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11 things employers look for when hiring

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13:15 PM | 6 June 2014
by Adam Oldfield
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We talk to employers in the creative industries all the time about things they want to see in applicants. Here's some of the key things they look for.

We talk to employers all the time about things they want to see in applicants (whether that's for jobs, placements, grad schemes or anything else).  This is not an exhaustive list but these are the reoccurring themes that come up over and over again from those who have the hiring power. And they're applicable to all job roles in the creative industries.

1. Curiosity

Curiosity didn’t killed the cat. It was framed by that no good, rotten scoundrel indifference. You should take an interest in just about everything. Question the world around, from asking informed questions at an interview to trying to figure out why the hell men have nipples. A curious mind opens you up to all sorts of things. Firstly, it proves to employers that you're really interested in them and their agency. It shows that you will really interrogate a brief when it comes in and not just blindly follow a client's orders. And it provides you with a wealth of knowledge of interesting and silly things that will almost certainly come in handy during a career in the creative industries. In fact, curiosity is so important that it's not just on the wish list of employer's, it's often part of the job requirements.

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