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CS & UX: Putting the Pieces Together

Come out and see me speak with my super smart sister, Anna Hrach, at the next Phoenix Content Strategy Meetup. It’s also one of the featured events for Phoenix Design Week 2013.

Content Strategy (CS) and User Experience (UX) might seem like completely separate disciplines. But the reality is they’re working towards the exact same goal: amazing digital experiences that satisfy both business objectives and user needs. So, instead of separating them shouldn’t we really be asking how the two could come together to create solutions?

Join us to hear how brother-and-sister duo Jon Hrach—UX Designer at Modest UX—and Anna Hrach—content strategy manager at ethology and co-organizer of the Phoenix Content Strategy Meetup—had to do just that when they went from tight-knit siblings to real-life coworkers.

I’m pretty excited about this one. Book now, though. There’s only a few spots left.

Update: Wow, sold out. You guys are amazing.

Update 2: It was great! Thank you to Phoenix Design Week and the Phoenix Content Strategy Meetup for having me. Thank you also to Aaron Smitthipong and Andi Robbins for saving the day with AV support. You guys are amazing. Embedded below are a few photos from the event and the presentation slides.

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

Taken on a recent getaway to Sedona. If you have the chance, stay at Enchantment resort. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and a perfect break from Phoenix.

Attn: Job Seekers

I am currently hiring for a Jr. Project Manager. It’s listed as a Jr. position, but to be honest, mid-level quality is expected. It’s also what it takes to work with smart people who do their best work. Agency life isn’t for everyone.

I’ve received resumes quite a few resumes so far.

If you’re diligent, you have seen my email address from the job posting, Googled my name, found this blog, and atlas, are reading this post. Here’s a few pointers that will help get you an interview, (not just with me, but for any job).

  • Please don’t try to sound smarter for the sake of sounding smart. Put your computer’s thesaurus away and write something about you that’s honest. Not a bunch of business jargon. I shouldn’t have to sort through your adjective-stuffed sentences to find out what you’re trying to say. If you’re having trouble, you can unsuck it.
  • Tell me why you want this job. If you really want to be in PR and think this will be a foot in the door, please don’t submit. I want someone as passionate about making the web a better place as the people you will be managing. Anything less is an insult. If you are a designer, tell me why you want to shift over to project management.
  • Have someone proof your writing. We do it all the time for each other.
  • Be honest and humble. It goes a long way. Don’t bullshit me on what you don’t know. There is so much good stuff to learn at this job.
  • Content strategy? User Experience? Know what these are and the people who are recognized for them.
  • What are you learning on your own? What are you reading now? The interactive world is a constantly evolving place. If you’re not learning something new, you’re not relevant.
  • Don’t name the file of your resume resume.doc. It will be lost forever in my downloads folder after the first read.
  • Let me see something about your personal life: Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, etc…
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows me your thinking process. (I also like my job, and don’t mind telling people about it.)
  • Sweat the details. I want to see work examples that have been cared for.
  • Please don’t call, especially when the posting says not to.

I was once young in my career, so I understand what you’re going through. It sucks trying to get your first job. Or any job. But you’re smart and capable person. There’s a job out there that needs you just as much as you need it.

And if all this makes sense and you want to apply, by all means, send a resume over.

Bonus points!

Update: This position has been filled. Thank you to everyone who applied.