Aquent are here to help!

    From June 2012 to July 2013, Aquent recruiters hosted live online 45-minute Q+A sessions to help respond to AIGA members’ most pressing career-related questions. From building an online portfolio that will get you noticed to a behind-the-scenes look at the hiring process, hear the professional advice that Aquent offers to take your design career to the next level.

    On-demand sessions

    AIGA members can view the on-demand sessions and participate in live webinars. (Not yet a member? Join today.)

    Topic: Staying Current with Industry Trends
    Debra Powell
    Recorded on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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    Debra Powell
    Join Aquent senior account manager/recruiter Debra Powell as she provides you with tips and best practices to stay on top of the latest timely industry trends. Powell has been working in creative and marketing staffing for more than 15 years. As one of the first Aquent Elite agents, she applies her extensive industry knowledge toward sourcing and placing the best print and interactive marketing and creative talent in today’s market. Powell has placed candidates in traditional and online marketing as well as interactive and print design. She works to understand her clients’ experience and finds the best match for both the candidate and hiring manager while staying on top of changes in the industry to best represent her clients.
    Topic: Resume Tips
    Lisa Vaughn-Olstad
    Recorded on Thursday, May 16, 2013

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    Join Aquent recruiter/agent Lisa Vaughn-Olstad as she helps you improve your resume and provides tips to make it stand out in the crowd. A partner to both corporate and small businesses, Vaughn-Olstad’s more than 15 years with Aquent is evident in her ability to build and place entire marketing and creative departments for her clients. She maintains great relationships with everyone in her vast network, which is one of the reasons that many of her talent become clients and vice versa. Her consultative approach is also greatly appreciated by both clients and talent alike.
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    Topic: Workplace Expectations and Protocol
    Megan Falls, Aquent agent and recruiter
    Recorded on Thursday, April 18, 2013

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    Join Aquent recruiter/agent Megan Falls as she delves into the sometimes tricky, always interesting topic of workplace expectations and protocol. Falls leverages her experience as a digital marketer to place stellar interactive, UX, dev and design talent in the Chicago area. She thrives in getting to know and assist creative folks across many disciplines.
    Topic: Earning more as a designer
    Erika Oliver, Aquent agent and recruiter
    Recorded on Thursday, February 21, 2013

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    Learn how you can maximize your earnings as a designer with Erika Oliver, Aquent recruiter and agent.
    Erica Oliver
    Erika represents the most elite UX, interactive and front-end development talents from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard and matches them with exceptional contract and temp-to-perm job opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies. She is always looking for new ways to connect with industry trends, emerging technologies, top-tier talent and the people who hire them.
    Topic: Landing your dream job
    Loren Greiff, Aquent agent
    Recorded on January 17, 2013

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    Join Aquent agent Loren Greiff for tips, tricks and best practices to help you land your next design dream job.
    Loren Greiff
    As a classically trained advertising and marketing professional, Loren has a heightened instinct and keen eye for design. She brings more than 10 years of experience with e-marketing roles to her clients’ projects and staffing needs. From email marketers and copywriters to web developers and programmers, Loren’s extensive network consists of some of the industry’s best talent.
    Topic: Hiring design professionals
    Melissa Sharples, Aquent Senior Agent
    Recorded on November 15, 2012

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    Join Aquent Senior Agent Melissa Sharples as she offers an inside look at the hiring process from the “other side of the desk.” She’ll discuss what has changed over the years, plus the “do’s and don’ts” that will help you move your career to the next level.
    Melissa Sharples
    For more than fifteen years, Melissa has helped Aquent clients find their perfect talent matches—both domestically and internationally—across many industries. Melissa’s staffing adeptness is known throughout the Boston, San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia, markets. Not only are her individual placements successful, but she’s highly experienced in pulling together large teams of freelancers to work toward a common goal. Melissa’s teams have included design/production and SEO/SEM/online marketing, among other disciplines.
    Topic: Networking advice
    Mollie Nothnagel, Aquent Agent
    Recorded on October 18, 2012

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    Mollie Nothnagel
    You’ve heard it before: the art of effective professional networking is vital to succeed in today’s competitive job market. And as we know, it’s not always easy to master. In this timely webinar, Aquent Agent Mollie Nothnagel provides you with tools, tricks and ideas to expand your circle, making networking easy.

    For more than ten years, Mollie has worked in every corner of digital marketing and web project management. This experience is what she taps into when defining client needs across the marketing communications, event planning and design and content development spaces. She knows what it takes to be successful in these business areas, which is why her talent network is comprised of professionals who can thrive in them. To learn more about Mollie, visit: http://www.aquent.com/go/MollieNothnagel
    Topic: Project management
    Nicole Paternoster, Aquent Agent
    Recorded on September 20, 2012

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    Nicole Paternoster discusses project management tools, techniques and specific software to help you accelerate your design career. Coming from a career of more than 14 years in graphic design and advertising account management, Nicole is among the top marketing and creative talent contacts that major automotive and manufacturing brands use. Clients depend on Nicole’s ability to find ”needle-in-the-haystack” talent for remote locations, rely on her keen awareness of emergent technology and design aesthetics and value her experience working with digital and print designers. To learn more about Nicole, please visit: http://aquent.com/go/NicolePaternoster
    Topic: How to build an impressive online portfolio
    Kelly Moeller, Boston Team Manager, Vitamin T (a new division of Aquent)
    Recorded on August 16, 2012

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    Kelly Moeller
    As a tenured Agent and Talent Recruiter with 10 years of making great connections happen, Kelly is an advocate, a matchmaker and storyteller. Her focus is recruiting and retaining top Creative Digital Talent for Boston-based clients with specific focus on design, development, mobile, and content creation. To learn more about Kelly, please visit vitamintalent.com/kellymoeller
    Topic: Interview techniques
    Lisa McClain, Senior Recruiter/Agent, Aquent
    Recorded on July 19, 2012

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    Lisa McClain
    Lisa is continually looking for the right talent for her client’s immediate and long-term projects, and is always seeking stellar opportunities for the top-tier talent she represents. Lisa connects her clients’ business goals with her vast network of exceptional marketing and creative candidates. To view some of the jobs Lisa is currently recruiting for, visit: aquent.us/go/LisaMcClain
    Topic: Getting the job
    Erika Oliver, Recruiter/Agent, Aquent
    Recorded on June 21, 2012

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    Erica Oliver
    Erika represents the most elite UX, Interactive and Front-End Development talents from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard and matches them with exceptional contract and temp-to-perm job opportunities at Fortune 1000 companies. She is always looking for new ways to connect with industry trends, emerging technologies, top-tier talent and the people who hire them. To view some of the jobs Erika is currently recruiting for, visit: aquent.us/go/ErikaOliver

    Please note:
    Due to time constraints, all questions may not be answered during the live session; Aquent agents will do their best to address the most popular inquiries.

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