What To Do If You're Questioning Whether To Leave

What To Do If You're Questioning Whether To Leave

You've been at your agency for a year or two, and are starting to feel like things aren't the same. Maybe you're burnt out on a client. Or you feel like you've stopped growing the way you want to. Or you're just curious what else is out there. At the same time, you love the people you work with, and the agency where you started your career. What do you do? How do you know it's the right time to start looking for what's next? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate this period of questioning. 

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Finding Confidence & Opportunities In Smaller Markets

Finding Confidence & Opportunities In Smaller Markets

When we think of advertising, we default to thinking about big cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But the reality is that there are robust agency scenes in smaller markets where you can start your career. Roshni Shivaramakrishnan is a Singaporean currently working at Essence as a Senior Advertising Operations Executive, and on the side, she helps current students/fresh grads understand the local scene. While her experience is in Asia, her tips on finding confidence and opportunities in smaller markets will help anyone wondering what's out there for them.

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4 Reasons You Haven't Heard Back—And How To Get A Response

4 Reasons You Haven't Heard Back—And How To Get A Response

You worked hard on a job or internship application and crossed your fingers when you pressed Send. And then nothing. Crickets. There are several reasons why you don't hear back about a job application, and while some things are out of our control, the more you understand why people aren't responding, the better you'll be able to adjust your approach to up your chances of getting a reply

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Navigating A New Business Pitch

Navigating A New Business Pitch

Winning pitches means more money coming through the agency's door. Those high stakes mean that being on a pitch can be extremely busy and stressful—but also super exciting and fun. While the exact process will vary between agencies and roles, here's roughly what you can expect when you're put on a pitch. (It'll also give you the right language to use in your next interview!)

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7 Ways An Admin Role Can Help You Break Into Advertising

7 Ways An Admin Role Can Help You Break Into Advertising

Janine Perry is a Digital Strategic Planner at Edelman who turned an administrative role into her dream job early in her career. While her focus is strategy, her tips on what she learned from her time as an administrative assistant and how she used it to move into what she actually wanted to do, are so smart and applicable to anyone—no matter what role you're trying to land. Here's Janine.

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Changing Things Up: Advice From 4 Career Shifters

Changing Things Up: Advice From 4 Career Shifters

Hawley Smyth, Senior Admissions Counselor for VCU Brandcenter, works with both students coming out of undergrad and those a few years in to get them where they want to go in their careers. This week, she brings us advice from four career shifters who used their time at Brandcenter to switch into advertising from another career (and prove that you can come from any industry) or to change teams.

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How To Network In A Genuine Way

How To Network In A Genuine Way

Nayantara Dutta is a Trends Researcher at J. Walter Thompson who started reading We Are Next when she was still a student. As a Psychology major who barely knew anyone in advertising, she had to build her network from scratch and learned a lot along the way. Now on the other side, she shares her detailed tips on making networking more personal, both in-person and online. Because we all know how crucial connecting with people in the industry is in your career.

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Reaching Out To Potential Mentors The Right Way

Reaching Out To Potential Mentors The Right Way

No one gets to where they've gotten alone. Reaching out to people in the industry who can provide guidance, a shoulder to lean on when things get rough, and potentially open doors to new opportunities is a hugely important part of everyone's career path. But how do you start making those connections in the first place? Here are 5 tips on how to reach out to potential mentors the right way, including where to find a fresh crop of them, pulled from February's Black History Month content. 

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How To Actively Use Rejection To Get A Job

How To Actively Use Rejection To Get A Job

Rejection from a job that you applied for sucks. Period. But it's also something we'll all encounter at some point in our careers (I have been rejected by at least 7 agencies over the years. At least.). Because it's an inevitable part of the ride, the importance of individual rejections are minimized—it's what you do in response to rejection that really matters. To help you get through it, here's how to not just handle, but actively use your next "no" to land a job.

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3 Advertising Podcasts To Help You Understand The Industry Today

3 Advertising Podcasts To Help You Understand The Industry Today

Podcasts about advertising hosted by those working in the industry used to be pretty rare, but thankfully, a whole crop of fresh ones have emerged in the last couple years. Even better, they're amplifying lesser-heard voices in the industry, which is beneficial because the more perspectives you're exposed to as you start your career, the better. To make sure you're up on the latest listens, inspiring guests, and tough topics, here are three advertising podcasts to check out.

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How To Talk About Your Work In An Interview

How To Talk About Your Work In An Interview

Whether interviewing for an internship or your next job, you'll likely be asked to talk about the work you've done in the past. It's easy enough to go over what's in your portfolio or written in your resume. But assume your interviewer has most likely reviewed what's on paper (that's probably what landed you the interview), and now they're looking for you to add color to it. Here are a few pointers to help you talk about what you've done in the most effective way.

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Common Presenting Tics And How To Get Rid Of Them

Common Presenting Tics And How To Get Rid Of Them

First things first—we all have tics when we talk. Those little things we do so unconsciously that we don't even realize we do them. Some are totally harmless, the flavor of your own presenting style. But others can be distracting and take your audience's attention away from what you're saying. Here are four super common presenting tics and tips on how to get rid of them.

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Apply To Jobs More Successfully With These 5 Tips

Apply To Jobs More Successfully With These 5 Tips

As someone who both reviews job applications (as an Account Lead at Grenadier in Boulder, CO) and helps students prepare theirs (as a teacher of Creative Account Management at the University of Colorado Boulder), Eric Forsyth is the perfect person to turn to for tips on applying for a job. (His 6.5 years at CP+B in Boulder, London and Miami help too!) Let's get into it—here's Eric.

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Learnings You Can Use From CES 2018

Learnings You Can Use From CES 2018

Last week, 180,000 people descended on Las Vegas to see the latest in tech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As advertisers and marketers, it's important to stay up on emerging tech—today's reveal at CES could be tomorrow's way for brands to make consumers' lives better, deliver messages or content, and build relationships. Now that the dust has settled, what can you take away from CES 2018? Here are four things we heard in Vegas that you can apply to your next project, brainstorm, or client meeting.

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What Is Brand Responsibility?

What Is Brand Responsibility?

One common question I get is whether you can work in advertising and focus on social good brands. And in today's world, this question seems more important than ever. I sat down with Kim Sheehan, Director of a new Masters in Advertising and Brand Responsibility at the University of Oregon to talk about what Brand Responsibility is, why we should be studying it, and how it'll make us more valuable hires—no matter where we choose to work.

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5 Ways To Use Your Winter Break To Start The Year Strong

5 Ways To Use Your Winter Break To Start The Year Strong

The holidays are here (!), and your #1 focus should be to rest and recharge with loved ones. These couple weeks off are also an awesome time to do things you know you should be doing—if you weren't so damn busy. Whether you have time off from work or school, here are some things you can do (should you need a quick break from the festivities) to start the new year strong, not stressed.

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Making The Leap To The Agency World

Making The Leap To The Agency World

Today's Guest Pro, Lauren Lemke, Account Supervisor at Bailey Lauerman, came to us via Elyse, our guest on Episode 13 of the podcast. After 5+ years in Marketing and Sales, Lauren recently jumped over to the agency world and wanted to share a few things she learned from her career shift. For anyone making the leap—whether from marketing, school, or another industry entirely—this one's for you.

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