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Ask A Recruiter - Advertising

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Do you think it helps having cultural background/heritage come through in our books?

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I’ve just been told that an agency would like to give me an offer. But in initial conversations I gave a rough number without knowing much about the position or meeting anyway and that they didn’t hav… more

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I’m interviewing for a role that is open to both remote and in-person (when it’s safe) work. Should I give salary expectations based on cost of living in the city where the office is located or based … more

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If a recruiter doesn’t ask you for expected salary, is it okay to ask what the range is for the opening? I think companies should be more upfront about what they can offer but I know it can be taboo t… more

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Anyone know where I can get good compensation data for video producers in NYC. My girlfriend could use this information to help her O-1 visa application. HR sources or industry reports would be great.

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2020 was a stark year for me, as far as career accomplishments, yet I'm updating my resume. I have successes listed, but now they're a few years old. Should I add the year these were achieve?

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Ego aside, Is it ok to ask why I was declined for a position? I matched the job description pretty well and I want some insight on my resume.

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What's going on behind the scenes when a job posting stays up for a while and then gets reposted, usually multiple times? Is it really that hard to find someone qualified? Is there something wrong… more

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Out of curiosity; Is it better to put the ‘Open to Work’ filter on your LinkedIn pic, or just be ‘open to recruiters’ on the DL setting? I’m worried the filter looks thirsty and might not reflect wel… more

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I want to work in D&I or in similar community role. I have experience working in ERGs how can I translate my experience that into a getting a role?

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I'm looking to transition from social media to a brand strategy role. Are recruiters looking for an explanation and how do I avoid being overlooked?

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Had a final round interview with a CD earlier this week. At the end of it, they told me that the recruiter would follow up later this week, and the recruiter said the same thing after replying to my t… more

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Hi, what is the best response when a recruiter reaches out to you and after you do more research about the company or agency you find horrible reviews of the place? For example, I just saw repeat 1.0 … more

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What exactly does the first bullet mean? Like that they have their own process?

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Tips for landing a marketing leadership and/or generalist role? My experience is as a strategist. I pull together a big picture plan and work with specialists to execute. Unfortunately, most job posti… more

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I am eager to make a switch from pharma ad agency to a tech industry within a product/marketing role. But I hear so many times that it can’t happen because I have been in pharma for so long. Is this t… more

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Should I wait until my background check is cleared before putting in my two weeks?

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Currently interviewing in NY and feeling good about GSW, Havas, and Razorfish Health. Looking for thoughts on all 3 to help decide where to go bc I am torn at the moment.

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Got a new job, super excited! ACD level. Can I ask for an org chart? Since it was virtual interviews, and there was no office tour or meeting any additional members of the team. I’d love to have a sen… more

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What do you appreciate in a cold email from a creative trying to network? What do you hate seeing in a cold email?

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What kind of email subject lines makes the best impression for you to want to open them when a creative is trying to connect with you?

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Hi Recruiters, Let’s talk cover letters. What do you think makes a good one? Length? Content? What should definitely be in there and definitely be left out? What’s the biggest mistake you see people m… more

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are recruiters checking things this week or should I just wait until next when everyone is back in the office 😂

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found a role i’m really interested in and came across a post about it from hiring manager with a “reach out if you’re interested”. I’ve got a few connections to the company - is it better to try to go… more

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Can you really ruin your resume by working at a certain agency? If I’ve been at big agencies for a while and then I take an opportunity to go to a socail driven shop, will the big agencies still want … more

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Hey guys, I’m a junior AD under a year into my professional career at a big agency and am preparing for an informational interview with a recruiter at an agency that I really admire. They reached out … more

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I was able to financially take a gap year this year, I’m applying to jobs, do I share the reason for my gap year during in the interview process or address it in my cover letter?

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I have an offer letter in-hand from what was an accelerated interview process. Can I ask for more time to consider? I’m not ready to make a decision.

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Dear glorious recruiters of the world, what are some of your candidate pet peeves? Anything from during emails, LinkedIn, during interviews, etc. Superbly curious~ ty.

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Ok be honest, candidates. I really love this set of questions, I’ve been considering shifting my current interview style to these questions - I think they really give you an idea of who this person w… more

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Is it bad to ask a recruiter to put me in the running for a totally different role, alongside the role that I'm semi far along in the running for? The roles are within different companies that sha… more

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What types of questions do you like to ask candidates during your first initial conversation with them?

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An applicant has 3+ superstar agencies on their resume. Their book shows they are more than competent. Why dismiss an applicant because they don’t have a sample of an obscure product category in their… more

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RESUME EXPERIMENT?! Hey HR/Copywriters...what do you say about workshopping a resume from the heart. No jargon. Brutally human. Slightly colorful. The English language is so much better than the 50… more

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Is it acceptable to take the first recruiter call from a car? A recruiter from an agency I like has reached out to me, and the availability she gave is while I’m on PTO and will be driving (as a passe… more

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Why does a recruiter want to know where I am in the process with other interviews? If I tell them I am in final rounds with other places will they cut me lose because our timelines don’t match?

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Any tips for cold-emailing, especially during a pandemic? Any thoughts are appreciated!

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Is it concerning if a recruiter is dancing around giving you an offer? or is it just busy bc of Q4, coordinating teams, start dates, and covid?

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Looking to pivot towards an agency with no agency experience or larger brands that are seeking agency experience. I’m in LA, so what advice do you have for someone who has to pay bills and somehow get… more

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Recruiters, My portfolio is finally getting there. Still some work to be done, but in the meantime I’d love some feedback. I really want to appeal to branding firms and startups. Please comment below … more

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