i have so many friends with jobs rend great opportunities opening up and i wanted to share with you the details in case you are on the lookout for work. you can always click that link up top in my navigation bar that says “jobs” to check the job listings on a regular basis. see if there is a position you might be the perfect fit for! (i’ll be adding even more soon!)
see the list below for job listings near you! keep in mind it is always best to send all appropriate links & materials o en submitting for the positions. we can’t wait to hear from you. -bri
MY FRIENDS HAVE JOBS FOR YOU …
job title: Operations/Studio Assistant
tasks include: Managing inventory and orders, making products (with the laser!), packing & shipping orders, data entry, and keeping the studio neat, clean, & organized.
more details: We’re looking for a part-time operations/studio assistant who is interested in working with a small and growing creative business. The position is available immediately and has potential for growth (& lots of it!). It is very important to us that you are passionate about learning and excited about helping with a wide variety of tasks in the office. We’re looking for someone who is reliable, works hard, has great attention to detail, and is OK with repetitive tasks. Having the ability to work independently and with a team, and being organized and able to prioritize is a must! Previous work experience is preferred. Ideally, our operations/studio assistant will come into the studio for 15-25 hrs/week — there’s potential for this to turn into a full-time job!
contact: If interested, please reach out with cover letter (or simply intro email) & resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Ops / Studio Assistant. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why’d you like to join our team! We can’t wait to hear from you.
company: max wanger photography/print shop – los angeles
job title: office/print shop manager
tasks include: max wanger print shop related tasks include – overall management. responding to emails. ordering prints. packaging/mailing prints. marketing. conceptualizing and mailing promos. social media. wedding photography related tasks include – responding to email inquiries. client thank you notes. shared calendar management. proofing gallery management. client slide show creation. packaging/delivery of photos. album design/creation. blog content/updates. photography submissions/scheduling. facebook/social media updates. misc tasks – responding to general emails/inquiries/photo requests. completion of day to day errands. cataloging hard drives. stock photo submissions. acquiring model releases, etc.
more details: must be willing to work part time (starting approx 15-20 hrs/week). highly organized and detail oriented. excellent follow up and communication skills (including writing and proof reading). hard working and ok with repetitive tasks. familiar with popular wedding/design/lifestyle blogs. comfortable using social media outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram). confident in internet researching abilities. sufficient in excel, word and photoshop. familiar with blog formatting – ideally has experience uploading + creating blog content. interest/excitement when it comes to finding new ways to market/promote the print shop.
contact: email@example.com / subject: manager position / please send your resume and a brief paragraph including any ideas you might already have about how you would help grow the print shop.
company: Juice Served ie
job title: Personal Assistant for CEO
tasks include: The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. Responsibilities will include: general administrative tasks, maintaining CEO’s extensive appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, travel bookings, heavy project management: including carrying out background research, presenting finding and executing the project, assist CEO with personal requests, tasks and arrangements,travel to site meeting with the CEO.
more details: Candidate will possess excellent organizational and follow up skills, microsoft office proficiency, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and minimum 1 year relevant experience
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / Email Subject: Personal Assistant for CEO. Please submit resume & cover letter detailing relevant experience
company: Chairish.com / San Francisco
job title: Social Media Manager
tasks include: Chairish is an online vintage furnishings marketplace that makes it delightfully simple for design lovers to buy and sell fabulous pre-loved decor to one another. We’re looking for a social media contractor to join our marketing team in San Francisco at about 40 hrs/week. Everyone wants a rock star, but we’re looking for someone extraordinary. Our social media lead will manage all hands-on aspects of our social media campaigns: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz. This includes developing, executing, tracking and analyzing social media marketing and strategy. Duties include planning and managing the publishing calendar, social objectives, messaging, taking photos, writing posts, and in some aspects, creating the visual images for these posts. He/she will also spearhead the Chairish blog, from writing blog posts to mapping out the content calendar and content marketing.
more details: You = Know, love, and breathe all things social media and be well versed in social media best practices. Attached to your device….all the time. Be a really strong writer with a gift for turning a phrase. Have great design taste and a strong aesthetic and a good sense of what will perform on social. Be ridiculously organized. Be diplomatic on social (we likes to make friends). Be a dynamic planner. You know how to be strategic, put a plan in place, and make sure it things get done. Be results-obsessed – you love tracking how your campaigns are doing based on stats that you can turn into big picture stories. Have mad interested in furniture (design and fashion is a plus). You read “those” blogs, especially Design Love Fest, and know what’s up with trends and happenings. Be an outstanding collaborator. We’re a team. You need to be a part of it. Be insane about Instagram, Pinterest, and excited about photography and video. Knowing Photoshop is a plus! Be ready to move quickly we move fast. Live in Bay Area (sorry, too hard to be a remote team member).
contact: Please apply here soon! We’re hiring quickly. http://bit.ly/1MGUQzA
company: Winston Flowers / Boston, MA
job title: Floral Designer
tasks include: Develop a working understanding of the basic Winston Styles of design and accurately create gift line designs based on established standards / successfully interpret clients’ wishes on custom design orders / day to day responsibilities will be dependent on business needs including, but not limited to event design and installation, as well as participating in corporate, residential, gift and custom design and installation.
