gag and a punch line in a three-panel
Artists work on a variety of company
products including calendars, posters,
T shirts and coffee mugs. Hallmark
employs about 600 artists, American
Greetings, 300 and Gibson, 50. Artists
like Gibson's Carolyn Tagel, 23, don't
feel they're selling out by working for
card companies. Marty Roelandt, a
senior art director for Gibson, agrees.
"It's all problem solving in one way or
another. It's never boring." Roelandt
says the most unusual aspect of the job is
the mix of business with pleasure: "Where
else can you have business meetings about
rainbows and teddy bears?"
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What's your worst nightmare about
interviewing for ajob? Arriving late
for your appointment? Forgetting
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side of the desk. One job seeker told his
interviewer that he didn't want his job to
interfere with his nudist lifestyle. Another
hapless candidate launched into a well-pre-
pared spiel during his interview. "He knew
a lot about the company," the recruiter
recalled. "Only it wasn't our company."
These touches of humor lighten the vid-
eo's otherwise straightforward approach.
Xsell Team, which was founded by former
recruiters for such Fortune 500 companies
as Xerox, offers practical advice. Job seek-
ers are warned to avoid personnel depart-
ments, if possible, and get in touch with
executives who do the actual hiring. Xsell
also recommends an "informational" in-
terview strategy: meeting with a prospec-
tive employer to talk generally about his
company, following up later with a request
for an actual job interview. Another tip:
getting a friend to help you rehearse.
Some of Xsell's suggestions seem slightly
off the mark, however. For instance, view-
ers are told to keep calling a company until
a job opens up-advice that can easily turn
you into a pest. (Letter writing might be
more appropriate.) And Xsell's dress tips
are highly conservative, more appropriate
to companies like IBM than, say, an ad
agency. Still, the video is a useful aid to
beginners, as long as they remember that
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