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Working Not Working Now Lists Full-Time Jobs Too

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Former agency man Justin Gignac‘s attempts to improve the job market for creatives are now a bit more comprehensive.

The original purpose of the project Working Not Working, which Gignac runs with Adam Tompkins, was to empower agency-bound creatives to “free themselves from self-promotion” by going freelance and to help those who hire them “stop conducting exhaustive searches when qualified creatives are ready and waiting.”

Yet, after conducting an internal survey which found that “80% of the freelancers on the site would leave their beloved freelance lives for ‘the right’ full-time role”, Gignac and team created The UnJobBoard.

Not only are the gigs listed on UnJobBoard official–they’re only visible to the community’s own “vetted talent”. The team also worked to simplify them in order to avoid those lengthy, wallpaper-dry job descriptions that no one reads in the first place, helping employers to create custom posts quickly and manage them alongside lists of their favorite freelancers.

The gigs listed currently run from internships to one ECD position.

Screenshots after the jump.

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Gignac Revives ‘NYC Garbage’, Salutes Gay Marriage Legalization, NY Giants

After a two-year hiatus, Justin Gignac, he most recently of “Working Not Working” fame, is once again getting his hands dirty as he’s resurrected his “NYC Garbage” project, where the Big Apple’s trash becomes his muse. To mark his return to the art world, Gignac chose two significant, New York-based events that occurred over the last year for his latest works: the first day same-sex marriage was legal (July 24, 2011) and the New York Giants post-Super Bowl ticker-tape parade in February.

If you don’t know what the 11-year-old NYC Garbage effort is, you can check out the newly redesigned site here. Anyhow, for the same-sex portion, Gignac’s trash-collecting efforts took him to City Hall and the end result is five, $100 limited-edition cubes (sorry, make that four now) filled with the goods that are each sealed, signed, numbered and dated by the artist. As for the Giants collection, which includes everything from confetti to 5-Hour Energy, bottles, there are currently 15 limited-edition cubes being sold, same deal, same price. For those of you unfamiliar with NYC Garbage and are baffled as to why anyone in their right mind would fork over a Benjamin for a cube, take into consideration that Gignac’s sold over 1,300 of them in 29 countries since 2001.

Those Cannes Crashers at ‘Working Not Working’ Continue Working It

 

Following their neat-o, through-the-side-door move at Cannes, Justin Gignac and Adam Tompkins, the minds behind creative resource platform “Working Not Working” continue to tout their relevance via a new infographic. Instead of luring creatives, WNW is focused on wooing agencies this time around (check out the screen grab below for those who have signed on).

 

You can check out the full infographic, which comes to us courtesy of freelancer-turned-WNW hire Greg Christman, here.

Working Not Working Guys Work It at Cannes

 

Take heed, media buyers. As you can see in the case study above, Justin Gignac and Adam Tompkins found the ideal venue to promote their joint venture Working Not Working, a platform aimed at hooking up freelance creatives, designers and developers with hiring managers. The oh-so-clever pair decided to pony up the Cannes entry fee, roll the dice and enter their site in the Titanium and Integrated category. While we assume Gignac and Tompkins knew they had no chance in hell, their idea paid off as, according to the VO, they reached 100 percent of their target audience in less than two minutes. Not too shabby, fellas.

According to Gignac, WNW now has over 700 freelancers signed up and the likes of W+K, Droga5, Mullen, CP+B and Mother on board.

Remember the ‘Working Not Working’ Guy? Whether Yea or Nay, Here’s an Update

We’ll guesstimate that around six months ago we told you the saga of one Justin Gignac, a self-described “New York City artist, entrepreneur and recovering advertising art director,” who teamed up with current Draftfcb Orange County creative director Adam Tompkins and decided to hook up freelancers with potential employers called “Working Not Working.” Now, after several months in beta, the man behind a few other interesting projects tells us that WNW is now a “curated community of over 700 top freelance creatives and more than 200 hirers signed up, we’re ready.” Ok kids, let the video above explain and go forth here.

Former Ad Creative’s Ready to Connect Freelancers, Hiring Managers

Justin Gignac, a self-described “New York City artist, entrepreneur and recovering advertising art director,” has unveiled a new network for freelancers and potential employers called “Working Not Working.” Though he’s still “recovering,” Gignac left full-time advertising on a high note in 2007 after working as a senior art director on the award-winning “Elf Yourself” viral work for OfficeMax.

Following his various post-advertising projects including the interactive QRapping Paper and the design effort NYC Garbage, Gignac and collaborators including fellow art director and Ogilvy/Cliff Freeman alum Adam Tompkins have now turned their focus to WNotW, which aims to connect freelance creatives with companies that would be interested in hiring them. As the manifesto on the site says, Gignac and crew are calling all freelancers to “free themselves from self-promotion and focus their energy on being creative. And for those who hire freelancers to stop conducting exhaustive searches when qualified creatives are ready and waiting.”

The Working Not Working crew is currently accepting people for its private beta, with a beta launch starting with the ad industry expected to launch in a few weeks. You can go here to share your info and take part.