I want to get my start into marketing/advertising as a junior strategist and so I was wondering if anyone had tips when it comes to resume, portfolio, interviewing, etc.? Especially considering my lack of direct m/a background (mostly self-taught) compared to folks from miami ad school or vcu

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AD partner and I are applying for an in-house position in Chicago (remote). We have 7 years experience (4 with each other). What should our respective salaries be?

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I graduated a few weeks ago and accepted a role for an art direction internship at a good agency but not somewhere I love. They only gave me a day to sign the offer letter, so I did because I didn’t have other immediate options. But a few days later an agency I love reached out to me about a Jr. AD opening. I’ve now done 4 interviews and have another call next week. How bad will it be to pull out of the internship right as it’s starting if I get this offer for a full time job?

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I was rejected for a strategy role at an advertising agency after 8 interviews because they felt I needed more agency experience. I’m in my 1st job post-undergrad doing in-house comms/mktg and currently getting my masters in Ad/PR. I’m dying to be in an agency setting. Does anyone have recommendations on how to showcase my skills, or build out “agency skills” while not being in an agency?

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I have an interview for Spotify’s NYC marketing team next week. Role requires 8 years experience and is within their ad division. What’s a reasonable salary to ask? $150K? I work in legacy tech now and they don’t pay competitively haha.

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Ad copywriter who’s freelancing outside of agency world, who do I ask for a reference/review from when finishing up a project? Project leader (who I had minimal interaction with) or day-to-day contact who is lower ranking but actually worked with me beyond the initial interview? At an agency I’d go straight to the CD, but this is a consultancy that doesn’t have that sort of structure.

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What are interviews like for AD in biopharma? Should I expect a case interview?

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Recently interviewed for a senior UI design job and was tasked to do a skills test - to look into their product and find areas of improvement. The more I do the task, the more I feel that I’m doing a free design audit. Furthermore, they reposted the ad. In my task, must I proposed a new design or would it be just a list of areas of improvements? How many is a good number of finds? Currently, each area is coupled with a write up and what competitors are doing.

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Had my student-led interview with Cornell Johnson this week. Admissions emailed me saying that next step will be the decision (profile sent to ad council for final review). Is that the normal process?

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Hey everyone, What would you say is the difference between an account director and a senior account manager. I was just promoted as an account director when I quit my job and moved to the U.K and now having so much trouble finding a job as an AD. My last interview feedback was that they really liked me but felt like I was lacking new bizz skills and that the organic business growth opportunities I found and jumped on were “luck aka right place at the right” moment kinda thing?

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What are some questions for an art director to ask in an interview?

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First interview with CDs went AMAZING! 2nd interview with senior CW and AD is next. What should I expect the conversations to include? Is this my opportunity to get a feel for the day-to-day?

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I've been a mid-level AD for just over 3 years now. I'm not pushing to be promoted yet because I know I still have things to learn, but I'm also right on that cusp so I am definitely thinking about it. I'm interviewing at shops, and I want to ask about goals for a mid who wants to become a senior, but I'm worried about coming across title hungry if I do. CDs/ECDs, would it turn you off if someone in my position were to ask a question like this?

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I just joined a late-stage pre IPO startup and I’m not very happy with the work. The work itself isn’t exactly what I was sold during my interviews, and my manager took pto before onboarding me. I’m now left without any guidance, but he sends random ad hoc tasks my way without having given me the context. (Eg talk to xx and do yy 3-4x a day). I’m also working through learning work that’s already been done by mgr, but no one on the team really understands his work/models well. Are my frustratiins

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How long between interview and hiring decision? I interviewed for an AD position 2 weeks ago, got positive throughout the 7 hour process and then radio silence. Followed up w the recruiter last week and nothing no reject, no offer, no we’re still working on it. How long is reasonable??

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#advice #mentorship #creativedirectors Hello, business owners and creative community leaders. Since moving to SW Florida end of 2019, professional life has been a f*ckin doozy (for many of us.) For 15 years I’ve been an art director / brand / designer and can say I’ve done well. After many connections and interviews and tests and hoops I’m not getting hired. Feeling defeated, frustrated — bang head here! Any mentors / leaders that can advise a renewed jump to restart? Thank you in advance.

