{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "My book is just spec and side projects. I’m trying to get a new junior-to-mid role because I’ve gotten nothing good produced where I’m at, and I have zero faith this will change if I stick around.\n\nI’m asked for work samples from recruiters and CDs even though I make clear that what I’ve done doesn’t reflect who I am as a creative. Think CRM/DM/B2B stuff. They insist on it, and I never hear back afterwards.\n\nNot sure what to do. Almost feel like I’d be better off erasing my agency experience.", "post_id": "61e885c8ae18ee002ceb6557", "reply_count": 5, "vote_count": 3, "bowl_id": "594f0b7a1753b200102d1a8f", "bowl_name": "Creatives", "feed_type": "bowl" }

My book is just spec and side projects. I’m trying to get a new junior-to-mid role because I’ve gotten nothing good produced where I’m at, and I have zero faith this will change if I stick around. I’m asked for work samples from recruiters and CDs even though I make clear that what I’ve done doesn’t reflect who I am as a creative. Think CRM/DM/B2B stuff. They insist on it, and I never hear back afterwards. Not sure what to do. Almost feel like I’d be better off erasing my agency experience.

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Just make sure the spec looks and feels professional. Recruiters usually can’t tell the difference anyways. If you don’t have a good AD it might make sense to pay a designer to spruce things up a bit. If you DM me your book I’m happy to take a look and give you some more specific advice.

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I second this. I still have 2 spec pieces in my book. No one can tell the difference when they are well art directed.

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Can you show some unproduced work behind a password? Often the side projects show potential, and the boring produced work shows you can do the nuts and bolts stuff.

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If you’d like, I’d be happy to take a look at what you have and let you know what to share. Showing the dead ideas you love isn’t a bad idea. Sometimes I’m just looking to see if you can write a headline + body copy, and know the process of producing work, so the client stuff could still have some value.

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