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The Top 14 Graphic Design Terms Commonly Misused by Novice Creatives


We all have to start somewhere right? If you're just starting out in graphic design, or your a marketer in a design agency, you might find a few graphic design terms leave you a little bewildered. 

Tracking versus kerning? Lettermark versus wordmark? 

In this digital world, we all end up wearing many hats, which makes it all the more reason to know your stuff.

Well help is at hand thanks to Think Design who have created an awesome infographic to shed some light on a number of frequently missunderstood graphic design terms, with their handy side-by-side explanations. 




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Does a creative's CV need to be creative?

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Getting a job has always been competitive and candidates are doing all they can to give themselves an advantage. So is there a need to get creative with your CV?

Let’s first consider the purpose of a CV; to portray important information in a concise and informative way which allows the reader to quickly scan and take in the relevant information. So how do you make yours stand out?

In the creative industry people want to show their creative potential, are making CVs their own by expressing themselves through their unique presentation and layout. But can this get in the way of the sole purpose of a CV? Is it not the job of the portfolio to show creative talent and potential?

I guess it can be quite subjective; one employer may be impressed with your creativity, whilst another may not be prepared to spend the extra time needed to actually find the relevant information on your CV. But it seems getting the balance right is crucial. If you can keep it easy to read whilst showing some unique creative flair, then it will probably make a good impression.

Have a look at these creative CV’s below. Which ones have got the balance right, and which ones seem to have forgotten the aim of a CV? Let us know what you think…

Finalists at the Hertfordshire Business Awards


Agenda Recruitment is delighted to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the Recruitment Award at the Hertfordshire Business Awards being held on Thursday 29th of November.

We believe this fantastic achievement demonstrates our high standards and on-going commitment to excellence and is a great way to finish off another successful year for everyone at Agenda. 



10 Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals in 2018



New year new goals! Whatever your resolutions or aims are for 2018, we’ve put together some steps to help you on your way to achieving them - whether it’s finally choosing a new career path or moving up the career ladder.

1. Set Your Intention 


Where do you want to be one year from now? Think of it as a promise to yourself, that you will do everything to get there. Everything you do will you focused on obtaining this. An intention is less about the specifics of what and how, and more about who you are and your why. For example, your intention might be “to be truly free from the 9-5 world.”


HOW TO ACTION: Say it to yourself and right it down somewhere so you can see it daily. Use all your emotions and feelings that you have about your present circumstances to help you make this commitment to your intention. 


2. Brainstorm Ideas


It’s time to start thinking about the what and how. What are the requirements and resources you need to reach your intention? How can you get there and what do you need to accomplish? Maybe there are people in your life that can help you. Try to keep these ideas as natural and intuitive to you, your experience and interest, skill set and knowledge as possible. Now is not the time to completely reinvent yourself. 


HOW TO ACTION: Brainstorm your list of ideas of how you can reach your intention. Whether on paper, in a documents or in your notes. Using digital lists such as Trello are great because you can take them with you and just add new ideas when they come to you. 


3. Set 3 Smaller Goals


What are the milestones or major steps that can lead you to get there? For example is there any knowledge or skills you need to obtain, any certifications you might need, resources to save for or purchase, connections to make, sales goals to hit, skills to utilise and so on. You’re looking to identify these MAJOR milestones. 


HOW TO ACTION: Use your list of brainstormed ideas from step 2 to set 3 smaller goals for yourself. Be as specific and quantitative as possible to keep focus. Avoid fluffy adjectives. If it helps, think about setting SMART goals, which are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.


4. Schedule To-Dos 


What timely tasks do you need to do and when? You’ve set yourself goals, now it’s time to dig deeper into the requirements of meeting that goal. Think of yourself as a pyramid with your intention at the tip, then your 3 smaller goals in the middle, now you’re scheduling your to-dos for said goals at the bottom. 


HOW TO ACTION: Break own your 3 goals further into timely task. Schedule time into your calendar to work on these to-dos. It’s best to find ways to incorporate your to-dos into your daily or weekly routine. Establish your time-line and set deadlines for yourself. It’s important to keep reminding yourself of them to create a routine and habit of accomplishing them. 


