I was laid off last month but now in the final interview stage for two very different opportunities. First opp is a digital agency and they asked if I’d consider a part-time contract gig with the “goal to hire” in 60 days, depending on the COVID impact. So no guarantee for a full-time offer. Second opp is a client side marketing role at a publicly traded company that has been somewhat recession-proof. Culture is very corporate and a bit conservative (not creative). What would you choose?

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what to do? i’m reviewing a lot of junior creative books right now (not necessarily hiring). i’m trying to give non-portfolio school creatives a chance, but the best ones (but not all the best) are from portfolio schools. i know the work should speak for itself, but i also want to support those that can’t pay $100k+ for portfolio schools. any thoughts? what would you do?

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Grew up without a lot. Worked my ass off to get a good education and a high paying job. Now I’m extremely unhappy with the job after ~3 YOE. Suffering from depression. I’d like to start over as a video producer (entry level position with a 60% paycut). I’m a creative person, I can’t imagine doing “corporate/business” roles for the rest of my life. Scared if I make the transition I’ll be unhappy again but with less pay. So conflicted.

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A Juneteenth Miracle: The day before, my so-called leader tried to mansplain design to me after I went out of my way to get something done in 2.5 hours that typically takes 1-2 days. Needless to say, your girl was HOT. Reinforced my boundaries and logged off! Took the day to reflect & celebrated all weekend. After many YEARS of searching, I was offered a creative manager position on Sat. w/ a 20% pay raise 😱 Gave my 2- (really one 🤭) week notice this Monday after a VERY Black OOO message 👸🏽

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Seeing a bunch of men, POCs and white, come to the defense of Brett Craig for otherwise being “a great guy” is a really great reminder that, as we shift our focus to bringing in more Blacks and minorities, we shouldn’t lose sight of the need for there to be female representation at the top in creative groups. Being male, regardless of race, adds to a toxic power dynamic at the top that will only intensify if we let down our guard on hiring more women. So remember, black AND female!

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I’ve worked at some top agencies as a creative but still early in my career. Got an offer at Tiktok. Worried about making the switch, but no agency is hiring right now and I was laid off. Can I go back to agency life when this is all over? Is Tiktok even a respected company given all the suspicions surrounding them?

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Curious, money and org chart aside, if given the opportunity, would my fellow CD’s prefer to continue being full time creatives, or do you prefer the role of CD (more guidance of creative?)

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If I just got a job for a senior creative position at an okay indie agency, but then got an offer from an in house creative department for a CD role a month into my new role, would it be bad to take it? Is it a bit of a shit bloke thing to do?

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Our in-house creative team got our hands slapped for not inviting more members of the marketing team to a creative presentation. The creative needed quick approval to be executed properly within a tight timeline and the members of the marketing team who were not invited did not have a specific role/task on the creative project. Why does it seem like the creative team always has to do a full on talent show every presentation but no other arm of the marketing team does? Thoughts?

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So what’s the story with all of these very senior diversity and inclusion officers at many of the big advertising agencies? Have they accomplished the hiring of more diverse staff? Or are they just for show? Ours has been here for a few years and there hasn’t been one more African American strategic planner, creative, or account executive hired in that time. Has this position made a difference for people?

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When your mother wants to have a condescending argument when I tell her that I’m not qualified for the “creative director” position she sent from craigslist. Then continues to say, ‘well you don’t know until you try’. When I tell her I’m not qualified, she responds, ‘okay well you’re not qualified lets move on to a other topic’. Considering I’m a recently laid off junior, and she doesn’t seem to understand the ladder of career development. 🙄🙄🙄 Save me!

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Currently working in S&T in a role that is highly analytical, but I think my strength really lies in my creativity- any suggestions for something more creative but still in finance?

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Exit Strategies for Creative Directors? Need some ideas.

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We’re hiring! Senior Creative Director/Writer & Junior to mid-level Creative.

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I need help coming up with a creative title for my students. I teach job skills, and we basically act as volunteers in the building by completing various jobs like delivering mail and working in the cafeteria. We are known for this role so I want us to have an official title! We are the Spartans and we call our program “essential skills” if that helps! Most of my students have limited expressive language so I’m hoping to give them options and let them vote.

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Hey there, new and curious fish. Are you considering a position in pharma? Worried about how creative you can be? Thinking if the salary is worth it? Ask your questions about entering the world of healthcare advertising here and we’ll answer.

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Is it impossible for me to get my start in advertising if I'm not part of MAIP (I'm a POC)? I've been looking for a position since March, and I saw recently a lot of MAIP creative interns have been hired fulltime at their respective internship. Is it hopeless for me? Yes, I have a portfolio if anyone is hiring for a Jr CW position.

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I’m getting more responsibility at work, as in playing a key role forming creative direction, developing testing plans, and more client-facing in general — which is mostly great. It’s the...(cont)

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Some production companies have in-house creative teams like MediaMonks. What other production companies are following this trend towards absorbing the role agencies have played in the past?

