About true blue proust

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Why did we create the true blue proust blog?
Well, it’s actually quite simple. We love to meet people. We enjoy the process of getting to know our clients/candidates — and since we are independently owned and operated, we can afford to dedicate our time to building lasting professional relationships.  Plus, we are connectors at heart — we enjoy the process of bringing talented professionals together to continue to fuel great work and build strong teams.

So the short answer… the true blue proust embodies everything that co-owners Karen Carroll & Melissa Burke love about their work at blue plate minds — meeting and connecting talented, interesting people.

blue plate minds has been dishing up talented marketing, advertising and creative professionals in the Philly market for over 20 years. Give us a call at 610.240.9001 — we’d love to get to know you and see who we can connect you with.

Let’s turn the spotlight around…
We thought it was only fair to let you get to know us a little better in the true blue proust manner.



Meet Melissa Burke: Job Swami, Matchmaker and Super Sleuth       

Describe what you do?
I’m a matchmaker. I find out what people are all about (their talents, their goals, their   strengths, their challenges, what makes them happy, what they want to do with their lives) and then I match them up with a like-minded company.

Melissa Burke Partner & Job Swami blue plate minds

Melissa Burke
Partner & Job Swami
blue plate minds

How did you get into the business?
After working a few years as a private investigator for Pinkerton (true story) I decided to return to school to get a degree in business. I needed a job and went to a local staffing service. The rest, as they say, is history!

When and where are you happiest?
Sounds sappy, but I’m always happiest when my family can sit around the dinner table. For a few moments in the day we concentrate on each other without interruption. Pure happiness for me.

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to illustrate. I just can’t draw.

What do you believe is underrated?
Hard work is underrated. Working hard toward a goal is the most rewarding experience a person can have.

Which living person do you most admire?
Pope Francis. He’s changing the way people think by his words and his actions.

Most embarrassing moment?
Let’s see, I have a few… Once, I wiped out getting on a ski lift with my daughter and they had to stop the lift so I could “collect” myself before getting on. Yes, there was a line (over a mile long) watching the whole scene!


Meet Karen Carroll: Job Swami, Renegade and Creative Enthusiast                     

How did you get into the business?
I worked as a temporary employee (numeric file clerk) at Jostens Printing and Publishing in State College, PA. I earned a whopping $160/week (before taxes). That salary was motivation enough to get another job! Every lunch break I would sit at my desk instead of going to the cafeteria and send out cover letters and resumes to companies in Philadelphia. All the other office support girls would go out for a smoke break and ask me to come along (yes, of course I smoked – it was 1988!), but I would stay at my desk and type another cover letter! Finally I got a bite! My first staffing job out of college was working for Adecco — The Employment People in Philadelphia. I was there for 5 years. To this day — I hate to file anything!

Karen Carroll Partner & Job Swami blue plate minds

Karen Carroll
Partner & Job Swami
blue plate minds

What is your most marked characteristic?
I am a bit of a “who says I can’t…” type of person. I have been called a renegade or rebel many times in my life. Rules are not my friend.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing or act. I would have loved to study some sort of performing arts. I highly doubt I would have been any good at it — but expression is good for the soul — and I love being around creative, talented people!

When I travel, I always…
Get to know the local nuances of a place or location. I love meeting the people, learning about the culture, the food, the real estate — everything. I like to drink it all in.

When and where are you happiest?
I am happiest watching my kids have fun. The expressions on their faces when they are at a water park or concert or any event that lights up their world! It’s a great feeling.

When life gives me lemons…
I will make a fabulous lemon and vodka martini.



Meet Howie Noel: Illustrator,Visual Dynamo and All-Around Great Guy!

Which living person do you most admire?
My father. I’m in awe of what he has accomplished and what he’s capable of.

Howie Noel Illustrator, Artist & Graphic Designer

Howie Noel
Illustrator, Artist & Graphic Designer

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’m not there yet and hopefully won’t be able to narrow it down when it’s time.

What is your motto?
I attempt to live by two: Believe, and never give up.

What do you do?
I create art for myself and for people who like my art.

When life gives you lemons…?
I would make a strong drink out of those lemons.

What’s your theme song?

“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” by Smashing Pumpkins.

What’s your favorite thing about Philadelphia?
The history.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I was the 2,000th blood donor in Lycoming County, PA, one year in high school. I even got an award for it!

What type of device are you using right now?
Everything is an Apple product in this house.

Favorite movie quote?
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  — The Shining

Most embarrassing moment?
There’s a new one every day!


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