more details: 3+ years of custom floral design experience in a high-end, high volume floral shop or design studio is desired but not required; equivalent studio/visual arts or visual merchandising background may be considered.
job title: Private Art Teacher
tasks include: Tasks include driving to homes in Los Angeles area and creating a pop up art class. You will teach the art lessons to individuals and small groups.
more details: Looking for a fine artist who loves kids and has flexible hours for a part time job. A happy, kind and patient person who can inspire older kids and keep itty bitty ones engaged. An experienced teacher who has great class management skills and is available to work on weekdays and weekends when needed.
contact: Please send resume, photos of your own artwork, photos of artwork that you have done with children and a brief statement of why you would like to teach children art. Send submissions to: email@example.com
company: Lili Claspe Jewelry | Costa Mesa
job title: Jewelry Assistant
tasks include: The jewelry assistant is responsible for helping with mass assembly of handmade pieces by Lili Claspe. The assistant will be expected to quickly assemble large quantities of jewelry at a time and be willing to learn basic metal-smithing and soldering techniques. Ability to work with stones a plus. This position will be full time, and the candidate must be local to the Orange County area. Pay is TBD based on experience.
more details: Lili Claspe is an American-made jewelry company created by Stephie Tchamanian. Incorporating semi-precious gemstones and minerals inspired by Mother Nature, the line is the brainchild of Stephie’s love for intricate yet chic design. Lili Claspe pieces are girly with an edge, made to accentuate a style every woman can wear.
contact: To apply, please email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
company: Moon Juice
job title: E-Commerce Manager
tasks include: Strategize and prioritize sales via E-Commerce channel, implement A/B testing and track ROI across all campaigns and dollars spent on enhancements, oversee the development of the new website with responsive mobile design for customers and wholesale vendors, Coordinate with web agency to scope, troubleshoot, and test all functionality to meet Moon Juice business needs, manage content migration from old system, new content needs, and uploading all copy, pricing, imagery, and metadata, among other tasks.
more details: qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years related experience. Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking. Excellent organization skills and experience with project management. Startup experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills in person, e-mail, and by phone, with high professionalism. Demonstrates passion, awareness, and support in the health and wellness community.
contact: email@example.com / Email Subject: E-Commerce Manager. Please submit resume & very brief note
company: roomforty | Los Angeles
job title: sales coordinator
tasks include: the sales coordinator would be the primary contact for the client from the time of inquiry to the actual event day, and to that end has experience dealing with sales, client services, events, rentals, venues, and all of the aspects of the events industry. a critical distinction for interested parties is that our product is food and service–so someone would need to be knowledgable about food, or a very quick study. we need someone who is an articulate communicator (both on the phone and in emails), psychotically organized, comfortable with the negotiation process, natural at selling, and can maintain grace under pressure. creating proposed menus and contracts is a big piece of the scope of work. this position juxtaposes the creative/intuitive and administrative.
more details: the salary would be a combination of base plus commission. our office is located in highland park and and shares a property with the Fig House.
contact: please email cover letter and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
job title: Account / Sales Rep
tasks include: focus on outbound sales, bringing in international boutiques, major accounts & private label accounts, manage inbound sales leads and account reorders, ensure all wholesale shipments get out on time
more details: Clashist is a line of digitally printed goods founded in Dec 2013. Inspired by pop culture, the brand quickly found success with its progressive prints and nostalgic motifs. Every piece from the collection is designed and made in Los Angeles, CA. Please check out clashist.com for more.
contact: Heather, email@example.com
job title: Director of Communications
tasks include: Deepening consumer and fashion media relationships and investing in initiatives that showcase the True&Co brand to future customers. Build on our successful PR track record and take it to the next level. Oversee all public relations and communications activities at True&Co, starting with defining and implement a branding and communications strategy that recognizes our differentiated positioning in the marketplace.
more details: This position requires 7-9 years of agency experience and managing an agency as an in-house publicist. The candidate should be social, energetic and likeable, with a wealth of experience and knowledge within the fashion industry and extensive network of consumer and fashion media contacts, with proven experience in securing significant, brand building press coverage.
company: The Life Styled | Los Angeles, CA (West Hollywood)
job title: Intern
tasks include: The Life Styled is currently seeking a part time styling/blog intern. Candidates should be proactive, creative, and have a strong interest in fashion and trends but no previous styling experience is required. Tasks will include: trend research, social media, blog editorials, assisting on styling projects, and some clerical/organizational work. Knowledge of social media is a must. Photography and/or Photoshop skills are always a plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles. Looking for a commitment of 2 days per week. Lunch will be provided.
more details: The Life Styled is a fashion blog and styling business owned by stylist Catherine Sheppard, which offers wardrobe styling for media, including television and magazine, and personal styling for individual clients.
contact: Email resume, a little bit about yourself, and links to any social media accounts you’d like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org
(photo in poster by max wanger)
today’s question: “how do you say “no” to friends asking you to work for free?”
