Why is it so hard to find a jr. strategy role? 😭 should I just mainly consider being an AAE at a creative agency,

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Junior strategy jobs are almost never posted. Seen maybe 5 since January. Network with people at agencies you admire and also keep an eye on if people leave/are promoted from junior strategy roles because the agency will almost always be looking to hire someone to replace.

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^^^ that’s how I got my role. No official job opening or posting. Just a lot of right time, right place, right person. I networked like hell within the agency, and they had just won some new business. You’re right though!! It’s REALLY tough. :(

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Most ad jobs aren’t posted, so you really have to do some digging. At least on the creative side, I’ve found. Unless you’re already plugged in really well. Things are way better than they were last year, but still recovering. I’ve found freelance not too hard to find. Just an option if you’re out of work for the time being. I’ve been doing it out of necessity, as I’ve had no luck finding good full time offers.

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They are rare — usually come from interns being brought on full time as juniors or internal transfers from media or account. I’d recommend try freelancing on a pitch or research project or look for a strat internship on sites like We Are Next.

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If you’re interested in breaking into healthcare advertising and have at least 2 years advertising/marketing experience our network has a great training program that will propel you into the field. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing more. Another way to approach this is to message director level or vp level strategists at agencies and see if they would be available to take an informational meeting where you can understand how they build their department.

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Good luck!

Also how I got my job! There wasn’t a job posting for mine either. Definitely suggest checking out We Are Next’s job board and networking with other strategists

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Check out Julian Cole’s coaching advice on this

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If you are interested in pharma agencies lmk!

SCC in Chicago just posted a junior brand strategist role!!! Apply, apply, apply!!

I’ll keep my eye out!

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