Cornelius Durkin Jr.
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Cornelius “Neil” Durkin is currently a creative recruiter trying to get back into the swing of making excellent work for awesome clients. With a background in visual design, advertising, and art direction he uses his talents to design and illustrate high quality imagery from conception to launch. Additional experience in project management, cross-department collaboration, and client relations enables this candidate to not only generate creative assets, but coordinate the entire pre/post production process as well.
TCG/Robert Half, Creative Recruiter/Consultant
New York, NY, Jun 2018 - Present
• Utilized visual design and creative knowledge to source, interview, and place quality candidates for top level employers including JP Morgan Chase, Spotify, Prudential, ADP, and Williams Lea Tag
• Established an extensive network of talent to prepare and present for positions such as UX Designer, Graphic Artist, Copywriter, Web Developer, Presentation Specialist and more…
• Coordinated between hiring managers and candidates to ensure smooth arrangements prior to interviews and throughout the remaining onboarding process
Self Employed, Visual Designer/Illustrator/Social Media Specialist
New York, NY, May 2012 - Present
• Designed and illustrated graphics and content for several brands, musicians, events and other clients.
• Strategically developed social media and email marketing imagery, videos, and copy for several promotional campaigns that were created and managed through tools such as Mailchimp, Hootsuite, Social Sprout, Canva and Adobe Spark
NYC Train Sign, Freelance Art Director/Designer
New York, NY, Sep 2017 - May 2018
• Created the visual assets and brand identity for a new metro transit startup
• Managed, produced, analyzed and optimized social media content across multiple channels from which the majority of sales were generated
• Photographed and edited images utilized in social media/email marketing initiatives
Colossal Media, Freelance Pattern Designer
New York, NY, Jun 2016 - Sep 2017
• Outlined and designed patterns to be applied in the production of high impact outdoor mural advertising campaigns
• Managed communication and execution between in-house staff and major clients such as Pandora, Chanel, Dior, Jameson, Adult Swim, Guinness, Miller Coors, and more…
Exponential Interactive, Creative Project Manager
New York, NY, July 2014 - Jan 2016
• Project managed the production schedule of custom rich media and programmatic advertisement from conception to launch across all platforms (display/video/mobile).
• Coordinated with technical support, business development, and ad operation teams to effectively meet launch deadlines.
• Consulted clients on optimizing ad layouts, assets, and design elements to best meet their CTR/VCR/CPM objectives and improve performance.
AdoTube, Account Manager
New York, NY, Aug 2012 - July 2014
• Designed presentations, pitch decks and custom pre-roll advertising canvases for agency clients.
• Calculated performance metric-based cost equations such as CPM, CPE, and CPCV rates and outcomes for sales personnel
• Performed as a technical sales assistant alongside account managers at client meetings
Stalwart Group, Art Director Intern
St. Bonaventure, NY, Sep 2011- May 2012
• Developed the visual concept, storyboard, and production for a Nissan advertising campaign pitch.
Kerwin Communications, Media Buyer Intern
West Caldwell, NJ, May 2010- July 2012
• Served as an assistant to a Media Buyer for an outdoor and print advertising agency
• Contacted magazine, newspaper, and outdoor sales representatives to coordinate and schedule placements
• Assembled media plans and editorial calendars for the creative and deployment teams
St. Bonaventure University
Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts
• Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, Illustrator, After Effects, Sketch, Cinema 4D. Premiere, InVision, Premier, Canva, Spark
• Microsoft Office Suite, Google Ad Words, Facebook Ads, Hootsuite, Social Sprout…
References upon request
Illustrator, Designer, Artist