Author Archives: Donna Farrugia

About Donna Farrugia

Donna Farrugia is executive director of The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service placing interactive, design and marketing professionals with a variety of firms. More information, including online job-hunting services, candidate portfolios and The Creative Group’s award-winning career magazine, can be found at creativegroup.com.

If You Can Swing It, Hire an Intern This Summer

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group   Breaking into the design industry can be challenging – particularly for recent graduates with no relevant work experience. And landing an internship doesn’t appear to be much easier: Nearly six in 10 (58 percent) advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said...

Wherever You Work, Make it Feel Like Home

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group When I’m not travelling for business, you can find me at my office in Westlake Village, Calif., during the workweek. It’s my home away from home. And like most in-house professionals, I spend 9+ hours at my desk (or at least within the building’s walls)....

Take Back Your Lunch Break

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group Think back to the last work week. How many of those days did you actually get outside the office (or even away from your desk) for your lunch break? I’m betting that if you’re like many in-house professionals, you spent most days scarfing down a...

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Five Tips for Handling High-Pressure Situations

Football fan or not, if you’re like most folks, you tune in for the Super Bowl to catch the commercials. I’ll admit I get sucked into all the buzz about which ads will flop and which will go viral. Creative folks, especially, can be the hardest critics – but also the ones who can...

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Are You a Friendly or Cut-Throat Competitor?

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group Have your coworkers been less helpful or willing to offer input on your designs? Are some starting to take credit for your ideas? If you’ve noticed a change in the air, you’re not alone. In a recent survey by our company, nearly half of the...

Surviving the Office Holiday Party

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group I’ll be the first to admit that I love this time of year (aside from the lines at the airports). People tend to be in better spirits, and I get a brief respite from my business travels to spend quality time with family and friends....

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Want to Make More Money in 2013? Strong Negotiation Skills Can Help.

By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group The CreativeGroup just released our 2013 Salary Guide, which features average starting salaries for 127 interactive, design and marketing positions.  The figures can be customized to more than 135 U.S. cities, so you can find out what others in your area are making and see...

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Four Morale Busters

It’s no secret that companies are feeling increased pressure to do more with less these days – and this includes keeping staff inspired on a tight budget. While the economy may be improving little by little, raises and other rewards are still hard to come by at many organizations.

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TCG 411: Picking Up From a Poor Performance Review

Picking Up From a Poor Performance Review   By Donna Farrugia, Executive Director of The Creative Group It’s performance review season for many companies, in-house teams included. While these meetings can bring positive news for some employees (in the form of promotions, bonuses or kind words), they can feel quite devastating for others. Let’s...