As we move into the final quarter of the year, it’s hard to resist a look ahead. And while timing may not be everything when it comes to landing a dream job, or even just a well-needed change of pace, it sure helps to bear in mind that many recruiters consider this period—late September to October, as well as January through February—the hot months to hire.

However, any HR professional will tell you that recruiting and retaining the best creative talent is no walk in the park. How do you stand out against today’s top talent?

So scroll on as we break down the skills human resource professionals kill for, plus an overview of what’s fueling the trends in hiring that will carry well into 2016, particularly if you’re a creative type looking to carve out a niche in either marketing or interactive.

And more importantly, from salary to office perks, take a look at what you can expect in return if you do in fact fit the bill.