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Why would anyone take this position? It combines two roles, pays $20/hr... part time.. etc. Unemployment pays you more! also: Creative Circle needs to be phased out.. they rob creatives of their hard earned money.

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My team has no ACD/CD and no plans on hiring one. I feel like I’m not going to be able to grow without that level of creative leadership and my bosses don’t understand the need. What should I do?

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How long before hiring picks up on a noticeable level? Any recruiters/creative managers doing 2021 forecasting yet?

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I finally found a job after being jobless for 2 months! It’s a 6 to 12 month contract and I can start immediately. I know I should be super happy but a part of me is not super excited about this. It’s a level under what I’m used to and from my chat with them it’s not a very strategic/creative role, more doing transcreational stuff. I’m however used to being super involved in all the strat and concepting etc and I’m kinda scared I’ll lose touch with everything I’ve learned so far, esp the strat!

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What are some creative non-traditional exit opps with a decent salary? Thinking along the lines of fashion/luxury retail, events coordination, etc. Really sick of typical finance/tech/HF/VC roles.

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Creative management: In your opinion, what makes a great Senior Copywriter or Senior Creative? Also, when hiring one, how much weight does boutique/small agency vs. large agency experience have on your decision?

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If a recruiter says the role they're offering for a senior creative role is 150k+, how far up should I go? 160? 170?

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Option 1: a more senior, better paying role but less creative shop —OR —-Option 2: stay put at more creative shop where I’m well respected, have job security, but no immediate opportunities for better title/more money —- I’m 15 years into my career. What would you choose?

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Hi to all the mamas who have been laid off! I’ve been laid off since the start of this whole mess and wondering what other mamas (especially the single ones like me) are doing/thinking/feeling about their next steps? Just looking for some comrades here as I’m feeling a little daunted at the fact that no one is hiring right now. Anyone need any score work/music for their projects? At this point, I’m super happy to do spec work just to keep busy and feel creative still.

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As a young professional, how can I work on meatier briefs? I was hoping to work on some spec briefs for awards, outside of my role as a junior at the agency. However, most of the competitions are either for students or for agencies/published work. Also please feel free to suggest some of the other ways you've been staying creative outside of your jobs. Thanks!

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Role at a smaller shop is really asking for it all. I've been going back and forth with a recreuiter about a position at a smaller creative agency, when I've been in big media agencies my whole career. It falls within the realm of Project Manager but the job description is literally 30 bullets long that encompasses new biz, copywriting, account mgt, sales, strategy, creative direction, and finaly project mgt. I'm trying not to see this as a red flag, and more as an opportunity. Any thoughts?

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I’ve been at my job for a while but I’m very inconsistent. Like I want to excel and do my best and represent. Like sometimes I do a phenomenal job, other times I struggle with a basic to-do list (I have ADHD)? I’m a creative, in a coordinator position. I try to incorporate things I like to do. I’m not sure if it’s because they under pay me or not. But all jobs need you to have good attention to details. Any advice?

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I’m starting a new role in industry as a division lead. What are your tips for a leader coming in to get to know the teams and earn respect? (I’m young and female and there will be 200 staff). Any ideas for creative introductions, engagement in a remote environment, communication methods and cadence, etc. Please share what you’ve seen work or not! Thanks

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I’m about to start a new FT position leading a team—completely remotely, in a different state. The team has been together for a while, all in the same location. As a leader, I’ve always had my teams in an office, and my management style is very face to face, drop by someone’s desk to review work, take folks out to lunch to get to know them better. Anyone have any advice / experience / helpful reads for going into a creative leadership role completely remotely?

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I've been offered CD position within my small agency. Used to have an ECD but didnt re-up contract. I was already running the creative team of 12. Any ideas what I should be getting for salary?

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Anyone annoyed with junior and mid-level designers calling themselves Creative Directors these days, without ever being in a manager/mentor position before? It’s like you don’t know what the job is even about...

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I’m, technically, a Jr but being paid as a Mid because I had a great mentor who believed in me. I’m now moving on to an actual Mid role but have no idea if I should ask for a higher salary because if I do, I’ll basically be asking for close to a Sr Creative’s salary. At the same time, I don’t want to seem like I can be taken advantage of or a pushover if I don’t ask for more. Any advice on how I can navigate this?

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With the global creative reshuffling @W+K, what happens to Susan Hoffman in that role? Or some other old guards?

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I am sick of networks pretending to be 50/50 but hiring just men in C suite creative positions. “Let’s promote men and then hire women to work under them, that will change the ratio.” 🖕

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I’m a designer trying to be an art director(for a change of pace). I’m not sure I want to do creative things at all anymore though. Has anyone here switched to a non-creative role, job, or career?

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