Time to say goodbye.
Sometimes it is hard to view things objectively when you are in the middle of it, but i think it is very important to save yourself from becoming something -or part of something- that you don't want to be identified with.
This was the case for me when I found myself working for an employer whose work practices and ethics I couldn't personally subscribe to. I know it is hard for most people to just get up and go away from a bad work situation, specially since it isn't so easy to find a job these days and financial responsibilities do not 'take breaks', but, if you have the possibility, I suggest that you save yourself from being a part of something that does not match who you are as a private person or as a professional, because little by little 'we' become that who we practice.
If your employer is disrespectful to you, doesn't value your work, or treats you in a way that you feel is uncalled for, do not just sit and 'take it' because they are your employer. Politely let them know what you don't consider acceptable and decline to continue in that situation. The longer you wait, the more things might escalate and in the end both sides might be unhappy, so don't wait too long in hopes that things will improve. If things don't change and improve quickly, most likely they never will.
Life is too short not to be true to who we are and what we stand for.
Currently collaborating with amazing multidisciplinary artist Stephen Workman @workmanart,
to develop a business model, concept and market potential discovery for some incredibly gorgeous handmade knit works.
You can see more at style-now.com
Been a busy bee lately shooting for a luxury designer store in the city. I'm also building their website right in time for the holiday season so hopefully there will be a lot of holiday shoppers coming through.
It's a very exciting project because all the items are gorgeous pieces.
As always I'm happy to be so lucky to work on projects I enjoy so much.
Part of my job is to spot places that need help. Since many business owners have no sense of design, it is my responsibility to be able to communicate my ideas to them in a way that is easy to understand what I am seeing.
Most people know what looks better if they can see a before and after, but perhaps wouldn't have thought of the idea that I'm presenting to them. By doing this, I can shine a light on something that the owners may not realize they needed, then, granted that there is enough budget to work with, we can take their place to the next level.
After analyzing the business concept, I usually develop ad hoc visuals that go with the theme, then I photoshop renderings of different options that would vary dependent on the budget. This restaurant's theme is 'black panthers' and it is a Mexican restaurant. The restaurant is beautifully set up, with brand new everything and exposed brick (which New Yorkers LOVE), and it just needs a little push to take it to the next level.
There are some more design recommendations I would make to this business, however I usually like to build upon the changes in order to make everything work best.
January 08th, 2016
Recently a couple of my friends asked me for some help revising and editing their resumes.
I figured this must be a pretty common thing to be dealing with since at school they really only teach you the very basic way to make a "professional resume", not considering hundreds of applicants are fighting to stand out in order to catch the potential employer's eye, and ultimately take YOUR job opportunity.
With that in mind, I decided to make a 'How To Make a Pimpin' Resume' post.
I'm not going to say my friends resumes were terrible (well, one of them was). However there was some definite work to be done there. You see, they were going with what a formal, average resume looks like, but who wants to be seen as average?
I've mostly freelanced and done work for which my portfolio and samples are what matters most rather than my resume so I never really thought about it too much. After going over the flashing images of good and bad resumes I've come across in my time, I figured a resume is the equivalent of the first impression you make when meeting someone, except you aren't there to guide the situation in your favor.
Look at it this way, if you were just about to meet a potential employer in person, how would you like to be seen?
Would you want to be average, not stand out and seem just like the rest of the contenders?
Or would you like to be memorable?
Do you want to come across as happy, serious, formal, playful or just plain dull?
Resumes are your introduction to a new potential employer, so basically it has to be as appealing as possible and it should represent you and "sell" you to your employer prior to even making contact.
With that in mind, here are the
Ten Tips to Make a Pimpin' Professional Resume:
1- Establish how you want to be perceived.
This is the first thing to figure out. If you are going to work at a Law Firm you obviously don't want to seem like a fun loving party animal, however, the opposite applies if you are looking for a job as a DJ.
2- Clear the extra info.
Include contact information but unless it is job related, leave your personal address, age and details that are just taking up space OUT! To some people you'll seem too young and for others too old, so why not just let them wonder?!
3- Be direct and type in what matters.
Under each position you've held, don't enter every lame detail of your duties. Only enter what might matter to your potential employer. Sure, jobs sometimes require us to do meaningless tasks, but you don't need to bore people with the details.
4- Figure out a strong design at a glance.
Make the page design attractive as a whole. If you take a look at your resume from a bit of distance, does it catch your eye? or does it get lost in a sea of resumes?
5- Edit, edit, edit.
Make sure to have an accessible file that you can lightly edit in order to fit your employer's expectations as best as possible. To them you must seem like a job match made in heaven!
6- Don't be afraid to break rules, follow your gut and
show off your skills!
Always include all your special qualities in there. Are you a leader? do you make a great team player?
Blow your own horn and own it!
7- Have an accessible online version of it.
Don't underestimate the power of the internet! Have an online version ready to share by link, should the opportunity to share it present itself. Either that or have it saved in your email so you can blast it at a moments notice! Also, if you have a website, make sure to include it on your printed resume!
8- Safe = Boring
Enough said. Put some color in it! and don't be cheap when you print it.
