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Anyone have tips on how to get hired as an AD in New York coming from Chicago?

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I think you should go for it. Just try with what you have now. You're still Jr and that's not a bad thing. Plus people who wait until they have everything lined up perfectly, run the risk of not taking action when they should. Leap first, look later.

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Do it while you're a junior for sure. Once you get past that 'junior' title people's expectations increase dramatically.

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The work you do is the most important thing. That, and not being a dick to people. Is there an agency in NY you want to be at, or do you want to be in NY?

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Absolutely! Going to a well respected shop in NYC as a junior will do more for your career than going up a title in Chicago. And...it only works as a junior.

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There's no set time frame for when you should be a midlevel, a senior, an ACD etc. There's no one way to do any of this shit. Don't psych yourself out.

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I've worked in both. Over 10 years in NY and 4 in Chicago. It depends on the agency, but generally, you'll get a lot more experience and more work for your portfolio in NY vs. Chicago. You will have to adjust to a much higher cost of living in NY. Salaries are higher there but it's still more difficult for a junior creative to live in NY than Chicago.

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@LB 1 anything in particular? Do you think it would be helpful switching to an agency here that also has a NY location?

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There are a few on my radar, but I'm mostly looking for the NYC agency experience early on in my career.

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So you think it's worth making the lateral move? I just hear a lot of negativity about that and don't want to move backwards.

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