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How to Recruit Talent That Has the 'Agency Bug'

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The agency world is a different beast when compared to traditional brands hiring in-house or a massive corporation.

While startups show some overlap in working hours or job dynamics, the added variety of business clients agencies juggle plus the hard cap on monthly hours introduces unique challenges for the average agency employee.

Regardless of whether you manage a creative, marketing, advertising or technical agency, competing with multinational corporations or funded startups is not an easy feat. Successful organizations often scout for the right hires hungry for various challenges across a large portfolio of clients and supplement resources with graduates and junior recruits willing to invest extra time in skilling up quickly and taking on real problems.

And the question is, how do you find the right talent by turning the industry challenges into opportunities?

Here are the six traits we look for while onboarding new team members internally and across our agency partners.

Millions of mundane corporate jobs exist to fulfill internal processes that could be automated or outsourced to offshore firms. Agencies are contracted to solve specific problems in a cost-effective manner, which puts the emphasis on efficiency, a broad overview of different business verticals and a bouquet of use cases unique to every client.

Serving a local restaurant and pitching a marketing plan for a Fortune 500 company or an award-winning publisher requires a completely different approach. Eagerness to continuously hop between new market segments, business sizes and operational challenges, adapting the process depending on the contract, is a valuable trait for every agency executive.

Related: What Is Grit, and Why Does It Matter........

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