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I keep an eye on an untalented psychopathic ex creative partner of mine. They were super good at talking the talk, so they’ve been getting jobs way above their ability. So far 5 for 5 fired within six months. Just saw they picked up a new role. 🍿 🍿

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Day One of being in the freelance game after being laid off thanks to COVID. Terrified and Depressed in equal measures but I do believe there is opportunity out there to partner with the right people (creative lead, business lead) to roll up some smaller sized clients into something approaching a business.

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As many of us navigate the challenges of negotiating during Covid layoffs, my question is what do you think is a good, fair and realistic salary for an independent agency to offer a Creative Director with 10+ years of experience in metro Detroit, considering the current economic climate?

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Can someone please refer me to a Labor Lawyer in NYC? A coworker got laid off without a warning or evaluation process, just because our creative director had personal issues with her. We think she has a case. She’s a great creative and deserve justice.

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Agency has seen a lot of turnover due to layoffs and departures. How much notice would you expect a group creative director to give with that context?

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When someone gets laid off early on in their career, how do recruiters and creative directors evaluate their portfolio? Especially if it doesn’t have much produced work...

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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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If you weren’t a creative what job would pursue? I got laid off in April and have only had 1 interview :/

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I was trying hard to get a new job in NYC before pandemic but obviously had to put all that on hold. Now I’ve been at my first agency for over 3 years now and am worried I’ll be pigeon-holed in the niche creative I’ve been doing. I still want to go to NYC eventually but don’t know when or how. Should I just be counting my blessings that I have a job? Is it awful that I almost wish I was laid off so I could finally just jump ship and move to NYC and make it work?

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Is it just at my job or does anyone notice their account team never gets laid off? Not one person from our account team has been laid off during this pandemic but our creative and production team that were already small, has been cut in half. In an email wrapping up the lay offs, management wrote “there isn’t enough work for everyone.” But how is there still enough work for an account team that’s triple the size of the creative team, after the loss of three major clients?

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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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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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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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I can’t think properly for a brief that wants to join in on the conversation of what’s happening. I feel it’s inappropriate to do so, but my boss expects “creative” ideas from me. If I don’t deliver, I have a feeling I could get fired. How do you deal with this?

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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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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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Anyone ever transition from creative to account? Thinking that if I get laid off I might go after those roles too. How’d you get them to give you a shot?

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No one in the creative department should be laid off until the Global Chief Creative Officer position is eliminated. It has no purpose today. Nobody is flying to different offices and award shows.

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What specialty loses people first in layoffs? What specialty loses people last in layoffs? Here’s the list: project management, account, creative, strategy, planning, analytics.

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Were there layoffs at anomaly? I heard a huge chunk of their creative department was let go but haven’t seen any news. Hope everyone’s ok if so 😞

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I’ve been laid off twice in the past 12 months. Both places were start ups, but I’m worried my whole career is going to be like this as a creative. It seems like we’re the first to go. Thoughts?

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Is it noteworthy to have worked in the creative industry for 23 years -18 in advertising, without ever being fired or laid-off? Are there medals or gold watches for that?

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Can somebody sum up the Ralph Watson lawsuits please? Four women accused him of inappropriate behavior. He was fired for it. And now he’s suing CP+B AND the four accusers? Is that correct? Yikes.

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I am a little concerned about layoffs occurring in corporate functions/enterprise workforce. I know someone who transferred over from Fed practice , took a new role, and six months later is laid off.

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I just got news that the person who sexually harassed me at my previous job was laid off recently. He was more senior than me and took advantage of me when I didn’t know many people there. Happy day.

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Does anyone else feel like some of the recent layoffs are premature? Especially with the President’s reopening guidelines today. I feel that agencies could of held on to employees longer.

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Hey Accounting Fam - Started looking for a job when my company started going south due to COVID about 2 months ago. I’ve been very blessed to have survived 2 rounds of layoffs. Got an offer today that is a 15% increase in base pay. Company is stable and their leading in their field. Should I feel guilty for wanting to leave? I’m thankful my manager has kept me safe so far, and I feel like I owe her, specially since our team is short-staffed now. Advice and anecdotes welcome.

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Dallas tax layoffs - 9 in BTS (4 SM, 2 mgr, 3 staff). Int and SALT no layoffs yet but expecting EOW.

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So which firms have had layoffs so far? Ive only heard of midtier firms, no big 4?

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Just heard of more layoffs in Tech. The S&O bug is spreading :/

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Layoffs in D Advisory coming soon. A partner asked me to get 40 hours from whichever sources I can for next 4-6 weeks

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At ACN, who actually tells you you are getting laid off? HR, your CC, or Partner or a combo? Just checking for a friend of mine.

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Has AFS fired staff during the pandemic and are they continuing to do so?

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Anyone have experience with half of a CW/AD team getting laid off?

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Something’s been weighing on my mind. I messed up in a steering committee & tripped infront of the Sr. Client Stakeholders. I made a few other mistakes and was rolled off by my manager (SM) b/c I sucked and it was a higher burn engagement he needed a stronger BA. Now I find out he might’ve been laid off and I can’t help but to think it was my fault. We never really talked after this engagement but I feel like it’s my clumsiness that him fired and it makes me feel guilty and give a me anxiety.

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I got laid off. Should I let hiring manager know or should I roll with it since it’s so recent?

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Just got laid off from D and can I apply again in a different practice? Will they even look at my application or it’s a big no no

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Who else is secretly terrified that COVID will crush us through the holidays, there will be even more layoffs, and many of us won’t ever get a great job ever again? Or is it just me?

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Does anyone know which groups were hit by layoffs? I don't see any in my group!

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Is it better to resign or ride this uncertainty and possibly get laid off/fired? How hard is it to find jobs after you get laid off?

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Having a hard time on my current project with feelings of inadequacy. I am on a small team (me, someone similar level, and our manager). I constantly feel like the other person receives more opportunities as well as recognition (but by no means want to put them down because they work hard and are great). I just feel down because I feel as though my manager has a bias/preference towards them regardless of the work we do. It makes it hard to want to put in effort and has made my depression worse

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In Canada - have a friend from France (speaks French, English, German) looking for an internship in North America. Paid or unpaid in consulting, high finance, investment banking etc. Any advice?

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Deloitte recruiter emails for quick call a few days after interview...probably negative right?

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Well CRI proves it’s self as a market place leader, first to cut everyone’s salary. Why not focus on the elimination of non-essential staff? Funny how they pushed us for 3-4 weeks to kill ourselves

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Cult45's next move: Turning USA into a sh*thole dictatorship to own the libs.

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