so your friend is starting a new company and needs help with all her branding, website, blog, etc. she knows you’re a kick ass designer and comes to you first because she trusts you… and also has no budget. we’ve all been there. it’s awkward. you’d love to help your friend out but your time is worth something too.
we’ve talked before about trading or giving a friend discount. you could find something between those two, but that doesn’t always work. both sides have to really stick to their side of the deal. if you make a trade be sure to put a time limit on that trade (something i recently learned). a friend of mine wanted to claim their side of the trade before my wedding. in hindsight i should’ve said no because i was in the thick of designing for myself and i was already overwhelmed. i said “sure!” because it was my turn to deliver. i didn’t give it my all like i should’ve and it was so stressful on top of my crazy work load.
if you end up saying yes and doing it for free (you’re a really good friend) still write a contract! tell your friend that you will treat her like any other client when you’re working together. be up front about what you will be giving her, how many rounds of revisions and when everything is due. also ask her to be professional with you. if she doesn’t take you seriously and wastes your time it could be a disaster. be honest and up front the entire time. if you feel like she is asking for too many revisions or not giving feedback in a timely manner SPEAK UP! you don’t want to let that because you will start to resent taking on the project and possibly your friend. bad combination.
i’ve helped out some friends for free but i made it very clear how much time i could spend with them on their project. so far, we’re all still friends.
this one is hard because i have had some really amazing experiences working for friends at no charge. i considered them fun, creative, easy projects and a lot of them turned out that way. but i will also tell you that some of my least favorite projects have been for friends because it is hard to put boundaries on a project. one of my worst experinces was for a mutual friend that i did a favor for (because i thought “if my friends love this person, so will i!”) WRONG. i wasn’t professional enough from the start, i didn’t have a proper contract, and things turned really sour. endless revisions, she had a really bad attitude and was very needy. but you know what, it was my fault for assuming that things would be just fine. lesson learned.
i have also had friends come out of the woodwork needing free design work (you know, the ones you haven’t talked to in years and then all of a sudden need a favor?) and that’s when i had to put my foot down. it will never be easy to say no to a real friend that needs help. i can sit here and tell you to just give them a discounted rate instead…but i am guilty of doing a lot of free work for friends because i just really like the person. or the project. but when someone you haven’t talked to all year needs you to design their business cards? that i can’t stand behind. people are entitled and i’m not cool with that.
katie’s right. trades should have a deadline. make a contract. be upfront about revisions. and do your best to talk to them like you would any other client. if you’re too busy, just say it! because you really aren’t doing them a favor if you are going to give them half-ass work. refer them to someone that you know will do a good job and let them know you would love to give your opinion about it. it’s really a case by case scenario. i’m still going to help my little sister with her resume design and my best friend with her company if she really needs it. it’s only when you feel like someone is taking advantage of you that the situation is bound to get ugly.
have you had any terrible experiences with doing free work for friends? it’s hard, right?
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)
today’s question: how do you present your work?
BRI & KATIE’S ANSWERS (mixed together this time!)
in an interview…
when i was about to graduate college i was interviewing left and right. my book was 8.5″ x 11″ (perfect for fitting in my bag) sturdy (it was touched by so many hands) and made of orange plexi with sheet protectors on the inside. it was really easy to rearrange or make edits if i changed my mind later. there was minimal copy in my layouts because i think its better to talk about my work vs. having the interviewer read it. i did have friends that went above and beyond with a printed and bound book. they looked really great, but they would get so frustrated when they decided they wanted to add a project. last year i transfered over to an ipad. it’s cleaner and i’ve found that people love to be able to zoom into projects to get a closer look. i don’t have to worry about getting my pages nicely printed and can update it so much faster. i also got a nice bright red case to match back to my resume and it usually matches something i’m wearing.
and be confident in the way that you speak about the work…you should be able to say a few sentences about each project in case they ask you specifics about them. if you don’t have anything to say about the project, it probably means that you don’t love it…so take that one out. a few things to think about when explaining a project: your inspiration, why you loved it, an interesting back story, the vibe you were trying to capture…
and how about something you can leave with them? we get our blogshop magazines printed at magcloud (affordable & pretty good quality!) you could make a little magazine with examples of your work, a little about you, and your resume in the back. just a fun idea to think about.
to a client…
i work with most of my clients over emails and pdfs. for each round of delivery i place their files on a pdf with my logo and information at the top of each page. i include the date, deliverable round, brief description and my contact info. sometimes the elements need some descriptive copy that i include off to the side. and! i always watermark everything just incase. i’ve never experienced a client running off with my work (knock on wood) but i’ve hear horror stories.
no matter what, always present your best and favorite pieces. it will really show by the way you talk about it or just by how amazing it looks. don’t overwhelm the viewer with too many options.
always remember, you want this process to be a creative experience. you want them to feel engaged and excited when they see an email come in from you! so if that means going the extra mile and photoshopping the logo option that you love on a shopping bag so they can envision it, do it! the 5 minutes that took you to do will often seal the deal!
(illustration by katie evans. read more freelance advice posts are over here!)