Can you check the boxes for the freelance lifestyle?

imagesCAD30KBRAre you a marketing or communications professional who has always wanted to “go out on your own?”  Do you love product marketing or digital media but want to work with more flexibility?  Perhaps it is time to seriously explore becoming a consultant or freelancer (or as the IRS will refer to you, an independent contractor).  Following is the checklist we recommend to use in assessing your freelance readiness . . .
Have you consulted with a professional for advice on financial flexibility and tax ramifications?
 Have you banked six months of income in liquid assets?
 Do you have a fully functional remote office (smart phone, protected laptop or PC, scanner, current software etc.)?
 Have you registered a business entity with the State of Colorado?
 Do you have the confidence and comfort level to work independently?
 Have you identified the highest potential freelance clients as well as the “low hanging fruit?”
 Have you discussed with those around you about this lifestyle/income change?
Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire

Have you lost a gig to this interview mistake?

Fidgeting WomanLove LifeHacker!  Quick, concise, impactful.  This recent LifeHacker tweet caught my eye.  Couldn’t agree more that fidgeting might cost you the gig.  And the key to not fidgeting?  Be prepared!  At Maris we not only give you the gig requirements (both hard/soft skills) but also prep you with intimate client insights as to creative philosophies, company cultural norms and work flow.  Plus you have been pre-sold to the client in our submission pitch.  All this pre-interview counsel and advice helps you be the chosen one.  Confident, prepared resource + great gig = satisfied client.  Easy. So relax, no need to fidget.  Read on here . . .

Dog Day at Maris

Zipper 2014My dog, Zipper, came to the office today. A real dog doing real work. Brought here to sniff out new talent.

Quality referrals are the heart of our business. You are terrific at what you do. And you recognize terrific talent.

  • Marketing and communications talent
  • Business analysts and market researchers
  • CRM and lead gen
  • Public relations practitioners and product managers

Please refer professionals to the Maris Talent Tribe.  We pay a nice referral fee when we are able to place the talent you send to us.  Send the pros you know to our website to visit “Got Talent”?

Do you have dog days at your office?  Send us a pic and info about your pal and we’ll happily share.

The Six Most Important Resume Tips for the Maris Talent Tribe.

  • resume typewriterForget the two page resume. The longer the better. At least for Maris. The more robust the resume the more likely you are to show up as a match in a keyword search whether the client is seeking marketing, communications, product management or digital. Your resume submitted to the Maris Talent Tribe should have absolutely everything you have ever done that you are willing to do again for money (save the love for other opportunities). Typically we will ask for a more targeted resume once we are positioning you for a specific placement.
  • Start with your expertise. A bulleted list of  expertise at the top of your resume not only covers more critical key words but lets us (and our clients) know at a glance what you consider to be your killer talents. LinkedIn can help build a resume but do not rely on their app alone.
  • Show results. Another bulleted list of “career high” results and achievements across all your work. Be concise and specific with target and outcome and reveal as much as allowed about the program/project and how you exceeded results.
  • Software expertise is CRITICAL in many placements so by all means go ahead and list WordPress, SalesForce and Eloqua along with Excel and Office and all those silly named interfaces that start with “monkey”. While you’re at it, include professional training, certificates and impressive seminars.
  • List all your industry experience. Yes, all of them – from hi tech to healthcare to telecom and consumer packaged goods. We place talent across all industries.
  • Chronology.  Give us companies, titles and dates to present. Dangling gaps?  Just explain them (like gave birth to triplets or learned to cook in Italy).

Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire

Do you have what it takes to join the Maris Talent Tribe?

Are you ridiculously smart and eternally curious about marketing?  Sharper than everyone else out there when it comes to communications?  Do you have a highly sought after skillset in product management?  Or do you dive deep with a special expertise in digital media?  Are you fiercely independent and seriously self-motivated?  Do you embrace chaos and the unknown?  Are you confident and comfortable in your own talents?  Then please join our Talent Tribe today so we can connect you with the right opportunity whether it be a project contract or a freelance assignment or even direct hire.  Tap “Got Talent?” today and share your expertise.
Marketing, Communications, Product Management, Creative Services Staffing / Recruiting Experts – Freelance / Consultant + Direct Hire