i started a new job two weeks ago and i still haven’t been given a single task yet. They keep saying things are coming down the pipeline. is this normal for agency life?

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Enjoy the downtime while you can. Soon, you’ll be like the rest of us, complaining about the late nights. 🙃

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yeah it’s normal. project you were hired for is probably in planning stages.

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Stay diligent and ask for work or ask to help on something until you get briefed.

As a junior, you should be hungry to learn and help. My old CD told me to let it be known that I want to be an asset to the agency instead of listily waiting around for work to come to me. Leave at 6pm if there’s nothing, but don’t do nothing until 6pm.

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I started a job and they were DYING for me to get in ASAP..did nothing for two weeks

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^^ yeah beware of this. I got hired at a place mid project so there was nothing to work on, I kept asking and they kept saying sit tight. Finally I stopped asking and they were like, what is it you do around here? It was a red flag that it was a bad company

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Yup, totally normal. A lot of times, there are jobs “in the pipeline” that can’t be worked on yet if they still are still tweaking SOW. I would use this time to double—even triple check that you are fully set up with the new company and ready to rock at a moment’s notice. Do you understand the structure of your team and who to contact about which brands? Are you connected to all the nearest printers? Even little things like decorating and organizing your new space, changing your laptop background to something that makes you feel good will give you a seamless transition into your first project. Congrats on the new job!

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Took me 2 months. Enjoy it

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It’s normal sometimes. Gotta fill jobs ASAP when they’re open, even if a project or client hasn’t ramped up. Wait too long and the company (or holding company) takes away the position.

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Yes. My partner and I started the same time and we both sat around for two weeks. They may have needed to get you in “right away” because of an HR/ hiring cycle. Be patient and enjoy it

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While you’re waiting, ask to familiarize yourself with the brand, work, style guides, Clients, anything to signal “put me in coach”.

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Make your own work. If there’s time to lean, there’s time to clean. Something I learned as a fry cook at Burger King in 1984.

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Which means... pro bono, do the tough assignments no one else will do, do award-worthy ads that the clients didn’t as for. Hero time.

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Yes.

Give it time, it’ll come.

i’m not complaining ... just wondering if this is normal. and i have asked to help out ... every day.

Happened to me too, just happened to start in a lull between projects so spent all my time reading up on the client, past campaigns and process stuff I could and enjoyed it while it lasted. It'll pick up, bigly.

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