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Using Behance to find the best creative employees

The Behance platform allows creative-minded artists to showcase their portfolios online, engaging them with potential employers and like-minded artists.



Behance is not built for employers, but be smart and connect with candidates

Behance is an online platform to showcase and discover creative work, where creators update their work in one place and broadcast it. Companies looking for creative talent can explore portfolios from around the world and find just what they need.

Behance allows you to see beyond a potential employee’s resume. You can browse through an entire portfolio of work and find someone who meshes with your company’s style. Using Behance could also drastically reduce your interview times because you no longer need to pull people in based solely on resumes; then conduct an interview, only to find out they have a cut-and-dry style, when your business is a bit more trendy. Behance takes their resume completely visual. You can see who they are through their portfolio and reach out quickly and efficiently. If your first pick is not interested, you can easily find another in a few minutes, rather than days of interviewing candidates.

Plus, see how a creative’s work accepted by their peer

Also, Behance itself will give you a good idea of how well a potential employee can adapt to technology and resources. Behance offers quite an extensive array of features for creative-minded individuals who want to put their portfolios online; so much so that they offer tools to coach you through using them. If your potential employee has utilized the “projects” feature (which are like souped-up folders), as well as, image protection features, you can surmise that they took the time to learn about the tools and present their portfolio in the best possible version; something that is admirable in a potential employee.

If you are cruising through the Behance network, you will notice that many of the portfolios contain ratings. The community of Behance users have the ability to vote and comment on your projects. However, many people choose to turn this feature off. It can be helpful when selecting someone to work for you, especially if they have quite a few favorable reviews. As I was scrolling through portfolios, I was surprised that the greater majority of the comments were both professional and analytical. Any user that comments must be a member of the Behance network, so you cannot send all your friends to comment on your portfolio unless they join Behance too.

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The take-away: Behance offers you an easy way to quickly find someone for your next project. Portfolios offer rich, thorough looks at your potential employee, before you ever schedule an interview with them; giving you both a better chance at finding who you need when you need them.

How it works:

You can either post a job on their jobs board or you can perform your own search and connect with local creatives in your market like so:

behance search

After searching, you can narrow down by popularity and other metrics, so take some time validating a creative to find some amazing talent.

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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