I currently work full-time at an ad agency making $40k a yr in an entry-level role; however, I am now in the late interview stages w/ a major tech company who is offering $85k but for a contract role w/ no guarantee of hire since I would be covering someone’s temporary leave. I really want to work in music but I am iffy on leaving a full-time job for a contact. Is it ever a good idea to jump ship for a contract job or should I just wait for a full-time role to open up?

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Gen curious: When i moved to NA & worked in diff agencies, im always weirded out that theres so few black people. Are ad agencies unconsciously biased,or just really the lack of black people applying?

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I guess it’s common now to not bring a laptop to show your work at an interview? We’ve had 10 art director candidates come through and maybe 7 of them did not come with any way of showing their work.

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I’m the only creative on one of the smaller accounts at my agency, where I am referred to as the “Creative Director” for the account. But I’m a junior AD... In interviews etc. can I say I am a CD? 🧐

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I’ve applied to over 40 jobs since I was laid off in March. Not one click to my portfolio, per analytics. With a family of four, we are being spread thin. Not only is the income desperately needed, but my creative soul needs a release. I would be happy to do typical Art Director work but I’m “over qualified” for that and am never taken seriously when applying for work below CD/ACD. If anyone needs or know of any company needing freelance work, large or small—I’d really appreciate the lead. 🙏

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Got invited to interview for an Ad Ops Manager role - Has anyone made the switch from media planning to Ad Ops? How was the transition and is there any major difference in career growth paths? Do you hate it/love it?

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During an interview for my first internship, I was talking about the writing in one of their TV spots which I really admired. One of my interviewers cut me off to say they didn’t do that spot because that brand wasn’t their client. I had done my research and was 99.9% sure it was their ad, but wasn’t about to argue with the SVP of Creative in my first professional interview. As I left the interview, I saw that exact spot playing on their reel in the lobby. What’re your thoughts on this?

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My side hobby is blowing up and I’ve won a few awards for it. However it has never taken me away from my ad work and I’ve never missed a deadline. Not once. Now when I interview the first thing I’m ..

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Has anyone had luck in negotiating a higher title at a big pharma during the process? Like going into a Senior manager interview asking for AD or director? Assuming you have the qualifications.

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I thankfully still have an interview scheduled for an in-house AD role. How do I diplomatically find out from the hiring manager (who’s the head of brand) how much creative leeway i’m gonna get?

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Any intel re: the culture at Badger & Winters NY? My fave former intern (now junior AD/designer) is interviewing and looking for advice...

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Anyone made the move from an Ad Agency to a Start-Up? I’m currently interviewing and it seems exciting but very different to what I’m used to. The interview process alone has been going on for four weeks. One hour zoom meetings at a time with different stakeholders. A world apart from the jokey, casual vibe of an Ad Agency Creative job interview where they’re much more interested in your portfolio.

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Been a jr AD for 2 years at the same agency, looking for new opps but not sure if I should be applying to mid-level roles or if it’s too early. any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

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What are some good questions to ask my interviewers (CD + AD)? I am applying for an in-house gig. Should I even ask how they handled the Rona? 🤔

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If I put a TVC in my book (as an art director), what are the general assumptions of my role in the project? Are art directors usually supposed to handle set design and stuff in addition to concepting it? Should I be specific in my book as to what parts I did or didn’t do or leave that to when people ask in interviews?

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Interviewing for an AE position on an all-male account team this week (AS/AD/VP/SVP). HR sounded really interested in my background and I’m excited about the company. However, I’m a little apprehensive about the all-male team, especially as I’ll be the most junior role. Am I overthinking this/any advice going into the interview?

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I'm in the beginning stages of interviewing for AD positions & have run into different role terminologies across agencies. Trying to get clarity - what're the terms u know of re:acct role career path?

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Hey peeps! Today I will have my first interview for a Sr. AD position in a healthcare agency in NY (HCP). If they ask me for a salary range, what should I say? How much should I expect to

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An ad agency asked me come up with creative concepts for a campaign as a job interview writing test. They are willing to pay me but on a project basis rather than an hourly rate. I’m a junior writer, how much should I charge (I have no clue about freelance rates)?

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I have a much-needed interview happening with a client side "Head of Growth." Anyone know what that role entails? Or it's equivalent in ad world?

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I’ve applied to over 40 jobs since I was laid off in March. Not one click to my portfolio, per analytics. With a family of four, we are being spread thin. Not only is the income desperately needed, but my creative soul needs a release. I would be happy to do typical Art Director work but I’m “over qualified” for that and am never taken seriously when applying for work below CD/ACD. If anyone needs or know of any company needing freelance work, large or small—I’d really appreciate the lead. 🙏

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Should I double email a CD about my book/for an informational interview or will that backfire? I’m a recent portfolio school grad (Art Director) scared shitless by this job market.

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Is applying for an ACD or AD role as a CD a viable option to widen the job hunt?

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Interviewing for an AD/CW team with my significant other....but the agency doesn’t know we’re dating yet and we originally didn’t know the jobs were for a team role. We work well together but are curious if this is allowed? When should we tell them we’re dating? Lol

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Have a final round interview tomorrow for a Jr. PM role. Interview is with the Group AD. What kinds of questions should I be expecting/what kinds of actions and results do GAD's look for? Client is a headphones company, doing work for brand's social

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Hi ladies! Anyone in here have any connections to a beauty brand? I’ve been applying to places like Charlotte Tilbury, Condé Nast, and Sephora who keep posting AD roles and I can’t get any responses. Trying to go client side in beauty or fashion. Any advice or help is appreciated greatly ❤️

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I’m a Jr AD and I will have my first interview for a Sr position in a healthcare agency at NY. If they ask me for my salary range, what should I said? How much should I expect to be offered? Thanks

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Hey Freelance Fish! I’m looking for pros who are experts in applying for ad industry awards (specifically for *media* campaigns, and bonus if you’ve locked some wins!) If that’s you, DM me your deets!!

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Anyone know of a good resource of “stories” or essays of people with subpar GMAT <= 700 that still got into M7. Considering applying with my score as-is as I feel strongly about the rest of my candidate profile, but I want to think through how to tie together a strong story. No Ad consultant, will be using AppLab.

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Questions you’ve been asked interviewing for AUSA position? If you got the job, how was your pay determined on AD scale in terms of which quarter you fell into? What state are you in?

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Hello LA fish! I've been tasked with putting together the positioning for our indie agency and would love to interview some of you ad folks. Please DM me if you would be willing to help out! ❤️

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Can anyone talk to the process of interviewing and getting hired as a CW + AD team? What kinds of questions should you prepare for? Do you negotiate salary together? Thanks.

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I’m applying for AD roles in tech. For the past 3 years I’ve been running my own studio (basically freelance) and need some advice on what I should call my role for that period on my resume (cont’d)

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what are the top questions a strategist would ask an art director when interviewing him/her? Any sample answers will be much appreciated it

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Has any job searcher gotten an interview through networking or career posts here? Relatedly, is fishbowl an app paid/sponsored by (big) law firms to monitor how their employees really feel/think? I know it started out in the ad industry...

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Bristol Myers Squibb Senior Auditor - I am interested in applying but I think I’ve seen their ad for a senior auditor for maybe 5 months now. Is this a red flag? (Maybe high turnover?)

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Any senior art director looking for a partner at your agency? Or applying together as a team? I’m at a good agency right now, just want a change

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