Why are the art directors staying late more so than any other position at ad agencies? Do they also get paid more than most other roles at equal levels?

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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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So it’s been a month since we all started talking about diversity in the ad business more with some focus. Has anyone seen any real progress from their employer? (Policy, pro bono work, programs, hiring etc). Genuinely curious as my agency is treading water.

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I feel maybe this is the last thing people wanna hear rn but I just landed an ACD role at an amazing tech company after getting laid off from an awful AD agency role last fall and i’m just...😭🙏🏻

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is the pay jump from jr. to ad or senior that drastic? Backstory. First generation college student, first in fam to have “an office job with benefits etc and pto.” Recently been seeing a lot of posts about creatives, why certain positions are more likely to get fired etc. what jumped out at me was the $$ people were giving for each position. I assumed jr’s are like 40-50k, ad 50-60k, senior 60-70k. These posts are saying it’s more like 40-50k, 60-70k and 80-90k. Is that real?

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Ad agency designer desperately looking for an out but I have a possible new job opportunity. Here is my dilemma: Pros.... more money, no crazy client demands, pitches or decks or even prospective clients that will go nowhere (in-house), better benefits Cons.... this is a big one - it’s healthcare I’ve been at agencies with a range of clients for the past few years. Career suicide taking an in-house healthcare job? Especially if role focuses more on growth & performance over design?

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I’m finding that a weird side effect of losing my job in this climate is ad agencies taking advantage of my weakened position. They get in touch, proactively or in response to my reaching out, and they want to hire me as they are in good shape. When I reveal I was laid off, the offer changes to freelance or maybe nothing. My work, awards, the fact that they know me and approached me in the first place should be enough. I don’t want to lie about my situation. Any ideas how to avoid this?

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Yo! I’m going into my final year in ad school and my dream has always been to live and work in NYC (I’m from northern Europe). Most of the people i talk to recommend staying in Europe where I can have more responsibility early on and spend less time doing boring junior stuff and then leave for a mid role after a few years. Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with this? Should i just jump into it straight away? Thanks!:)

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Dear fish my CW are in a little pickle atm and aren't sure what to do. Here are our options: a) stay at our network agency and make a big budget ad, or b) go to an indie for a senior team role ❤️🐟

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Hello account 🐠! Anyone willing to share their resume/linkedin or have some advice? I am looking to update with my most recent role and wanted to see how others are describing the AD role. Do you focus on project $$? Number of clients? Hard for me to sum up successes in succinct bullet points.

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I’m anticipating 2 offers and need some opinions. A) ACD role @ not exciting agency doing potentially great work, significant commute. B) AD role in house at a great company. Minimal commute. Both SF.

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Fellow Agency Peeps: how many of you have actually played a direct role in conceiving and producing branded content? In your opinion, when does something stop being an ad and start being content?

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I just got offered a position as an art director intern for yellow shoes in Glendale, CA. Can anyone tell me what it’s like? Not just the job but the area as well? I’m currently in Michigan

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Anyone have a recent Canadian ad salaries survey they can share? Or the APG Canada Salary Survey that still hasn’t been shared publicly yet? Worked to the bone and underpaid, and since no one seems to be hiring planners atm, trying my best to get paid (at least closer to) what I’m worth and any evidence of salary bands per title helps. Thanks

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For hiring exec/sr leadership, it feels like women need lots of industry exp while men can be new to advertising. I went to a panel & all 4 women were 15+ yr ad vets, the 1 man had 1yr exp in ads.

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I’m a seasoned AD and am considering an VP Account Supervisor position but feel like I am losing earned value without having Director in my title even though it’s a VP position. Am I overreacting?

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When is it time to ask about or even start thinking about a promotion? I have been at my current agency for 15mo and it’s my first real job. Since Covid, I feel like I have a lot more responsibilities and have been doing what I think is AD and even senior AD stuff (especially the last two months since my agency laid off a bunch of people. Our team lost an ACD and AD). The AD role is open on our team. I’m wondering if I should ask about it or not. What can I do to show them I’m ready?

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Agency peeps - Thoughts on hiring a PR/comms person for an ad agency account role, and vice versa?

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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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Do people find that portfolio night is actually helpful? I’m new into an AD role and want to build my book but I feel like with how fast the reviews are I wouldn’t be able to get deep into projects.

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Ciao! Duolingo is hiring in NYC! We're looking for a Sr. Art Director and a Sr. Copywriter with experience in developing culture breaking ideas, impeccable detail to craft and passion to develop world class award winning creative. Help us spread the word of the most downloaded education app in the world as we try to make education freely available to everyone. Hit us up on our careers page!

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Alright, who’s hiring a mid level AD in LA or SF? Ok, go!

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Any advice for transitioning from account role at ad agency to a consultancy? I’m very interested in the work but have no idea for how to get started.

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So with ad student about to graduate soon, me being one of them, how are agencies hiring or will agencies be hiring during this pandemic because most of us had our hopes set on getting a job and moving. So which agencies are hiring now despite the pandemic.

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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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Hi, aspiring AD here! I already felt defeated job searching pre-pandemic— its skyrocketed to hopelessness now. Would love advice on what you guys would do if you were in a recent grad's position rn :(

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ACD, taking Sr. AD role, coming from out of state. What is the average salary in Austin. I feel like I'm getting screwed over. Its a Tech company. Thanks!

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Is it hard to switch from Designer to Art Director? I just got offered a Junior Designer role and don’t know if this will mess up my chances of being an Art Director down the line

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I’m trying to help a friend find an entry-level role in advertising/marketing/production. He has a degree in media and production and some experience doing content and social for a summer camp. Looking for help finding a remote opportunity (because of Covid) to get his foot in the door. Anybody looking? Any advice on entry-level positions that aren’t financially prohibitive (requiring ad school or unpaid internships)? Any leads on opportunities?

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Not seeing many openings for junior ADs at the moment, which is understandable. So I’ve been wondering if I could potentially pivot to land a different role for the time being. Some of these roles I’m considering are: Multimedia Designer Designer Video Editor Photo Editor Should I be marketing myself as a junior AD with these skills and apply for different roles? How should I be marketing myself for something like this? Looking to pick up freelance, side projects, and potentially full time.

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Of the black people here that have been promoted at an ad agency, how long did you sit in your current role before you received that promotion?

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What is the best advice you have for someone trying to land a Junior AD position? I have been an intern but landing a follow up gig has been hell.

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I’m a designer currently at an advertising agency who wants to transition to a design research/UX role. How do I show that in my portfolio? (Most of work is from ad agency)

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With so much uncertainty in the industry right now would you rather accept a “Contract to Hire” position working in-house for a huge retailer/e-commerce company or a full time position at an ad agency?

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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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I need help framing my story. I freelanced for several years before taking an in-house role 6 months ago as an AD (but effectively ACD) managing a team of 10. I just got laid off and...

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How does a project manager role in industry look in terms of “prestige”, compared to Big 4 consulting? Applying to MBA programs and wondering what would look better in the eyes of the Ad Comm.

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