Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spring into networking action!

Spring has truly sprung and The Collective are in celebratory mood. We've got a number of social events lined up, all of which are superb opportunities for you to mix and mingle with clients and fellow freelancers. Who knows, you may even talk your way into a job or two......

In this month’s edition:

Party time!
Tackle the clients
Vacancies for Group Creative Directors USA
And now..... volleyball

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Party Time!
As hotly anticipated, the all-new Collective website, complete with new logo and house-style is due to be unveiled at the end of May – yes, next week!
To mark this occasion - which just happens to coincide with the fact we’re also celebrating our 5th anniversary - we’re throwing a party to which all freelancers and clients are invited.

When: Thursday 29th May 2008
Time: 18.00 to 21.00
Where: P.King Café.
Herengracht 515, Amsterdam. (Diagonally across the street from The Collective at the Vijzelstraat/Herengracht junction. )

(yes, this will also incorporate the end-of-the-month drinks)

Due to this being a big event for us and our expectation to receive many guests, PLEASE let us know if you plan to be there so we can ensure adequate supplies! RSVP by email to
Wilma@thecollective.net


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Tackle the clients!
The Collective's soccer team are ready to tackle the advertising world's great and good at the Lieverdjes Toernooi on 31st May.

If you'd like to have a slice of the action either as a player or supporter then make sure you're there with us. Many agency and client contacts will be doing the very same...
Details can be found on http://www.adlieverdjestoernooi.nl/


Scott Smith (left) and Heinrich Vejlgaard (right - goalkeeper) in action at our most recent training session. If this pair can perform as well on the pitch as they do together at Strawberry Frog then The Collective team will be in with a shout!

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Vacancies for Group Creative Directors in USA
An agency has asked if we can fill not one, but 2 permanent Group Creative Director positions in Dallas, Texas. Can be either art or copy-based, although there is a preference for copy based applicants who can help push ideas. Both GCDs must be hands-on in terms of copy or art and willing to lead by example.

The agency is looking for candidates with attitude who see the position as a challenge and want to make things happen in a new way. Being already legally able to work in USA is a requirement. Package does not include relocation expenses. (The agency has hinted, however, that there may be leeway in the case of any truly exceptional candidates.)

Position 1
GCD to run retail and promotions business for Sony. Ideally somebody from a top agency or retailer who can work with the Group Account Director and can impress the hell out of the client with ideas, presentation and panache. Somebody with simple, dramatic retail thoughts who can integrate with film, interactive and other innovative work. Ideally an award winner from a top integrated agency, top voice in retail or technology account. Apple, Nike, Adidas etc. are all examples of suitable backgrounds.

Position 2
GCD for General Mills business. Needs to have solid food packaging, good retail and promo/grocery experience, but also needs to help agency grow into more integrated work. Again, from a top shop.

If you’ve got what it takes, including the Ten Gallon Hat, give The Collective a shout. Contact Sandra Sandra@thecollective.net or Casper casper@thecollective.net or call (+31) (0)20 3205319

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And now..... volleyball
The Collective is entering a team in the beach volleyball tournament at Safari Club, Zandvoort on 28th June. Full details can be found on www.reclameonthebeach.nl

This promises to be a great all-round day out, and presents yet more networking opportunities.
Let us know if you'd like to come along with us either as a player or 'just along for the ride'.

Our training schedule - for both players and spectators - involves joining in with the very sociable international casual-Volleyballers who play in Vondelpark on Sundays and Wednesdays (when weather permits). Please contact Wilma Wilma@thecollective.net for more details.