How To Support Your Interns As Junior Talent

How To Support Your Interns As Junior Talent

As junior talent, it might feel like just yesterday that you were the new kid, starting to learn the ropes, and familiarizing yourself with office email etiquette. Then BAM—all of a sudden, you're being asked to oversee an intern. The reality is, your close knowledge of the intern experience gives you some of the best perspective on how to support even newer-bies. Here are a few tips on supporting your interns so they're set up for success and have a positive experience overall. 

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5 Things I Learned During The First 6 Months At An Agency

5 Things I Learned During The First 6 Months At An Agency

Sarah Vella-Labrador was an intern at Goodby Silverstein and Partners for six months before she was recently hired as a Copywriter, working mostly on BMW, Doritos, Cheetos, Pepsi, and Xfinity. This week, she shares five things she learned during her 6-month internship to help you integrate into an agency while building the right skills and protecting your creative mojo.

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Building Your Resume Through A Non-Advertising Summer Job

Building Your Resume Through A Non-Advertising Summer Job

Not everyone has an internship for the summer—but it's not the end of the world. Whether you didn't land one, need to work a paid job, or had to stay in your hometown where opportunities are sparse, there are ways to build your resume. Here are some skills you can actively focus on while working a non-advertising summer job, so you can make whatever you do this summer relevant to your future career in advertising.

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The Art Of Speed Selling Your Work

The Art Of Speed Selling Your Work

Shaunah Margaret is a lot of awesome things: a Detroit native, MAIP alum, Copywriter at Tribal Worldwide, and co-founder of a bad ass new mentorship program designed for women of color called Women Who Create (applications are open for Summer 2018!). This week, Shaunah shares her best tips for selling your work to someone, whether you're looking for an internship or first job, wanting to impress your new coworkers, or just practicing for the future. Here's Shaunah—

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Moving To A New City Without A Job

Moving To A New City Without A Job

I get a lot of questions about how to make the move to a new city—especially when companies can be less responsive to remote applicants. Luckily, Kris Solberg, Digital Strategist at the American Animal Hospital Association and Vice Chair of Ad 2 National, is here to share his advice on moving to a new city without a job, based on his own experience. Here's Kris—

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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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