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Applying to Google s&ops lead position for a product suite - what are key experiences and capabilities to highlight? My experience is outside of tech and the ad is quite generic, so happy for any thoughts on what is most critical

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Hey everyone! I'm based out of Chicago and I'm applying for a junior art director role in LA. Could other junior creatives share the current range of salaries are out there? Sites like Glassdoor can be a little unreliable or out of date for juniors.

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I'm looking at becoming more of an Art Director / Social Creative. The company I'm at doesn't value people enough to move them around internally or offer any training to help. Where do I start?! I'm applying for new jobs but I'm so out of the game when it comes to coming up with ideas for campaigns etc. I get to come up with design ideas but not big level ideas. Where do I find inspiration?

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5 year Ad Agency Manager applying Fall 2022. Wondering how to best sell myself to adcom? Goal is to transition into strategy or IT/digital consulting. From what I have researched so far, my client related work in advertising sounds very similar to a consultant’s day-to-day. Between client relations, developing brand strategies, analysing data, and implementations, I feel as if I’ve built a career that can easily transfer into consulting. Thoughts?

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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 to me out of the blue and showed interest at looking at my book (it’s currently locked because I’m working on updating it). (Cont. in comments)

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hey all, I was wondering if anyone has any advice regarding professionally branding yourself with a partner as a copywriter/art director team? Have you had more success getting jobs as a team or solo? Also wondering how the application/interview process goes when looking for jobs as a professional partnership? I’ve come across a few AD/CW partners at my agency and would love some insight as to how this process goes.

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So I’ve been looking for a job since august and have had a bunch of interviews but never got the job. I always thought I was a good at interviews, but I’ve started really questioning that. I feel like I have solid experience and have always been managed by either GADs or CCD so have worked and been exposed to things that you don’t necessarily expect someone at my level (AD/SAM) to have worked on. Anyways, I’m curious to hear how you guys talk about/sell yourselves during interviews? Any tips?

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Art director in NY with 2 years of experience, around how much should I be asking for when applying to other jobs?

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A good friend of mine graduated from Parsons this past summer, has degrees in Journalism and French, and is a very talented photographer and designer. And I’m certain she’d make a fabulous junior AD or content strategist. Unfortunately she, like many in this pandemic, is having no luck finding a job despite applying for everything under the sun. It’s a tragic waste of potential and I want to help. Any advice for her or shops/hiring managers/non-traditional job hunt tips to steer her towards? 🤞🏼

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Mid-level AD for 4 years, interviewing for a senior AD position in Chicago. What’s a good salary to ask for? Thanks!

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I'm so frustrated. I've been working for 10 years and I can't get an interview for Senior AD roles, but I get tons of enthusiastic calls for Intermediate ones. Im doing the work of a senior now - concepting alone, working direct with clients, guiding the odd junior - and I do a lot of stuff for the community at large that shows leadership (like conference stuff). I've had CDs review my book and they say my work is great. Why can't I land a senior job? I want to manage, I have good ideas. WTF?

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For recruiters and Creative Directors! What is ONE major decision factor when interviewing an Art Director? What are some "turn offs?"

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Just interviewed Jon Bond, founder of KBS which at the te was the largest and best independent agency in the country. If you're an ad nerd there's a TON of helpful insights on this one.

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Entering Round 3+ of interviews for a tech company that's known but pre-IPO. The coordinator tells me the next round(s) will be with "the team" and will last 3.5 hours. Pre-pandemic I was flown out to interview at some of the top 5 ad agencies for full-day interviews, but this is brand side; what could they possibly need 3.5 hours to do? Is there going to be a math section like the SATs?

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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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CDs: Do you view someone who went to Miami Ad School in a more favorable light in terms of willingness to look at someone’s book or interview them? Or is it really not that big a deal if someone didn’t go there?

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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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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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I concept and write commercials. Me (and my art director) interview and hire directors for all our spots, make all casting decisions, oversee wardrobe, cast VO, direct VO, oversee art direction, color correction, sound design, choose and direct music. My title is Copywriter. Genuine question: Am I doing the job of a copywriter or a creative director?

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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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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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