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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

As a creative manager, I have been through a few hiring rounds for interns and designers. Most of the hires are beginner level and as I look through resumes and portfolios I find that I want to talk to every single candidate and give them some advice and coaching on how they could have made my call back list. It’s almost always a simple fix, but not necessarily common sense, until you see the hiring side of the job search process.

  1. Make sure you spend time on your resume. There was a time when a resume was scanned in and it didn’t matter what it looked like, just that it showed you were capable of doing the job. While those systems still exist, it’s not an excuse for not properly formatting and designing your resume. Make it clean, give it some whitespace, use at least 2 fonts that compliment each other, line things up, give it some visual interest. If you need to fill in space because you are just starting your career, fill it in with some icons, a simple background image, or illustrate some of your info with an infographic. If I see a poorly designed resume, I will assume you are a poor designer. If I see a boring looking resume, I will assume you are lazy. …

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I have a Nikon D5300. I love it and I never travel without it and a lens or two, but I never know the best way to take it on a plane. I don’t trust the fact that I may lose my checked bag and I def don’t trust the handlers who tend to really chuck those bags around. What I hate more is the bulking traditional camera bags. No matter how small they try to make them they are always awkward, never fit in my carry on tote and scream “Steal my expensive camera, please!”

After trying to find a better solution, I figured it out. I really just need a protective bag that is not bulky or heavy that will fit into my travel tote. I realized that if I cut up an old hoodie it was the perfect size and already had a drawstring. I chopped off a sleeve for a lens cover too. I made a set and love it — it’s the perfect solution to my problem. I keep it in my bag when I’m out and about taking pictures and I can easily pop the camera back in when I’m not using it. If you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills you can make your own. …


I bought my house 5 years ago. It was basically good-to-go when I moved in but I chose this 3 story townhouse because when I first saw it I imagined all the ways I was going to make it my own. It has so many rooms and nooks to play with. Since then, I have painted a few rooms and gotten through the furnishing part of it. I am just now getting to choosing and hanging art on the walls. Time to get my ass in gear and get this done.

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This weekend I decided to redo the back stairs leading from the basement family room to the front landing. The paint was in need of refreshing and the painters that were hired by the owner before me used a ton of caulk on the floor. I spent some time removing the caulk with a putty knife and cleaning and lightly sanding the back boards so that everything would stick better. Then, I taped up the edges, arranged and stuck the letters and rolled on the paint. I removed the tape and letter stickers (while it was still wet). I only had a random spot or two to clean up where the paint got under the edges of the letter stickers. But overall, a pretty easy job for the result. …

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Mel Minnella

Designer, photographer, traveler, scotch drinker.

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