5. Prioritise 


This is a two-fold step: determining what is a priority for you to accomplish to reach your intention and also to prioritise your resources to get it done. What needs to be done first? You need to be able to determine the difference between what needs to be done and what would be nice to do. Your path towards your intention needs to be as direct as possible. 


Also think about how you need to prioritise your three resources of time, money and energy. How much of that is required? You only have so much of each so choose to-dos that are doable. Prioritise what is essential, for the best cost and has the greatest potential outcome. 


HOW TO ACTION: Take your to-dos and cut or move anything that isn’t a must to the bottom of your list. Also, remove any to do tasks that are not achievable because of time, money or energy required. 


6. Be Accountable 


Think about those who can help you stay on track. Just as if you were planning on losing weight or getting fit, those who are more likely to achieve their end goals do so with other people, who provide moral support. Use a family member, partner or friend for private accountability or think about using a business partner or mentor for professional accountability. Social media and blog posts are also great to broadcast your intentions for more public accountability. 


HOW TO ACTION: Establish all three levels of accountability. Tell them your immediate goals and ask them to help keep you on track. It’s also helpful to find someone who understands your industry that you can check in with regularly. 


7. Find Your Focus 


What is it that helps you to focus? This is something you are going to need to figure out to get your to-dos done. Sometimes you need to remove or deal with what’s preventing you from focusing. Maybe it’s a change in environment and setting aside a quiet time in the week to dedicate to working towards your goal. 


HOW TO ACTION: You’ve already scheduled in your time, now it’s about getting it done. figure out your routine. Think about tidying your workspace, or finding a quiet spot. Implement whatever it takes to help you get it done.


8. Get Started


What can you achieve TODAY? A new year gives you 365 days of opportunities, but the hardest part is just getting started. Don’t try to be perfect, aiming for perfection hinders progress. You don’t need to have it all together to put yourself out there and accomplish something. Just get going, worry about improving later. 


HOW TO ACTION: You’ve prioritised your to-dos and scheduled in your time, you have accountability and you’ve found your focus. Start with an easier, less time consuming task that can give you a quick win to encourage you onwards and upwards. When you reach a difficult task keep talking to those keeping you accountable to help you get it done or to give you advice to help you get through it. 


9. Stay Motivated 


What is it that motivates you? If there’s nothing to motivate you, the likelihood is you’ll never achieve those goals you’ve set out for yourself. Think about your internal motivation - the thing that keeps you going when you’re tired and overworked. And also your external motivation - such as a song that inspires you, or a TED talk that inspired you. Whatever it is, use it to stay motivated. 


HOW TO ACTION: Discover your internal and external motivations. Consider what it is that gets you going and stirs up the motivation. Put on that song, watch their talk and do this every day! 


10. Review and Adjust


Did you accomplish what you set out to achieve? Don’t put yourself down when you experience set backs, just make adjustments for the next month, or create a few extra tasks. Always try to keep moving forward. If you find yourself struggling week by week, review and adjust your goals and to-dos. It could just be that you’ve been overambitious or created a path that’s a little bit too complicated. A smaller win beats no progress any day. 


HOW TO ACTION: At the end of each month review your progress and make adjustments where you need to. You should always be keeping track or what you’ve done and what you haven’t. Also hold quarterly reviews with your accountability partner if you can. 

The Importance of Work Experience for Graduates
scroll-32278 640According to a recent article by the BBC and research by High Fliers of more than 18,000 university leavers - graduates who have had internships or work experience whilst at university are three times as likely to land jobs.
Job applications are at record levels with applications being sent earlier than ever. The research suggests that students will have submitted an average of more than seven job applications each before leaving university. This is the highest level found in 18 years of research into the graduate jobs market.
Researchers estimate that from the 30 universities involved in the study there will have been 427,000 job applications generated this year - almost double the number from five years ago!
The destination for these young job hunters is more likely than ever to be London. Half of all graduates now expect to work in London, with the capital the most popular location for students leaving 27 out of 30 universities. The only exceptions are Queen's University in Belfast and Strathclyde and Glasgow universities.
10 Easy ways to upgrade your CV



Whichever industry you’re applying for, a CV will always matter. And even if you’ve managed to secure a job interview thanks to networking and connections, you’ll still have to hand over a piece of paper that formally lists your experience and credentials. Here’s 10 easy ways to upgrade your CV, so you can concentrate on nailing your job interview.


