Interview with the man at the top

As a busy recruitment agency, based in the heart of Leeds, the creative individuals at Gloss work tirelessly to ensure not only that their candidates find the perfect job, but that their clients are offered the broadest range of design talent.

At the helm of one of the region’s top recruitment agencies is Ian Rigby, a man that is not only passionate about design, but who also has years of experience within the creative sector. He took a few minutes out from his busy schedule to answer some questions that will hopefully provide many job hunters with a little guidance in this turbulant and uncertain economic period.

1. Gloss Creative Recruitment, could you please sum it up in five words?

Honesty, integrity, long-term (is that cheating?), networked and reliable.

2. The digital market is growing at an exponential rate; what advice would you give to those that have just graduated and are looking to take their first steps onto the career ladder?

Get some experience ASAP… and by experience I mean relevant, commercial experience. There is no excuse for not having the right experience on your CV today. Put yourself in the mind of the client and think about what you would look for if you were hiring a junior and what would differentiate the quality candidates from the less desirable.

Once you have an understanding that energy and enthusiasm are a given and that the more experience you have the more likely you are to hit the ground running and ultimately secure the job.

If you’re wondering where to go for the work experience, why not try working for your friends or local businesses that may have never considered the services of a designer. Under the guise of a company name, mould your CV into a professional, attractive piece of work, complimented by a varied portfolio of work. If you need further help give us a shout and our sister company, Creative Protege, would be more than willing to help.

3. For those that have come to Gloss with bags of experience, what would you advise them to do?

Be specific. Just like businesses that are flourishing at the moment, individuals will need to become masters of a specific trade to demand the best rates and rise above competition. Employers have choice at the moment, but they also have specific needs – the days of being an all round designer are gone, so go for niche and be great at it.

Remember to keep up with the latest skills, as the latest generation of design talent will always be snapping at your heels. It is essential that you manage your career effectively – better than Fabio Capello manages the England squad!

4. Many people are hesitant when it comes to using a recruitment agency for fear of poor service; how can you guarantee a smooth ride for someone thinking of using the creative guys at Gloss?

 As long as you have a recruitment agent that appreciates your passion and discipline, then I don’t think you can go too far wrong. Gloss is run for creatives by creatives. Therefore when you get in touch with us you can be rest assured that we understand your dream, and empathise with your frustration; whether you are unemployed, stuck in a job that bares no relevance to the degree you studied in or simply want more information about the service we offer so you can make an informed choice as to whether you would like to join us.

I personally feel it is better to find two or three good, honest and reliable recruitment consultants that you can relate to and work with. You need SPECIFIC results and here at Gloss we provide a personal service to ensure we help you into the job that you always knew you were capable of landing.

5. Unemployment is rife at the moment, to all those that are riding it out, what tips can you give them to remain an appealing option to employers?

It is simple: keep busy and stay positive. It is also essential that you talk to recruiters and get specific advice. Most importantly keep growing, through training or with work experience. It is easy to get caught in the rat race and forget what you are working for, but the recession has given people a good chance to reflect and think about what they want from their career. You have to remain proactive; your career is a marathon not a sprint.

 6. You must see countless CVs as a managing director to one of the region’s top recruitment agencies; do you care to divulge to the readers the secrets to a successful CV?

Definitely! As I mentioned earlier – be specific. Having a CV that covers all areas might be good if you are applying to small companies who want that type of candidate, but the trend is now that clients prefer individuals with tailored specific skill sets.

Keep up to date with any technological changes and maintain a clear portfolio of work. The most important part of your CV is what you are up to at the moment and if that doesn’t match up with your target role, then do something about it!

Thank you Mr Rigby, some wise words that all those seeking a creative profession should heed.

Look out for more interviews from the team at Gloss in the coming months!

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