9- Get personal and make sure to include a photo of your sexy self.
So you are an accountant, and you think image doesn't matter, WRONG! Make yourself presentable and get some professional good looking pictures of yourself. Just make sure you look the part you are going for. And please don't be too sexy! I know this can be a challenge but please try.
10- Get it out there! the worst thing that can happen is they toss it!
Share, share, share! Upload it everywhere, post it everywhere, email it to every semi important person you know. It might just fall into the right hands.
I hope these tips help you land your next job, or if anything,
help you get the foot in the door and land a few more interviews
than your old boring resume was! ;)
Greek Economic Crisis Explained
My friend shared this super helpful and quick video that helps understand the crisis Greece is currently going through.
#greece #economy #money #crisis #video
The End of Customer Service
I recently set out on a trip, only to realize the era of customer service has come to an end.
US Airways, partnered with American airlines in an effort to bring you better, stronger: bad service... apparently creating the airline company where good service came to die.
After a terribly annoying situation where they attempted to convince me to check my bags upon check-in, for the low $20 dollar fee, upon arrival at the gate, it turned out that we were being forced to check our bags, for free. (I wonder how those who paid for their bags to be checked felt at this point).
Long story short, upon arriving back in NYC, I noticed an odd brown matter smeared on the handle of my bag, so i inspected it more carefully... turns out, my hard case carry on, was practically destroyed, with cracks in 3 corners, and one wheel had fallen off.
So lets quickly recap:
They charge you to check your bags, but once you get to the plane they force you to check anyway, then they break your bag.
So far, not a great experience.
When you get to the baggage office, there is a special treat for you. You are greeted by a person who barely speaks english, telling you they will not replace your bag, because its "normal" wear and tear, lines clearly read from a learned script as the man couldn't elaborate on the reasoning behind his reply to my concerns.
When this guy told me that, I took my phone out, and warned him that this was too good, and I was going to film him saying that for my files, so by then he refused to explain the "policy" he had just gone over, stating "I already explained it to you".
Obviously, at this time, the camera pointing at them attracted the attention of the previously "busy" office manager, who was busy playing a game on her phone sitting right next to the other clown, but not offering any help..
"This bag isn't broken" she said. "I don't see anything"
Lucky me, there were other customers in line, so I looked at them and asked, does this look "not broken to you?", and once the manager saw their reaction, she had no option but to carefully inspect my bag, and agree that, in fact, the bag was basically useless after going through their hands.
In response, the manager agreed to "allow me" to file a baggage claim, since if at their discretion, the bag seems to be ok. they don't even give you the form to do so.
Now, I believe this unfortunately isn't an isolated case of bad customer service. In NYC at least, 80% of all service providing employees are similarly useless. People on their cellphones at work, texting while you are giving your coffee order at starbucks so you can pay for overpriced coffee from a company that doesn't take more time to select their employees better. Or is it that they are paying so little, that they can only afford below standard human resources?
Its unfortunate but i truly believe we have witnessed the end of an era, where the customer mattered, and people still had pride in offering quality service.
#usairways #service #business #travel #flight #airport #vacation #sucksballz
Time-Lapse Painting #1
The power of (BAD) Design
I was on my way to rehearsal riding the NYC subway, when this poster caught my eye, not because its a great poster, but because it was right in front of me and it looked like something a design student with very little talent might have done for a school project.
First I wondered, how did this make it all the way into the subway? Then I thought, WHO approved this to go to print?? The lettering was small, the pictures oddly proportioned and featured the mayor of the town and a boy band more than the attractions of the city being advertised, and a tiny dragon (randomly dropped in the layout), spoke little to me about the culture of this place. You would think someone qualified would need to approve it before letting it go public and having to pay a good chunk of change to put it on the trains.
Under normal conditions, I would have just ignored the poster and turned away in search for something more visually appealing, however the train was crowded and I had to go all the way downtown forced to stare at this poor piece of design work, which brought me to carefully analyzing it.
While the poster has some seemingly right ingredients: some typical fruits, a few people who are ambassadors to the city, an important political figure, and a bit of their attractions, the mix just isn't right. It truly does not speak to a prospect tourist.
Perhaps this helps you see my point. If there were an Ad of the city of New York, done with the same concept, it would be something kind of like this:
Being aware that this most likely was a mistake, meaning that the city that they are promoting couldn't possibly be THAT bad, and it was more a poor decision on the selection of which ad to run, I decided to do some research on the town once i made it back home.
Turns out, Kaohsiung IS an awesome city, and from all that I found, totally worth visiting.
It is culturally rich, and full of history, and it is also the home to very avant garde architecture as well as random cool things like a GIANT rubber duck that sits on the river.
So with my new knowledge about the city, I decided to create a mock ad that might represent my feelings about this city a little better than what their poster did.
In conclusion, no, I don't have all the facts on hand but I'm pretty sure, that showing bananas, a boy band that is allegedly as good as The Beatles (and state it on the poster), and the warm and cozy look of the towns mayor all combined, were definitely not the best choice to try and lure new visitors to spend their hard earned dollars on a vacation there!