Today I learned that a white man with 2 years less experience than me and who does mediocre work at best is a Design Director at a place I’m interviewing for as a Sr Designer. We used to work at the same place. He spent less than a year as an ACD before jumping into Design Director roles. I’m so tired of clawing my way up the ladder while others get a golden ticket to a glass elevator. But I’m also frustrated at myself for not being more confident in my abilities and just reaching for shit.

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Had a great interview last week. Sent the recruiter, ACD, and ECD “thank you” emails. Not one response. Is it really that hard to say “it was nice meeting you too?”

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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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Anyone experience this during the interview process.. I’ve met with the ACD and CD, so far so good, got the impression that they thought I’d fit right into the role (which would be a title bump). Now I’ve been asked to have a follow up call with the ACD. Any thoughts on what they would want to discuss? Not sure what I should be prepped for.

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Has anyone CD level or above tried the following to get into top agency: applying for “just” a mid/Sr/ACD job, saying you just want to do the work again, roll up your sleeves, be in the trenches etc?

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What are some challenging questions you should ask an ECD and ACD in an interview?

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Interviewing at MediaMonks LA for an ACD position. Thoughts? Gossip?

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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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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 ACD when I haven’t been one before. I have good management skills and really wanna do more of that - what can I say in the interview to get them to take a chance on me?

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Matched with a guy on a dating app who is an ACD at a big agency nearby. I like him, but have considered applying there in the future. Should I stop talking to him in case I end up there eventually?

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What kind of questions should I be asking in an interview for an ACD position? Or I guess what is generally expected from an ACD?

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POLL: how did you go from Sr CW to ACD? 1 promoted from within 2 switched agencies by applying for an ACD role 3 was recruited for an ACD role

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Turns out my ECD is actually my ACD. My PM is actually my CD and I’m a jr art director just promoted from intern. Wonder why they didn’t tell me about this fun new hierarchy during my interview 😒

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Any advice on moving from a Senior AD role to an ACD role? Currently doing 80% of that role at my current position, but my bosses don’t want to make it official. When I interview at new agencies cont'

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I interviewed for an internship at an agency I wasn’t super excited about, but wanted to get some interview practice in. When I met the ACD who interviewed me, we really hit it off and it made me (..)

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The last three places I’ve interviewed at i was told i’m “too senior” for the role. I don’t now how to take it or what to do next. Should I start looking for ACD roles?...

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Hello! I am interviewing for an AAD role. Group interview with a GCD, a few ACD, & a few SAD. I have only worked as an in-house designer. Advice on what are some good questions to ask. Thank you!

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Outpaced by junior candidate About 5 years ago I interviewed a girl to be my jr writer. Now I'm still sr and she just got an ACD gig I was passed over for. I'm happy for her, but fuck!

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I have an interview tomorrow for a creative strategist position. I’m an ACD and before that an AD so this is a departure. Anyone made this shift before? What should I know?

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CD in NYC - pharma agency - what is competitive? What's the low end I've interviewed for ACD jobs @ 175-185 and as high as 190k in the last year, but what about CD?

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Is it me or there aren’t any CD or ACD openings in NYC? I am start applying for Senior roles. Is this bear market ever going to stop?

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Questions to ask at an interview for an ACD role?

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I’m an ACD interviewing for a CD role. How do agencies determine if an ACD can handle the CD position? In other words, what should I be prepared for/say?

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About to have my third interview for an ACD role. It's been a while. Should I still bring hard copy resumes? Should I bring my laptop to take them through my work that we already talked through?

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What are the best questions to ask at an interview for ACD?

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I have an interview this morning. How can I bring up that I was fired? The reason I think, was because the new boss wanted to bring his ppl and I was expensive (former boss was promoting me to acd)

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Interviewing for an ACD role in New York next week. Expecting they'll ask me how much I'm looking to make. What's the typical salary for someone in that position?

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Anyone interview at Superfly for an ACD writer position?

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