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Mauro Scappa

About Mauro

Mauro joined us in 2004 bringing with him over six years of creative staffing, recruitment and account management experience – as well as an impressive network of contacts. A former freelance designer and developer himself, he has seen both sides of the coin, instilling him with an equal understanding and respect for our clients and talent.

His combination of experience in creative, recruitment and account management fuels his commitment to providing our clients with unparalleled service and insight for any given staffing engagement.

His most recent role prior to Mediabarn was with Aquent, where he was a senior account manager responsible for creating effective and targeted sales and recruitment strategies. He focused on high-end design staffing solutions for large advertising, broadcast, PR firms and marketing and design agencies.

UX Design – Generalist vs. Specialist

As a User Experience Consultancy, the UX Design role is the single most frequent position we hire for. Various online definitions state that UX Designers should be strategic thought leaders and play a very important role in creating a seamless user experience as it relates to a user’s journey throughout a site or product. This includes research, developing personas and designing various interaction points within an overall system. This of course is an all encompassing generalist type description, but sometimes like in life, there’s ideal and then there’s the reality of the situation, client or project. We find that in many … Continue reading

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A Special AR Holiday!

We’re putting our Users at the center of our Holiday Card this year!  Please enjoy our Augmented Reality Experience on your iOS11 or Android phone. Using your Mobile Phone, visit: https://mediabarninc.com/holiday17  iPhone users must use iOS 11+ and Safari. Enjoy our Holiday AR experience!  

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Several recruiting trends are altering the way that companies are hiring and the way that job-seekers are applying for positions. Here are some trends that we are noticing in 2016 so far.   In the Digital space, hiring strategies are changing. Employers seem more interested in what value you can immediately bring to the company rather than how much experience you have. This means that employers are more willing to take a chance on someone with substantially less experience.   Since, employers are more interested in what value you can bring, it is important to illustrate your potential as clearly a possible. This … Continue reading

Resume 101: What not to do

From the content, prioritization, layout and design, building your experience on a sheet of paper can be a daunting task. Since I’m in the “people” biz, I take it upon myself to help candidates through this pretty regularly. And having been in the staffing industry for nearly 15 years, I can confidently say that I’ve seen my fair share of resumes. One thing that has passed the test of time is resumes do make a difference to hiring managers. With that said, the number of mistakes I see on resumes (even from talented and creative people) on a daily/weekly basis is astonishing! … Continue reading

For the purpose of this post, let’s assume you made it through a phone screen. This is important to note because it means the employer liked what they saw on your resume and you probably met most (if not all) of the requirements for the job. With that in mind, we’re going to focus on what happened during the next step, the in person interview and why you received the “Thanks, but no thanks.” Let’s face it, interviews are tough. There are many variables that come into play. Whether you’re meeting with one person, a group of 7 or need … Continue reading

Staffing and Unemployment Trends

You may have noticed that many of your friends and family who are local to the DC area, are back in business and working again. That’s because the local job market is back on track! With unemployment rates continuing to drop across our region, companies are once again looking to staffing agencies for help. We’re currently seeing 2 year lows across the entire Washington metropolitan area – in fact, 21 of the 22 counties in the area/region have lower unemployment rates in March 2014 compared to March 2012. The lowest area happens to be right in our neck of the woods … Continue reading

Diving into Freelancing

Are you diving head first into freelancing? From moving through various clients, working on a range of projects and meeting new groups of people, daily, weekly or monthly, the life of a freelancer can be a fun and exciting one. But if this is your first rodeo, there’s a lot to know about when you start and what to expect. As with any job, you need to quickly understand the landscape, players and most importantly your role. Although you’re “only a freelancer,” you’re now part of a team and should act like it. And even if your role is temporary, … Continue reading

Keep Focused on the Right Hire

It’s rare that bad hires are accidental. Typically, you can look back and see where you went wrong or find the reasons behind why the candidate wasn’t the right one for the job. In order to avoid such issues, it’s important to maintain a strict hiring methodology that you stick to throughout the process. We stress this importance because we recognize that certain candidates can sometimes cause you to stretch and/or mold your process based on a number of factors. This is why it’s extremely vital to try and dodge such situations and adhere to your process as much as possible. … Continue reading

Getting Hired II: Online Portfolios

Consider this: Researchers from NYU found that we make major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of meeting.* Aside from your resume, your online portfolio could play just as an important role in those initial seconds. Branding, let alone branding yourself, is vital element in today’s UX market. Whether you’re on the job hunt, selling your services, trying to gain a better name for yourself, or simply networking, building an online portfolio proves to be a great way for others to get to know you and for you to get hired. Here’s a quick list of points … Continue reading

Welcome to career fair and internship season! This marks a great time to discuss something I try to instill when visiting schools that applies not only to students, but to everyone as well: tailor your resumes to each client. On average, hiring managers only spend seconds looking over your resume – and those seconds will either make you or break you. There are numerous things you can do to ensure that your resume will make it past the “screening” stage. When scouring the numerous boards and websites for your next “dream job,” it can be difficult to keep your focus … Continue reading