Chicago Creatives

What is the best advice you have for someone trying to land a Junior AD position? I have been an intern but landing a follow up gig has been hell.

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This may not apply to you but I’ve passed on a ton of juniors recently because they weren’t willing to put in the long hours, do the unexciting projects, earn respect, etc. So many Jr candidates preach about wanting a 40hr week and only want to work on “the cool projects”. Don’t be that guy/gal.

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I won nearly every single student awards when I was a student. Just because I believed that awards matter. That was partially true. First, I’d try One Show student competition to win Gold pencil and during the time I’m preparing, I’d also do a side project that can potentially work with real client. (non-profit) And then enter the work to Cannes and hopefully get shortlist. And then, I’ll reach out to C-level creatives at where you want to work for. (A lot of stalking needed) In the mean time, I’ll ask for a coffee with recruiters. Well... that was my tactics. Hope it helped. Last thing, don’t forget to make at least one traditional campaign. (Consumer faced headline campaign, visual driven, etc)

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Be hungry and show that you have the ability to grow with a good foundational skillset, if those things are present it's worth the time to hire you.

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