1. ALWAYS proofread and then proofread again! 


It’s a total no-brainer, but there’s nothing more off putting to a hiring manger than a typo in a CV. So always proofread it. And then have your mum read it, your best friend read it, your flatmate read it, and your uncle read it. Typos and grammar mistakes happen, even with spell check turned on! But they don’t need to prevent you from getting a job. 


2. Always save as a PDF


Lots of hiring managers say that their biggest pet peeve is receiving CVs that are oddly formatted. Saving and sending your CV as a PDF is the bare minimum of professionalism, so if you haven’t got into the habit of doing this yet, we recommend you start now. 


3. Include appropriate links 


In this digital age, you should expect recruiters to asses you based on your digital life. It’s always helpful if you add a link to your LinkedIn profile, as well as your twitter handle or Instagram account, especially if you’re an influencer who has built up a big network. Including this information on your CV shows you understand that your online life is one more part of how you present yourself. 


4. Delete the year you graduated 


Employers may see that you graduated a decade ago and consider you too experienced for a position, regardless of whether you changed career paths. Less than five years after graduation may still place you in the novice category. Removing this small detail will help keep the focus on what you can do and how you can benefit the company. 


5. Include your name in the file name 


Very obvious point, but people frequently send out their CVs without their full name in the file name. It’s really unhelpful to recruiters when they receive a file called “CV2017” or “BusinessNameCV.” Make yours easy to distinguish from others. We suggested including your full name with an underscore, and the word CV (FirstName_LastName_CV.pdf) so that whoever is looking for the file knows automatically just what they’re going to get. 


6. Get keyword savvy 


Many CVs will be scanned before they even get into the hands of an actual human being at a company. Choose SEO-optimised words for your industry. We suggest looking at the job profile and using as many of those words as possible. For example, if you’re applying for a position as a marketing manager and the job descriptions states it’s looking for a candidate that has CMS and marketing automation experience, make sure the CV you’re submitting contains those words. When it comes to an in-person interview, you can hand over a more creative, less jargon-driven version. 


7. Delete “references on request”


It takes up space on your CV and it’s pretty obvious. If they want a reference, they’re going to request one if you’ve spelled it out on your CV or not. Other obvious lines to delete include: The fact you’re familiar with Microsoft Word or Excel - in this day and age, that’s like saying you know how to use a smartphone. CV experts are split when it comes to lines offering hobbies or interests. If you’re going to include them (or to fill in this part on LinkedIn) make sure you choose something that shows you’re a great candidate. For example, marathon training shows dedication. Seeking out the best food truck burger? Not so much. 


8. Use hard numbers


Grew web traffic by 30%? Increased a Facebook audience by 200,000? Whatever it is, using numbers has much more of an impact than just words. 


9. Never go to page two 


This goes without saying, but your CV should never be more than one page, especially if you’re a new uni graduate. But even if you’re 10 years or more into your career, you should still be carefully editing your CV so it still fits on a single sheet of paper. Your current job should get the most room on the page, and you should provide fewer and fewer details for those first jobs and internships, eventually removing the least relevant ones altogether. 


10. Add variety to your verbs


In 2013, Careerbuilder conducted a survey of hiring managers and asked them to identify which CV words and phrases are cliche and which ones get their attention. Do you have “think outside the box” on there? Time to delete that one! Among the top 15 most liked phrases are action verbs like “create” and “achieve.” While “manages” isn’t the most thrilling of words, it does clearly state what you did and is much better than “worked.”


Just remember the golden rule, don’t rely too heavily on a thesaurus and fall into the trap of misusing a word. Nothing will turn a hiring manager off quicker!

Unemployment in the UK falls again as record numbers are in work

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that a record number of people are in work after another fall in unemployment and a further dip in the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance.


Almost 30 million adults were in a job in the quarter to last November, up by more than half a million on the previous year. This gives an employment rate of 71% - the highest since records began in 1971.


The number of job vacancies in the economy increased by 10,000 to almost half a million at the end of last year, the highest number for four years.

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