Attention Woke White People: Don’t be this woke white person. Laid off in April. Asked my ACD for final comps of my work for my portfolio. She told me it hadn’t gone public but to check back. I hit her up in May. Nothing. I hit her up in June. Nothing. I hit her up in August. Ignored...ignored...ignored in three separate texts. Finally emailed and mentioned reaching out to the C-level executives and like magic, boom! I get the work in 20 minutes flat. Don’t post BLM stuff if you’re a d*ck.

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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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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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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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Former CW here. Went the planning route because i already had a corporate background that helped me start off at a higher pay. Recently laid off and trying to find an angle to exploit my creative and strategic expertise. I used to be a good cw -and even won awards- but i really needed the income planning offered. I’ve also done well as a planner. What can I do? I have mentored many creatives and strategists to know that I might be a good ACD, as I seem to have more talent at guiding than doing.

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Wanted to get some insight. Recently laid off due to pandemic. Was in an irrelevant field. Turning 40 soon & considering a career change into creative. Considering going to MAS NY as this location is only option. Finances not a concern. I can afford school & living expenses & work 5-10 yrs to make 100k+ again. Complete beginner at Adobe but will be taught by my significant other who is ACD at big agency. 1) level of adobe needed entering MAS? 2) Landing jobs after graduating? 3) am I crazy? TIA

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Got laid off today, how do I gather previous work for my portfolio? I reached out to my ACD for help gathering the finished projects I worked on but haven’t heard back. Thoughts?

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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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Aaaaand I got laid off. I think the smaller boutique agencies are hit the hardest. If any one is looking for an AD/ACD for help, holler!

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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...

Hi FB! Looking for a little help. In SF and recently laid off. Looking to get right back to work. Seeking SR CW/ACD roles, primarily in-house. Prefer f/t but freelance will do. DM for further info

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I’ve been at in-house publisher agencies for the last 3 years but just got laid off from my ACD role. Is it too aspirational to apply for a similar title at an agency? Should i go for senior CW gigs?

anyone looking for senior/acd writers? full-time or freelance? just got laid off for the first time in my career, so i’m available!

Sr. Writer/ACD in LA laid off twice this year. Horrible luck. Previously worked at Ad Age A-List agency and trying to get back in the big game. Anomaly, TBWA, R/GA, Etc. Anyone have a lead?

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ACD (art) here— recently laid off in NYC... going nuts (anxious, depressed, bored, etc). any ideas?

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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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Just got laid off today.... anyone hiring account executives? 3 years experience working across integrated campaigns in multiple industries. Hungry and eager to get back into the weeds!!

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Claim unemployment or try to find your hardest to find a job in the next month and omit the layoff? I want to rush but not settle. Definitely don't want to go back into consulting.

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being laid off sucks real bad, but deleting outlook off my phone was *chefs kiss*

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The only shortlists I care about right now are the ones finance is making. Congrats you are not being laid off and have moved to the final round of judging.

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Anybody looking for data people just got laid off

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What are partners hearing about the need to do furlough/layoffs? Heard of Deloitte and Accenture laid off/furloughs already within certain practice areas

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Why does PwC's severance package suck so much? I've never been through something like this previously, no I guess I have nothing to compare it to, but everyone who has keeps telling it's insulting. SA

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Has anyone come back from being put on a PiP? My colleague just got one and is freaking out - her manager is overallocated like crazy, the other two media planners were laid off, and she’s the only one left standing. Her boss says she’s making too many mistakes - but they’re so short staffed. Any hope, or should she start looking now?

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After getting laid off 2 weeks ago, I fired off about 20 resumes to different places. I have not received any feedback at all. Any ideas how to get past the computer and in front of someone?

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What are the reasons partners get fired (besides sexual harassment and expense report fraud)? What keeps a partner from coasting and raking in the bucks?

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I’m 29, at my first serious job, and am getting fired (not laid off). Feel like an idiot, and don’t know anyone else my age who has been fired. If you’ve been fired, can you tell me about it? I’m LA based in PR & Comms.

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Former KPMG fish, when you got severance, was it lump sum or paid out like your normal paycheck?

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Any creatives impacted by Forsman Bodenfors layoffs? That agency does beautiful, powerful work.

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Finally got my YE! Was hoping to at least get a 3 after hearing about all the layoffs and the 4's going around. Got a 2 and I am EXTREMELY relieved! 🙌🏻🎉 Now I can really start my weekend! 😎🍾

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Once laid off by a specific employer, do people ever go back to work for that same employer? For example, all the people laid off from Deloitte, will they ever work for Deloitte again in the future? Assuming there were performance issues.

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What agency ISN’T going through layoffs right now?

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Well fuck. I got laid off. Just when you think you’re in the clear, 2020 brings the pain. Guess it’s true that the big title comes with a big target.

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Got laid off - need legal advice on release agreement / severance document. Do y’all have any free legal resources or an org / law firm that I can contact to seek advice? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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If you get fired due to performance issues can you still file for unemployment? If so, will you get enough money for rent and food?

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